The Secret Campsite The Secret Campsite


Corona Virus

How are you managing the campsite to minimise the risk of infection?

Read our detailed plan of action read here

Can we cancel our booking?

We can cancel bookings, but instead, and to avoid you losing any money, we are happy to offer alternative dates for your stay. You can read more here


Can we bring dogs?

We don’t allow dogs or pets onto the campsite. This is to minimise disruption to the local wildlife

Can we have fires?

Campfires are positively encouraged, and we sell firewood for them. We ask everyone not to collect firewood locally as deadwood is a vital ingredient for the habitat’s health.

Can we bring a caravan or motor home?

Unfortunately not. To keep the meadow quiet and safe for both families and the local wildlife, we keep all of our pitches free from any vehicles.

What are the rules on music?

We ask campers not to play any music or play instruments and to keep noise to a minimum after 10:00pm

Can I fly kites?

For safety reasons, we ask you not to fly kites anywhere on the site.

Can we book a group?

For the peace of other campers, we avoid groups of more than 3 families and do not take single sex groups of more than 3 adults unless you are all related. We also limit pitches to a maximum of 4 adults and 6 people in total.

What restrictions are there on our tent size?

None, the more ostentatious the better, and our large pitches can accommodate most sized tents.

How many people can a pitch accommodate?

We restrict the number of people on a pitch to 7 with no more than 4 adults. The aim is to keep the site peaceful and to avoid large groups

Can we book the whole site?

Unfortunately we don’t book out the whole site. This allows us to focus on creating a fantastic habitat for wildlife which our campers can enjoy.

How are the pitches different?

We have 13 pitches in the main camping meadow over the bridge, 3 pitches in the disorganised orchard and 2 pitches on The Bank which is near to the buildings. The Tree Tent is in the Camping meadow, and The Gridshell is in the disorganised Orchard. If these structures are unsold a couple of days before the rental date, they become normal camping pitches. We also have an emergency pitch for surprises.

Coming and going

When do we need to arrive by?

Check-in time is from 3 until 6:30 pm and 7 pm on Fridays but if you are running late please contact us during these hours to let us know. We can then arrange a different plan for your arrival.

What time do we have to check out?

Your pitch needs to be cleared by 11 am on the day of departure.

Where can I get a taxi?

Try GM Taxis in Lewes 01273 444567 or Lewes taxis 01273 483232

The camp

How do I recharge my phone or battery pack?

Everyone is welcome to leave their phones, laptops and batteries at reception. We will charge them for free. Please note the Secret Campsite cannot accept responsibility for damage or theft to any equipment left with us.

How do we get into Knowands Wood next door?

It’s a 5-minute walk south along the old railway track that runs through the campsite. Turn off left just before you go over a bridge that crosses a footpath and you are into Knowlands which is alive with wildlife

The area

How close is the pub?

The nearest pub is The Royal Oak in Barcombe which is a 25-30 minute walk away along a wildlife rich footpath.

Where is the nearest castle to The Secret Campsite

Lewes castle is the nearest to the campsite. It’s small, but perfectly formed with views across the town and is a classic Norman castle

Where can we go Boating?

The Anchor Inn at Barcombe hires boats out by the hour and is incredibly popular on hot days during the summer. It is a 45 minute walk from the Campsite, across fields and through woods

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