Gone are the days of sleeping in flimsy tents in soggy fields and eating cans of cold baked beans. The standards of camping equipment are high, and campsites across the UK have moved with times and are providing for families that want and need a better holiday experience.
And, while there is a real sense of being able to enjoy the natural environment, and conserve the wonderful landscapes in our countryside and rural areas, it’s still important to have top-notch facilities to make a camping stay much more comfortable.
Whenever we fancy a little getaway, Sussex is usually top of the list. Not only does it have unspoiled and dramatic coastlines, medieval villages and historic towns, but South Downs National Park and Sussex Weald offer up a cascade of rolling countryside. And for us, near to London , it’s only about an hour away – so getting away from urban life is a doddle. Even more so if you want to stay longer and really experience the idyll of country life.
Camping in Sussex couldn’t be easier – there are a plethora of top campsites that not only offer families a hidden oasis, but great amenities as well. So even if you’re not the best camper, you can still get a touch of luxury and some quirky accommodation, too.
Camping in Sussex: Five of the Best Family-Friendly Campsites
Wicks Farm Holiday Park, West Wittering
One of our favourite beaches in the UK is West Wittering – it’s a stunning, wide stretch of sandy beach with shallow waters, and perfect for families. Wicks Farm is only around one mile from the coast and is set in rural surroundings close to the South Downs. Its excellent facilities, including a children’s play area, an onsite shop and laundrette, and their commitment to wildlife conservation, means it has been given several awards. The campsite has 40 pitches for tents and motorhomes, each with electric hookups, as well as camping pods – that sleep up to four people.
Wicks Farm Holiday Park Redlands Lane, West Wittering, Chichester, West Sussex, PO20 8QE
Surrounded by the attractive Sussex countryside, Wowo’s campsite has a brook running through its centre, which not only provides water edge camping but an idyllic retreat, too. You can’t go camping and not have a campfire, right? And at Wowo, it’s all about the fire, so firepits, metal trivets and benches are provided to all groups. Meanwhile, for those looking for a bit more luxury then there are pretty yurts, shepherd’s huts and bell tents to choose from.
Wowo Wapsbourne Manor Farm, Sheffield Park, Uckfield TN22 3QT
The Secret Campsite, Lewes
This peaceful family site lets you really get back to nature. The Secret Campsite is for tent campers only, and with no vehicles, motorhomes and even pets, its key ethos is to enjoy the rolling Sussex countryside in their woodland meadow without any disturbances. All pitches are large and secluded and come with their own firepit and free showers. If you’re looking for a secret shelter, then two structures, the Tree Tent and the Gridshell, offer up a wholly different experience in the woods.
The Secret Campsite Brickyard Farm, Town Littleworth Road, Barcombe, Lewes BN8 4TD
Wildboar Wood, Haywards Heath
For those who prefer, perhaps more glamping, than camping, then Wildboar Wood’s bell tents might be the perfect answer. Set in a private woodland near Haywards Heath and in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, their nine bell tents come equipped with beds and kitchenware and can sleep up to four. Meanwhile, pitches are also available as well as eco-toilets and bucket showers.
Wild Boar Wood Treemans Road, Haywards Heath RH17 7EA
Blackberry Wood, Streat
Set in a National Park at the foot of the South Downs, Blackberry Wood doesn’t just offer camping pitches in woodland glades, but also has tons of other weird and wonderful options from a converted 1965 Routemaster bus, and a real helicopter to an amazing Higgledy and Piggledy Tree House! Kids will be in heaven, while campers are given a local map and show some leisurely walks to some excellent local country pubs nearby.
Blackberry Wood, Streat Lane, Streat, Sussex BN6 8RS
*This is post was written in collaboration with addnature