Camping

The campsite and camping barn is ONLY open for pre-arranged educational groups and events. The facilities are not open for general public use.

If your organisation or charity is interested in making a group booking, please contact the Countryside Management team either by email: countrysidemanagement@eastsussex.gov.uk or call the East Sussex County Council Contact Centre on: 0345 60 80 193.

Foxhole Campsite and the Camping Barn have space for 20 small tents and sleeping for up to 35 people in a traditional Sussex barn. This is the only place on the Country Park where camping is permitted.

It is open from 1 April–31 October. All groups must pre-book and age restrictions apply. Booking in advance is essential – the site does fill up and if you do not have a confirmed advance booking you will unfortunately be turned away.

Prices are: £5.00 adults/ £4.00 under 18s for the campsite, and £6.00 adults/ £5.00 under 18s for the camping barn. It is a quiet informal site with basic facilities that can only be accessed on foot or bike along the valley floor.

Parking fees for visitors using the campsite

Cars can be left overnight in the car park (this is done at the owner’s risk). Payment must be made for every day or part thereof that the car is left in the car park – daily rates are £4.00. An overnight fee of £6 is also applicable for each overnight stay – for this please purchase a £6 ‘coach ticket’ and display this next to the daily tickets. The overnight fee applies until 9am the following morning. If your car will be in the car park after 9am you will also be required to buy a daily ticket at £3.00 for up to 2 hours or £4.00 for over 2 hours.

Local Pubs/ Places to Eat

There are several pubs and restaurants in the local area. The Saltmarsh Cafe and Rooms is behind the Visitor Centre or the Cuckmere Inn – both are within walking distance of the campsite – bring a torch! Other nearby local pubs which can be easily reached during the day (either walking or using public transport) include the Tiger Inn (East Dean), the Plough & Harrow (Litlington), the Eight Bells (Jevington) and the Sussex Ox (Milton Street, Wilmington). There are also a number of places to eat in nearby Alfriston including pubs, coffee shops and tea rooms.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make a booking?

All groups must contact us to check that your proposed dates are free and to make a reservation first.

Can we have a fire or barbecue?

Fires and barbecues are not permitted anywhere on the Country Park.

What facilities are there?

Foxhole is a basic backpackers site, with toilets, a cold water shower, a tiled cooking are and 2 sinks with drinking water. There are also a number of picnic benches in the courtyard area. You will need to bring a camping stove.

How do I get to the campsite?

The campsite is signposted from both entrances to the Park. It is also marked on OS maps in Foxhole Bottom and is just to the north of the South Downs Way as it passes through the Park. Cars are not permitted to the campsite, but can be left in the car parks (which are located at the Park entrance, a one mile walk from the campsite) for the duration of your visit. Parking fees apply – please see above for more information.

Can I drive to the campsite?

No – there is no vehicle access permitted anywhere on the Country Park for visitors. Vehicle access is strictly for staff, residents and emergency services only.

The car parks are a one mile flat walk along the valley floor.

Rangers will not take/ collect any kit or equipment to/ from the campsite, so please do not ask them to do so as they will have to refuse.

Can I pay by credit or debit card?

At present we do not have the facilities to accept credit or debit card payments. We are hoping to put this facility in place once mobile reception in the area has improved.

Are there any age restrictions?

Anyone staying at the site must be over the age of 21, or have at least one person over the age of 21 staying with them. This includes Scout, Guide and Duke of Edinburgh groups.

How far from the beach is the campsite?

The beach is approximately a 15 minute walk from the campsite.

Can I make a booking for a large group?

Yes. Capacity for the campsite is 20 small tents, and the barn can sleep up to 35 (limited by fire regulations). Exact numbers of people staying overnight will be required, and charges will be made according to these figures.

Can we book the whole campsite?

Yes. We are only taking exclusive bookings for either the barn or the campsite at the moment. Exact numbers of people staying overnight will be required, and charges will be made according to these figures. Only one group booking per night will be accepted.

Is the site suitable for parties?

That depends. The Seven Sisters Country Park is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and therefore has a very high conservation value. As such, the campsite is a quiet, tranquil and remote place, and is only suitable for informal camping and lightweight tents. Please note that this is a “dry” site, so alcohol is not permitted. We operate a “lights out and quiet” policy after 10pm.

Who needs to use the booking form?

All groups must fill in and return the booking form, which can be downloaded from this page.

Are there any cooking facilities?

There are no cooking facilities provided, so you will need to bring your own camping stove with you as we do not permit barbecues or fires. There is a tiled cooking area and several picnic benches for your convenience.

What size tent can I bring?

The biggest tent size allowed on site is a four-man single structure tent. This means that multi-room and marquee-style tents are unfortunately not permitted.

Can I bring my dog with me?

Well-behaved dogs are welcome at the camp site, but unfortunately dogs are not permitted in the camping barn. Owners must be responsible and ensure that their dog is under control at all times, as the Park is a working farm and there are often cows and/ or sheep next to or near the site. Owners must also ensure that they clean up after their dogs and that their dogs do not cause a nuisance for any other site users.

What time can I arrive and what time do I have to leave?

The earliest you can arrive is midday on the first day of your visit, and you must ensure you leave the site by midday on the final day of your stay. If you are staying on the campsite in tents please arrive no later than 7pm. If you are staying in the Camping Barn you will need to pick up a key from the ranger’s office by 4.30pm at the latest.

What is the Camping Barn?

The camping barn is a large open barn with 2 raised sleeping platform that can sleep up to 35 people. If you stay in the barn you will still need to bring a sleeping bag and roll mat with you, and a small cooking stove as there are no cooking facilities in the barn. All stoves must be used outside as no flames, fires or cooking facilities are permitted to be used in the barn due to fire regulations. Smoking is not permitted in the barn.

Alternative local campsites

Pleasant Farm, Alfriston - 07920879098 or 07591880129 bookings@alfristoncamping.com
Buckle Caravan Site, Seaford 01323 897801, email: info@buckleholidaypark.co.uk

Seven Sisters Country Park