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Canterbury Camping And Caravanning Club Site
Bekesbourne Lane
Kent   (Browse area)
Tel: 01227 463216
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Pitches: 150
Open: 01/01/2024 to 31/12/2024

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 152 Reviews
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Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   No Rallies   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   No Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge    Motorhome Point   Wifi Access 
 No Shop   Bar <5 miles   Restaurant or Cafe or Takeaway <5 miles 
 Kids Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 No Fishing   No Wild Swimming   No Indoor Pool   No Outdoor Pool 
 No Horse Riding   No Cycle Hire   No Golf   No Tennis 
 No Beach   No Watersports   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport On Site  Offroad Dog Walk On Site or Direct Access 

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Date of Visit: April 2010 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Stalbans48 2 reviews from this member

 Travelled with friends, 4 children and a dog, 2 tents. First Bank Holiday in May. It rained non-stop.

The site is excellently located being only a 2 min drive into Canterbury with all that it offers. Also a short drive (20 mins or so) from the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch miniature railway.

Friendly staff with wardens. Over 23 acres to put your tent up. Was reasonably busy but not overcrowded and the trees offer a lot of privacy. Not noisy.

Were placed near the children's playpark and they could wander off and explore the woods without worries.

Showers and loos excellent and complete with hairdryers. Very clean and never a line to get in. Lots of shower blocks including family shower rooms. Hot water even to wash your dirty dishes.  

Date of Visit: May 2010 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: JSLRUSTY 4 reviews from this member

 This was our first camping trip as a family of three.

Booked about 6 weeks prior, very helpful and polite. Upon arriving we booked in and was then shown to our pitch by the owners, again very helpful throughout.

The pitch was spacious and fairly flat, in a corner.

All of the facilities were very good, showers were clean and worked well, enough room at the washing up area. Nice little shop for bread and milk etc.

All in all very pleased with the whole site, the staff and the area. 

Date of Visit: April 2010 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Sumps53 37 reviews from this member

 We stayed here for 4 nights. The site is very nicely kept and obviously much hard work goes into making it look attractive.

We used the lower shower block and it was always spotlessly clean. The shower enclosures are very narrow but manageable. The push button hot water shower is a pet hate of mine but I do understand why it is used. Washing-up facilities were of the expected standard.

Amazingly, since the site is only a mile out of town, it is very peaceful at night with only the occasional siren in the distance as a reminder of how close we were.

The reception staff were lovely. We were much later arriving than we had anticipated and they could not have been more accommodating. Dog walking facilities are good and across the road, through the golf course car park and over a stile you can walk for miles - just follow the pylons! Oh - and plenty of wildlife about (mainly rabbits, squirrels and pigeons)

We did not eat out but there were plenty of establishments locally. A handy PO and general stores is less than a mile away. Canterbury itself has a trio of budget supermarkets (Aldi,Lidl and Netto) plus a large Sainsbury and Asda that we came across. There is a brand new Waitrose in nearby Ashford and plenty of Tesco stores, too, in the vicinity (but they're everywhere aren't they!).

We used the site as a base for visiting the coast and had a great time. Would also be a handy base for pre-Channel crossing stop over. 

Date of Visit: March 2010 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: MJBS 14 reviews from this member

 I have used this site many times. Its proximity to Canterbury City Centre is great, there is a reliable enough bus service on the main road outside. The site is clean and tidy enough.

However, I stayed here twice, out of season. In November 2009, we were positioned in the bottom field. The closest toilet block was closed until Jan 2010. I asked an attendant why so long, and the answer I was given was that the boiler was being repaired. Oddly, the adjacent washing up facilities, although having not been used for some time ( leaves and debris filling the sinks ), I was surprised to find wonderfully hot water available. Returning in March 2010, this block was now open, with a sign on the higher field facilities stating ' Closed until Jan 2010 ' ( this was in March 2010 !). I can only assume that each block is closed in turn, when out of season.

Another annoyancy is there is only one rubbish area, which is close to the entrance; if you are camping in the lower field, it is quite a hike to drop off rubbish. 

Date of Visit: March 2010 Unit:  Campervan
Reviewer: Alan Reese 18 reviews from this member

 Close to Canterbury city centre, this site is ideal for a visit to this historic city. It took us about 1/2 an hour to walk in,(quite leisurely).

It has two toilet blocks, only one being open whilst we were there, as there were not many people on-site. It was immaculately clean but in need of modernisation.The washing facilities were open, not private, with tiny sinks with the narrowest of ledges on which to put your wash things. In the men's there was only five sinks,and when three gents were all trying to wash and shave it felt very tight. The showers were O.K. The push button sort,reasonable water temperature and pressure. The toilets were always very clean and the block as a whole was adequately heated, we had three freezing nights.

The site was well laid out and spacious. We were on a hardstanding, which was just as well, as the ground (when not frozen) was quite boggy. The staff were friendly and helpful.If you are not a member of the Camping Club, this is an expensive site, costing my wife and I seventy six pounds for three nights with E.H.U. In the low season.

Well placed to visit Rochester, Chatham, Faversham, Whitstable, Herne Bay, Margate,Sandwich, Broadstairs and Deal. 


Date of Visit: February 2010 Unit:  Campervan
Reviewer: Riamu.yabu 2 reviews from this member

 I have just came back from a short weekend break on this site, had a great time despite the cold weather.


The location of the site is fantastic, turn left out of the site and your only a short distance from Canterbury city centre. Turn right and your in the depths of the Kent countryside with the popular beaches not too far away.

The staff on this site were very friendly, efficient and helpful. I received a warm welcome, was shown to my pitch and told where all the facilities were.

Rabbits! - There were hundreds of wild rabbits on the site and they were obviously used to humans and dogs being on the site. Exceptionally fun to watch them hop about the site in such numbers.


One slight thing that might be an issue for some are the overhead power lines that run through the site. However, they were very high up and you wouldn't know they were there (unless you flew a kite of course).

What really lets this site down is its toilet and shower facilities. I'm quite a hardy soul and I'm used to the cold weather, however the prospect of ever entering that shower block again gives me the shivers. Firstly I would like to point out that they were exceptionally clean, no issues there.


The block was only heated by a small fan heater high on the wall which was not adequate to heat the size of room.

The size of the shower area was adequate for me, but larger built people may find it challenging.

If you are of the right size to fit in the shower you will be greatly disappointed, there was a mere dribble coming from the showerhead and the temperature of the water coming out was absolutely pathetic. I am still chilled 10 hours later after being subjected to barely luke warm water being put over me in such a cold environment.

In summary:

I would recommend this site to anyone with their own facilities unless there is a heat wave and you like a cold shower. It is a great location, lovely surroundings and near to the best Kent can offer. 

Date of Visit: September 2009 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Petemate 8 reviews from this member

 We found the site excellent - friendly, well laid-out and nothing too much trouble for the staff, especially the ladies in the shop. Greatly placed site as a base for Kent.

The toilets and showers are immaculate. The hookup posts are lit at night - very helpful. We especially liked the informal way the site is laid out - not regimental thus giving a nice ambience. A very clean and tidy site, well-signposted in advance from all directions.

The local amenities included one of a chain of the least expensive carveries in the country - Crown Carveries, highly recommended - the Punch Tavern near Sturry.

We will definitely go to this site again. 

Date of Visit: June 2009 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Deiseach 4 reviews from this member

 Rabbits. Our abiding memory of this site will always be rabbits. They were everywhere and I must confess to loving rabbits, not just on the dinner plate either. If you can't stand the thought of these critters rooting around your tent at night, stay well away.

On a less flippant note, first impressions of this site are good. An army of staff were on hand when we arrived, and while they were of the formal variety this isn't necessarily a bad thing. Kent is not called the garden of England for nothing and the site feels like you are in the gardens of some stately pile. The tent area, while located far back along through a slightly bewildering route, doesn't feel like an afterthought, providing a lot of shelter and a billiard table flat surface.

Facilities. The washing area is rather pretty, set in a kind of log cabin shelter to give that authentic Abe Lincoln feel. The toilets are very good, antiseptically clean at all times and with enough cubicles for everyone. One oddity was the proliferation of signs. Do I really need to know about picking up newspapers while taking a leak? Cut down on the visual verbiage, folks!

The site is just about walking distance away from Canterbury. Impressions of the bus service weren't great, we walked in to the city twice and back to the site once without seeing a bus which makes you worry about their reliability. There's a couple of good sites along the way in to the city though so walking is definitely a good idea.

Overall, a good site. Tents seem to be treated seriously, the facilities are to a high standard and the staff efficient. 

Date of Visit: September 2009 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: CherryCamper 1 review from this member

 Very expensive for just one night in a two person tent (22) and for that you would expect high quality site and facilities. Staff very friendly but let down by a toilet and shower block that look around 20 years old with lukewarm push button showers in a cold block. Fairly noisy from the surrounding roads as the site is fairly high up. Under power lines also which is not ideal. 

Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Wittyfour 3 reviews from this member

 We have just returned from a fortnight at this caravan and camping site,I have nothing but praise for it. It is situated across the road from the golf club so is easily found. The site itself is really well laid out with tents in their spots and the Tourers on huge pitches made from hard core (Hard to get in pegs mind )
The wardens on the site are all lovely and very helpful especially Chris Lovell and wife they tipped us off about a pub which did a carvery for 3.50 and it was gorgeous!
The Pylons and the toilet blocks seem to get some critiscism on here, but to be quite honest I never noticed the Pylons being a problem and the shower / toilet block were spotless everyday. Yes they are narrow but how long are you in a shower for?
There seemed to be a lot of people coming and going on this site as it is close for the channel crossings but again there was minimal noise. This is a lovely site would definitely go again.
Pity Kent doesn't have nice beaches made from sand and not shingle. However I must be spoilt as I am from the North East of England and have a fantastic coastline to enjoy. 

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