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

The Woodland Trust

Your support is vital for the The Woodland Trust to continue safeguarding woodland across the UK. If this is of interest then click here to find out how to support an appeal

Class and year group camping trips

Pop Up campsites are ideal for school group camping trips.

Our group camping options are packed with thrilling and engaging youth experiences to seamlessly combine leisure and great memories.

As parents and from years of experience, we have developed an understanding for class and year group trips. It’s a great way to engage classmates and the perfect opportunity to enhance their social skills whilst they develop both emotionally and personally.

After everyone’s hard work during the academic year, a camping trip is a brilliant way to unwind, reflect on the previous year and celebrate achievements. We can cater for all year groups and are happy to help you plan your accommodation, catering and activities accordingly since Year 6 groups may for instance, prefer different activities and arrangements to Year 4.

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Activity centred escapes

Some of the many activities enjoyed by our class groups are climbing, running free, wood craft, watersports and wood fires. Everyone can move around safely throughout all of the pop up campsite destinations.

Private space for large groups

We have great outdoor settings for class bookings of school year groups. The perfect camping area with required facilities suitable for your group size will be allocated to accommodate you fully.

Fab Sussex campsites for getting back to nature

Being outdoors amongst Mother Nature is great fun, good for the brain and body, boosts your energy, immune system and creativity. Whilst, the natural scents of the countryside, such as grass, plants and trees, makes us feel more relaxed. Spending time outside lowers our heart rate and like meditating has a positive effect our body and brain.

Being in nature reduces stress and increases pleasant feelings

Exposure to nature makes you feel better emotionally and contributes to your physical wellbeing, reducing the production of stress hormones. Research also shows that being in nature restores our focus and encourages us to value the importance of community, sharing and relationships. People process environmental information through exploring and mapping. This type of physical activity reduces depression and anxiety and improves psychological well-being.

Group friendly meadow and woodland pitches

Taking the kids outside for a nature walk, letting them play and enjoy a cool field trip is a great way to mark the end of a academic year and all their hard work. Our campsite locations include access to a river, beautiful woodland and vast meadows.

Campers and Glampers

There are self pitching and pre-erected tented areas available and woodland tree tents or eco friendly luxurious glamping options.

Click here and contact us today with details of your year group and we will help you get your kids together for a weekend of camping.

Outdoor birthday party

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: https://popupcampsites.com/

Warden and Bell tent production posts for 2017

camping near river adur sussex

Campsite warden jobs and Bell tent production

We are a Bell tent and campsite company, looking for staff with a wide range of skills, from being physically able to lift 25-30 kg in weight but yet make a bedroom up from scratch including making beds and bedding. You need to common sense and the ability to think and operate outside the normal box. 

We have 2 campsites that require wardens from Friday- Sunday, the central brighton campsite is situated in woodingdean, and attracts large groups wanting to use the site as a cheap living alternative to access the town centre. So this means the campsite has a very lively vibe and has very busy periods on friday night checkin and sunday check out but the rest of the time can be empty.

Alternatively the Riversite by Steyning west sussex (25min outside brighton) has a very kicked back approach and is mainly attracting families and large groups of friends eager to take advantage of the river or bushcraft activities. 

You will need your own vehicle or be able to reach these two locations if interested please send a CV or email illustrating previous relevant work experience and/or personal attributes to me Tiz at info@popupcampsites.com

Overview of the Campsite and Bell tent production jobs

Our camping seasons run from April/May to August. The river campsite is off-grid. The positions often are likely to suit a couple or individuals who are comfortable with the general public and out door living.

The primary responsibility of the warden(s) is to enhance the experience of our campers and ensure their wellbeing and that of the campsite. We never ask staff to do anything we have not all done within the core team ourselves. You need to be hardworking, willing to work in sometimes through tough weather conditions have the ability to big deep and keep going.

We pay a sliding scale for different jobs, the bell tent production is job based, the wardening is fixed with extra jobs within the role on a per hour base rate. We do look for relaxed down to earth individuals, with strong senses of humour and people skills.

We will require you to start work on the 1st bank holiday in May and finish no earlier than the last weekend in August. The working days will often stretch from Thursday Bell tent production, Friday campsite production Sat/Sunday wardening, Monday production pack down.

 

Campsite Warden Jobs

  • Where applicable Pop-up bell tents and kit with equipment on the for the campers.
  • Some movements and repositioning of Bell Tents around the campsite.
  • Chill-out teepee, army mess tents and canvas awnings
  • Check the solar panels and freezer and fridge areas are clean and working correctly

Guests Arrival & Departure

  • Meet and greet guests on arrival
  • Assist with belongings from car park to campsite, ensuring trolleys and wheelbarrows are available for their use, we also have quad bikes and 4×4 vehicles on certain campsites.
  • Ensue guest only park in car park area
  • Show guest to their accommodation, pointing out the equipment
  • Point out the basic rules and expectations of the campers
  • Explain rubbish and noise policy
  • Provide with firewood allocation and sell additional if required

Bell Tent Preparation & Cleaning

  • Bell tents must be kept clean and well maintained. checking through adverse weather conditions
  • Fire-pits must be clean
  • Kindling, matches and newspaper re-stocked
  • Carpets and mats kept cleaned
  • Interior tidied.
  • Beds checked and inflated
  • Bin liner replaced
  • Bell tent rotation from campsite to containers needs to be monitored

Campsite Cleaning and Maintenance

  • The general campsite should be kept very clean and tidy at all times.
  • Campsite surrounding trees surveyed for any dangerous branches.
  • Toilets checked and cleaned morning and evening.
  • Compost toilet waste checked
  • Shower checked and cleaned morning and evening.
  • Shared Kitchen areas checked and cleaned daily
  • Pathways monitored and maintained.

General Duties

  • Ensure the campers have an enjoyable stay
  • Supervise the campsite and maintain safe practices
  • Ensure the low noise policy is observed
  • Stack firewood when delivered.
  • Sale of additional firewood to campers.
  • Liaise with Campsite Manager regarding bookings and general matters.
  • General duties and responsibilities as required.

Specific Task List To Include.

  • Clean Toilet/Shower AM
  • Clean Toilets/Shower Midday
  • Clean Toilet/Shower  PM
  • Clean Wash-up Area AM
  • Clean Wash-Up Area PM
  • Clean Shed & Campsite
  • Water Heater AM
  • Water Heater PM
  • PREPARE BELL TENTS
  • Check Bell Tents Daily
  • Meet & Greet Guests
  • Twilight Walk Around
  • Keep the cash book up to date
  • Daily Record in LOG BOOK
  • Ensure Phone Battery Charged
  • Ensure Leisure Battery Charged
  • Stack Firewood
  • Maintenance Work

Fancy your very own magnificent Lotus Belle Tent?

When you book your camping or glamping holiday with Cool Camping you have a chance of winning an amazing, cool and creamy canvas lotus belle tent worth £1,500 and standing over 3m high and 5m wide or one of our runners-up prizes.

The Lotus Belle Company are true innovators of the glamping world  have a striking and modern design. Somewhere between a yurt and a bell tent, Lotus Belles have the size, space and beauty of the former but with the easy set-up and foldaway of the latter and the same classic camping look.

To find out  more and about the campsites you can book online through cool camping such as pop-up at Brighton wombell campsite, powys pods, glamping west midlands, glampotel and cleadale campsite visit Cool Camping

Brighton Pride 30th July – 2nd August 2015

Brighton Pride Festival time is here and what better way to visit Brighton for the event than to stay at the Pop up Pride Campsite, which is in an excellent location 5 minutes taxi ride away and on a main bus route into Brighton. There are tents to suit all price ranges from empty bell tents to kitted bell tents, which include beds, bedding, carpet, lighting, bedside tables and bunting. The sites include the essential toilets, showers, mains power and a pampering area…so you will be ready to party at Brighton Pride 2015!

To find out more about the Pride terrace parties, Pride festival, Pride diversity games, Pride village party, Pride dog show, Pride parade, the Rainbow colour run and to sign up for the Pride newsletter click here

Ocean Bay Yoga classes at Pop Up Brighton campsite

Fancy a yoga class whilst at your campsite? Pop Up Brighton Campsite situated ten minutes by bus into Brighton city centre is offering Saturday morning yoga classes in the field and massage and aromatherapy in the bell tent. The campsite offers a variety of tents to suit different budgets ranging from a bell tent starter up to motel package and B&B group and with toilet, shower and electricity. You can have a relaxing time at the yoga class and the enjoy the fun of Brighton.

To find out more about our excellent Yoga teachers click here to visit the Ocean Bay Yoga website.

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.

Teepee goes up on pop-up by the River campsite

Our pop-up by the River campsite is situated next to the River Adur in Sussex and our Teepee is now up and ready to hire this Summer. The paddock with teepee is ideal for large groups or big families with children.

Alternatively, you can hire your own ready pitched canvas Bell Tent or something more solid like our Handcrafted Shepherds huts. Self pitching is welcomed and we have a family field that gives parents river peace of mind.

There are local activity specialists for you to hire a canoe, kayak, paddle board or boat from. Follow the river down to Steyning soaking in this gorgeous old trading town with bespoke shops and food halls.

Axe & Paddle Bushcraft courses at Heronsdale Manor campsite

Steven Say teaches and presents traditional skills and crafts to adults and children at our pop-up in the woods campsite of Heronsdale Manor in Heathfield as well as at events, festivals and for private parties.

Steve founded Axe & Paddle Bushcraft in early 2012, has a deep love of nature, is highly skilled and is a great teacher.

Take away a new skill from your stay at our pop-up in the campsite and embrace craft, nature and tradition. The Bushcraft folk will teach you bow and arrow making, spoon carving and flint or friction fire making. You can also try the ancient and rapidly diminishing hunting, skinning and cooking over you fire pit skills with Steve.

With regards to Fire Lighting, there are three different stages are available to book. Stage one uses the more traditional, more difficult, Flint and Steel method and the carbon stick tool to learn the ‘Strike a Light’ method. For Stage two you would learn the ancient Bow Drill method and how to build a lasting fire. Stage three is the Friction Fire lighting course for very enthusiastic to learn how to create fire caveman style.

Generally, Axe & Paddle Bushcraft courses include Brain Tanning, Fire Lighting, Jewellery Making, Leatherwork, Moccasin Making, Paddle Making, Shelter Building and Base Camp Skills, Spoon Carving, and Traps and Snares.

Axe & Paddle Bushcraft also sell handcrafted items such as bone carvings, green wood furniture, jewellery, leatherwork and wood as well as working on bespoke commissions.