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  • Large open field behind a pub in the Kent countryside
  • Beaches, castles, wildlife and walks within 40 minutes' drive
  • Dogs and barbecues welcome; playground; Canterbury 20 minutes by car

Anyone for the pub? There’s one right next to this site in the Kent countryside, and all around it the stuff this county’s famous for: castles, coasts, cliffs and cracking country views.

It's all at The Hop Pocket, a friendly hostelry in Bossingham in the Kent Downs, in front of a large open field for guests to pitch up in. Outside the pub there’s a pretty garden to sup ales in and a playground for the kids to clamber on; the Hop Pocket's pair of resident dogs love visitors (human and canine) and the latter are welcome to wander about without leads.

The pub serves drinks from Tuesdays to Sundays and another pub serves food throughout the week in Stelling Minnis, half an hour's stroll away across the common. For self catering, barbecues are allowed on site and supermarkets for supplies are 15 minutes' drive away in Chilham (anglers can have a whale of a time there on the fishing lakes too).

For an intro to the Downs and their wildlife, just wander the village: the area is crisscrossed with footpaths and bridleways. For a compact tour, head half an hour to the Blean Woods National Nature Reserve; trails of all lengths are around this protected wilderness, but even a whistlestop visit gives you the chance to see wildflowers and rare butterflies, while listening out for woodpeckers and the call of the nightingales.

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Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool


Recreation room/arcade

TV room




Amenities on park

Bath available

Car parking by site/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Parent & baby washroom


Pick-up from public transport


Pub toilets


Shower available

Washing-up area


Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Scouts welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome


Barbecue grills allowed

Barbecue provided

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year


Hikers’ paradise


Wild camping


Charging facilities

Dump station

Electric car charging point(s)

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Dog walk nearby

Public transportation nearby


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  • Bossingham, Canterbury, Kent, England, CT4 6DY
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 51.2006°N 1.0769°E

Nearest transport

Coach stations
New Dover Road Park and Ride Terminal — 7.0 kilometres
Bus Station — 8.4 kilometres
Swan Lane — 11.9 kilometres
Train stations
Chartham Rail Station — 7.5 kilometres
Bekesbourne Rail Station — 8.0 kilometres
Canterbury East Rail Station — 8.2 kilometres
Ferry ports
Folkestone Eurotunnel Terminal — 11.9 kilometres
Dover Western Docks Ferry Terminal — 19.1 kilometres
Dover Eastern Docks Ferry Terminal — 19.4 kilometres
Kent International Airport — 25.5 kilometres
Lydd London Ashford Airport — 29.1 kilometres


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

For history stretching from Roman times to World War II, Canterbury 20 minutes’ drive away is famed for its castle, cathedral, city walls and winding medieval old town. With an equally impressive timespan, Leeds Castle is 40 minutes away, combining falconry and jousting with grand gardens and a house with nine centuries of stories to tell.

Castle buffs are in for endless treats around here, as the once heavily fortified coast is 40 minutes’ drive away, and many of its ancient strongholds, like Deal, Dover and Walmer are still intact and worth a wander. For more recent history, the South Foreland Lighthouse explains the game-changing radio transmissions Marconi made from here, and you can top it off with a cuppa in the lighthouse's 1950s tearoom and a tour of the World War II tunnel networks. For seaside towns where the buildings are as big a draw as the beaches, you can't beat Broadstairs and Rye (50 minutes).

As well as bucket and spade stuff, the coast between Whitstable and Sandwich Bay serves up a fine spread of paths on dunes and cliffs, taking you through a changing landscape of wetlands and heaths. Pack your picnic and make for the Sandwich and Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve for the contrast of wildflower meadows up high, wading birds on the estuary below and sea trips out to the seal colonies.

Must see

  • St Augustine's Abbey (8.6 kilometres)
  • Canterbury Tales (8.6 kilometres)
  • Canterbury Roman Museum (8.7 kilometres)

National Trust

  • The White Cliffs of Dover (19.8 kilometres)
  • South Foreland Lighthouse (21.6 kilometres)

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.

  • How much is payable upfront? A 15% transferable deposit is payable when you book, with the balance payable on arrival. Read more
  • Does The Hop Pocket have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is The Hop Pocket dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near The Hop Pocket? For history stretching from Roman times to World War II, Canterbury 20 minutes’ drive away is famed for its castle, cathedral, city walls and winding medieval old town. With an equally impressive … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of The Hop Pocket?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  11 a.m. –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  10 a.m. –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
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Terms and conditions

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

Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.

The bar and/or restaurant is open between 01/01 et 31/12.
This park has no on-site toilet and shower facilities.

Unsupervised minors must have a letter of authorization from their parents or legal guardian.