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The Blue Ship: The beer garden

General

  • Simple pitches behind a West Sussex country pub
  • A 15-minute drive from Horsham; half an hour to the South Downs
  • Friendly pub with homemade food, beer garden and play area

Country walk, nice pub dinner, couple of drinks, very short walk back to your bed… if that sounds like a top way to spend a day, get yourselves over to the pitches behind The Blue Ship, in a rural West Sussex spot just under 10 minutes’ drive from Billingshurst.

The pitches here are on the basic side (toilets are provided but not showers) but they’re very well placed for rural walks and bike rides – nearby trails run alongside rivers or canals and through little villages, and there’s easy access to the Downs Link route not far away too. Families and dogs are welcome on site here too, making it a splendid spot for a weekend away in the countryside.

Barbecues are permitted on the pitches if you’re in the mood for a bit of alfresco cooking – Bilingshurst should have most of the supplies you need, and bigger Horsham is about 15 minutes’ drive away. That said, the prospect of an evening in the pub is likely to be enticing too – it’s got a good menu of homemade dishes (including desserts and weekly specials) and an equally tempting range of drinks including cask ales.

All of this is rightly popular, so it’s a good idea to reserve your table in advance if you want to eat in the pub. In sunny weather, the beer garden (with a play area) is the place to be – or maybe you’d like to order one of the pub’s pizzas to take back to your pitch?

Please note

Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

At least one of the party members must be aged 21 or over.

This site has no on-site shower facilities.

Guests are advised to bring a good quality torch with them as parts of the site are unlit.


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8.7

Overall rating based on 12 reviews

 

92% would recommend this site to a friend.

83% would stay here again.

 

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Great little find for our 1 night stop over. Really …27/06/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAaron C.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Great little find for our 1 night stop over.
    Really friendly and welcoming, the food and beer was excellent too.

    Disliked: 

From the manager...

Thank you for visiting us and for taking the time to write a review, as a small family run establishment we greatly appreciate it.

We are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you again soon.

Best Wishes

Sophie.

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Great country site with friendly faces everywhere27/06/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJo L.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The blue ship is a incredible little gem for a perfect camping experience. Sophie and her husband was super nice and accommodating and most of all patient with ourselves.

    We spent two nights having dinner and drinks in their pub which was lovely and welcome. We enjoyed the locals chatting away with us and Jackie always making sure we felt special whilst serving up! The owners all went above and beyond and helped us out where needed.

    Everyone on the pitch was really nice and lots of plots to choose from. All the neighbours were honestly so friendly and the kids made friends and played on the pitch mixed with dogs and games. They also enjoyed the play park and petting the pigs Plum and Rose!

    Dogs loved the country walks and fresh air whilst also making friends and getting free treats in the pub.

    We would definitely come here again and we loved how fun and welcoming the total experience was for us! It was really nice to live simple at a very great price and making friends along the way!

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From the manager...

Thank you so much for the lovely review, we are delighted you enjoyed your stay and it was a pleasure to welcome you all.

We hope to welcome you back again soon.

Best Wishes

Sophie.

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We loved the quiet and rural location of this campsite27/06/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomHelen D.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    We loved the quiet and rural location of this campsite. Quaint pub with good food and friendly staff. The campsite has 2 toilets and no showers so fine for a weekend stay. It is very dog and child friendly.

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From the manager...

Thank you very much for visiting us and for your kind review.

We hope to welcome you again soon.

Best Wishes

Sophie.

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Great basic campsite, will return!!27/06/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomSamantha H.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Lovely little site!! Quiet, pub next door with delicious food and staff were very friendly! Children's play area and pig enclosure next to it which the kids loved!! Really enjoyed our weekend away, only 40 mins to worthing/beach /Brighton etc so great days out can be had if you choose to.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing to dislike, just a slight observation (not a complaint!) to others, only 1 ladies toilet which is a short walk through campsite outside pub and lights didn't seem to work but as long as you're equipped
    (as advised) with your torch you're fine.

From the manager...

Thank you for visiting us and for taking the time to write a review, as a small family run establishment we greatly appreciate your custom.

We are delighted you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you another time.

Best Wishes

Sophie.

(Just a side note to anyone reading this review and the comment re lighting, our toilet lights do work and are operational during pub service but over night we have to turn the lights out due to our rural location. Both our listing and our welcome letter state you will need a torch for your stay)

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Basic, cheap, friendly staff11/06/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Nice and quiet area not far from fishers farm. Very basic just a field but cheap. Friendly staff in the pub.

    Disliked: 

    Smelly near the toilets

From the manager...

Thank you for visiting us and for taking the time to write a review. I am delighted you enjoyed your stay and yes Fishers Farm is a fab day out for the children and lots of our guests visit as it is close by.

With regard to the toilets, due to our rural location we have a Klargester and it had been emptied the day prior so I can only apologise for this but you can appreciate this is out of our control and the tank has to be emptied when needed.
I would hate anyone reading this to think this was some how an hygiene issue or related to cleanliness as it categorically is not. This is just part of countryside living and how many rural properties operate and the smell is purely down to the tank having been emptied and leaves an odour in the air for a very short time thereafter and is totally unavoidable unfortunately. We hope this did not detract from your stay and hope to welcome you again soon.

Best Wishes

Sophie.

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Awful experience would never go again. Complaint made to brewery06/06/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Owner rude and should not be allowed near any children at all.

    Disliked: 

    The swearing from the landlord over a two year old running around.

From the manager...

How entirely predictable for us to receive your review!

It is interesting how you don’t write anything about the circumstances surrounding your dissatisfaction or that you still stayed at our campsite regardless of supposedly hating it all so much!

Your two year old child was in our private entrance when the pub was closed (not the pub enwtrabce) and was unwrapping cutlery that was on a table in a basket ready to be placed out for evening garden service when the pub re-opened. I had seen this on our CCTV and so came down and POLITELY asked you not to allow him to unwrap cutlery that was ready and intended for people to eat with that evening. Rather than simply apologising and that would have been the end of the matter, you entirely denied this and “swore on your life” that this had not happened and yet when I made you aware I had this on CCTV and had witnessed you watch him do so, laugh and place the cutlery back, you did not have much more to say on the matter and walked back to the campsite!
You then cancelled your table for dinner (which was absolutely fine with us and we had a wait list for inside tables this weekend anyway for other campers) and continued with your stay in the campsite, in fact you and your husband both came to the pub that very evening to purchase drinks to take back to the campsite - you were served politely and nothing more was said on the matter.

We are extremely child friendly and welcome families every single weekend (as you will no doubt see from our countless other reviews) but I do not think any of the other parents would have considered their toddler unwrapping cutlery particularly funny or acceptable. Hygiene is of more importance than ever since the pandemic and I would not imagine any person would want to eat with cutlery that a toddler had been playing with, I know I personally wouldn’t want to do so. Luckily as I had witnessed this happen I was able to take all 40 sets of cutlery (he had only handled some as far as I could see but I could not take any hygiene risks), unwrap them and put them all back through the sanitiser. They then had to be dried and rewrapped so all unnecessary extra work on a busy weekend.

We never like to have any dissatisfied customers and this is a real rarity for us but sadly this situation was entirely of your making and was completely avoidable. We hope you find a campsite that you regard as more family friendly in the future and perhaps one that is more tolerable of this kind of behaviour.

Warm Regards

Sophie.

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The little pub next door is great and the food …06/06/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomRikki P.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The little pub next door is great and the food is fantastic. Peaceful location and lots of great walks nearby. Ground was flat and easy to pitch up

    Disliked: 

    There is only one toilet on the site and it didn’t have the lights switched on a night which wasn’t ideal. There is no where to wash dishes or dispose of rubbish so definitely not good for more than 1-2 nights

From the manager...

Thank you for visiting us and for your kind review.
We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay and our food.

For anyone reading this I would just reiterate that we do only offer basic camping as described in our listing and do advise people to bring torches as areas are unlit at night due to our rural location.

There is a water supply in the campsite where most people wash dishes etc but you would need to bring your own washing up bowl to do so. We did used to leave some bowls there for people to use but since Covid we have had to change some procedures as I’m sure you can appreciate. We do kindly ask all campers to take their rubbish home with them, this is firstly because of the disposal costs we would incur with the sheer volume of waste and also for hygiene reasons particularly since Covid. Hopefully this did not detract from your stay and we hope to welcome you back again soon.

Very Best Wishes

Sophie.

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Loved our on route stop over. Friendly owners and great pub food.05/06/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Behind a lovely quaint Old British pub with lovely dog friendly staff.
    Great food.
    Back to basics site but very quiet with lots of dog walks nearby. Beautiful scenery.
    Picked our own pitch and had lots of room even on a bank holiday.
    Great value for money pitch.

    Disliked: 

    A couple more toilets available would have been a bonus to avoid queuing.

From the manager...

Thank you for visiting us and for taking the time to write a lovely review, we really appreciate it.

We are indeed just basic camping but as you rightfully state, if you want a quiet rural location with lots of lovely walks then we can definitely deliver that.

We would love to be able to offer more facilities and hopefully in the future additional toilets may be an option but as we are a listed building it is not quite that straight forward in terms of planning permission. Additionally after an extremely difficult couple of years due to the pandemic hitting our industry so hard, this year is not a feasible time for us to invest funds in to further facilities but if things continue to be busy and Covid is behind us then it certainly is in our future plans to increase our camping facilities.

Thank you once again and we hope to welcome you again soon.

Very best wishes

Sophie

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Very quiet small camp site perfect for a quiet night …05/06/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomCharlotte P.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Very quiet small camp site perfect for a quiet night away.

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From the manager...

Thank you for visiting and for taking the time to write a review, we greatly appreciate it.

We hope to welcome you and your family again soon.

Very best wishes

Sophie

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Highly recommend to stay here, as we visited fishers farm which is sup05/06/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Easy site, no real restrictions, pub on site with toilets! Fab price, quiet

    Disliked: 

    Showers would be nice but not a problem as the price is fair considering

From the manager...

Thank you for visiting and for taking the time to write a review, we greatly appreciate it.

We hope to welcome you again soon.

Very best wishes

Sophie

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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

TV room

Take away

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Type

Medium (26-50 pitches)

Pub campsite

Location

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  • The Haven, Billingshurst, West Sussex, England, RH14 9BS
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 51.0634°N 0.4529°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Crossroads — 12.7 miles
Crossroads — 12.7 miles
The Castle — 13.0 miles
Train stations
Billingshurst Rail Station — 3.3 miles
Christs Hospital Rail Station — 4.0 miles
Warnham Rail Station — 5.7 miles
Ferry ports
Weybridge Ferry Landing — 22.0 miles
Shepperton Ferry Landing — 22.1 miles
Ditton Island Ferry Landing — 23.4 miles
Airports
London Gatwick Airport North Terminal — 13.7 miles
London Gatwick Airport South Terminal — 14.1 miles
London Gatwick Airport — 14.2 miles

Directions


Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Attractions and activities nearby include:

- Horsham (market town): 15 minutes’ drive

- Loxwood Joust (medieval jousting festival on select dates): 15 minutes

- Knepp Castle Estate (walking and cycling through a castle estate and rewilding project): 20 minutes

- Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens (Grade I-listed building with a Victorian garden, dollhouse museum and wine tastings): half an hour

- South Downs National Park: half an hour

- Worthing (seaside town): 40 minutes.

Must see

  • Fishers Adventure Farm Park (2.9 miles)
  • Petworth House & Park (8.6 miles)
  • Parham House & Gardens (10.2 miles)

National Trust

  • Petworth House and Park (8.6 miles)
  • Winkworth Arboretum (8.8 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  2 p.m. –  9 p.m.
Depart by:  12 p.m.

The Blue Ship cancellation policy

No refunds within 30 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.

Payment

Deposit transferable during COVID-19. The Blue Ship 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.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.

Payment methods accepted on the park

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Terms and conditions

Site booking terms and conditions

  • Does The Blue Ship have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is The Blue Ship dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near The Blue Ship? Attractions and activities nearby include: - Horsham (market town): 15 minutes’ drive - Loxwood Joust (medieval jousting festival on select dates): 15 minutes - Knepp Castle Estate (walking and cycling through a … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of The Blue Ship?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  2 p.m. –  9 p.m.
    Depart by:  12 p.m.
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  • How much does it cost to stay at The Blue Ship? From £12 (for 1 night, 5 people) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability

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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Admission
At least one of the party members must be aged 21 or over.
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Arrivals and departures
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
Please pick any available pitch on arrival.
The site will send you further check-in information 7 day(s) before your arrival.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.

Extras
Motorbike(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

General
This site has no on-site shower facilities.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.
Firearms are not permitted.
Guests are advised to bring a good quality torch with them as parts of the site are unlit.

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