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It doesn’t take Sherlock to deduce that a park with ‘Sands’ in the name is going to be by a beach. So yes, we shall deerstalkingly deduce that it’s just a short walk to the beach from Winchelsea Sands Holiday Park at Rye in East Sussex, for sandcastles, surfing and sand in your sarnies. (Try sushi instead; it’s the twenty-first century picnic basket filler.)
But…Winchelsea Sands is a Park Holidays site, so it might take you a day or two to get down to the beach. The park is stuffed with things to do for all tastes, including kids’ clubs, adventure playground and heated outdoor pool. Then there’s the Lobster Pot Club with live entertainment, a games room, free wifi, Sky TV and a bistro including takeaway, as well as a launderette and shop right on site…
Caravans at Winchelsea come in a range of tariffs, and all have linen, gas, electric and entertainment passes included; there’s also a colour TV in each, for when you get back from the pool/Lobster Pot Club/exploring the Sussex coast and want to put your feet up…Wireless is available in caravans too for a reasonable extra charge.
Tourist board rating
Open from 14 Mar to 3 Nov
Once you’ve dusted the sand off your toes and ventured off the beach, make for the seven seas of – sorry – the town of Rye, one of the medieval Cinque Ports and with a long history of smuggling through the centuries. The twelfth century Mermaid Inn was used by the notorious Hawkhurst Gang in the eighteenth century and in the twenty-first has an award-winning restaurant and medieval–style art inside. It was connected by an underground tunnel to the nearby Old Bell Inn – sadly the tunnel is no longer in use, although Famous Five fans in the family (all, we hope) should enjoy the tale anyway, and there’s A Smuggler’s Adventure at St Clements Caves to try too.
Also in Rye is the National Trust-managed Lamb House, once home to novelist Henry James and a host of other famous names (not all at the same time); the harbour with fishing fleet (fresh fish is available to buy at the quayside or take your own boat out) and tearooms and restaurants galore. The Rye Heritage Centre is a good intro to the area and has walking tours and ghost walks. You might also see Rye resident Tom Baker in the town to make Dalek noises at – just saying…
Just along the coast is Hastings, famous as the site of the Battle of Hastings and now known as part of 1066 Country; the 1066 Battle Abbey and Battlefield, and Hastings Castle and the 1066 Story are here, as well as guided walks and geocaching in the area and Europe’s biggest beachside fishing fleet in the town. The beach at Hastings is a top spot for watersports, or you could head slightly further along the coast to the beaches at Bexhill and Camber Sands.
There’s more history at Yesterday’s World in Battle with five floors and 150,000 artefacts from the past century, and a play village too if the kids are revolting; if they need to be mollified further, there are rhinos and safari rides at Port Lympe Wild Animal Safari Park, the Miniature Pony Centre at Dartmoor, dangling about at Go Ape! or going undercover at The Hop Farm to keep them happy. Then you can sneak off to the ten fishing lakes at Battle’s Wylands Angling Centre, open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year…
Water quality at nearby bathing waters
Rother, East Sussex
Rother, East Sussex
Hastings, East Sussex
Hastings, East Sussex
- Camber Sands (3.3 miles)
- A Smugglers Adventure at St Clements Caves (7.0 miles)
- Hastings Castle and 1066 Story (7.2 miles)
- Lamb House (2.5 miles)
- Smallhythe Place (8.7 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
- Winchelsea - Pett Level - Winchelsea (0.9 miles)
- Rye Harbour - Winchelsea (2.3 miles)
- Rye - Iden - Rye Foreign - Rye (2.7 miles)
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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
Gas cylinders available
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Large (51-200 pitches)
Ordnance Survey maps (GB and Northern Ireland only) are available at lower levels via the drop-down menu.
- Coach stations
Hastings: Town Centre Coach Stops — 7.5mi
Hastings: Sedlescombe Rd North Coach Stop — 7.6mi
St Leonards: Warrior Square Coach Stop — 8.2mi
- Train stations
Winchelsea Rail Station — 1.6mi
Rye Rail Station — 2.7mi
Three Oaks Rail Station — 4.9mi
- Ferry ports
Folkestone Eurotunnel Terminal — 21.4mi
Dover Western Docks Ferry Terminal — 29.4mi
Lydd London Ashford Airport — 9.6mi
* Follow the M20. Leave the M20 at junction 10, then at the roundabout take the 4th exit onto Bad Munstereifel Road.
* At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Bad Munstereifel Road - A2070.
* Branch left, then at the roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A2070 (signposted Brenzett).
* Entering Brenzett at the roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Straight Lane - A259.
* Entering Rye, at the mini roundabout turn left onto Fishmarket Road - A259.
* At the mini roundabout, turn left onto Winchelsea Road - A259 and turn left onto Sea Road.
* Bear left onto Sea Road. Entering Winchelsea Beach, continue forward onto Pett Level Road.
* You have arrived at Winchelsea Beach.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Arrive:||4 p.m. –||11 p.m.|
For arrivals after 6pm please contact the park before arrival who will advise where keys can be collected.
Refunds not given.
Cancellation by you
Should you need to cancel your booking, you must advise us using the telephone number in your confirmation email and then confirm this cancellation in writing to us, by post, fax, or email quoting your booking reference number. Your cancellation will only be effective as at the date we receive your written confirmation. Our cancellation charges are those detailed below unless you have taken out our ‘Cancellation Protection Plan’ (available when paying your balance):
Cancellation charges as a % total cost:
Period before arrival date (excluding credit card charges)
More than 30 days: loss of deposit
30 - 22 days: 50%
21 - 15 days: 60%
14 - 8 days: 80%
7 days or under: 100%
If you need to cut short your holiday after it has commenced, we regret that we are unable to refund any monies paid.
Cancellation by us
In exceptional circumstances, we may have to cancel or change some aspects of your booking. If we do so, we will tell you as soon as possible prior to your holiday date and you may choose to either:
a) Accept the changes offered by us
b) Receive a full refund
c) Accept an alternative holiday with us at the same price
We do not pay compensation in circumstances where we have to cancel your booking including those arising from Force Majeure. Force Majeure means circumstances beyond our control including (but not limited to) industrial disputes, natural disasters, fire, technical problems, bad weather and acts of government.
Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.
Payment of balance
The balance is due 30 days before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 30 days then the balance should be paid within 3 days of booking.
Winchelsea Sands Holiday Park will contact you to arrange payment.
If payment is not made by the due date then we will assume that your holiday has been cancelled and we may resell the holiday to another customer. We reserve the right to pass on any costs or bank charges we incur if we have to re-submit a cheque for payment or a cheque is declined for non payment. If you need to contact Park Holidays UK please allow up to 24 hours for your booking confirmation to come through. An administration fee of 2% will be applied to all balance payments made by credit card (minimum charge £1.00). This charge will not exceed £5.00 per transaction. There is no charge for debit card payments.
Payment methods accepted on the parkMaestro