Popcorn Camping Paddock Wood Popcorn Camping

UK England South East England Kent Tunbridge Wells

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Back-to-basics, off-grid camping pitches on a school field in Kent – less than an hour outside London.

When school’s out for summer over at Mascalls Academy, the playing field is being put to good use. The school has teamed up with entrepreneurial events organiser, Scott Doane, to bring campers to the Kent countryside via Popcorn Camping Paddock Wood. It’s a neat idea that Scott has used successfully elsewhere, making use of otherwise empty spaces to increase camping capacity at a time when it’s in hot demand. We’d give that an A-plus for ingenuity.

The site at Paddock Wood is one of several popping up under the Popcorn Camping brand on school fields and rugby pitches across the UK. All offer a simple, no-frills camping experience in areas that you might otherwise not get to visit. At Paddock Wood, you can expect spacious (10m by 10m) park-on pitches with campfires allowed in off-ground fire pits. Facilities are provided in the school buildings and include flushing loos and hot showers under a solid roof. Water points and open-air washing-up sinks are dotted about in the field.

The real advantage of a stay here is a location that’s an easy commute from London. It’s an hour’s drive or a 40-minute train ride (there’s a station a mile from the campsite) which means you can be kicking back by the campfire by 7 pm on a Friday. The next day you’ll want to get out and explore, and it’s National Trust cards at the ready with plenty of grand houses and stately homes in the area. Ightham Mote and Sissinghurst are choice options for members, with Hever Castle and Penshurst Place under individual ownership but still well worth a visit. In hot weather the aqua park at Bewl Water, the largest reservoir in the South East, provides a good place for a splash about and nearby Bedgebury Arboretum is great for shady woodland walks.



Our campsite is based in the grounds of Mascalls Academy in Paddock Wood, and the facilities are all in the school buildings near to the camping field. We have hot showers and proper toilets as such. We also provide washing up facilities. The camping field is very large, so space is not a problem here. Firepits and BBQs are allowed as long as they are off the ground. Standard pitches are 10m by 10m, giving you lots of room, and allowing you to bring an extra pup tents plus 1 gazebo or awning. We allow 1 car per pitch, parked by your tent, and up to 2 dogs per pitch (on a leash). Quiet time is from 10:30pm until 8am, to allow for a peaceful nights sleep

Suitable For

Tents only. Dogs are allowed but must be kept on a lead at all times. Parking is next to your tent.


Paddock Wood is a small town situated in the heart of the "Garden of England" in Kent. The local area is famous for its fruit and hop growing with many of the iconic Oast houses scattered across the countryside. Paddock wood is surrounded by some beautiful places to visit such as Tunbridge Wells a mere 6 miles away with its historic Pantiles and array of shops and restaurants. Surrounding villages such as Brenchley and Mattfield a contender for the quaintest English village with chocolate-box village green, cricket pitch, and endearing duck pond encircled by graceful Georgian houses.

Food & Drink

It is less than a mile to the town of Paddock Wood, with a variety of shops, pubs and restaurants to choose from there. Our favourite is the Foresters Arms


July and August only.

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The Owner Says

Set in the heart of Kent, known as "the garden of England", in an area which is famous for Oast Houses and farming, you are surrounded by quaint towns and nature. Tunbridge Wells is only 6 miles away too, and London is only 45 miles, and less than an hour on public transport. 


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Contact Popcorn Camping Paddock Wood, Maidstone Road, Paddock Wood, Tonbridge,Kent TN12 6LT

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Getting There

Look up Mascalls Academy in your GPS and you will find your way to us Paddock Wood train station is just one mile from the campsite. From there, there are regular and direct trains to London, taking just 40 minutes


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Why book with I Love This Campsite?

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