Nethergong Camping

UK England South East England Kent Herne Bay

  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Simple camping in a green, peaceful setting with lots of space

‘Nethergong’ is a great name; memorable, expressive and with a playful undertone. It sounds like a fictional place in a child’s story book. The Chronicles of Nethergong, perhaps. So it’s a great relief to find that Nethergong Nurseries is the perfect kids playground – full of secret paths that promise adventure, nooks and crannies in which to hide and silly names for the camping areas like Pimlico Pond and Puddle Dock. The first of three camping areas is a shady, lightly wooded area with English broadleaf trees all planted neatly in rows. Then after some dense woods and thicket comes an open field for 8 tents, with 2 extra pitches by Pimlico Pond, a natural eco-system pond with frogs and tadpoles, in the far corner of the area. At around 6 inches deep, it’s great for paddling and pond dipping. Beyond that is the area known as Puddle Dock, where the plan is to create semi-private pitches cut into the shrubby borders of the field. The ridge that marks the northern border of the site is the elevated riverbank path alongside the Little Stour, a fantastic overgrown throughway for kids to explore and find plums and damsons to pick off the trees. From the ridge you can also see the Barn Owl nesting boxes across the far side of the field – look out for them in the evening when they’re at their most active. Look out too for marsh frogs, heron, and egrets – is that the wind or are they talking to one another? This may not quite be the magical kingdom of Narnia, but it’s not far off.



Paddling pond, kids play area including goals, picking plums and damsons off the trees, walking along the river bank, sheltering in the polytunnel when it rains if owner Christine is kind enough to let you!

There is a total of 26 acres for up to 25 tents – so do the math! Yes, lots of space! The facilities are located in a small wooden stable block by the entrance and reception where there are 2 electric showers and 4 toilets, although there will be an additional 2 of each, plus a small provisions shop by the time you read this. You’ll also find the CDP, water tap and rubbish/recycling facilities there, as well as a fridge/freezer and washing machine for campers. Campfires are allowed. Logs are £3.50 a bag plus 50p for kindling. The main business at Nethergong is a veg box scheme, where veg from the on-site polytunnel and from other local farmers is delivered locally; tasty veg is also available for campers to buy Thursday-Sunday, so don’t bother bringing your own if you’re coming for the weekend!

Suitable For

Tents, well-behaved small groups, couples - yes. Large groups, caravans, motorhomes – no. Dogs by prior arrangement only and must be kept on a lead.


Animal magic abounds - The Stodmarsh Nature Reserve is 5 minutes walk from Nethergong, and both Howletts Wild Animal Park which boasts big animals including tigers, gorillas, elephants and Wingham Wildlife Park, where you can hang out with penguins and meerkats, are a 10-minute drive from the site. Howletts also has a cool ‘treetop challenge’ course including rope ladders, walkways, cargo nets and zipwires for the over 4s. This area also has an abundance of Blue Flag beaches – Whitstable, Ramsgate, Margate and Broadstairs are all within 20 minutes drive.

Food & Drink

Christine can supply you with printed directions to three decent pubs within walking distance, including the delightful Grove Ferry Pub (01227 860302), a picturesque pub with good-sized garden that includes a kids playground. It’s about 10 minutes walk; boat trips also leave from here. For something a bit special, book in advance for JoJos in Tankerton, Whitstable (01227 274591) for fine tapas, sea views and a BYO policy in a relaxed, kid-tolerant environment.

Opening Times

April - October.

Family Friendly

Although Pimlico Pond is fine for paddling, the river and the dyke are not suitable for swimming. They are not fenced off, so make sure children are water safe.

The Owner Says

Nethergong Nurseries is owned by Christine and Jed Jenkins. In the 1990s Jeds father had the vision to plant thousands of broad-leaved English native trees on our 26 acres of woodland and pastureland in rural East Kent. We inherited this lovely piece of Kent in 2003 and after walking our dogs around for 7 years decided we had to share it. We thought that camping would be a great way to introduce people to Nethergong as we are both sociable and love talking!

We don't want to spoil what makes Nethergong special so our tents are spread over a large area. You can choose to camp in our two-acre wood or in one of our meadows, flanked by young trees.

The wildlife makes Nethergong a magical place. This year we had a pair of barn owls nesting in the opposite field and campers were treated to daily displays of both owls hunting.

The marsh frogs are also a speciality, especially in the eco-pond. Children have been pond-dipping in it all summer and grass snakes have been sptted.

Other wildlife you will see are marsh harriers, herons, egrets, water voles and a pair of little owls who roost in the woods.Our site is equipped with showers, toilets and laundry facilities. We welcome couples and families and the unspoilt nature of our 26-acre smallholding lends itself to back-to-nature holidays. We grow vegetables on site, both from our two polytunnels and outside and these are for sale from our packing shed.If you are looking for a hi-tech holiday park then we are probably not for you, but if you want your children to know how to build a den or forage for blackberries then we probably are.Dogs are allowed by arrangement.

We have just stocked one of our lakes with carp for our campers and veg box cusomers only to fish. Day tickets for adults and adults and children are available. Strictly recreational fishing

Our small campshop opens in the morning and late afternoon (times will be posted on the door and may vary depending on whether Christine has work in the polytunnel!). We will stock essentials like ice cream and lollies as well as our fab fruit and veg and local sausages, bread, eggs and bacon.

We have also converted the front of one of our polytunnels as an indoor space for wet wether, board games or just chilling out in the warm to read!

Glamping at Nethergong

The Showman's Trailer - for Glamping or Granny Our Showman's Trailer is ready to book at £65/night (minimum 2 nights)  Sleeps 2 or a couple and small child (seating converts to a super king size bed). All bedding and kitchen equipment is provided. Cooking is outdoors.

We also have fully equipped, family Bell Tents sleeping 2 adults and up to 3 children for hire at £70/night.

Just email me at for more details.

Nearby Attractions

East Kent has fantastic attractions for adults and children. These include:* Canterbury town and Cathedral* High-speed rail link to London from Canterbury* Stodmarsh Nature Reserve where you can see the wild horses or even hear a bittern calling* Seaside town of Whitstable, famous for its oysters and annual Oyster Festival* Seaside town of Margate with the new Turner Gallery* Seaside town of Ramsgate with its beautiful marina*Seaside town of Broadstairs with its Dickens Museum* Howletts Zoo Park and Port Lymne Safari Park* Dover Castle* Richborough and Reculver Castles - Roman remains* Beautiful Walks* Fabulous Country Pubs* Great Restaurants including the Michelin-starred Sportsman at Seasalter


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Contact Nethergong Camping, Upstreet, Canterbury, Kent CT3 4DP

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Getting There

Head south on the M2 and continue onto the A299 past Whitstable and Herne Bay. At the A28 roundabout at St Nicholas At Wade, turn right and follow the A28 to Upstreet. Turn right onto Nethergong Hill and look out for the campsite, a short way up on the right.

Buses from Canterbury stop 500m from the site on A28


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