At Little Dernwood Farm we have one of the largest blocks of coppice woodland in East Sussex. They are formally identified as semi-natural ancient woodland being the vestige of the dark and forbidding forest that covered The Weald in ancient time, and the camping field is set within the very heart of these 70 acres of woodland.
The opportunities for wildlife ‘safaris’ are endless, from your run of the mill rabbits and normal woodland birds to badgers roaming at night from the large sett in the woods to the south of the field, to sitings of our resident herd of fallow deer and huge buzzards flying overhead.
Camp building was clearly a very popular pass time last season and some were really very impressive, not sure how much was kids and how much was dads though!
We allow camp fires and we have nets of logs and kindling for sale at our shop, we also sell our home produced meat to cook on it. I know this was a highlight for many people last year, being able to see the cows and pigs out in the field and then cook steak and sausages from the farm, the ultimate in food traceability and provenance.
We aim to provide a low impact, sustainable and eco-friendly campsite; it's a field in the woods, with lots of of peace & quiet, for people who are looking for a real back to nature camping experience.
There are two toilets and a covered washing up area (cold water), stand pipe we do not have a shower block but solar shower bags are available to borrow.
The field is a car free site, which is perfect for families, it’s a 7-10 minute walk from the car park through the woods to the field. We have a fleet of wheelbarrows and trolleys for you to ferry your gear.
We're 40 minutes away from Brighton, and 25 from both Eastbourne and Tunbridge Wells.
Please check our Things to Know before you book section on the Booking Information page so you understand what kind of site we are. (no cars in the camping field/ no amplified music are the 2 main ones)
Prices are £8 for adults, £5 for children 5 & over
Please note for bank holiday bookings you need to select 3 nights, starting on a friday, except Easter weekend when your stay can start on the Saturday, you will still need to book from friday and stay for 3 nights but just put in the additonal comments field that you will not be arriving until the Saturday. Thanks!
You can book up to 6 pitches per booking. For groups larger than this or if our booking system has you confused please call me 01435 812726 or email
to discuss your requirements.