Going Wednesday to Saturday to celebrate dd and dh's birthdays. Not much info on their website but are there any secrets that I need to know?
Do I need to take my own loo roll? What's good to do around there? Can the children cycle around the site or is it not worth taking bikes? Can they paddle in the stream as i'll take extra clothers and jam jars if they can.
It's lovely, specially if you get a spot in the woods. Haystacks for kids to climb, rope swings etc. Very basic but the fact you can have a campfire is great. (Why am I telling people?- please nobody go there!)
Fab - thanks so much ra29. I'll pack lots of clothes for the children and they can run wild. Basic is fine for us - owner said that they had plenty of space on Wednesday so hopefully we will get pick of the pitches before the weekenders come in.
They are doing a cheaper midweek deal as well at £6 per adult £3 per child for Wed & Thurs as well.
Yes, worth taking bikes. Lots of space - rough grass or tracks through the woods. Also a lovely area for cycling in general. The Forest Way is one option - former railway line now a cycle route between East Grinstead and Groombridge. You can join it at Forest Row - just head north on the A275.
Bluebell Railway is worth a visit - very close to the campsite. If you don't want to pay out for train rides you can just visit the engine sheds and watch the trains come and go in the station. There is only a small charge for this. Sheffield Park next door is a National Trust gardens with lots of lakes. Ashdown Forest is very close and offers lots of places for walking or cycling here. Groombridge Place is a lovely day out www.groombridge.co.uk/. The South Downs are also within a fairly short drive, and if you go to Lewes don't forget the obligatory visit to Bill's.
The campsite is very laid back. The only thing (aside from the torrential rain) that we didn't like last year was their policy on rubbish. No bins or recycling facilities on site. They spun a line about encouraging environmental responsibility, but unless you know where you can buy everything wrapped in nothing but brown paper bags and wax paper its a complete pia. We tried to burn some left-over risotto on our fire - it smoked like crazy and the put the fire out! I hope they're not continuing this nonsense this year.
We love it (but shhhh don't tell anyone). Still take your own rubbish home policy, which is a pain - where to fit it? Nice little stream running through it, composting toilets, there are showers I think but very basic. They encourage music, but no drums or amplified. They have a pig roast as well. Campfires are the best of it really. lovely walk through the bluebell woods to the pub. Next year they are probably going to go private membership though, so go this year if you can.
Haven't tried the roast chicken recipe yet but it was in one of the broadsheets. There are videos on you tube as well. Just google beer can chicken - the americans even buy special stands to do it on.
Bascially you season the skin, then stick a lemon, some garlic and an opened can of beer up it's bum cavity. Cover in foil to protect from the flames and prop it up (with the beer can up the right way) on the fire for 40 mins of so.
I haven't tried it yet but will let you know how it goes when I get back.