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- In the South Downs National Park, with fab views over local hills
- A 10-minute drive from Lewes and 25 from central Brighton
- Surrounded by several walking trails, including the South Downs Way
Tack a scenic side trip onto a Brighton break with a stay at Plumpton College, a star of a spot in the 800-hectare grounds of an agricultural college. At the eastern end of the South Downs National Park, with hillside views all around, it may be close to top towns like Lewes (10 minutes’ drive) but has the feel of being deep in the countryside.
Wake up to green panoramas, then stroll out of the site and across the road to access the South Downs’ hundreds of miles’ worth of walking paths. Follow the flagship South Downs Way, then bound around Brighton’s streets and beach (25 minutes) or wander by the chalky white cliffs of the coast at the Seven Sisters Country Park (35 minutes’ drive).
Spending on site is also fab: there are animals to admire as you stroll around and plenty of space for playing games and general running about. Each pitch is roomy, measuring 15m by 10m, and pleasingly flat (as a result of being set up on the college's sports field). A pub is a few minutes’ walk away for food (and drinks) on tap, or you can stay on site and whip up grub on the barbecue or campfire while chatting to your travel crew.
Shower and toilet facilities have been upgraded for the 2021 season, and on Fridays and Saturdays the college's dining room is open for takeaway meals (particularly handy if you're in need of easy eats at the end of a long walk…) Dogs are also allowed at this family-friendly site, so no one gets left behind.
Open from 01/07/2021 to 31/08/2021
Group bookings of 3 or more units (e.g. tent, touring caravan, motorhome or accommodation hire) travelling together are not permitted via Pitchup.com.
No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.
At least one of the party members must be aged 18 or over.
Guests are advised to bring a good quality torch with them as parts of the site are unlit.
Protective masks must be worn at all times in common areas.
Swimming in the lake is not allowed.
Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.
Single-sex bookings of 7 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.
Group bookings of 7 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).
Minimum spacing of 10 metres between pitches.
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Non-electric grass pitch
Max. persons: 8 x
One Tent or Trailer tent or Touring caravan or Campervan or Motorhome allowed per pitch
Pitch size : Min 15.0m width x 10.0m depth (49.2ft width x 32.8ft depth) Calculated area: 150.0m² (1614.6ft²)
Ground type: Grass
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Amazing site for value
Very friendly/helpful staff (Amy, Courtney and Yolanda)
Great site , staff went over and and beyond with help . Was nice and c
Great location, basic but with everything you need.
From the manager...
Fantastic stay at a wonderful campsite.
From the manager...
Great location with friendly staff, camping site is rugby pitch
24+ hour ventilation between accommodation guests
Capacity reduced to increase social distancing
Check-in: contactless (in person)
Deep cleaning of accommodation units between guests
Disinfectant sprays and wipes provided
Extra toilet/shower facilities available
Shared spaces: daily deep cleaning
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Car parking by pitch/unit
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Electric car charging point(s)
Gas cylinders available
No drinkable water point
No hot water
No running water
Dog walk nearby
Nearby farmers' market
Public transport nearby
Large (51-200 pitches)
Leisure/theme park nearby
Outdoor pool nearby
- Coach stations
— 4.6 miles
4.6 miles Black Lion — 4.6 miles
4.6 miles Bottom of Carden Avenue — 5.0 miles
- Train stations
Plumpton Rail Station
— 1.7 miles
1.7 miles Cooksbridge Rail Station — 2.6 miles
2.6 miles Falmer Rail Station — 3.1 miles
- Ferry ports
Newhaven Harbour Ferry Terminal
— 9.6 miles
Shoreham Brighton City Airport
— 10.9 miles
10.9 miles London Gatwick Airport South Terminal — 17.8 miles
17.8 miles London Gatwick Airport — 17.9 miles
When you’re not heading for the hills around the site on South Downs strolls, look to the market town of Lewes for local things to do: this traditional spot has one of the UK’s oldest outdoor pools, along with a 16th-century castle and a handful of must-see museums.
If you’re one for getting wet, you could also indulge in a bit of wild swimming in the Cuckmere River. Rather admire aquatic attractions than submerge yourself in them? Amble around the Arlington reservoir instead.
For a complete change of scenery, get to Glyndebourne (20 minutes) for opera performances in a 600-year-old stately home, then make a beeline for Brighton and modern entertainment options, from comedy shows to nightclubbing. Swing by the Eastern-inspired pavilion as well – a building Queen Victoria referred to as ‘strange’ – and pull up a striped deckchair on the pebbly Brighton beach for a breather.
If you’re up for more coastal explores, head to Seven Sisters Country Park and take on some of the clifftop walks, detouring to Drusillas Park along the way to see animals ranging from scarlet ibis to sloths. This is also Europe’s first Hello Kitty-themed attraction – purrfect news if you have any fans of the feline character in your family.
- Preston Manor (5.6 miles)
- Royal Pavilion (6.5 miles)
- Brighton Museum & Art Gallery (6.5 miles)
- Monk's House (5.9 miles)
- Sheffield Park Garden (7.3 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||11:30 a.m. –||9 p.m.|
|Depart by:||11:30 a.m.|
Plumpton College cancellation policy
No refunds within 30 days of arrival date.
The site is not liable for any refund in the event of force majeure.
Bookings cannot be amended within 30 day(s) of arrival.
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.
Deposit transferable during COVID-19. Plumpton College will debit the balance from your card 30 days before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 30 days then the balance will be taken immediately.Deposit transferable during COVID-19. During COVID-19 you can transfer your deposit to a future stay booked within 3 months of your arrival date. Read more.
You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.
Payment methods accepted on the parkCash
Terms and conditionsSite booking terms and conditions
- Does Plumpton College have a swimming pool? No View all features
- Is Plumpton College dog friendly? Yes View all features
- What attractions are near Plumpton College? When you’re not heading for the hills around the site on South Downs strolls, look to the market town of Lewes for local things to do: this traditional spot has one of … Read more
- When can I check in and check out of Plumpton College?
Camping and touring Arrive: 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Depart by: 11:30 a.m.
- How much does it cost to stay at Plumpton College? From £30 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability