Cinderford Camping

UK England South East England East Sussex Hailsham

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Family camping in a sheltered meadow with acres of woodland to explore, 15 minutes from the south coast

Passed down through generations, Cinderford Camping has been lovingly run by the same family for some 50 years, so that each new owner has been born with a real love for the place, for nature, for the the woods and and, of course, for camping. Based on a 140-acre farm in Hellingly, East Sussex, the well-kept camping field offers a classic camping scene – think tents, campfires and the odd campervan – but adventures really come to life in the site's private woodland, starting from the minute you see the entrance to Cinderford, down a winding wooded track.

While the 10-acre camping field itself is regularly mown, carefully avoiding the bluebells and other delicate plants that the seasons bring, the field is surrounded on three sides by woodland, giving you the best of both manicured and wild nature. Having the woodland next door to your tent lets you venture off into the wooded areas with ease, rambling along the walking trail or finding sunny spots on the bench or quiet areas to picnic. There's a fishing pond (arrange your fishing slot in advance), a vast array of wild woodland flowers and a public footpath runs through one section of the wood but, to the south of the camping field, you’ll also find the private woodland, Whitefield Wood, available exclusively for the use of Cinderford campers and soon to be developed to provide a few wilder camping pitches too.

Besides den building in the woods, kids can also enjoy the forest school sessions run on Saturdays, freeing up parents to enjoy a little quiet time too if they wish. Not that adults can sit in a fancy on-site café or marvel in the gift shop; this is very much a rural, traditional camping site. For places to eat, then, you're best off heading in to Hailsham, three miles away, or buying something from Sterling Farm Shop, 10 minutes away, to cook over the campfire. It's a particular treat to feast beneath the stars, which, with the shelter of the surrounding trees seem particularly bright and clear here. Or pick up grub while you're out and about exploring. With the south coast, Herstmonceux Castle, Pevensey Levels and the historic village and abbey of Battle (of 1066 fame) within a 15 minutes' drive, you won't be short of options.



2 ladies shower, 2 mens showers, 3 ladies toilets, 2 mens toilet and urinal. Outside washing up area. Campfires allowed - off the floor fire pits only. A number available to hire. 12 Electric hook up pitches. Forest school sessions run on Saturdays throughout the season - need to be pre-booked.

Suitable For

Tents and campervans. No caravans, motorhomes, trailer tents or commercial vehicles. Dogs welcome for a small fee, maximum 2 per pitch - to be kept on the lead and under control at all times.


The Merrie Harriers is a mile as the crow flies with a footpath through a field to help you get there!
Market town of Hailsham is 5 minute drive with restaurants, pubs, swimming pool, ten pin bowling
Seaside towns of Eastbourne, Hastings, Bexhill all within a 20 minute drive
Blackberry Farm
Visit Eastbourne
South Downs National Park
The Observatory Science Centre
Herstmonceux Castle
Fort Fun
Treasure Islan
De La Warr Pavillion

Food & Drink

Merrie Harriers Cowbeech, The White Hart Horesebridge, Kings Head Horsebridge, Chapter 12 Hailsham



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The Owner Says

Based on a 140 acre farm in Hellingly, East Sussex that has been run by the same family for 50 years. The access to our campsite is down a beautiful woodland track, starting the magic of your break as you emerge into the camping field. The campsite is the perfect retreat to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the countryside with the bonus of being only 5 minutes from the market town of Hailsham and 15 minutes from the Seaside of Eastbourne.

Our camping field is 10 acres, surrounded on 3 sides by woodland. Whitefield wood, to the south of the camping field, is available as a private area for all campers to access. Whether to follow our woodland walk trail, have a picnic in our woodland clearing or just enjoy being off the beaten track. A public footpath can be accessed through the woods to the west of the campsite with a number of public walks available.

We can accommodate tents and campervans, unfortunately we are unable to accept caravans, motorhomes, trailer tents or commercial vehicles.

We love our 4 legged friends and who wouldn't want to bring them camping. We charge a small fee for dogs and there is a maximum of 2 per pitch.

We have a fishing pond on the farm with stocks of Crucian Carp, Perch, Gold fish, Tench, Mirror Carp, Common Carp, Rudd and Roach. Due to the limited number of swims, fishing must be pre-booked, £5 per person.


Around 55 grass camping pitches, 12 with the option of an electrical hook up.

XL Grass pitch - Electric hook up

Grass pitch with electricity Sleeps 10 8 Available
10m x 20m Grass pitch with electric hook up point

Grass pitch - non electric

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 36 Available
Grass pitch - non electric

Grass pitch - Electric hook up

Grass pitch with electricity Sleeps 6 12 Available
Grass pitch - Electric hook up

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Contact Cinderford Camping, Cinderford Lane, Hellingly, East Sussex BN27 4HL

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