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Battle Abbey may be only three miles away, but we guarantee a peaceful time down on this East Sussex farm a quick drive from Hastings.
Whatever you insist on doing while on hol, disagreements will be discouraged by the sheer amount of attractions and activities within a few minutes of Buckhurst Campsite: smuggling adventures, two castles, the 1066 Story and five Sussex beaches are all within ten miles; the campsite is among the walks, wildlife and Sussex scenery of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and – most happily – a vineyard is within walking distance. Absolutely nothing to wine about here, then.
If despite agreeing on daytime activities there’s generally a slight kerfuffle among your family about who does the cooking, Buckhurst has an on-site chef who, with a bit of notice, will prepare, cook and pack a meal for you to pick up from reception and heat over your campfire. Picnic, breakfast and welcome hampers are also available: we particularly like the sound of the ‘romantic hamper’ with sweet treats, cava, strawberries and cream and Belgian chocolate, although we’re not sure we could share.
Amenities at Buckhurst Campsite are plentiful and include a refurbished loo and shower block with hot water, a washing-up area, hand basins and drinking water.
Battlefield boffins have the history and highlights of 1066 and all that a couple of minutes’ drive away at Battle Abbey and Battlefield, site of the famous showdown between King Harold and William the Conqueror (there’s a clue there for the kids as to who won). The heady fare here including visitor centre with CGI re-enactment, events and the abbey itself should entice all ages; if this fires up the kids’ historical imaginations, another 1066 experience is at nearby Hastings Castle (we recommend both).
Reach Hastings Castle via one of the two cliff railways, West Hill and East Hill Lifts, and do remember to look down; East Hill Lifts is the steepest funicular railway in the country and has smashing views over Hastings Country Park where it ends up.
Kids castled out? Hastings has heaps of other family things to do: start off at the seafront’s Hastings Miniature Railway, which runs to old fishing village Rock-a-Nore where you can pick up some local seafood, dive into the exhibits of the Fishermen’s Village or take a boat out to land your own scaly specimens.
The famous Hastings Fishmarket, where most of the Hastings’s daily catch is sold after being landed at The Stade, is on Rock-a-nore Road, the town’s shingle beach which has been a maritime centre for over a millennia and which now has the biggest beachside fishing fleet in Europe. Check out the area’s tales at the Shipwreck Museum and at the Lifeboat Station and Visitors’ Centre, or take a boat trip out to find your own deep sea wreck.
If your history interests – or more likely, the kids’ – tend towards the more nefarious, a big local treasure is St Clements Caves back on West Hill, which tells the tales of the area’s smuggling exploits via Hairy Jack and the team.
At White Rock Gardens in the town, Clambers Play Centre has huge indoor and outdoor play areas for all ages and picnic tables, café and free parking; while retail therapy can be had at the Priory Meadow Shopping Centre near Hastings’s seafront.
Walks through 1066 Country and the High Wealds AONB are also easily accessible, as are Sussex beaches; a golf course at Battle and a golf school in Rother and stacks of other Sussex highlights such as sweet English vineyards, theme parks, watersports and cycling the Sussex Downs – see, we said there’d be no need to do battle…
Water quality at nearby bathing waters
Hastings, East Sussex
Hastings, East Sussex
Rother, East Sussex
Rother, East Sussex
Rother, East Sussex
- 1066 Battle Abbey and Battlefield (2.8 miles)
- Hastings Castle and 1066 Story (4.1 miles)
- A Smugglers Adventure at St Clements Caves (4.1 miles)
- Bodiam Castle (6.2 miles)
- Lamb House (8.3 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
- 1066 Walk: Battle to Bexhill (2.8 miles)
- Battle of Hastings, 1066 (2.8 miles)
- FORE WOOD (CURRENT BOUNDARY FROM 22/07/1976) (3.1 miles)
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Toilet roll was stocked up every morning at 6am when they where cleaned out and was checked on every hour and cleaned until office closed at 8pm. Due to Bank holiday we was very busy like most campsites. As for logs we was stocked up ALL weekend which other campers can vouch for. The bins where disposed before bank holiday and was NOT overfilled until Sunday evening and disposed on the Tuesday after which most campers left there rubbish on the Monday as they where leaving anyway and as mentioned there was unnecessary rubbish ie tents etc. The men's lock was mended on the Saturday but no one reported this problem to us? Portable toilets where in the overspill as a precaution but someone had broke the flush so was locked up to save complaints. If looking for a campsite Our toilets and showers are more than adequate it is camping after all.
Basic, somewhere between ok and good 25 Aug 2014
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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
Tents for hire
Gas cylinders available
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Public transport nearby
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: Sedlescombe Rd North Coach Stop — 1.6mi
Battle: Abbey Green Coach Stop — 2.9mi
Hastings: Town Centre Coach Stops — 4.1mi
- Train stations
Battle Rail Station — 2.5mi
Doleham Rail Station — 2.6mi
Crowhurst Rail Station — 2.7mi
- Ferry ports
Newhaven Harbour Ferry Terminal — 23.3mi
Folkestone Eurotunnel Terminal — 27.8mi
Lydd London Ashford Airport — 17.0mi
We are just off of the A21 as you are heading towards Hastings, Bluemans Lane. If coming from Hastings, pass Clarmont School and keep going along the A21. You will come across a little farm shop: we are opposite.
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Bank holidays 12 noon until 8pm. If arriving later please advise a member of staff at the campsite.
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We do not accept any persons under the age of 18 without an adult or guardian.