Family glamping near Bodiam Castle

This small Sussex village features an impressive castle, a railway, and riverside camping.

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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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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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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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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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Palace Farm Campsite

28 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents4 acres · Kent, South East England
Unpretentious and peaceful camping in an underrated spot
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£24
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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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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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Lillyroo's

23 units · Glamping, Motorhomes3 acres · Kent, South East England
Camping and glamping near the Kent coast, with campfires and a good on-site bar
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£14
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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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£125
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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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'TEXAS' School Bus @ Suffolk

2 units · Glamping8 acres · Barrow, England
Texas School Bus – an authentic, beautifully converted American School Bus for a memory-filled and Insta-worthy stay on a welcoming Suffolk site full of fun and adventure. Freshly retired from the highways of Houston, Texas School Bus is the iconic split-screen American Yellow School Bus – or ‘Skoolie’ for aficionados – lovingly converted into a truly unique Glamping retreat. Gloriously spacious, there’s plenty to delight couples, families, and groups of friends alike. For starters, you’ll have a proper kitchen to whip up your own school dinners complete with a gas oven, hob, grill, sink, and cooking equipment galore (There’s even a seriously cool fridge freezer, to help you chill those essential holiday tipples!) Enjoy gastronomic delights at the dining table while enjoying the views through the panoramic windows, or outside enjoying a sizzling sunset supper on the barbecue. With toasty underfloor heating and a clean-burning wood stove you’ll be gorgeously snug. There’s a thoughtfully-chosen selection of books and games on board, and if music’s more your thing, remember to bring your Bluetooth speaker and choose your own groove. You could even plonk yourself down in the driver’s seat if you like…with the original cab fully intact, you can travel anywhere your imagination cares to take you! When it’s finally time to turn in, you’ll discover a king-sized John Lewis bed to the rear dressed in Egyptian cotton sheets and a gorgeous duvet. Flanked by windows, you’ll wake up to stunning scenery. If you miss out on claiming this for yourself, you’ll also find two comfy, John Lewis full-sized singles, and a really good sofa bed too. Freshen up with a shower and fluffy towels (there’s even an illuminated mirror and a plug socket for your hairdryer!) then it’s on with the important business of planning your day. Parked at Church View Campsite @ the Suffolk Academy your cosy bus couldn’t be in a better spot for all kinds of adventure - from archery and karate to boot camp and an assault course! Here you’ll also find a fully-licensed bar, a shop, and delicious food at some walkable pubs if you don’t feel like self-catering. Set within easy reach of Cambridge, Newmarket and Ipswich too, your epic school trip starts here! At a glance An authentic, lovingly converted American School Bus sleeping up to six - couples, groups, and families in top-class comfort. Well-equipped kitchen and shower facilities on board. Thoughtful ‘extras’ include an illuminated mirror and a plug socket for your hairdryer, a selection of books and games, toasty underfloor heating, an eco wood burner, power points. Fire up the barbecue on sunny evenings and enjoy a sizzling al fresco supper at your outdoor dining table (there’s an indoor table too!) A kingsize bed, two full-size singles and a sofa bed sleeping up to 6 guests. Texas Yellow Bus is parked at Church View Campsite @ Suffolk Academy, a popular adventure and fitness site packed with games and activities with a licensed bar on site. Things to note; Check in from 3pm, check out by 11am. Pets are not permitted. Facilities Authentic American School Bus, sleeps 6 guests. Original driver’s cab area, kitchen with gas oven, grill, hob, fridge freezer, sink, cooking and dining equipment, storage and surface space, dining table and chairs, sofa bed, selection of books and games, power for charging all your stuff, lighting, underfloor heating, eco wood burning stove, kingsize bed, two full-sized singles, storage. Shower, towels, 240v sockets, illuminated mirror. Outside: firepit, barbecue, garden table and chairs.
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Family glamping near Bodiam Castle guide

Overview

Bodiam is a small village in East Sussex that’s most famous for its 14th-century castle. With a classic turreted exterior, a moat, and a railway running beneath it that connects Bodiam Station to Tenterden, campers with an interest in history and culture–and a dislike of big, busy cities–will enjoy little Bodiam. Set up a tent or park your campervan at the campground beside the River Rother, which also rents out kayaks, canoes, paddle boards, and row boats. Bodiam lies within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) so there are plenty of walks and other adventures to be found nearby.

Where to go

High Weald AONB

Spanning across East Sussex, Kent, and Surrey, High Weald AONB is a naturally and culturally important landscape with wooded, rolling hills dotted with limestone outcrops, farmsteads, and ancient roads. Bodiam is a village within the AONB and makes a good base for exploring this beautiful landscape. Campers can also find other campsites within the AONB and beyond Bodiam.

Ashdown Forest

West of Bodiam, Ashdown Forest is a must-visit place for campers who grew up with A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh books, as it’s where the books were set (fictionalised as the Hundred Acre Wood). It’s the largest public open space in southwest England and is a place of scientific interest for its unique heathland. The nearest campsite to Ashdown Forest is in Hartfield village and there are many other places to camp throughout East Sussex.

Bewl Water

Northwest of Bodiam, Bewl Water is a large reservoir that doubles as an outdoor recreation area, with watersports, walking and cycle paths, fishing, flora and fauna, and camping. Bring your own tent or campervan or book a yurt for a glamping experience. Scotney Castle is near Bewl Water and is another must-see 14th-century castle that’s very different from Bodiam Castle.

When to go

Like much of southern England, summer is the best time to camp in and around Bodiam. The temperatures are usually mild, there’s less rain, and the days are long. School holidays tend to be the busiest time to camp as families from across southern England and London head to the countryside. Some campsites may be closed in the off-season, when most travellers find tent camping in an English winter very uncomfortable anyway—book a cabin or cottage during this time instead.

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