Family Friendly In The New Forest – Sandy Balls!

With UK school holidays around the corner, some of you are likely plotting that trip to Peppa Pig.  My sister went recently and declared it was genuinely a brilliant day out (this is supposed to cheer on anybody who has been putting it off).  If you’re stuck for ideas on accommodation, Sandy Balls in the New Forest is a great affordable option.  Over to Georgina to tell you why…

We were planning a trip to Peppa Pig World for our daughter’s fourth birthday, and I was struggling to find somewhere inexpensive to stay where we could spread out across several bedrooms. We decided to return to Sandy Balls and see if it lived up to our fond memories.

Sandy Balls - Garden

Sandy Balls is located in the UK’s New Forest and is a ‘holiday village’ with camping pitches, caravans and lodges.


I checked out the options on the website and then called them. It was worth doing as they offered us an additional 20% discount for a last minute booking. They were very helpful on the phone, talking me through the different options available. You have to book for a fixed period, so either Friday – Monday (weekend), Monday – Friday (midweek) or for a week at a time. We booked a midweek stay, although we didn’t actually arrive until the Tues.

Getting there:

It took around two hours on the motorway from our home in North London. Check-in is very simple as you just drive up and jump out to collect your keys.


Hotel room:

We stayed in a three bedroom ‘Premium Plus’ lodge (me, husband, 4yo and 18 mth old). We had one double bedroom, two twin rooms, and two bathrooms (one was an en suite to the double room).

Sandy Balls - Kitchen

The kitchen was well equipped with a small dishwasher (this wasn’t working properly during our stay but we didn’t bother getting it sorted out), cooker, microwave, kettle, cafetiere (bring ground coffee with you!), fridge, freezer and lots of utensils. There was a small pack in the kitchen with a mini bottle of washing up liquid, a cloth, a scourer and four dishwasher tablets.

Sandy Balls - Lounge

We also had a lounge area with a TV (including DVD player) and two sofas, and a dining table. We paid £12 extra to have a highchair, and we brought our own travel cot and cot canopy breeze.

Sandy Balls - Fireplace

Our lodge (number 274) was in a nice quiet location, just a short walk away from the main square. We had a bbq, picnic table, and a shared lawn for the kids to play on.

Sandy Balls - Premium Lodge

Facilities on site:

This was our second visit to Sandy Balls but we have never been there during peak (school holiday) time, and this time we really didn’t explore the facilities as we were mostly off-site at Peppa Pig World. Our kids enjoyed the soft play and small outdoor playground. There is also an indoor swimming pool, and during peak time there are lots of activities for children.


We cooked most of our food for ourselves in the lodge. There is a shop on site, but we found the selection of fresh food pretty uninspiring, so we stopped at supermarkets outside. The kids had a meal at the Forest Table restaurant, which had a good selection of children’s meals.   We also had a meal at the Fighting Cocks (the pub just next door) but unfortunately we really didn’t enjoy the food there.

Nearby attractions:

Our kids loved driving around the New Forest and seeing the horses roaming around. We had a great time at Peppa Pig World.

Peppa Pig World - George & Abbie

We also visited Moors Valley Country Park, which would probably have been better for slightly older children.   We had also hoped to go to the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu but we ran out of time.

What made Sandy Balls stand out to us?

It’s a laid back, small holiday park in a beautiful setting. It was great to be able to stay in a three bedroom lodge for a few days without spending a fortune, and especially with Peppa Pig World on our doorstep.


Check out this post for more tips on visiting Peppa Pig World!



  1. Nicky

    Brilliant review, I have been trying to find somewhere to stay with our 18 month year old near Peppa Pig world for a weekend for ages. As we only wanted to stay a weekend the options seemed to be either hotels or self-catering for a whole week. Really pleased to have found this.

    1. Nicola

      Thanks Nicky!

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