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How do I place a campsite booking?

To place a booking to camp with us, please click through to our online booking service below.

Please note that all bookings must go through the online service, so we can't book you in over the phone or by email.

How do I place a lodge booking?

All lodge availability & booking is carried out via Airbnb.

Please click through to our lodges page below, and then click through to the Airbnb listings to check availability, prices, and place bookings.

How do I book to fish?

Fishing tickets are currently obtained and paid for on arrival only, not when placing a booking for camping. In the off-peak season it may be necessary to arrange fishing in advance - please see this page for more information and the means to get in touch with the fishing warden.

Can I reserve a specific pitch location?

No, beyond the choice of field (the playground field or the paddocks), all pitch locations within the fields are allocated on arrival only.

We appreciate that many campers (and groups) might have a preferred pitch location they would like to request in advance (in their chosen field).

However, given the flux of arrivals and departures in warmer months, the only way to effectively promise anyone that a specific pitch or area would be available for them on their arrival, would be to divide the field up into demarcated numbered pitches and have the booking system manage allocation.

If you have camped with us before, you will understand how very considerably that would alter the current more informal dynamic, where everyone comfortably fits in around everyone else.

Because it doesn't seem correct to offer to any one person what must ultimately be denied to another, pitch locations are therefore allocated on arrival only in all cases.

In warmer months, a warden will meet you on arrival and will try to accommodate your first choices as far as their other considerations permit. More off-season, should reception not be manned, you can set up where you like (in the field you have booked).

Will I be placed with my friends?

Yes, for groups with a total number of tents/vans below the applicable threshold for prior arrangement, we guarantee to provide a pitching area with adequate space to accommodate everyone that has added the same common group name to their booking.

To see the current thresholds for prior arrangement, where to add the group name, and for other advice on booking for more than one tent or van, please click below:

Can I hire a tent?

No, we don't have any hire accommodation besides luxury lodges. For all camping and touring, it is necessary to bring (and erect) your own tent, trailer tent, caravan, camper van, or motorhome.

Can I play music?

STRICTLY NO MUSIC!

To preserve a back-to-nature ambience, STRICTLY NO MUSIC, TV, RADIO, VIDEO GAMES or similar should be audible within the boundaries of the park AT ANY TIME whatsoever.

If a neighbour is playing music, please contact a warden by phoning the number given within your arrival welcome pack as soon as you can - so that we can ask those persons to either desist or leave the park.

Are dogs allowed?

Dogs are permitted, but must be kept on a lead AT ALL TIMES without exception.

To encourage those camping with us with dogs to take up a more suitable location in the paddocks, the charge for dogs in the playground field (in warmer months) is considerably higher than in the paddocks.

Are groups allowed?

We cater to groups of families (with children) only.

We regret that we strictly do not cater to unaccompanied youths, groups of singles or young couples, stag or hen dos, weddings, or adult birthday parties.

For essential information on family based group camping, please click below

Do you have disabled facilities?

Yes, we have multiple disabled access showers and toilets across our facilities blocks.

What are your arrival times?

Arrival Times

Reception opens for new arrivals from 10am. Please do not arrive on site before this time.

The latest arrival time (without explicit confirmation for a later arrival) is 8.30pm. If you are in the situation where you need to arrive later than this, you will need to contact us via this form, anticipating that a response may not always be immediate.

Departure Times

All campers must have vacated their pitch locations by 11am on the day of departure.

Vehicle Movement

No vehicle movement is permitted between the hours of 10.30pm and 6am.

Can we have a party in the evening?

All-quiet after 11pm.

Blacklands caters to family based group camping - but is definitely not the venue for groups of singles, young couples, stag or hen dos, weddings or adult birthday parties.

In the rural ambience, noise travels far and wide with great ease. With most campers coming along with babies, infants and children - and tent walls offering no sound insulation - later evening social gatherings must fully wind up by 11pm.

It is therefore extremely important that everyone camping with us comes fully prepared to respect the no music at any time and all-quiet after 11pm regulations.

We can only strongly urge you to find another venue if you think these regulations do not align with your plans - else, it will only end in disappointment all round.

What can I buy in the shop?

Our onsite shop is open from Easter to the end of September.
What we do stock.
Home-grown free-range eggs
Fresh bread & milk
Grocery staples
Sweets & Ice Cream
Cold drinks and snacks
Marshmallows
Homemade preserves & cakes
Locally produced bacon, sausages, burgers
Smokeless logs, kindling, fire-lighters
What we don't stock.
Tents/Camping Equipment
Fishing Rods
Gas

Can I have a campfire?

We don't permit fires directly on the ground no.

But we do permit (and hire out) fire pits - which prove perfect to build a very nice (and safely sized) mini-campfire.

Smokeless fuels only! If you plan on bringing your own logs, please see the details under fire regulations below.

Note that it is absolutely forbidden to collect ground (or fresh!) wood anywhere on site or in the local area. Such wood burns with a very great amount of smoke.

Fire Regulations

  • Fires are only permitted in fire pits that raise the fire off the ground adequately so as not to burn the grass.
  • You can hire a fire pit from us (add when booking) - or bring your own (max diameter 60cm).
  • A bucket of water must always be kept close by - please bring your own bucket.
  • Please note we permit the burning of smokeless combustibles only on the campsite, so if you want to bring your own fuel, it must be a packaged product sold for the purpose, with smokeless stated explicitly on it.
  • It is not permitted under any circumstances to collect any form of firewood or kindling from the campsite grounds or local area.
  • Our on-site Farm Shop is well stocked with fairly priced smokeless logs, charcoal, kindling wood and firelighters.
  • Deposits are no longer levied when hiring a fire pit.

Can I park my car next to my pitch?

In the playground field cars are parked up around the edges of the field, so cars will be close to pitch locations, but in most cases, not directly besides.

In the paddocks cars can be parked directly next to pitch locations.

Can I freeze ice blocks?

Yes, we provide communal freezers for the purpose of freezing ice blocks.

Is hot food available onsite?

Yes, on Friday evenings in warmer months Olly's fish and chip van serves hot food between 4.30 and 8.30pm.

Can I grab a coffee somewhere?

Information to be published shortly.

What pubs are available locally?

Yes, just 400 metres from Blacklands is The Wheatsheaf Pub, which serves excellent food, and offers takeaway also.

At just under a couple of miles by car is the Bull Inn just North of Henfield. The Bull is known for excellent pizza and a range of other good dishes.

At exactly two miles by car (and slightly less across country on foot), The Royal Oak at Wineham is a very popular local traditional pub serving good food.

Henfield village, just over two miles by car has a number of pubs and places to get something to eat. Notable places include The George Hotel, and Kebab Knight who will deliver to the campsite.

For walking routes from the campsite to all of these destinations, please see below:

Is there public transport nearby?

Unfortunately there are no public transport links within walking distance to the campsite.

Henfield is served by the Brighton-Horsham Bus Route 17. Taxi services local to Henfield are mostly single operators - so we recommend finding one online in advance, to make sure you have a taxi arranged before setting out.

You can walk from Henfield (about two miles from Blacklands) across country, but only if you are prepared to carry everything on your back of course. The public footpaths are not always clear as actual paths - in places, it's necessary to cross or skirt open fields instinctively before the path becomes obvious again. Follow the purple route HERE - and please bear the very distinct possibility of getting lost in mind.

Hassocks, 5.4 miles away, is served by train from London and Brighton. A taxi ride from Hassocks train station costs in the region of £20 – call Five Star Taxis on 01273 846666.

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