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- Back to basics farm camping under the South Downs
- Clean facilities including a shower and flushing loos
- Five minutes' walk from supplies and 10 minutes' drive from town
There’s something immensely satisfying about pitching a tent, building a campfire and lying back to gaze at the stars, all in the happy knowledge that this is how it’s been done since our early ancestors first discovered mammoths taste better when roasted over flames. Pass the barbecue tongs.
Guests getting back to basics surrounded by nature and forgetting about overflowing email boxes/underflowing bank accounts is the aim of June and co at the very popular Oakfield Farm Campsite, under the South Downs and at the head of the Cuckmere valley.
It’s a working farm with space to camp rather than a commercial campsite, so you won’t find kids’ clubs, a bar or evening entertainment – just basic farm camping with clean facilities, a very friendly owner, the occasional barn owl flitting past and loads of countryside space to gaze at over the campfire. Pass the marshmallows.
The pitches at Oakfield Farm are kept to the edge of the farm fields so guests have plenty of space and there’s loads of room for the kids to roam free range (all safely, as cars/vehicles are only allowed at the entrance field except for unloading).
If the thought of free-roaming kids of an early morn has made you shudder, Oakfield is usually able to use one field for families with kids and another for adults without, so slumber/early morning mania are both undisturbed. Canine campers with good manners are also welcome on site.
Oakfield is a back to basics site, with four simple flushing toilets (toilet rolls, hand wash and hand towels are provided), a small but adequately spaced electric shower with changing room and hot water hand wash basin, and two small but hot gas showers added in 2016.
Logs and kindling are for sale on site as well as small gas cylinders and barbecue packs (or before you arrive you can order sausages, bacon, burgers and steak from the owners, who sell their own or local meat). A catering trailer is on site too for hot and cold drinks, sweets, biscuits, locally sourced bacon and egg baps, burgers, chips and more from it varied menu. For other campfire supplies, the petrol station within five minutes’ walk has most of the essentials (beer, wine, barbecue bits) and bigger shops and supermarkets are about ten minutes’ drive away in Hailsham.
And if you want to teach the kids that no, milk is not only sourced from a carton in the supermarket, take your small sorts on Sundays to learn how to milk Pansy the cow. A crew of mischievous pigs are also around to meet, and it's sometimes possible to see the farm's miniature goats or visit the stables.
Open from 18/05/2018 to 27/08/2018
Tourist board rating
Dogs are not allowed in the accommodation units.
Check availability at Oakfield Farm Campsite…
Many sites set a maximum occupancy of 6/8 people per pitch, so try breaking your booking down into smaller groups to generate more results. For example, if you’re a group of 10, enter 5 people in your initial search and then book 2 pitches.
However, where the pitch or accommodation occupancy allows it, you can make a booking for up to 30 adults and 30 children in one booking.
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Large groups: check the listing page for any group restrictions set out in the terms and section titled ‘Please note’.
Large tents/caravans: check the restrictions on unit dimensions to ensure your unit is suitable for the space you will be provided with.
Non-electric grass tent pitch
Max. persons: 4 x
Pitch dimensions: Max 20.0m width x 10.0m depth (65.6ft width x 32.8ft depth) Calculated area: 200.0m² (2152.8ft²)
Ground type: Grass
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Excellent camp site with super friendly owners.
Great place to camp, I like the rule on no ...
From the manager...
so sorry you could not find the footpath that is less than 100 metres away. That takes you to to a lovely pub with playground , if you take the path to the right you come across a second pub with large play area for children.Just up the road is a petting farm with loads of animals .And of coarse Drusillas Zoo with all sorts of things to do for children of all ages .
From the manager...
Thank You for visiting us
2nd visit to date. Will be back again very soon!
Great site with lovely owners.
From the manager...
pleasure to have you and your son to stay .
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Tents for hire
Gas cylinders available
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Public transport nearby
Medium (26-50 pitches)
- Coach stations
Golden Cross (East Sussex): Coach Stop
— 0.4 miles
0.4 miles Hailsham Coach Stop — 3.4 miles
3.4 miles Polegate Coach Station — 5.2 miles
- Train stations
Berwick (Sussex) Rail Station
— 3.4 miles
3.4 miles Polegate Rail Station — 5.1 miles
5.1 miles Glynde Rail Station — 5.6 miles
- Ferry ports
Newhaven Harbour Ferry Terminal
— 8.9 miles
Shoreham Brighton City Airport
— 21.3 miles
21.3 miles London Gatwick Airport — 24.2 miles
24.2 miles London Gatwick Airport South Terminal — 24.2 miles
From the A22, we are 7 miles down from Uckfield or 11 miles up from Eastbourne. At the Golden Cross Inn, turn south down Chalvington Road. The entrance to Oakfield Farm is after 150 yards on the left. If the Mill Farm entrance is inaccessible due to wet weather, then this is another 500m down Chalvington Road.
Oakfield Farm Campsite’s location in East Sussex makes it pretty well placed for seeing the best of Sussex east and west, the countryside and the coast, with walks, bike rides, country houses, gardens and cliffs all close by.
The South Downs National Park (Britain’s newest) and the chalk downland of the South Downs are also close by and popular with visitors for walking, horse-riding and mountain biking.
The 100-mile South Downs Way runs from Winchester in Hampshire to Eastbourne in East Sussex; if you prefer to pedal, the 14-mile Cuckoo Trail passes through Hailsham on its route from Heathfield to Eastbourne Park (bikes can be hired near the campsite).
Oakfield Farm is at the head of the Cuckmere Valley, a National Trust managed grass chalkland and wildlife haven with views towards the River Cuckmere and the Seven Sisters, the bright white chalk cliffs between Seaford and Eastbourne.
Look out for the Litlington white horse carved into the chalk cliff and for Devil’s Dyke, the longest and deepest dry valley in the country and called ‘the grandest view in the world’ by John Constable. Both spots are, of course, where you should bring a picnic.
Head for the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and its Ashdown Forest for another few picnic spots (you can walk it all off after): this former medieval hunting forest has cracking views of the chalk downs and is famously where Winnie the Pooh lived (apparently he's shy these days to visitors, but any excuse to bring honey on your picnic).
Start off at the Ashdown Forest Visitor Centre to see what’s what: this area is the biggest open access space in south-east England and has heaps to see including resident deer, rare species of birds and butterflies, plenty of forest walks and, er, a llama park.
Going coastwards, there are enough seaside and coastal spots to spend your holiday bucket and spading every day: Bexhill and Hastings to the east; the pier of Eastbourne and the beaches of Lewes within ten miles, and Brighton about 30–40 minutes away by car.
Halfway between Eastbourne and Brighton is Newhaven, where day trippers can pick up the ferry to France.
- Drusillas Park (4.6 miles)
- Alfriston Clergy House (5.7 miles)
- Eastbourne Pier (9.4 miles)
- Alfriston Clergy House (5.7 miles)
- Monk's House (8.3 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||2 p.m. –||6 p.m.|
Oakfield Farm Campsite cancellation policy
No refunds within 4 days of arrival date.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.
Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.
A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Oakfield Farm Campsite will debit the balance from your card 1 week before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 1 week then the balance will be taken immediately.
Hired accommodation: £100.00 damage/cleanliness/bracelet deposit is required on arrival and will be refunded on departure after inspection of your unit should no damage/losses be found.
You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.
Payment methods accepted on the parkBank transfer