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Alfriston Camping Park
Pleasant Rise Farm
East Sussex   (Browse area)
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Open: March To October

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 96 Reviews
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 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 
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 Shop <1 mile   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant <1 mile   Wifi Access 
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing <1 mile   Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool   Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding   Cycle Hire <5 miles   Golf <1 mile   Tennis On Site 
 Beach <1 mile   Watersports   Boat Launch / Mooring 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 Waterside Pitches   Public Transport <1 mile  Dog Walk 

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Date of Visit: August 2018 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Fuffy 20 reviews from this member

Stayed here for one night as part of a backpacking trip along the South downs way. Site is ten mins off route and close to local shop and handful of pubs and tearooms. Campsite is situated up a muddy track off the main road. Greeted by friendly man who allowed us to pitch anywhere and pointed out the facilities. Site is fairly flat in the middle but very slopey round the edges (where you would normally choose to pitch). I thought the 18 charge was too high considering the facilities on offer and no discount for backpackers with tiny tent and no vehicle. An attempt has clearly been made to build some new facilities bit sadly these are not yet finished and have been used all season so are already a bit shabby round the edges and mould creeping in already. Soakaways on toilet block and taps not dug so puddles and probs very likely. No mirror in toilet block. Shower block is situated further down the muddy track past a C&C site with caravans only. Showers based in old tennis court club house and again are again unfinished and grubby. Bin stores were unorganized and overflowing. Found this site confusing as owners clearly trying to invest money into the site (and website) but it's very lacking in many areas. How

Date of Visit: May 2017 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Coastwalker 37 reviews from this member

A decent enough site that charges per person, which is good for lone campers especially in this area, which is poorly off for campsites.

Not much to add to previous reviews. The young owner was very amenable and gave good advice, especially about what the site was like on Bank holiday weekends- a bit manic. (So I left early).

When I was there it was quite quiet and the facilities coped easily. Plenty of properly hot water and the powerful showers were appreciated.

Alfriston village is very quaint, and worth a walk round when the coach trips have gone. Lovely Church. Small shops only.

Seaford is the place on the coast nearest the site and is a pleasant little town with a good seafront. (go to the East end for plenty of 12 hour free parking and a reasonably priced beach caff).

Nearby Newhaven is a small working town dominated by the ferry terminal and a large ugly metal processing plant. The fort and Castle Hill are worth a visit though.

Eastbourne, the other way, is well known as God's waiting room but there were plenty of young people about too and the town is quite smart compared with many large resorts. The front is impressive.

The coast walks are lovely, but are where the Downs meet the sea, so it is up and down all the way. The Seven Sisters are best, but Beachy Head rather unimpressive apart from the lighthouse, and very crowded. Seaford Head is nice. The Cuckmere Valley is quite lovely, with a meandering river merging into brackish waters (crabs!) where it goes tidal.

The Coaster bus service is excellent and popular, running between Eastbourne and Brighton every 10 minutes.

Date of Visit: August 2016 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Fluffy99 3 reviews from this member

Site situated within easy walking distance of local amenities, nice cafes for breakfast nearby, the pubs in Alfriston are all fairly good.

Great site for walking the South Downs way and would highly recommend a walk to Littlington tea rooms, the pub in Littlington is also pleasant.

Shower facilities are recently upgraded and good compared to my last visit, clean and usable shower: toilet block. The other toilet shacks are unfortunately quite vile, they stink and are rotting away, there are holes in the door and it is not relaxing or pleasant using these facilities.

The site was very overcrowded but we pitched cheaply and did not book. Lots of noise until early hours poss not a good site for those with young children.

Would advise not to pitch near the woodland paths, we did and were kept up much of the night by people going to the toilet in the woods or behind our tent. Just unpleasant.

This site is good in many ways but I would not stay here for more than 1 or 2 nights as am someone who values my sleep, I also found the toilets too smelly and was retching when using them.

Date of Visit: July 2016 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Welly2k 3 reviews from this member

I had visited this site about three years ago for the day to see family and it was quiet and very nice so we were looking forward to going again.

What a difference! We arrived Friday and it was already what I would call quite full but enough space to have some peace and quiet. Then it just kept getting busier and busier. Friday night was really noisy until about 1am. At one point I thought a fight had broken out in the woods as sound echoes round the valley. Ear plugs are your friend in this situation.

Saturday more and more people turned up this was more like a festival than 'family' camping! I have never had people having to pitch up quite so close.

Well behaved dogs are welcome at the site but many were running around loose and there was a lot of poo that had not been cleared up. I went to pick up some litter by our tent to find it was poo in a cup covered in tissue (dog or human?). We had to warn the children to watch where they were running.

It also turned out that there was a huge 50th birthday celebration that night so the noise just went on and on (again ear plugs saved us). Luckily up the other end of the field I felt for people camped near them.

Both nights we had people bumping into our tent and tripping over guy ropes.

I am not a party pooper and I love the sound of people laughing into the night while I fall asleep but if I wanted that sort of experience I'd have gone to a festival.

The area is glorious and there are some amazing walks we just won't be back to this site if there is a chance of a repeat of this weekend.

On the plus side the shower block was clean and worth walking that extra for the nice toilets. Everyone was friendly and during the day it was a nice atmosphere just far too many cars and units.

If you want to party then this is the site for you. If you want peace and quiet then I would find somewhere else.

Date of Visit: October 2015 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Andyhagerty 2 reviews from this member

Lovely 'basic' site. Slightly sloping field. No marked pitches, but plenty of space. No hookups. No playground, but you are close to the sea, and The South Downs.

10 min walk into beautiful Alfriston, with it's pleasant pubs, all serving fine food. Loads of great walking around the site.

The showers and toilets were ok, and are being refurbished for 2016.

One thing, the owner told me that the site is CLOSED during the winter (from November 1st), however backpackers would not be refused.

Date of Visit: May 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Dodgers49 4 reviews from this member

Back to basics camping, camping as I remember it when I first started camping way back in the 1960s!

Quite a nice pleasant location, at the end of a valley with hills to three sides, with woods to the right and left. The staff here were good, friendly and helpful when needed but left you alone to do your own thing when not. When you arrive you just pitchup wherever you like wherever there's a space and the staff come and see you for payment and with all the site details etc etc, seven quid a night per person, can't be bad. The place is just a camping field or two with basic facilities, a drinking water tap at each end of the field with a small toilet block and rubbish bins in the middle, plus and toilet and shower block with washing up facilities just outside the entrance to the field. Open fires are permitted but only in the fire baskets provided, you can buy a bag of logs for a fiver or source your own.

We arrived on Wednesday the 20th of May 2015 and the place was nigh on deserted, just several other campers apart from ourselves, didn't stay that way for very long though! On the Thursaday evening follwing our arrival the place started to fill up, and by the next day Friday it was nearly full, and by that Saturday evening the place was was virtually full, heaving with people and kids, must have been about 250 to 300 adults there plus around 150 kids alltogehter! Daytime it was kids running around playing ball games and various games, flying a kite or two, with the adults sitting around the tents enjoying the sunny weather and the atmosphere, as we did. The evenings were enjoyable too, sitting around the tents with open fires and BBQs, smoke everywhere, some music and partying but there's a 10. 30pm curfew here and the whole place quietens down very nicely shortly after. That weekend was a bank holiday weekend and by the Monday evening the place started to empty, was about half full, we left in the morning, Tuesday morning, was only about a third full by then.

Although the facilities where clean and adequate they did get a bit over streached when the place was full, had to wait about half an hour for a shower on the Monday morning. The pretty quaint old village of Alfriston is a short ten or fifteen minute walk from the site, several old pubs that serve food, several or more cafes and restaurants, plus a supermarket/deli that also has a post office, there's some gift and antique shops etc etc in the village too. Alfriston has some fine old buildings which date back hundreds of years. The surrounding South Downs scenery was very good, at times magnificent, a walkers paradise although we didn't do any hiking. The nice little seaside town of Seaford is about a ten minute drive from the campsite, pubs cafes restaurants and the like, shops and supermarkets, and a nice pebble beach with promenade, also has a train station and good bus connections, we spent some time there. The lovely little town of Lewes is short train ride away from Seaford, and on the Saturday of our stay we parked the car and went upto Lewes by train. Once again numerous shops and supermarkets and restaurants and cafes and pubs etc etc, and some nice old historic architecture, a very pleasant little town.

We liked this campsite and the surrounding area, we would go back one day, although not on a bank holiday, nor probably a weekend either, ( very busy ), but once again we did enjoy the kids and the full site and the atmosphere and so on and so forth.

Date of Visit: September 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Lynne F 4 reviews from this member

Nice quiet and roomy site with lovely surroundings. Some slopes but plenty of level pitches. Toilet block on the campsite is a bit primitive and could do with an update but there was a larger more modern block a little way away.

Staff were friendly and unobtrusive. Could pitch exactly where you liked. Site is surrounded by woodland so it was a delight to hear children playing fantasy games in the woods like they did before electronic games!

Fires are allowed by your tent in a fire pit which was a nice sight to see. Evenings were quiet which was nice with so many children staying.

On the Sussex Way for walkers and a short stroll into the charming village of Alfriston with lots of pubs cafes and shops.

This is our second stay and we will visit again for a short stay as it is not too far from home.

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Trailer Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Rojomary 1 review from this member

This beautiful campsite is a party campsite! The atmosphere at the weekend was something like a festival - a village of tents, woodsmoke, music, and really the most wonderfully chilled, happy atmosphere.

We were in the area to visit family, and stayed three nights, Thursday to Sunday. We love Brighton (about half an hour away), swam in the sea at Saltdean, went to Drusilla's park, which is just up the road, and had a pub meal in chocolate-box-pretty Alfriston, at the Smugglers, which is very child-friendly and accommodating.

We drove down the (very pot holed) track, to a gorgeous, basin-shaped field surrounded by woods - a really idyllic location. Some tents were pitched around the edge, and some in the middle, and because we were towing a trailer tent, we went for a middle pitch.

The Thursday night was pretty quiet. The tawny owls were the only noise! The showers were decent - the men's recently refurbished, and the women's tired (to be refurbished), but hot and powerful. There was another block of three toilets, and the main block also has a few sinks for washing up.

After a day out on Friday, we got back to a very full campsite with lots of groups, mainly family, but a few without children too. As other reviewers have said, it was pretty noisy, and the noise went on for a long time - 1. 30/2am. But, it was people enjoying themselves and it's hard to be annoyed by that.

So, while we didn't get much sleep, and wouldn't go there again as a lone family, it is so refreshing to find a site not bound by lots of rules and restrictions, and it's great that groups can go there, sit around a fire and have fun. We enjoyed the atmosphere, and hope that this site continues to offer that to large groups. Bring earplugs! It would perhaps be worth the owners warning little families that it's a lively place to camp, though.

Date of Visit: July 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: The Family Camp 2 reviews from this member

60 people, (24 kids and 26 adults) 20 tents, 6 dogs. Recipe for disaster?? Nope. Just add Alfriston Campsite for a long weekend of fun, BBQ's, water fights, loom banding, beaching and general hilarity! Our group was delighted to come back for the 5th year and we all raised a toast to Roy on the sat night. Frank is doing a great job there and we wish him well: looking forward to hopefully a revamped ladies showers and maybe something done with the massive potholes that have apeared since last winter, but all in all: Frank and Lizzie- your dad would have been so proud of you. See you in 2015.


Date of Visit: July 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Karenh46 2 reviews from this member

We planned to stay at this site last weekend of July 2014. We arrived earlyish (or so we thought) at 2pm on Friday. The field was already full around all the edges and we were directed to the left side of the field which supposedly was families only. And we were told to pitch in the middle.

They told us that they were expecting 2 large groups but that these would be pitched at the other end of the field.

Its a lovely spot and would have been a great campsite IF the had not crammed as many tents as could fit into the field. By 11pm on Friday night people were still arriving and pitching their tents. It felt a bit like we were pitched in someone's back garden. There was literally no open grass anywhere near our tent. Or anywhere that I could see. It felt more like a squatter camp than a campsite!

And as it was so packed, it was so noisy. At 1. 30am I asked one set of neighbors to keep the noise down. At 2. 30am a much louder group of neighbors (a 50th celebration I think) with 30+ people were still chatting and laughing. Its not much fun to walk around asking people to quieten down so I didn't, but it was miserable.

At 6. 30am the first dogs started barking and this went on for a while too.

I'm really not a humbug but when I camp I do so to enjoy the peaceful countryside, the stars, sound of the wind, the dawn chorus. This site over this weekend was the least peaceful place I have been to.

We left the site on Saturday and had a lovely day at the Seven Sisters Nature reserve (which is very close by) but when we came back at 5pm and our neighbours were drinking and already rowdy we decided to pack up and leave. Much rather drive back home (2+ hours) than face another rotten night's sleep.

What a shame. The location is lovely, Alfriston is a lovely cute village just down the road, the beach is closeby, the facilities are fine, the campsite owners seemed nice (if a little overwhelmed with the numbers) and there were some great woods for the kids to go and play in.

But until this site can manage the number of guests and learn to manage their bookings better and turn people away to avoid overcrowding, I would say avoid this site if you want a relaxing weekend.

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