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Normans Bay Camping And Caravanning Club Site
Normans Bay
East Sussex   (Browse area)
BN24 6PR
Tel: 01323 761190
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Pitches: 200
Open: 01/04 to 03/11

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 127 Reviews
                8/10 from 127 Reviews

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Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Club Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 Kitchen Facilities   Freezer Available    Motorhome Point   Fully Serviced Pitches 
 Shop On Site   No Bar   No Restaurant   Wifi Access 
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing On Site   Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool   Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding   Cycle Hire   Golf   Tennis 
 Beach On Site   Watersports   Boat Launch / Mooring 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 Coastside Pitches   Public Transport <1 mile  Offroad Dog Walk On Site or Direct Access 

Reviews:  127 in total, now showing 1 to 10                 Previous 10          Next 10
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Date of Visit: August 2018 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Mrwhippy1954 26 reviews from this member

This club site in peak season you would expect to be busy and it was. Certainly in places, which is a majority of grass pitches it was somewhat crowded.

The good things about the site is that is right opposite the beach. The beach is a long unspoilt pebble beach which allows dogs on it all year round. It is also a shortish walk to the local train halt where the service will take you right across the network. The local pub is slightly further away but does not admit dogs.

On the adverse side you expect high standards for the relatively high price the club charge, but due to old age, the facilities look tired and in need of an update. Fortunately we have enjoyed a dry summer. But, if it was a standard wet summer, even though the site is level, with the large preponderance of grass pitches it may resemble the Glastonbury mud!

Date of Visit: May 2018 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Kateandjames 46 reviews from this member

Very accommodating site that arranged for the family to all camp together. Facilities average but then it was a bank holiday weekend! and under the circumstances the staff coped very well, queues to check in etc.

My real complaint about this site was that camping on the grass near the toilets meant a continual stream of people walking through my pitch with no consideration to my space!

Ideal site for the beach if you like pebbles and mud! Windy enough to fly kites and get seriously sunburnt!

Date of Visit: June 2018 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Junglesim 3 reviews from this member

Very pleasant staff and in general a well looked after site. My kids had a great time as did my wife and I. However, I would like to mention two things that I think could be greatly improved. Firstly the system of registering and then being personally shown to the pitch is a nice idea but does not work as we had to wait 30 mins with despite being second in the queue. With a car full of moaning kids this felt like a lifetime. Secondly, they really need to clean the facilities more often than once a day. This cleaning occurs at lunchtime and thus by morning the whole unit is a state and for the price I would have thought that they could stretch to a more frequent cleaning schedule.

Date of Visit: June 2018 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Vwdubman 18 reviews from this member

Arrived on Thursday to a very quiet site, staff nice and friendly and gave us the opportunity to choose our pitch.

Had a very peaceful Thursday afternoon and evening, unfortunately the Friday was not the same, families in tents turned up and allowed their children to run wild screaming and shouting till 2315 hrs whilst the parents sat around drinking alcohol not bothered that their ‘snowflakes’ were causing disturbances to other campers.

Generally a really nice campsite providing you don’t get inconsiderate people there at the same time.

Date of Visit: June 2017 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Kiwi1Adventures 12 reviews from this member

Love this site. Right near the beach. BEWARE OF SUBMERGED OBSTACLES. Check-in is 1pm which grates a bit as the day is half over but I can see why they wouldn't want people leaving meeting people arriving as the roads are rather narrow with no where to pass unless you happen to be really lucky and hit a passing bay at the correct time. Just remember Murphy's Law exists for a reason. OK so your day is half over before even setting up so for an overnight stay time is precious, the reason why we took the camper van as opposed to convertible caravan and why lunch was made before setting off. Given the check in time being a bit of a pain when you want to miss rush hour traffic what do you do, well you can hang out at ASDA in Eastbourne. Get there early, do a bit of shopping, maybe something to eat and before you know it you can finish the last 15 minutes and arrive in time for check in. Once shown to your site by a warden you are free to set up and then hit the beach. This site can be windy, really windy so just be aware of that and avoid setting up near a windbreak or awning that is clearly going to fly into your set up at some point. Once you have tired of the beach say around 5pm there is a chance to walk to The Star Inn, an old smugglers pub and have a drink and dinner or if you didn't book and couldn't get a table you can really test your BBQs performance in the wind, or cook behind your wind break assuming it's still there. This is a lovely sunny site so a quiet relaxed drink in the evening is perfect. Kite flying is done at the beach and there are no ball games allowed so you really get to relax. An earlier review mentioned the location of the rubbish bins. I'll have this set up any day. It is too windy to have a bin on every corner and the site would suffer from rubbish flying everywhere if this was adapted. I'd have no hesitation returning here and please be sure to read some other reviews as my focus has been on strategies to enjoy your overnight stay at Normans Bay not washrooms, kitchens, and kids play area.

Date of Visit: June 2017 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: SiouxPeto 8 reviews from this member

Love this site. We don't stay on club sites anymore except this one. The wardens are the best nothing is too much trouble, they are happy, friendly and helpful. The site although busy is quiet and calm. It has one of the best situations right next to a wonderful dog friendly shingle beach, which is clean, quiet and perfect for swimming. Train and buses are near and easy to get to to Eastbourne and Hastings. Lots of lovely walking opportunities, we have a dog so all these are important for us. Had a wonderful stay. PS it is a bit windy there so make sure you bring extra pegs and guy ropes!

Date of Visit: September 2016 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Family with young children
Reviewer: TimCESmith 30 reviews from this member

Norman's bay is approached via a narrow private road through a run down strip of poor quality housing with a slightly creepy atmosphere, a bit like Dungeness, so it's quite a relief to find a well kept campsite at journey's end. We booked in, got a code for the barrier and were shown to our pitch: 'Anywhere on this bit. You need to be 20 feet from the next unit. EHU's over there. You're nice and close to the loos. ' I thought we would be troubled by passing traffic as we were all but blocking the access to our area, but either nobody moved much or they were coming and going some other way. It was a good pitch.

It's very flat and rather exposed, with many caravans and motorhomes packed in. The ground is good and resembles a well mown field rather than a manicured lawn. The facilities are excellent - bright, clean, warm and user friendly. The showers are push button, but you get a good half minute per press. I'm new to C&CC sites so maybe that's normal. There's an older block down by the caravan storage area which was also more than satisfactory. The pot wash is under cover and features press taps which run for 10 - 15 seconds per press - very handy for rinsing. All the facilities shut between 11am and noon for cleaning, coinciding irritatingly with chucking off site time on your last day. Waste and recycling is in big, stinky hoppers over by the site entrance and a bit of a schlep: convenient for the management rather than the campers.

There's a small, unremarkable play area at the top of the site and a 'recreation room' at the other end with a pool table (£1 a game) and a table tennis table. You can purchase awful bat and ball sets for a fiver at the site shop. We had the room to ourselves and had quite a blast for half an hour.

The local area has an interesting history and is full of things to see and do. The beach is usable if a bit bleak, but very conveniently right over the road. All the supermarkets can be found in Eastbourne, but the gigantic Asda is probably the most convenient.

Date of Visit: September 2016 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Janecathrew 3 reviews from this member

What a lovely surprise arriving at Normans bay.

We arrived at 1 O'Clock so it was busy, no problem for them. We were taken to our pitch and guided in.

We were near the toilet facilities but not too close, as you could hear the hand driers.

Reception staff were friendly and great with your needs, the shop was well stocked.

Quite a large campsite and seemed full but didn't notice a lot of people.

Trains go by the site all day and evening but they are not intrusive.

Just across the road you have the pebble beach, great for us as we have a kayak so didn't have to carry it far.

There are two very close train stops, we took a train to Hastings, cheaper than we thought a good service.

We were very lucky with the weather 30 degrees every day. In the evenings we had bbq's on the beach.

The Aqua bar on the beach is a 20 minute walk. They allow dogs and have entertainment every night. We didn't eat there but the food looked good.

There was another pub toward Bexhill a short walk along the road, left out of the campsite. 'The star' very much catered to feeding you. It is a really old pub but we felt it had lost its character.

We loved our stay and would go again if we were going East again.

Be warned! If you use a sat nav it tries to take you down a road not suitable for caravans, this is on the first roundabout as you enter Pevensey.

When you get to Pevensey Bay the road that takes you to the campsite is full of pot holes and blind sleeping policemen, go really slow.

Date of Visit: August 2016 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Stainless22 3 reviews from this member

Visited Normans Bay over the weekend of 12th. 13th and 14th of August to coincide with the Eastbourne Airshow, so site was pretty much full but never seemed busy.

Staff were ever helpful, first pitch was too bumpy, 2nd pitch to soft/small, third choice just right. Despite advising a unit size of 8m x 5m they didn't seem to hold this information.

Facilities were never busy despite the capacity, they were however below the standard expected for the price ratio compared with the other sites we used this year, adequate but under whelming, a little dated and in need of a deep clean.

Used the reception shop for a few bits and bobs prices were fair and the choice varied.

6m rule was not adhered to and vehicular access between units was unregulated and at times bordering on dangerous - although this has more to do with customers than providers.

Overall a pleasant stay, and despite the lack-lustre facilities would visit again maybe next year for the airshow again. The weather did help with wall-to-wall sunshine for 3 days with a cooling breeze.

Date of Visit: June 2016 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Gingawarrior 81 reviews from this member

A nice little site that is more than adequate for a decent holiday or short break without really excelling.

The wardens were friendly enough and there is a small well stocked shop and the toilets are kept clean and were numerous enough for the size of the site.

Pitches were a bit small and somewhat undefined and it appeared that everyone was just short of shoved in haphazardly.

The immediate local area is nice enough and great having the sea so close by, a little jaded around the edges in parts, but that gives it a certain charm. Further afield the countryside is very pleasant and plenty of places to visit.

Main downside was that being on the edge of the site a rather cold wind whipped across the marsh towards us, meaning we were never really able to sit out and enjoy the sun.

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