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- ‘Strictly canvas’ event site five minutes from South Downs
- Off-grid camping; festival feel without festival hassle
- Top spot for walkers, cyclists and explorers
Go au naturel at The Real Restival, an event site five minutes from the small town of Steyning in West Sussex, South East England. Don’t worry, you won’t have to be in the nip – you’ll just be in a tent made from canvas or another natural material (bring your own or hire one on site).
Unsurprisingly, given its focus on the natural, the Restival is a prime spot from which to explore this part of Sussex countryside. The site is less than five minutes’ drive from the edge of the South Downs National Park, and 10 minutes from picking up the South Downs Way – follow this scenic 100-mile long trail on foot, bike or in the saddle, stopping off at Roman villas and spectacular villages along the way.
You won’t find anything back on site to bring you crashing back to the real world. The ‘strictly canvas’ rule isn’t just a jokey guideline – cars are relegated to a parking area, so when it comes time to relax, you’ll be kicking back away from the noise of modern machines.
The Restival is also off-grid, so don’t expect to retreat to Netflix in the evenings. Instead, grill up something tasty on the barbecue – nab supplies at the shops in Steyning – then chill in the woodland glade or next to your campfire. If you fancy a break from cooking, venture back into the world and bag a table at one of the restaurants within 10 minutes.
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A fantastic campsite with an amazing experience rolled into one !
Nice environment, huge meadow Good location, easy to find. We …
Leisure on park
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on park
Car parking by site/unit
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Barbecue grills allowed
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Tipis, yurts, or wigwams
Electric car charging point(s)
No drinkable water point
No hot water
No running water
Propane/gas cylinders available
Dog walk nearby
Small (11-25 sites)
- Coach stations
Shoreham-by-Sea: High Street Coach Stop
— 9.9 kilometres
9.9 kilometres Broadwater (Worthing): Coach Stop — 10.5 kilometres
10.5 kilometres Lancing: Brighton Rd Coach Stop — 10.6 kilometres
- Train stations
Shoreham-by-Sea (Sussex) Rail Station
— 9.8 kilometres
9.8 kilometres Lancing Rail Station — 9.9 kilometres
9.9 kilometres East Worthing Rail Station — 10.8 kilometres
- Ferry ports
Newhaven Harbour Ferry Terminal
— 30.1 kilometres
30.1 kilometres Bosham Hoe Ferry Landing — 39.8 kilometres
39.8 kilometres West Itchenor Ferry Landing — 40.1 kilometres
Shoreham Brighton City Airport
— 9.6 kilometres
9.6 kilometres London Gatwick Airport South Terminal — 28.9 kilometres
28.9 kilometres London Gatwick Airport North Terminal — 29.0 kilometres
Keep that natural vibe going with a jaunt into South Downs National Park, less than five minutes’ drive from The Real Restival. As you might expect, it’s a top spot for walking, biking and riding trails, but it’s also home to Goodwood racecourse and motor circuit, stunning stately homes at Petworth, Parham Park, Arundel Castle and Goodwood House, and the scenic valley of Devil’s Dyke, all handily within 40 minutes’ drive of the site.
There’s plenty to keep kids entertained within half an hour of the Restival: have a go at footgolf, get the adrenaline pumping at the Karting and Mini Moto circuit, watch an avian display at Huxleys Birds of Prey Centre, or spend an afternoon at Fishers Adventure Farm Park.
If you’re seeking more of an urban feel, Brighton is a little more than 30 minutes from the site – make the journey for the Royal Pavilion, the Palace Pier, the marina and tons of shops, restaurants, museums and galleries.
- Parham House & Gardens (11.9 kilometres)
- Hove Museum & Art Gallery (13.9 kilometres)
- Preston Manor (14.7 kilometres)
- Nymans (17.2 kilometres)
- Petworth House and Park (21.6 kilometres)
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- Does The Real Restival have a swimming pool? No View all features
- Is The Real Restival dog friendly? Yes View all features
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When can I check in and check out of The Real Restival?
Camping and touring Arrive: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Depart by: noon On-site accommodation Arrive: 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. Depart by: noon