Pop-Up Woods and Meadows

UK England South East England East Sussex Hastings

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
  • Beaches
  • Walking
A pop-up site offering old school camping just north of Hastings

If you’ve been to a Pop-Up Campsite before, you’ll know to expect old school camping, a laid-back atmosphere and the smell of campfires in the air. These are campsites where washing up is done in buckets, knees are caked in mud, and satisfied grins are plastered on faces. But, apart from that, it may not be quite as you remember. That’s because the camping co-operative behind this site specialises in flexibility; changing the site to suit whoever is booked to stay. A cluster of bell tents can appear and disappear in the blink of an eye, toilets and showers can be moved from place to place and swings, hammocks and dens come and go as quickly as the campers.

This particular Pop-Up Campsite, Pop-Up Woods and Meadows, establishes itself in countryside on the outskirts of Hastings every weekend between May and July and for weekdays too in July and August. It’s a great location, just 15 minutes’ drive from the beach and only four miles from every imaginable convenience in Hastings. There are about 40 pitches on site but counting and pigeonholing them is not easy as they are not neatly laid out in rows. Instead, they are spread across two grassy meadows and a 10-acre woodland. The lay-out is reimagined to suit whoever is arriving and to make sure that the impact on the land is kept to a minimum. It is a true pop up with a commitment to leaving no trace.

Bell tents, hammocks, tree tents and chill-out structures (for shelter or shade) can be booked as extras to your pitch. This means there’s no set “bell tent area” on the site, instead anything you choose will be pitched in a place that suits your needs. You can choose from a woodland or meadow pitch and, if you state a preference for being close to friends or tucked in a quiet corner, it will be accommodated wherever possible.

It’s likely to be the ever-capable Tiz and Julia who’ll be welcoming you here, pitching bell tents and generally making sure everything is a-okay. They’ve been running pop-ups and providing accommodation for festivals since 2012 and nothing seems to faze them. They’ll even move your stuff from car park to pitch with their optional quad bike-and-trailer bellhop service if you can’t face wheelbarrowing it in. Ask them for their ideas on things to do in the local area too. They're as knowledgeable as they are enthusiastic about it all. Paddleboarding at Pett Level beach is one of their number one recommendations, with a day at Camber perhaps a close second.

Details

Facilities

Eight toilets and five showers and hot and cold water points throughout the site. Each pitch has a bucket provided for washing up and dousing fires as well as bags for collecting recycling. Campers must take non-recyclable waste away. There are hammocks and chill-out shelters throughout the site – both free for campers to use (though the latter can be privately booked out). Campfires are allowed in off-ground fire pits (extra charge) and wood is for sale on site. Bell tents, hammocks and tree tents can be booked as extras to your pitch.

Suitable For

Campers, glampers, campervans, groups, dogs – yes. Caravans and motorhomes – no.

Nearby

Hastings is just four miles down the road and offers a beach, country park, a cool and quirky old town and lots of shops, eateries and things to do. Among them there’s the Hasting Contemporary art gallery, the Blue Reef Aquarium, adventure golf and the Hastings Castle & 1066 Story. If it’s the history of the area you’re interested in, don’t miss a trip to Battle Abbey & the 1066 Battlefield, seven miles from site and cared for by English Heritage. Historic Rye (11 miles from the campsite) is also worth a wander and the nearby Rye Harbour Nature Reserve is great for birdwatchers. There’s a sandy beach at Camber, 15 miles away, which is well known for kitesurfing. There’s also recommended Ebike Hire there too. For paddleboarding, try the smaller beach at Pett Level (five miles away) or the River Rother where you can also hire kayaks and canoes from Bodiam Boating Station.

Food & Drink

The Conqueror’s March (01424 400676) is the closest pub, just over a mile away with some walking along a main road to reach it. For a more pleasant saunter with a pub at the end, head to The New Inn in Westfield village, which is a 30-minute country walk away. Also recommended is The Two Sawyers (01424 812255), a traditional country pub with food and a beer garden, four miles from the campsite at Pett. There are plenty of supermarkets to pick up supplies from in Hastings, along with many eateries and takeaways – most of which will deliver to the campsite.

Opening Times

Weekends only May–July then throughout July and August.

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The Owner Says

If you're the kind of camper who loves nature, running free in woods, the comfort of hot showers, easy pitching, great toilets, canvas bell tents put up ready for your arrival, meadows of long grass, wild flowers and birds of prey chasing dragonflies, then this campsite plugs you directly into mother nature.

Pitches

Around 40 or so pitches, it can be difficult to tell. Most in the grassy meadow and some in the woods.

Meadow Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 20 Available
The Meadow pitches are surrounded by woods and establish hedgerows offering protection and shelter. If you fancy a bell please add it in the next Extras page.

Woodland Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 5 10 Available
Woodland pitches are nestled between the majestic woodland oaks, beach, hazel and birch. If you fancy a Bell tent please add it from the Extras page.

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Location

Contact Pop-Up Woods and Meadows, Hop and Hare, Land off Stonestile Lane, Westfield, East Sussex TN35 4PH

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Getting There

From the A21 (which can be accessed from Hastings to the south or from junction 5 of the M25 to the north) follow signs for the B2093 towards Hastings Conquest Hospital. Pass the roundabout with the turn off for the hospital and continue for a mile until you see The Conqueror’s March straight ahead. Turn left just just before it on to Stonestile Lane. The campite is about a mile up the lane.

The closest railway station is at Three Oaks, under three miles from site, but unless you have onwards travel booked, it is probably best to continue to Hastings (just under four miles from site) where there is a tax rank and a bus stop. There are frequent buses to Conquest Hospital, two miles from site.

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Why book with Cool Camping?

  • Best Price Guarantee, with no fees
  • Instant booking confirmation
  • Trusted for over 10 years
  • A chance to win prizes in our regular competitions

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