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What time can we arrive from?

ARRIVAL TIMES

Reception opens for new arrivals from:

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

We implore you to please not arrive on site before these times under any circumstances (prior arrangement for earlier arrivals than these will not be given, so we would ask to please not get in touch with any requests to the contrary).

LATEST ARRIVAL

The latest arrival time (without explicit confirmation otherwise obtained by email) 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.

DEPARTURE TIME

Without having made a valid late stay day visitors booking, all campers must have vacated their pitch area by 11am on the day of departure.

LATE STAYS

To remain on site with your tent/van still in place past 11am, please place a separate day visitors booking for the full number of persons that will remain on site. Note that where the booking is with electric, the electric cable will need to be disconnected by 11am, even with a day visitors booking.

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.

What about payment & cancellation?

The payment and cancellation policies in effect do vary seasonally, and between the different field options that we offer. So to see the relevant policies for a given set of requirements, it is necessary to advance through the initial stages of the booking process (where dates and a field option are selected) to the point that the panel of itemised prices is shown - from where it's possible to open up the applicable policies.

At the payment stage of the online service also, the option to review the policies is presented more prominently - with it being necessary to confirm at that point that you have read and agree to the policies.

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

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.

How do I change my booking?

Bookings are easily updated or cancelled via the booking update service. Just click the booking update service button in your booking confirmation email.

If you have misplaced your booking confirmation email, then click through to the booking service below, and enter in the email address used on the booking in question where it says Access My Booking.

Groups & Placement

Are groups allowed?

We cater to family and mature adult groups 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 the essential information on group camping, including the maximum permitted group sizes,x please click below

Will I be placed with my friends/group?

Yes, for groups that are no more than the maximum permitted group size for the respective field, 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 maximum permitted group sizes, where to add the group name, and for other advice on booking for more than one tent or van, please click below:

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 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).

Can we have a party in the evening?

No music at any time & 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.

That said, a big feature of the experience of camping at Blacklands is for families and friends to gather around the fire pit in the evening, which can naturally all get quite lively.

It's only important to stress here that this must all wind down fully past 11pm.

In the countryside, noise travels incredibly far and wide. So with most campers coming along with babies and children, any noise much after 11pm will result in complaints from others - and justifiably so, given that all-quiet after 11pm is advertised.

Therefore, we do strongly request that prospective campers in doubt as to whether our regulations are truly suited to their plans should please not go ahead with any bookings.

Amenities

Is hot food available onsite?

Olly's Fish Shack

We are very happy to announce that the ever popular Olly's fish shack will return in 2022!

Dates confirmed so far are for Fridays April 15th & 29th, and then every Friday commencing June 3rd through August 26th.

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

What can I buy in the shop?

Our onsite shop is open from Easter to the end of September.
What we do stock
Fresh bread & milk
Bags of ice
Grocery staples
Sweets & Ice Cream
Cold drinks and snacks
Marshmallows
Homemade preserves & cakes
Home-grown free-range eggs
Locally produced bacon, sausages, burgers
Smokeless logs, kindling, fire-lighters
Disposable gas cartridges (220gm & 450g screwtop, 190gm pierceable)
What we don't stock
Tents/Camping Equipment
Fishing Rods

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.

Do you have disabled facilities?

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

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:

Can I grab a coffee somewhere?

Information to be published shortly.

Can I freeze ice blocks?

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

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.

Regulations

Can I play music?

STRICTLY NO RADIO/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.

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

Are dogs allowed?

Dogs are permitted - but we do ask not to bring along dogs that are prone to barking.

Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times without exception.

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

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).
  • Cooking on fire pits/bbqs is permitted - but note that fire pits hired from us do not include any form of griddle. Please ensure the remains of any food are removed from fire pits before returning them.
  • 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.

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