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Alfriston Camping Park
Pleasant Rise Farm
East Sussex   (Browse area)
BN26 5TN
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Open: 29/03/2024 to 27/10/2024

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 107 Reviews
                8/10 from 107 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   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   No Laundry   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   No Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point   No Wifi Access 
 Shop <1 mile   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant or Cafe or Takeaway <1 mile 
 No Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 Fishing <1 mile   Wild Swimming <1 mile   No Indoor Pool   No Outdoor Pool 
 No Horse Riding   Cycle Hire <5 miles   Golf <1 mile   No Tennis 
 Beach <5 miles   Watersports <5 miles   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport <1 mile  Offroad Dog Walk On Site or Direct Access 

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Date of Visit: May 2013 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: JSharp 9 reviews from this member

 Not a bad site at all. Stayed here last summer for a night and found it to be very well priced and reasonable, with good facilities, so I decided to return again.

Showers were hot and powerful and toilets numerous and clean.

The site is very well placed, close to some great spots for walking and also not far from Lewes, Newhaven, etc.

The downside was that the women using the stables allowed their dogs to defecate all over the bottom corner of the camping field. Not what you want if you have children or are walking to the toilet in the middle of the night. Not the owner's fault though, it's just an annoyance. 

Date of Visit: October 2012 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: Arrachogaidh 15 reviews from this member

 Free and easy going site.

The facilities are sadly very basic but are clean and there is plenty of hot water and toilet paper.

The place could really do with some re-furbishment. Alfriston village is a lovely olde worlde sort of place.

We found the owner a bit of a character, genuine and friendly.

Weather was poor with mist to the ground most of the time we were in the area. I am sure it gets better sometime. 

Date of Visit: September 2012 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Jonglew 4 reviews from this member

 We stayed at this site for 1 night in Sep 2012. The site is one large flat field, which allowed for tents to be well-spaced, better than being on top of each other. The toilet blocks were substantial but not very modern, however, they functioned well, plenty of hot water. Alfriston village is close by so shops, pubs etc within walking distance. A basic site with few facilities, not one we would want to stay for too long, but fine for short stays. 

Date of Visit: September 2012 Unit:  Campervan
Reviewer: Andywa119 2 reviews from this member

 I really like this site. Free and easy going which is very popular with families in tents. There is an associated CL site nearby which attracts a few motorhomes. Campfires are allowed and as the evenings draw in this was very popular and created a great atmosphere. For parties there is further field well out the way. The facilities are pretty basic but are clean and there is plenty of hot water and toilet paper. Bring enough food as you will need deep pockets to shop in Alfriston village. Although the site was busy it was still quiet and relaxing. We have stayed here during the winter when is very quiet. 

Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Emste76 8 reviews from this member

 Just come back from a lovely 4 might stay. I agree with other reviews that facilities are basic but clean with lots of hot water for showers. Lots of lovely walks and the campsite is in a lovely location.

My children had a great time and did not miss not having a playground, Lots of space when we were there for children to play and run around. Campsite owner is very friendly and helpful.

The campsite owner when we were there, politely asked a group of teenagers if they wanted to make noise to move down to the far end of the field. The teenagers obliged and we did not hear them. A very friendly relaxed campsite.

The village of Alfriston is a very pleasant 5min walk and pretty. We had a drink at the the George Inn and the staff were very friendly. Loved having a campfire every night as did the children.

My childern had a great day out at Knockhatch Adventure Park near Halisham and really enjoyed Birling gap hunting for crabs and fish in the rock pools when the tide was out. 


Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 3 Travelling as:  Solo traveller
Reviewer: Trevor + Jo 132 reviews from this member

 As instructed, I booked on line and received confirmation within 4 hours. On arrival there is no reception, shop or even a phone number, you find a space and pitch. Two nights later the owner did the rounds and charged 7 per adult.

The site is in the bottom of a shallow, dry valley so it gently slopes on both sides and is level at the bottom. Mature woodland affords shelter and shade and the grass is well maintained.

There are two toilets nearby but it's a short walk down the track to the main toilet/washroom block. These are functional. The showers work well and the plentiful hot water comes without further charge. There are no shaver points and the place needs an overhaul. However, they are kept clean, there are good washing up facilities (bowls and detergent provided) and the loo paper is the most luxurious I've ever found at a camp site!

Alfriston has many pubs and restaurants. I found the George was the best for atmosphere, food and beer. Unfortunately I had a bad experience in the Old Smugglers Inn (aka Market Inn) since the beer was rubbish and I was short changed too.

If you like walking you've picked the right site here. The trip down the valley to Cuckmere Haven, then over The Seven Sisters (actually there are eight!) to Birling Gap, is breathtaking. The NT Pub at Birling Gap is good but just beaten by the Tiger at East Dean. Close by, the walks over Beachy Head and Windover Hill are worth the effort.

An ideally sited, very laid back, friendly site (no caravanners!) allowing camp fires with no silly rules and regulations. Some may find fault with the lack of facilities and condition of the washrooms but if you want these, look elsewhere. 

Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Happycamper8 1 review from this member

 Had a great time camping at this place, what a nice, relaxed atmosphere, lovely surroundings, would definitely go back there again. Very simple place, no need to pre book.

Very close to seaside and shops. The Village is very pretty.

Facilities are best described as 'basic' but you have all you need - showers, hot water, WC

Roy was friendly and helpfully with giving information

Highly recommend it for anyone who is not so fussed about facilities on campsite and there to enjoy themselves and explore surroundings, will take my friends camping to this place again. 

Date of Visit: July 2012 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: LKAM7872 1 review from this member

 We had a very pleasant stay at Alfriston Camping Park and would definitely recommend a stay there.

The site is situated within strolling distance of the very Pretty Villge of Alfriston nestled in the beautiful Sussex South Downs Countryside.

The Site is run in a very informal manner and although it may be a little disconcerting not to be able to book by phone if you want to book last minute actually Roy is very quick to reply and we turned up a day early without any problems.

The site has basic but very adequate facilities with very hot water constantly which is surely all you need! They also looked like they were adding further ammenties closer to the main field.

They also allow open camp fires (with fire bricks supplied)which is a lovely addition to the outdoor experience!

It is a great site for kids with no nearby roads and there's a lovely stables very close by that offers Horse riding for all levels and ages. It doesn't offer any play facilities but that just encourages them to enjoy running about more!

The site is also great value with 7 adults Children over 5 5 and little ones free.

The Village is very pretty with many lovely teashops and pubs serving lovely meals, a pretty church and a 14C National trust Clergy house. Although the village doesn't have a lot of grocery shops the village post office offers a variety of local produce and cash back (very handy!).

The local area offers numerous opportunities to take in the Beautiful Sussex scenery and coastline with great walking, whilst also having Drusillas on the door step (great for kids and use your tesco vouchers for even better value) and Eastbourne and Brighton within a 30 minute drive. 

Date of Visit: June 2012 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: I.watson 2 reviews from this member

 Had 3 nights here over the jubilee weekend. An extremely informal site that seems to be a favourite of group campers. It seems to be our luck that there seemed to be a few particularly noisy groups plus Duke of Edinburgh expeditions so we had party noise until midnight then the DoE boys and girls packing up and setting off very early.

That aside the little one had a great time in the woods that are either side of the site. You can feel confident that you can let your kids off the leash as there are no roads to worry about.

Facilities are pretty cobbled together and best described as 'basic' but the water is hot and showers perform well. There are nice touches like washing up liquid and cloths provided by the sinks, but it is let down by silly things like having no hooks in one of the shower cubicles.

Roy is friendly and helpful and the local village of Alfriston is postcard pretty with good friendly pubs and cafes.

Drusillas Zoo is very close by and well worth a visit. They have some very interesting animals in excellent enclosures and there is plenty to keep the kids amused with extensive play areas.

10 per adult and 7. 50 per child per night seemed a bit steep given the general state of the facilities.

Would I go back here? Probably yes, but it would be certain if only the facilities could be just a bit less rough and ready. 

Date of Visit: May 2012 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Anja 9 reviews from this member

 What a great location!

Situated on the outskirts of Alfriston and just a few minutes walk from all the village facilities. There are some very good walks straight out of the campsite.

The site itself is relatively basic and the facilities could be busy over a bank holiday weekend, for example, as there are few sites in this area of the South Downs.

The performance of the facilities varied over the 3 days we were there. On Friday night and Saturday morning there was no hot water whatsoever but by Saturday afternoon things were back on track. Whilst the showers had a homemade look there was no doubting their power and heat - most welcome after a very long walk!

As mentioned by other reviewers, there is flat ground available in the middle of the field and sloping ground to the edge. The valley does tend to funnel the wind but this wasn't a problem. Being on the South Downs Way, the site is popular with DOE groups and they were present during our stay. The teachers also stayed overnight so there was no noise 'after hours'.

The village has some great pubs. For beer and good pub food, we recommend the Smugglers Inn. The George is a little more foodie and also had great beer. The most attractive looking pub, The Star, did not seem popular and received no recommendations from locals.

Prices for camping were 7 per person per night. 

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