Just returned from a long weekend stay here. Staff very friendly and made us welcome. Small shop was well stocked with the essentials. Pitches seemed a bit crowded even with the legal gap between them. The old toilet block, although very clean could do with a upgrade as it is bit 'seedy'. And as others have pointed out the shower water goes everywhere. Fish and chip van Friday and Saturday evenings and the local Chinese will deliver to the camp. Will go back again
After reading a lot of reviews, I was really looking forward to this spotless, if a little dated, campsite. The washing up area had black mould on the white sealant with green mould growing on top of that. From the write-up I expected to see the sea from the campsite but that was a definite 'No'. The site was very crowded with no rhyme nor reason to how the units, be it tents, motorhomes or caravans, were sited. In the showers the water was able to get past the shower curtain on to clean clothes. The grass was a lot longer than many of the sites we've been to, which hid the trailing hook-up leads. In the main it reminded me of a caravan and motorhome dealers rather than a campsite. Sadly this did not meet my expectations of a Camping and Caravanning Club site.
We opted to stay at this campsite on the very wet bank holiday in May.
The staff are extremely welcoming and when we arrived on the Friday the fish and chip van (every Friday) was there which made the welcome even better. We were showed to our pitch by (happy) owner, who gave us a couple of options. We stayed in the main central area which, when fully booked, (which the site was) was a bit of a car park, with little room left for kids to have a good run around. The play area is very basic but well kept.
Out location was extremely windy, which kept us away each night, if you are in a tent opt for a location where you are given shelter by some hedges. I can't emphasis this enough.
Facilities are in very good condition, my only gripe is that he shower curtains do nothing to prevent the dry area flooding, meaning that you need to get changed in the main toilet area. Water and power facilities well positioned.
The adjacent beach is very good as it is shingle and the Star Inn is about a mile up the road. They serve food all day and have a great playground in the back.
Would go back again but only if the weather is very very good.
After reading reviews about what a lovely site it was I booked for bank hol weekend, have to say bit disappointed being bank hol weekend I do expect to be busy but felt crammed in! too many people squeezed in, had no privacy! pitches were not clearly defined! 3 good shower blocks thou which were clean and lovely hot showers, great location for eastbourne, bexhill on sea & hastings. I would maybe use again just not on a bank hol weekend!
We have been here several times a year over the last 6 or 7 years, with our rather large Outwell Vermont XL tent (and its rather large predecessor - a trailer tent), and always felt at home with the site, it's facilities and the staff - and we only live about 15 miles away.
Relaxation is surely the point of camping and Normans Bay has always given us that & our kids have learned to ride bikes, with then without stabilisers, here, cycling round & round the relatively safe perimeter road of the site.
However this visit was not good and, if we didn't know better, we would not return.
I would say that the site is pleasantly situated and the toilet/wash/shower blocks are plenty good enough, certainly better than many sites, although the older block could do with an update and more thorough cleaning. The toilets seem to have 'economisers' on their water supplies, which is a bit silly at busy times as the cisterns seem to take 5 minutes to fill up and you end up in a cycle of having to flush the toilet when you arrive and not being able to flush when you leave - a bit unpleasant.
Our last holiday was end of May (Spring) Bank Holiday (2014). We arrived Friday and learned that they expected to be fully booked. Good for them, we thought. We didn't recognise any of the staff and the former site shop had been knocked through to make way for more reception desks with only a scattering of the stock of the former stock, albeit in a cleaner environment. We gathered that the place has changed hands.
As usual, we were shown to our pitch by an chap on a bike and given what we thought were clear parameters for the limits of our pitch. With a sturdy breeze from the South (the site is usually a bit windy as right by the coast) we mucked about with our footprint groundsheet to leave us a couple of metres in front of the tent before the site road, with our back to the prevailing wind. Our tent is large at 7. 7m x 4. 8m, so we spend a lot of time & thought with the footprint as once the tent goes up, that's us.
After half an hour a friend arrived and occupied the next pitch as we started to put the tent up, shown to her pitch by the same chap who showed us ours. He asked how we were doing and we explained about the wind and how we should end up a couple of metres from the road. We exchanged a joke or two with man on bike and carried on finishing pegging out our tent, stopping for 10 minutes or so to help our friend get her smaller tent up & pegable.
45 minutes after starting, our tent was nearly finished and we were about to start 'nesting' when a different man on a bike came & told us that we were 'too far back' as they were full this weekend and would need to get someone in behind us. Remaining calm and polite, I explained that we were within the parameters we were given and, when finished, the front would be quite close to the road. We didn't win the discussion and were told we had to move. Apparently, he was the boss & the other chap was just learning.
Despairing of the time wasted (as it was time return home to pick up the kids from school & bring them camping) he offered to assist in moving the tent. 40 tent pegs and 10 minutes later, we had collapsed the tent & got it off of its footprint, so that we could move the footprint 3 metres further forward. I pointed out that we would be over the road and asked if he wanted me to peg out the front of the tent onto the road and we negotiated a metre or so back so our tent just opened a few inches short of the road.
We spent the holiday with passing cars, caravans & motorhomes narrowly missing the front our tent and spraying puddles of muddy water in our faces if we sat with the front of the tent open and our little westie on a short lead, not allowed out. Fortunately our kids are not toddlers any more, but we all had to be careful not to get run over coming out of our tent. Obviously we would have pitched into the wind if we had known that we would be moved onto the road.
In the 4 days of the holiday, nobody pitched closer than 30 metres from the back of our tent. Maybe the weather kept some away, but it didn't help! I wouldn't let it spoil our holiday, but it certainly detracted from the relaxation we paid for and expected and left much of our tent sprayed with mud.
Our friend & neighbour was also moved, once she had finished pitching, despite her tent barely being 1/2 our size - officious, pointless and stupid. Maximum tent size for a pitch here is 9m x 5m. Whilst we fill most of that, she was moved so far forward, that she couldn't put her front canopy on and had no kitchen for the duration. Again nobody parked or pitched within 30 metres of the back of her tent.
Anther gripe, apart from the reduced facilities of the shop (ice lollies now £2 each!), where there were previously four or five rubbish bin points, now all rubbish has to be taken to reception - for 200+ pitches? Rubbish!
We will nervously try again, maybe next year, but not again this year as we get too little holiday for it to be rubbish again. Perhaps the new managers are still learning customer service and where their pitches are but, if they don't want arguments & upsets, they should probably mark out the corners of the pitches definitively - not difficult, really.
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