Pop Ups Hastings campsite

Pop Ups Hastings campsite is planning for an extended season and to be open for all of July – August, hopefully giving everyone the chance to detoxify from indoor isolation and their digital world.

The Woodland and Meadow campsites are close to many of the most amazing East Sussex beaches including the revived Hastings area. Hastings is great for swimming, walking, fishing and paddle boarding and our campsites offer open space, freedom, outdoor activities suitable for all and a family friendly holiday close to Surrey, Kent, London and Essex.

Hastings Beach with its lifeguard service, dog free zones and high standards of cleanliness, make for a great bathing and swimming spot where beach games and building sand castles can be enjoyed.

Hastings is reinventing itself as a one of Britain’s great seaside towns. Located on England’s south coast, this East Sussex town has the white cliffs of Dover to its east and Brighton to its west. The town is split into the charming postcard pretty old town and the new town with high street shops.  The Hastings old town area has traditional seaside holiday attractions like enjoying an ice cream along the seafront and a walk on the pier. Whilst, the new town offers an unexpected side to Hastings with things like the Electric Palace arthouse cinema and the modern British art of the Hastings Contemporary Jerwood Gallery.

Hastings hosts the largest fleet of beach-launched fishing boats than anywhere in the world. However, fishing is carried out in a more sustainable fashion. Having smaller boats as opposed to trawlers the fishermen do things on an environmentally friendly scale. The Stade area along the edge of the town’s beach is named after the Saxon word for landing place. Freshly caught fish like herring and mackerel are available at the stalls on the beach. Or there is a wealth of fish restaurants. Enjoy dinner at Webbe’s Rock-a-Nore where fish cookery classes are also held. The strange, tall, black wooden buildings are where the fishermen store their nets. Head to Hastings Fishermen’s Museum, set inside the old Fisherman’s Church, if you would like to find out more about the town’s other fishing traditions

All about the unusual and unique the old town of Hastings is a charming mix of half-timbered pubs and wooden-fronted houses linked by narrow passageways called the Twittens. There are art galleries, antique and vintage shops, bookstores and local crafts. With plenty of seaside town cafés and some quirky eateries too you can spend the whole day at this location; there is the country’s only bookshop-come-Thai restaurant called Boulevard Books and home-brewed ales can be savoured at the First In Last Out (FILO) pub.

Britain’s steepest funicular railway built in 1903, the East Hill Lift carries passengers 80 metres up to Hastings Country Park. The park stretches along the clifftop and provides perfect bird’s eye views of the Stade, the old town and along the coast to St Leonard’s, The grassy areas and woodlands are great to explore and for funicular fans, there’s the West Hill Lift across the other side of the old town. This takes you up to some of the old smugglers’ caves and what remains of Hastings Castle via a tunnel.

Built by William the Conqueror, with a prime lookout position over the English Channel, Hastings castle started off as a wooden version that was then rebuilt in stone. It survived decades of attacks from invaders but could not beat the sea. Large chunks of the castle vanished from the soft sandstone rock crumbling away as the cliffs were battered by storms over the years. What remains are the ruined walls and arches, the dungeons and that Channel view.

Built in the 1870s Hastings fine Victorian Pier had an Art Deco theatre and music venue where the likes of the Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd played. Following the damage suffered by the storms of the 1990s and huge fire ten years ago, Hastings pier is another historical landmark that is part of the town’s regeneration. Having now reopened after a £14.2 million redevelopment it has a lovely open space for outdoor concerts and film screenings, a brand-new visitors’ centre and restaurant.

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Wild and semi wild campsites

Escape into rural tranquillity

Would you like to sleep under the stars this summer?

Camping offers the perfect escape. Leave the hustle and bustle behind and reconnect with nature. Enjoy the great joys of camping surrounded by gorgeous woodland.  People love to camp near water whether it be a river or the sea. However, there has definitely been an increase in woodland camping, tree tents and tree houses. Our Pop-up woodland campsite is set in a beautiful rural location.  We offer a traditional camping experience with campfires and the provision some additional creature comforts. You will fully relax in this remote and wild setting and be at one with nature.  There is open level pitching and secret spaces with sunlight for sanctuary and bliss.

This East Sussex campsite is also ideal for self pitching with a broad selection of woodland pitching or open meadow camping, if you fancy a touch of hassle free camping hire one of our comfy Bell tents. Our tree tents provide suspended two floor living space, hidden within the woodland give a unique perspective of tree top living, ideal for a couple wanting a get away experience. 

Chill out spaces are dotted over the campsite in the shape of Hammocks, cargo nets and slack lines harness the inner child.

Get back to nature with off grid woodland camping and comfort. Our campsite is remote but we provide facilities. The toilets and lovely hot showers are in vintage horse box trailers. These bespoke huts on trailer units are placed where you need them the most.

For those of you that would like to also venture further than Sussex, there are many wild and semi-wild campsites of Scotland. Whether it’s a rugged coastline or wooded glen, you’re spoilt for choice in Scotland.

In accordance with the access rights established by the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, wild camping is broadly legal in Scotland such as certain areas of the The Isle of Mull, the largest of the islands of Argyll. Enjoy this haven for birds and wildlife with miles of coastline.  Lochbuie Estate also has a site specifically for wild camping.

Experience the spectacular scenery of Cairngorms breathtaking National Park. This massive location is twice the size of the very popular Lake District. Explore the glens, rivers, lochs and mountains of the eastern Highlands of Scotland. There is a vast array of wildlife to be spotted in this picturesque setting. Walkers and runners can trace the classic trail of Lairig Ghru. Other adventorus activities include hoofing it across Esat Highland Way, exploring the Cairngorm Plateau, foraging by paddleboard and swimming at Loch Morlich Beach.

It is legal to wild camp for responsible campers. However, check for signs, be considerate and put safety first. Byelaws sometimes prohibit wild camping. For instance, a permit is required before pitching up around Loch Lomond and in the Trossachs.

Family friendly camping in Sussex

A babbling brook winds its way through the trees of the Pop-up woodland campsite. Children can play on the tree swings and find fish, frogs and newts in the stream. There is also den making equipment for any budding builders.

Our Pop-up campsites are suitable for families, groups, couples, and individuals.

Leave the site as you found it 

We are passionate about achieving minimum environmental impact.  Campers are asked to leave no trace on the land. Please try your best not to damage vegetation and take all of your waste away with you.  To find out more about trees, woods and wildlife near you click here

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Family-friendly camping

Family-friendly camping in Sussex. Have a wonderful holiday surrounded by stunning locations. Our truly family-friendly camping options have plenty of space for that sense of freedom. Kids have the chance to run free whilst parents can unwind. The on and off-site activities accommodate adults and children of all ages.

Discover a new place to play and create your own “wilderness vibe”

We have private sections with direct river access or whole pieces of woodland. Our campsites are designed for parental peace of mind. The open plan aspects are broken up by plenty of trees, tyre swings and woodland play areas.

Perfect for your family’s adventures

Our campsites are peaceful, relaxing and surrounded by nature. Family camping is great for relationship building and letting you get the chance to talk without distraction. The Pop Up child-friendly campsites have on and off-site activities including seasonal treasure hunts.

Our campsites are perfect for wildlife lovers and to encourage outdoor play

Nestling close to Camber Sands and Rye at the Hop and Hare Farm, this outdoor space encompasses a brook, meadowland and woodland. Camber Sands is one of the region’s stand-out sandy beaches which features the purest and longest dune systems on the South Coast.

Outdoor activities and experiences bring families together and forge memories

Some of the family-friendly activities can be found in the close-by picturesque village of Herstmonceux in Hailsham. Its Observatory Science Centre and Castle are all located close to our Secret Campsite at Hop and Hare Farm ( approx half hour by car) The annual Medieval Festival takes place here during the August bank holiday weekend. The Science Centre is set in the beautiful countryside with a cafe and picnic area great for relaxing and refuelling after your excursions.

Outdoor activities lead to a greater connection with nature and encourage children to be more engaged

As adults, we frequently recall the joy of playing outdoors as our own happiest memories of childhood.  Play is central to children’s enjoyment and teaches critical life skills such as creativity, teamwork, problem-solving and resilience. Also, fresh air and exercise improves our health and well being. The river campsite offers water-based activities such as canoeing, paddleboards and kayaks for hire.

Our outdoor spaces are ideal for families and large groups.

Book your group gathering in one of our separate spaces across our campsites.

Hire tree tents, bell tents, shepherds huts or self pitch.

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