Keeping you safe during your camping holiday

In light of the changes and sacrifices we are all going through, at Pop-up we have been working hard to create safe comfortable campsites.

All of our campsite locations have been adapted for peace of mind so that you can totally relax and enjoy your camping holiday.

We are following Government guidance and have delayed the opening of our campsites until July. We look forward to reopening when it is safe for campers and staff.

The changes listed below are us picking down the worry points.

Changes to the Pop up campsites to help with social distancing and keeping you safe.

• Increased pitch sizes 6 metres + (This will mean we undersell by approx 50%)
• Gloves will be placed by wheel barrel points.
• Mobile handwashing stations with soap dotted across the site close to pitch spaces and facilities.
• Cleaning equipment will also be left in each toilet and shower cubicle for extra peace of mind.
• Hand sanitiser across the site and by opening gateways.
• Push button or Lever taps on all water points.
• Checkin will now be done remotely, with allocation maps and all balances for wood and fire pits taken before arrival.
• We have been moving fences so you can park extremely close to pitch spaces to unload gear.
• Creating more car parks closer to pitching so less use for wheel barrels and equally less congestion by parking spaces.

The idea of behind pre allocation maps is trying to reduce the chances of infection from staff members, but speeding up your arrival and pitching time. Staff will be on hand throughout your stay, cleaning and maintaining the Facilities. And if you have any questions or worries we have a dedicated number that you can call or text on.

The Pop-Up by the River Campsite access is being addressed ready for when we reopen in July.

The River has also opened the old campsite up for pitching next to the riverbank, you will find this as an extra add on in the booking system. If you have small children that are a worry around water please do not book these pitches as your stay will not be relaxing.

We are busy building extra steps and you will find “IN” and “OUT” signs, this is designed to keep people passing each other to a minimum. 

We have three campsites across Sussex and the South East and cater for self pitching and Tree Tents.

Our Bell Tents and Teepees are available to hire furnished or unfurnished.

Pop up’s Secret This site hidden away within the Hastings Hills has Woodland perfect for camping in isolation or small groups. We have hidden animal geocache so kids can hunt down the prize and enjoy tree swings, den making, cargo net and slack lines.

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Pop-up’s little secret campsite

Camping close to Rye after ‘lockdown’

Escape to the great outdoors and plenty of fresh air after your period of ‘lockdown’. Pop Ups Hastings campsite hopes to reopen in June and for the whole of July and August 2021. There is a vast amount of space for everyone and secret areas for tree tents, bell tents, shepherds huts and self pitching.

We are also in a unique position to, fortunately, be able to divide the campsites up and offer larger pitches and compartmentalise the group areas to be more self-sufficient with facilities. We have started making more mobile showers and handwashing stations and will endeavour to give more toilets per people on site.

East Sussex countryside

Pop-up’s little secret campsite is in the heart of the East Sussex countryside. With a babbling brook, rolling meadowland and cathedral Esq woodland all set within twenty acres kids can run free whilst their parents unwind. Nestling near Camber Sands and Rye at the Hop and Hare farm this idyllic campsite is perfect for enjoying nearby beaches, nature reserves, walks, water sports and the wildlife of #Camber Sands #Pett Level #The Stade #Pelham #Covehurst Bay #Bexhill #Hastings #Winchelsea and #Rye

Rye in East Sussex

Rye in East Sussex is a charming and beautiful hilltop town with a picturesque jumble of historic buildings and cobbled streets. Voted one of the most picturesque streets in Britain, Mermaid Street overflows with charming half-timbered buildings. The Mermaid is a marvellous 15th-century inn full of character and the odd ghost. Once being a major port in the 16th century this town is steep in historical interest. Close to our Pop Up Hastings campsite, Rye has great views, historic pubs like the Standard Inn (a restored 15th-century building) unique shops and local restaurants. There is an abundance of quirky antique and gift shops such as those along the Strand, places for vintage glassware, stained glass, jewellery fossils and Rye Pottery for handmade ceramics.

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve is a conservation area that includes the ruined Camber Castle and is a few miles out of town. Teeming with rare wildlife, thousands of species including various birds it is made up of hectares of coastline, wetlands, marshes and many pathways making this is a perfect location for avid walkers and bird watchers.

Now the home of the Rye Castle Museum, the Ypres Tower, with exhibits about the tower and town’s history, is an interesting place to explore. Thought to possibly be part of the town’s 13th-century defensive walls, it has been a mortuary, prison over the years.

From the rooftop terrace you can view the old harbour and there’s a recreated medieval herb garden.

Are you a lover of beers, ciders and wine?

Chapel Down vineyard runs guided tours, has a restaurant looking over the vines and is just north of Rye. As one of the best-known English wine producers, you won’t be disappointed to try some of their wine in their tasting room. Their own beers and ciders are also now available. To find out more about the things you can do whilst enjoying your stay at our woodland and meadow campsites click here

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.

To find out more about our campsites and the local activities close by 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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Outdoor Party Field

Capture the unique character of the event with an outdoor birthday party celebration.

Turning 30, 40 or 50 is the perfect opportunity to host a fabulous party. Entertain in style and mark this special occasion with a bespoke outdoor birthday celebration.

Tailored to your theme of choice, from relaxed to super stylish, we have the capability to organise your memorable birthday celebration.

Planning your special occasion

Give someone a party that touches their heart and creates a one of a kind event. Experience nature’s beautifully striking decor with amazing comfort. Outdoors, lends itself to rustic grandeur and elegant formal dining arrangements blend perfectly with the scene and sentiment. Dazzle your guests with awesome lighting and interior design whilst enjoying the great outdoors.

Woodland location

The trees that line the woodland serve as a natural metaphor for the scale of the occasion, the growth of us together and the timelessness of love.

River Campsite

Even if you’re not much of an adventurer, you can still enjoy the great outdoors—just throw a party. For those seeking a water feature, the Pop Up campsite by the River Adur is perfect. Your guests can relax and take in the beautiful scenery.

Groups and parties

Would you like to dance the night away, have a cocktail party, provide a chill-out area, bar and or catering for your guests? We are fully equipped to assist with all your party dreams including Friday night wood-fired pizza or Sunday morning breakfast.

All about the wow factor, our party ideas provide unforgettable experiences for family and friends. Contact us to discuss our adventurous and relaxing birthday party ideas.

We currently have three campsites across Sussex and the South East, catering for self pitching, Bell Tents and Teepees to hire.

To find out more about exclusive land for parties, weddings and corporate gatherings visit:

Glamping at Glastonbury with Bell Tent Camping

Glamping at Glastonbury 2021 bring us some eco sustainable camping

The excitement of Glastonbury 2021 following this years ‘lockdown’

The festival will have the usual mix of music and theatre. So you have your Golden ticket, and now you need an accommodation to match.

Pop up campsites and Bell tent Co have been producing luxury event accommodation, for nearly ten years, and we have seen the Glamping industry grow, structures getting bigger and facilities getting more and more luxurious. The sad truth is temporary sites offering Luxury camping accommodation run with extremely high wastage tags.

We felt a sense of responsibility to try and balance out what we produce in the luxury market and see how much can be replicated in a sustainable and balanced way. We are all essentially looking for safe, comfy clean camping facilities, by thinking outside the norm and being creative and imaginative we think it is possible.

We will still offer stunning canvas structures like Bell tents, safari suits but also want to offer cost effective tents for like minded campers who want intelligent and creative options to the growing consumer issues of nylon throw away tents. In stepped Kartent, the unique structure makes it water tight, wind resistant and blocks out the sun keeping the temperature down and the thumping hang over at bay. We can supply 50% of the power through solar energy, low consumption gas boilers, showers and toilets that use 60% less water, recycling points, vegetarian food, food recycling to local pig farms, no paper cups or plastic bottles served.

Every camper gets their own sustainable welcome pack that includes, power bank, enamel mug, water thermos bottle and cotton bag. All water points will be drinking water, the bar will stock local produce as will the general store. With fun twists from axe throwing, beer pong tables campsite tug of war and free chill out tents dotted about the campsite, every thing we are providing is recycled up cycled or hired. Our land team are busy coppicing willow and hazel from our Sussex campsite so we can calculate our carbon foot print and once we have used the willow as landscaping through the chill out tents we will plant them out and give them freedom.

Happy Glamping!

Brighton & Hove Pride weekend

Brighton & Hove Pride weekend 5th – 7th August 2016. 

Organised by not for profit community interest company Brighton Pride CIC, Brighton & Hove Pride weekend’s ticket revenue goes directly to the Pride Festival, Pride Community Parade, Pride Village Party production costs and their community fundraising for the Social Impact Fund and Rainbow Fund.

If you are looking for a local campsite during Pride, The Pop-Up Brighton Campsite is gay-friendly and just a 5 minute taxi ride from all of the Pride festivities whilst catering for self pitching as well as Bell tent and Teepee hire so that you can go glamping in extreme style.

Pride entertainment this year includes Brut, Fierce Angel presenting Shine On at Ohso,Pride Unplugged with Heather Peace and Lucy Spraggan, Koochy featuring the Fuel Girls, Pam Ann,Queer Nation and Handsome ,Ruby Rose as well as English Disco Lovers, Sink the Pink and Line Dancing at the all new Pride Pleasure Gardens.

Alesha Dixon, Anne-Marie, DJ Fresh, Jordan Grey and Seann Miley Moore are just some of the great artists performing at Pride this year.

To find out about Pride events, news and tickets visit


Family Holidays & Pop Up Campsites

The school holidays are weeks away and many UK based families holidays are being planned to  pop up camping sites. The tents vary in sizes and start from a bell tent starter up to a hotel package, which includes luxuries such as bedding, airbeds, and low-level lighting and electricity points. Additionally, we provide Glamping options such as our new Shepherds Hut (image above) There is also toilets and showers and use of hair dryers and hair straighteners, so a home from home really. The sites are located in some of the most beautiful locations in Sussex and close to suitable activities for family days out. So enjoy a wonderful summer holiday in great surroundings.