Family glamping in Kingley Vale National Nature Reserve

Tangled forests and Bronze age ruins make a memorable backdrop for nature walks and wildlife-watching.

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12 top glamping sites in Kingley Vale National Nature Reserve

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Tomkins Farm

42 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents15 acres · North Chailey, England
Relaxed camping beside a lake on an East Sussex farm, with alpacas, llamas, and camels
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£15
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Dernwood Farm Wild Camping

17 units · Glamping, Tents70 acres · East Sussex, South East England
Camping and glamping in Sussex meadows and woodlands
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£16
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Cattlestone Farm

36 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents60 acres · West Sussex, South East England
Friendly camping and glamping on a Sussex farm, with animals to meet, a pond to swim in, and the South Downs nearby.
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£35
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Wild Boar Wood Campsite

9 units · Glamping5 acres · Haywards Heath, England
Wild woodland glamping in the heart of Sussex with fires
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£85
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The Sunset Tree

30 units · Glamping, Tents3 acres · West Sussex, South East England
A sociable, tents-only, pop-up campsite, with a good village pub and playground on the doorstep
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£17
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Fontmills Farm Campsite

40 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents20 acres · East Sussex, South East England
Family-friendly camping near the Cuckoo Trail, where campfires are permitted and space is guaranteed
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£14
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Fox Wood Campsite - under the oaks

21 units · Glamping, Tents35 acres · West Sussex, South East England
Woodland camping with campfires in the South Downs National Park
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The Field at Findon

4 units · Glamping1 acre · Findon, England
Bell tent camping in the South Downs National Park
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The Holmsted Himalayas

10 units · Glamping20 acres · Haywards Heath, West Sussex, South East England
Fully furnished Bell Tents set amongst ponds and reed beds in Mid Sussex. Wild swimming, campfires and exploring in a beautiful farm setting. The tents are set on the top of the valley, with amazing views, beautiful sunsets and around 20 acres to explore. There's a communal stretch tent at the heart of the site, with mains power and a few home comforts (Fridges, a freezer, kettle and a toaster). There's plenty of games, sports equipment and even a table tennis table to keep you and your children occupied while they're at the site; as well as our famous swimming pond for those who like wild swimming. The tents themselves come fully furnished, with Z-beds, bed linen and basic crockery provided. We have 3 x hot showers and a converted house box with 2 flushing toilets inside.
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Radcot Leisure on Thames

46 units · Glamping, Tents1 acre · Oxfordshire, South East England
A Thames’ island campsite in the Oxfordshire countryside – with a lovely pub just over the bridge
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£30
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Chigborough Farm

48 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents130 acres · Essex, East Anglia
Boating, biking and bell tent glamping on a farm near the Blackwater Estuary, where good food and walkable pubs are also on the menu.
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£13
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Cotswolds Camping

71 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents1 acre · Charlbury, Oxfordshire, South East England
Simple camping surrounded by all the delicious Oxfordshire and Cotswolds village food offerings
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Family glamping in Kingley Vale National Nature Reserve guide

Overview

On the southern borders of the South Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Kingley Vale National Nature Reserve is one of the region’s most visited attractions. Explore 130 hectares of ancient woodlands, where the giant Yew trees and twisted branches create a fairy-tale backdrop. Look out for birds and butterflies as you follow the nature trails—the reserve is home to woodpeckers, buzzards, and many rare butterflies. North of the forest, climb up to the lookout point at Bow Hill for views across the Sussex countryside, and discover the Bronze age barrows (burial mounds) known as the Devil’s Humps.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. South Downs campsites can book up quickly, especially in July and August, so reservations are always advised. Plan three to six months in advance for popular sites.
  2. If you do arrive without a reservation, it’s a good idea to secure a pitch first thing in the morning or call ahead, as available spots will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. 
  3. You will need to pay a deposit to secure your campsite reservation, and many sites ask for the full payment prior to arrival. 
  4. Hiking and camping season in the South Downs runs from mid-March through early October, and many campsites close out of season. However, campsites open year-round often offer lower rates in low season.

When to go

Kingley Vale is magnificent in autumn, when fall foliage transforms the forest into a kaleidoscope of colour, while summer visitors flock to see the butterflies. Crowds descend on the reserve in July and August, so get there early to secure a parking spot or choose a quiet weekday out of season if you want the forest to yourself. Allergy sufferers might want to avoid visiting in spring—Yew pollen is notoriously allergenic.

Know before you go

  • Kingley Vale National Nature Reserve is located within the South Downs National Park, about a 10-minute drive from Chichester. Direct trains run to Chichester from London Waterloo and take 1.5 hours.
  • Free parking is available at the West Stoke car park, at the south end of Kingley Vale.
  • Getting around the nature reserve is only possible on foot and uneven terrain means access for wheelchairs is very limited.
  • All land within the national reserve is privately owned and wild camping is not permitted anywhere.

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