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Arrival Times

ARRIVALS FROM

Reception opens for new arrivals from:

  • 9am for playground field non-electric and paddocks bookings
  • 11am for playground field electric and off-peak hardstanding bookings

It is essential to please not arrive on site before these times.

LATEST ARRIVAL

The latest arrival time is 8.30pm. All arrivals later than this are strictly by permission only, which must be obtained in advance by email (best by reply to your booking confirmation email).

VEHICLE MOVEMENT

No vehicle movement is permitted on the campsite between the hours of 10.30pm and 6am. Outside of this period, no vehicle is to progress beyond the car park in the main farm courtyard on any late arrival or return.

ALL-QUIET PAST 11PM

We operate a strict policy of all-quiet after 11pm. After 11pm, all social events must have completely wound down, and movement around the grounds should be kept to an absolute minimum.

DEPARTURE TIME

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

Payment & Cancellation

The payment and cancellation related policies in effect may vary seasonally, and between the different field options that we offer. So, to see the exact policies for your requirements and dates, it is necessary to advance through the initial stages of the booking process to the point that the panel of itemised prices is shown - from where it's possible to open up the applicable policies.

The applicable policies are also reproduced in full at the foot of booking confirmation emails.

Some essential policies are universal to all bookings however:

  • Refunds are not given
  • Deposits are not charged
  • Full payment can be made no earlier than four weeks before the scheduled date of arrival
  • Full payment must be made no later than the end of day seven days ahead of arrival (which is referred to as the payment cut-off point), else a booking is automatically cancelled
  • Where payments have been made towards a booking on which an outstanding balance remains payable at the payment cut-off point, the system will cancel the booking and issue a credit for the balance of payments made thus far.
  • Bookings are subject to a booking lock-in point. This does vary depending on the field option and time of year, but is generally four days before the scheduled date of arrival. In that case, for a Friday arrival, make your final changes by Monday evening, because the booking will lock-in from 12am, Tuesday morning. Past the booking lock-in point: under no circumstance will credits be issued should you cancel or otherwise not attend on the dates you have booked for; the date of arrival and field option can no longer be changed; the number of nights staying can no longer be reduced.

Booking to Fish

Prior arrangement is not required (or is in fact available) for campers looking to fish—so you don't need to mention that you will be fishing when you book.

All that is required is to purchase fishing day tickets at campsite reception at some point after your arrival, and (strictly) before looking to set up on any particular swim.

Day tickets are not available from the fishing warden directly—so never set up on a swim with the expectation that the warden will subsequently sell you a ticket, you must first purchase tickets at reception.

For all further information about fishing, please click through to our fishery's own website at the link below. If you do need to contact us with fishing related enquiries, please best use the contact page found on the fishing website to get in touch with the fishing warden directly.

Updating Bookings

Bookings are easily updated or cancelled online via the booking update service. Just click the booking update service button in your booking confirmation email (no password is required).

If you have misplaced your booking confirmation email, then click through to the booking service below, find where it says Access My Booking, and submit the email address used when placing the booking.

Groups & Placement

Groups Allowed

We cater to family and mature adult groups only, subject to strict limits on the maximum number of tents or vans permitted in any single camp.

Note that we do not cater to groups that are singles/young couples without children, stag/hen do, wedding, or adult birthday party related.

We regret that we strictly also do not cater to any number of unaccompanied under 21 year olds - or predominantly under 21s based groups, with or without adult accompaniment (excepting only genuine DofE expeditions that have been prearranged in association with an official school body).

For the essential information on group camping, including the maximum permitted group sizes, please click below

Being Placed With Friends

Note that there are strict limits to the maximum number of vans or tents that are permitted to form a single camp.

Besides that, it is easy to ensure you are guaranteed space to pitch together with your accompanying friends or family. All that is necessary is to make sure each party adds the exact same common group name to their bookings (the group name box is found at the contact details stage of the booking process). Apart from that, no additional information (or confirmation from us) is required.

Pitches are allocated on arrival only, according to the dispersal of pitches at that point. You can mention to the warden then that you are joining friends if you like. However, availability is carefully controlled so that there is ample space for all multiple tent/van parties (up to the permitted maximum number) to set up together.

To see the current maximum permitted group sizes, and for other advice on booking for more than one tent or van, please click below:

Reserving a Pitch Location

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 always manages to comfortably fit in around everyone else, with almost invariably, everyone content with their location.

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).

Social Events & Noise

Note most importantly that there is strictly no music permitted at any time and that the entire site is all-quiet after 11pm.

Blacklands does not permit groups of singles or young couples, stag or hen dos, weddings, or adult birthday parties.

Although we do permit small number of tents and vans to gather together in group camps, any social event in the evening must stay sensible - with everything winding down fully by the 11pm all-quiet.

Amenities

Serving Hot Food

Olly's Fish Shack
Olly's Fish Shack

The ever popular Olly's fish shack is once again serving at Blacklands this 2022 season.

Confirmed dates are for every Friday from now through to Friday, August 26th.

For more information, and with any questions, please visit Olly's Fish Shack Facebook Page

Oi Pizza
Oi Pizza

New for 2022 is Organic Ingredients wood-fired pizza!

Currently serving every Tuesday & Saturday between 4.30 and 8.30pm, up to and including Tuesday 23rd & Saturday 27th of August.

For more information, please email: eat@oipizza.org.

The Onsite Shop

Our onsite shop is generally open from Easter to the end of September.
What we do have
Bean to cup coffee machine (tea and hot chocolate also)
Fresh bread & milk
Bags of ice
Grocery staples
Sweets & ice Cream
Marshmallows
Preserves & cakes
Home-grown free-range eggs
Locally produced bacon, sausages, burgers
Smokeless logs, kindling, fire-lighters
Disposable gas cartridges (220gm & 450g screw top, 190gm pierceable)
Children's toys
What we don't have
Tents/camping equipment
Fishing rods to hire or purchase

Disabled facilities

We have multiple disabled access showers and toilets across our facilities blocks.

Public Transport

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.

Regulations

Youths

We regret that we strictly do not cater to any number of unaccompanied under 21 year olds - or predominantly under 21s based groups, with or without adult accompaniment (excepting only genuine DofE expeditions that have been prearranged in association with an official school body).

Music

STRICTLY NO RADIO/MUSIC!

To preserve a back-to-nature ambience, STRICTLY NO MUSIC, TV, RADIO, VIDEO GAMES or similar should be audible anywhere on the grounds at any time.

If you are aware of any persons breaking this rule, please be sure to contact a member of staff as soon as you can.

Commercial/Sign Written Vehicles

Commercial and sign written vehicles can be brought on site, but once any camping gear has been unloaded, they must then be parked up in a designated area for commercial vehicles.

The vehicle will be free to leave the campsite (to then return to the designated area) during your stay—but it must not progress from the designated area onto the campsite again until it comes time to load up on departure. Note that the designated area will likely not be close to your actual pitching area.

Dogs

Dogs are permitted, but must be kept on a lead at all times.

Do not bring dogs that are prone to barking, and of course, please clean up dog mess immediately afterwards, both on the grounds, and from the surrounding area.

Campfires

Note that fires directly on the ground are not permitted.

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

Don't forget to add fire pit hire to your booking if you wish to make use of one during your stay.

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 permitted only in fire pits hired directly from us. Portable BBQs may also be used but must be raised from the ground adequately so as not to burn the grass in any way.
  • The only wood that is permissible to use on the campsite are the logs we sell in our onsite store. This is not for reasons of profit (it will be difficult to beat our logs on price) - but to ensure that only smokeless fuels are used, which saves the campsite from choking on smoke and fumes.
  • Under no circumstance whatsoever should wood or kindling be collected from the campsite grounds or local area.
  • Cooking on fire pits/BBQs is permitted, but note that the fire pits we provide for hire do not come with a griddle (it will be necessary to bring your own). Do ensure that the remains of any food are removed from the actual fire pit before returning them.
  • A full bucket of water must always be at the ready directly next to any fire pit or BBQ that has been lit, but not yet cooled to the ambient temperature, for which YOU MUST BRING YOUR OWN BUCKET.

Swimming/Boating on the Lake

The lake is dedicated to fishing, so unfortunately for those who might like to take a dip, or go for a paddle, there is in strictly no swimming or boating on the lake of any kind.

Car By 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.

Seasonal Pitches/Van Storage

No, there are no seasonal pitch arrangements available at Blacklands. .

All camping and touring is charged at the standard nightly rates, regardless of the length of stay, while there is no provision for caravan or motor van storage.

Please see our complete campsite regulations below
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