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My top 4 places for camping West Sussex & East Sussex

If, like me, you are getting itchy feet and dreaming of escaping your home for an adventurous change of scenery, then this round-up of my top campsites for camping West Sussex & in East Sussex is just for you!

The South East of England is an ideal choice for an outdoors camping staycation in 2021. With forests in abundance, 90 miles of coastline and the rolling chalk hills of South Downs National Park, there is no shortage of cool camping spots in Sussex.

Here’s my top four Sussex campsites to book now for April 2021 or for your summer holiday this year.



Camping East Sussex

Reconnect in the meadows at Fontmills Farm Campsite

camping west sussex

Set in 140 acres of beautiful East Sussex countryside on a family-run working farm, Fontmills Farm Campsite is the perfect place to take a step back from reality and enjoy an idyllic rural stay.

From walking countryside trails and cycling along the tree-lined Cuckoo Trail, to visiting local attractions including some of Sussex’s most iconic coastlines and villages, Fontmills Farm Campsite is located within a hub of excitement.

The campsite is situated in a beautiful and undisturbed 20-acre meadow field. You’ll have sheep and horses as neighbours in the paddocks above and a vast hay pasture below you, allowing you to take in the views and enjoy some well-deserved time out.

Fontmills is home to two beautiful bell tents, Lovelily Bell and Ruby Bell, and for summer 2021, new glamping options will be added. Stay tuned for more information…

You only pay a per person, per night fee – £12 per person, £5 per child (5-16) and under-fives are free.

For further information and to book, visit http://www.fontmills.co.uk/


Coastal Camping at Normans Bay Camping and Caravanning Club Site

Normans Bay

With Eastbourne and Brighton to the west and Bexhill-on-Sea to the east, Normans Bay is the ideal coastal retreat for families, walkers and nature lovers. Located opposite a sand and shingle beach, the site offers plenty for families to do. With over 200 pitches and three amenity blocks, there’s also a parents and child room, a children’s play area and a recreational hall.

The nearby Pevensey Levels, known for nature conservation and agriculture, will satisfy nature lovers. For walkers, the South Downs Way (pick it up at the Seven Sisters Country Park) is a great way to see the stunning East Sussex countryside.

The area is also rich in history; the Normans landed here in 1066 and visitors must make sure they visit Pevenesey Castle. Clinging stubbornly to what was once a peninsula on the Sussex coast, the castle is an ancient site that was once fortified by Romans in the 4th century, before becoming the landing place for William the Conqueror.



Camping West Sussex

Lakeside glamping at Sumners Pond Fishery and Campsite

camping west sussex

The family-run Sumners Ponds Fishery and Campsite is a beautiful location, set in tranquil countryside amongst 100 acres of lakes, woodland and pasture.

The campsite boasts top of the range campsite facilities, acres of woodland, a working farm and fishing lakes. Visitors can fish on the lake and explore the many footpaths and safe cycleways around the site. There’s many beautiful towns and villages nearby plus there’s easy access to South Downs National Park and the south coast. The bustling city of Brighton in East Sussex is only half an hour away by car.

Sumners offers a range of accommodation types – hardstanding and grass pitches for caravans, motorhomes, campervans and tents as well as glamping units including Lakeside Log Cabins, Safari Tents, Shepherd’s Huts and Camping Pods. The Cafe by the Lake is open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. offering a high-quality selection of takeaway hot drinks, cakes, hot food and snacks.

 For further information and to book, visit www.sumnersponds.co.uk


Wild Boar Wood Eco Camping

camping west sussex

Explore the forest, relax around the campfire and sleep (almost) under the stars with a stay at Wild Boar Wood Campsite. Set in a private five-acre woodland near Haywards Heath, the small off-grid campsite offers a fantastic option for those looking for West Sussex glamping close to Brighton and the South Coast. The campsite has nine bell tents tucked away among the trees and opens from April to October.

Located right on the High Weald – a captivating Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that spreads across a vast stretch of Sussex – the woods and surrounding fields are home to a rich array of wildlife; from woodpeckers and butterflies to owls and deer.

To book, visit https://pegsandpitches.co.uk/wild-boar-wood/ 

Every aspect of campsite has been considered with sustainability in mind; from the wood-fired showers and green-friendly shampoos, to the special eco loos.

Jo x

Looking for a great family-friendly hotel in London? Here’s my review of The St. Ermin’s Hotel right by St. James Park – https://girlabout.co.uk/review-st-ermins-hotel/

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