Cobbs Hill Farm

UK England South East England East Sussex Bexhill on Sea

  • Campfires allowed
Playgrounds plus animals equals lots of happy kids

Hip and Hop are lion-head rabbits. They scamper around all day, sniffing and scratching and occasionally saying hello to children. They’re furry and cute, and when you’re used to rabbits of the standard, domestic, variety, these hairy munchkins are a wonder to behold. They would undoubtedly taste great on a BBQ.

But the animals aren’t here to be barbecued; they’re here to entertain the kids. Not in a performing-circus kind of way, more in a ‘look there’s a lion-head rabbit’ kind of way. Which is a nice diversion when the kids have started screaming at each other like hyenas.

Animals aside, Cobbs Hill Farm is made for kids. It’s safe and well ordered and however many tents are lined up in the camping area in high season, there are always two fields empty and open for playtime. A decent adventure playground has a ropey climbing thing, a spaceshippy roundabout thing and a swinging tyre thing, all made with sturdy wood and good craftsmanship.

And those foamy soft-landing areas will help minimise the bruise-count. As for the animals, there are also horses, goats and guinea pigs to get acquainted with. None of which are much good for the BBQ.

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Facilities

As well as the animals, the main kids’ attraction is the playground; the large, dedicated children’s play area often has goals, and other bits and bobs for the kids to use. Much of the site is reserved for caravans, but the dedicated camping field has level pitches and some hook-ups. A dated but clean and functional toilet and shower block has just 2 showers each for males and females; possibly not enough in peak times, but then demand may be reduced by the annoying coin-operated shower system (20p). There are also 2 family rooms with showers. Hairdryers, shaver points and laundry facilities (£2) are all available. A small shop at reception sells bread, milk, newspapers, camping gas and ice creams. They also charge up batteries and will re-freeze icepacks.

Nearby

Bexhill (3 miles away) is a quaint, old-fashioned seaside resort with a pebbly beach and a few interesting shops, or for more action and adventure, you could always take the kids sailing (Bexhill Sailing Club; 01424 212906). The historic town of Battle (5 miles away) offers shops, pubs, restaurants, Battle Abbey itself, plus the 1066 Visitor Experience – a family exhibition that tells the story of the Battle of Hastings.

Food & Drink

There are plenty of family-friendly pubs and restaurants in Battle; go via Catsfield village if you need to stock up on delicious fruit and veg – the farm shop there at Great Park Farm Nursery (01424 772531) offers high-quality produce plus a range of biscuits, cakes, chutneys and preserves. Battle Deli (58 High Street, Battle) has a great selection of tasty breakfast pastries, healthy lunch snacks and cakes. But forget all that healthy stuff, what could be better than fish and chips from a polystyrene tray on Bexhill prom?

Opening Times

Easter/Apr–late Oct.

Family Friendly

The adjacent fields may have animals from neighbouring farms, so kids shouldn’t stray beyond the obvious campsite boundaries.

Location

Cobbs Hill Farm, Watermill Lane, Bexhill, East Sussex TN39 5JA

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Getting There

From the A21 towards Hastings, take the A2100 to Battle, then the A271 until you reach a left turn onto the B2204 towards Ninfield. At Ninfield take the A269 southbound. Look out for a left turn onto Watermill Lane. The site is about 1 mile down Watermill Lane on the left. From the south-east take the A259 towards Hastings until you reach the A269 towards Ninfield. Take the A269 past Sidley and look for Watermill Lane on the right. Open Easter/April–late Oct. Take a train to Lewes or Glynde and then taxi to Firle. Rural bus services would probably deliver you after the event.

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