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Earth Camp, Chailey is nestled deep in the East Sussex countryside, some distance from any main roads and surrounded by beautiful woodland which is especially charming during the bluebell season (April/May). There is lots of space on-site to play games and we have a ping-pong table, pop-up badminton court, pop up football goals, a cricket set, petanque and Kubb for you to use. There are multiple footpaths leading directly from our campsite, with lots of wonderful long and short local walks and cycle rides also.  There is a new children's playground on Roeheath, just a 10 minute walk down the road and Newick boasts a larger playground and skateboard ramps, just 25 minutes across the fields.

bluebell woods sussex

Barcombe Mills is a short drive or pleasant walk from our campsite, where you can go wild swimming and enjoy water sports such as kayaking. Barcombe also has rowing boat/canoe hire at the Anchor Inn.

Brighton Palace Pier near Earth Camp Chailey East Sussex

Chailey is just a 10 minute drive from the historical market town of Lewes, known for its 11th Century Norman castle, as well as Anne of Cleves house (King Henry VIII's 4th wife). We are also just 10 miles from the iconic Glyndebourne Opera house, featuring world class operas and plays in a stunning Grade II listed location.

Our camp is only 30 mins drive from Brighton if you fancy a day out, famous for its Palace Pier, the Royal Pavilion and the funky shops lining the Lanes and  North Laine.

With an extensive choice of top restaurants, tourist attractions, a 3-mile shingle beach with a marina, and not forgetting the world famous nightlife, Brighton has been the no.1 place to escape from London since the 18th Century.

There are plenty of nearby activities for families, including Washbrooks Family Farm a 25 minute drive away, and Tilgate Park (just over half an hour away) has water sports, an extensive children's play park, as well as Go Apefamily restaurants and a fantastic nature reserve with a variety of animals, from meerkats to kangaroos.

Paradise Park is a favourite amongst younger kids & adults alike. 25 minutes drive away, the carefully constructed gardens are a mixture of full size dinosaurs, exotic plants and a heritage trail, recreating many of Sussex's highlights in miniature. There is an indoor museum, outdoor & indoor play areas, mini golf, an arcade and a miniature steam train. The built in restaurant and garden centre adds extra value for adult visitors also. Great value for money.

Paradise Park near Earth Camp Chailey East Sussex
Paradise park near Earth Camp Chailey East Sussex

Another excellent option, wet or dry, is Drusillas Park. Located roughly 25 minutes from our site, its 10-acre zoo, extensive playgrounds and soft play, Thomas the Tank Engine stream train and even a Hello Kitty mini-theme park, Drusillas will keep your younger children (2-10 years) entertained all day. 

We are also only 10 minutes drive from the famous Bluebell steam railway, an active steam train line with 4 stations, preserved in an 1930's-50's era - a great day out for the whole family.  A mile or two further down the road is Heaven Farm, a hidden gem, with walks, Cow-Putt, a play barn, tea rooms and also boasts a traditional ice creamery, well worth the visit.

Bluebell railway steam train near Earth Camp Chailey East Sussex
Drusillas near Earth Camp Chailey East Sussex

For younger children, Monkey Bizness in Lewes is a local favourite, with a huge indoor activity centre with endless climbing apparatus, slides and ball pools to keep your kids entertained for hours.

Other great options nearby include Jump In inflatable theme park, roughly 15 mins drive, or Knockhatch Adventure Park is another great day out for kids: Roughly 30 mins drive away, it has a petting zoo, giant play castle, boating lake and lots more.

Knockhatch in Hailsham near Earth Camp Chailey East Sussex

On rainy days there is still plenty to do in the local area. The Triangle Leisure Centre is a 20 minute drive, offering a large pool with 3 flumes, jacuzzis and indoor & outdoor rapids. It also has racquet sports courts to hire and an excellent array of climbing walls.

Drusillas Amusement Park and Zoo near Earth Camp Chailey East Sussex

15 minutes drive North of our campsite is the magnificent Ashdown Forest - an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the forest has endless footpaths and cycle paths and is famous for 'Pooh Bridge' (from A.A.Milne's Winnie the Pooh books) where you can play a classic game of pooh sticks whilst enjoying the beautiful Sussex countryside.

Ashdown Forest Pooh Bear Pooh Sticks near Earth Camp Chailey East Sussex
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