Tinkers Wood

UK England South East England East Sussex Uckfield

  • Campfires allowed
  • Campfires Allowed
Camping, bell tents, and a shepherd's hut in a 12-acre field on the edge of the Ashdown Forest, less than 40 miles from London

The 12-acre field on the edge of Tinkers Wood has been ploughed, furrowed, and grazed for nearly a thousand years since it was recorded in the Domesday Book. And yet, after all that time, little seems to have changed. Walk up the incline to its northern edge and you’ll have uninterrupted views of fields and trees all the way to the distant South Downs. Although it’s only 40 miles from London, modern life is hidden in this vista and it’s easy to imagine that people have been gazing at a similar scene for centuries. Now it’s your turn, thanks to a little pop-up campsite that’s setting up for summer.

Nowadays, long grasses and wildflowers will tickle any bare knees as you make the five-minute walk from the farm car park to the level area at the top of this sloping field. It’s been left to grow wild, attracting not only campers but deer, birds, and dragonflies too. Thankfully one of Tinkers Wood’s trio of enthusiastic hosts, Emma, Rollo, or Ben, will drive your kit up in the farm Land Rover so you can enjoy the stroll. On arrival at the field’s plateau, you’ll find five camping pitches, two bell tents, and a single shepherd’s hut.

While some campsite owners insist that their provided accommodation is glamping, here the opposite is true. The aim is to provide back-to-basics camping and something akin to it; simple, informal retreats in nature made easier with the bell tents and hut. Although beds are made and plenty is provided, you still know you’re camping out. There’s no electricity, loos are composting and bell tents are pitched on the ground. If you want a campfire you'll have to light one in your fire bowl, or get the communal fire going. That’s not to say it’s without comfort; there are woodburning stoves, comfy beds, two hot-water showers and a field kitchen for food prep, and the bad-weather boiling of kettles.

Behind the site is the woodland the place is named for and there’s a gate to lead you there. In spring, it’s bluebell filled, and in summer a shady retreat. At night it's a perfect spot for star-gazing (including the odd shooting star). This is the edge of the Ashdown Forest. It’s an underrated open-access public space in the southeast, a mixture of heathland and woodland, crisscrossed with trails within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It's easily reached from London and, from here, it’s easy to reach the south coast. It’s also home to places that inspired one-time resident AA Milne to write his Winnie the Pooh stories. The surrounding East Sussex countryside has plenty more to explore: National Trust properties, a steam railway, and lovely pubs with great food and beer gardens. Much of it is historic and scenic, like your perch in the 12-acre field.

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Facilities

Everyone has access to a shared field kitchen, powerful warm showers and eco toilets. There's a communal campfire - plus everyone has their own outdoor fire bowl+grill.

We supply bed linen and towels for people in the shepherd's hut and bell tents, and also two bikes and yoga matts to borrow.

For those in the bell tents, we can provide futons / air mattresses for up to two children but ask that you bring sleeping bags.

Suitable For

Because we are a working farm with animals, we’re sorry that we’re unable to allow any dogs or other pets onto the farm.

We have a few site rules to help make sure everybody stays safe on the farm, and that we look after the land around us:

CAMPFIRES:

1. Only use the fire pits provided
2. Pitch your tent at least 2 meters from any fire pit
3.  In order to care for the local ecology, please don't collect any wood yourselves from the farm or woods
4. Be aware that ashes and embers might still be hot in the morning

CAMPSITE:

We'd like to share the space with people who share our values of looking after the land around us, having fun and being respectful of others. We reserve the right of admission.

1. We welcome and enjoy unplugged or acoustic musicians round the campfire. All instruments and noise must stop by 11pm latest. No speakers.
2. Leave the fields as you found them. Please recycle or bin all rubbish and leave nothing on your pitch.
3. We do not accept responsibility for your possessions or any personal injury sustained while on site.
4. Children must be supervised at all times.
5. This is a working farm with potentially dangerous machinery. Care must be taken at all times. It is vital that you do not climb on or approach farm machinery.
6. Due to the terms of our insurance, external visitors from outside the booking party are not allowed on site at any time.

Nearby

HANDY INFO...
 - We're half an hour from the sea
 - 10 mins drive / 30 mins walk from local award-winning biodynamic farms including Plaw Hatch and Tablehurst, which both have farm shops and cafes
 - Local walks to Ashdown Forest and in the High Weald, an Outstanding Area of Natural Beauty
 - 5 mins drive to Fletching, a quaint village with local store and cafe
 - Two bikes & yoga mats available to borrow
 - We've got great pubs! From the famous Griffin Inn serving local favourite Harvey’s bitter and overlooking the site where international cricket was first played in England… to the Hop Yard pub and microbrewery in Forest Row… to Giggles, a family-run pub with huge garden and Caribbean menu.

OTHER LOCAL ATTRACTIONS INCLUDE...
 - Ashdown Forest
 - Bluebell Railway
 - Bluebell Estate Wines
 - Beautiful houses and gardens, including Sheffield Park and Wakehurst Place
 - Brighton within 45 mins drive
 - Pooh bridge and Winnie the Pooh attractions
 - Beachy Head
 - Walking the South Downs and the South Downs Way
 - Forest Row village
 - Local restaurants and takeaways including La Casa, the best pizza in Sussex, and Haathi Indian restaurant, both a 5-10 minute walk
 - Llama farm
 - Lindfield Coffee House

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July-September.

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The Owner Says

Welcome to Tinkers Wood! Our farm has been here since the Doomsday book. Today we're family-run, using regenerative principles with a small flock of sheep and a community veg patch. We invite you to join us for a simple, informal retreat at the top of our historic Twelve Acre field, with spectacular views across the South Downs.

Our pitches are set in a wildflower meadow where we often see deer, buzzards, owls, badgers and once saw 48 shooting stars in one night! The site backs onto a bluebell wood and we’re surrounded by great walks and really great pubs. We offer five tent pitches, each with a fire bowl+grill and access to a communal fire and games. We also offer two bell tents and a shepherd’s hut, all with wood burners and deep memory foam mattresses - perfect for a couples retreat.

Accommodation

Five camping pitches, two bell tents and a shepherd's hut

Bell tent with stunning South Downs view

Bell tent Sleeps 4 2 Available
A beautiful bell-tent set in a wildflower meadow at the top of our farm. Sleeps two in a double bed, with space for up to two children in sleeping bags. Wood-burning stove plus outside fire bowl, and we supply basic cooking equipment, crockery and two bags of logs. Access to communal field kitchen, campfire and eco showers & toilets.

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Location

Contact Tinkers Wood, Hole & Alchorne Farm, Bell Lane, Nutley, Uckfield, East Sussex TN22 3PD

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Getting There

We're 20 mins from Haywards Heath and East Grinstead train stations, or an hour and a half from London / just 35 miles from central London.
The parking area is a 5 minute walk from the campsite. Where possible, we’ll help take your bags up in our trusty Land Rover but ask that you walk to the site on foot. Please bring suitable shoes and clothes for walking and all weathers. There will also be wheelbarrows provided.
The nearest shop is a 10 minute walk/3 min drive to Nutley Stores which has basic supplies.

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