The campsite and camping barn is ONLY open for pre-arranged educational groups and events. The facilities are not open for general public use.
Foxhole Campsite and the Camping Barn have space for 20 small tents and sleeping for up to 35 people in a traditional Sussex barn. The camping barn is a large open barn with 2 raised sleeping platforms. This is the only place on the Country Park where camping is permitted.
The site is open from 1 April–31 October. All groups must book in advance 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. It is a quiet informal site with basic facilities that can only be accessed on foot or bike along the valley floor via the signposted routes.
Prices are: £5.00 adults/ £4.00 under 18s for the campsite, and £6.00 adults/ £5.00 under 18s for the camping barn. You will need to provide a post-dated deposit cheque for £30 upon booking.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I make a booking?
If your organisation or charity is interested in making a group booking, please contact the Countryside Management team either by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the East Sussex County Council Contact Centre on: 0345 60 80 193. 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 area and 2 sinks with drinking water. There are also a number of picnic benches in the courtyard area and in the barn. You will need to bring a camping stove and 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. Please note that alcohol is not permitted, and that we operate a “light out and quiet” policy after 10pm. Well-behaved dogs are allowed in the campsite, but not the camping barn.
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.
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.
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 4pm at the latest.