Sorry, posted before I'd put all details in. We're looking for something within a 1-2 hour drive of SW London with easy access to a beach and a campsite, not with entertainment but that is interesting enough for the kids to explore and have fun on. Thanks again.
<lurks>. When you going? We are hoping to go on an impromptu mid week camp mid August, also from SW London, near the coast. Need to get on the case but I highly suspect most costal ones are fully booked now. FYI all the West Wittering ones are! (That's as far as I have got with my search...)
i would suggest Manston Caravan Park (takes tents, too!) which is pretty near Ramsgate/Margate and loads of other nice beaches. The site's lovely, with not much on it apart from a play area with some climbing frames, swings, etc, but space for them to run around on.
i've been there a few times with other families and it's been great. it's quite a relaxed campsite that allows BBQs (not campfires, though) and just always has a great feel about it.
Thanks for that. Have also found this one in West Wittering www.camping-in-sussex.com/ which doesn't take bookings but will send you on to a nearby farm if no room. Says midweek is usually not a problem after around 12-3pm once people have moved on.