Plumpton College Camping Sun & Moon

UK England South East England East Sussex Lewes

  • Laundry
  • Dogs welcome
  • Laundry
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
  • Beaches
  • Short walk to the pub
  • Walking
Simple summer camping and bell-tent glamping in the shadow of the South Downs

The sun, moon and stars seem to have aligned this summer to bring a few extra camping pitches to the South Downs National Park. A cancelled festival, an empty field at an agricultural college and a guy with a can-do attitude have all combined to bring Plumpton College Camping to life. In sight (and striding distance) of the chalky South Downs ridge, this 60-pitch, tents-only campsite will be welcoming campers for a few weeks in July and August.

It’s one of two temporary campsites being operated under the Sun and Moon Holidays banner in 2020; the brainchild of Scott Doane who is a dab hand at campsite logistics having run a well-being festival for the last five years. The set-up is a simple one with toilets and showers provided by the college, washing-up facilities in the open air and flat, spacious, grassy pitches for anyone wanting to stay in this frankly idyllic location. And if setting up a tent is not your idea of fun, Scott will set one up for you. He has 20 bell tents available to hire – with beds (but no bedding).

This part of Sussex, so easy to reach from London and Brighton, is well served by camping and glamping sites but demand is understandably high. Plumpton College Camping offers the opportunity for more families to holiday here in a year when other longer-established sites may be turning people away. And, in addition to that, the location is a stand-out selling point. It’s less than a mile to the top of the Downs from where you can walk west towards Ditchling Beacon, the highest point on these hills, or east towards Offham, enjoying far-reaching views all the way.

There’s a pub within walking distance and many more in the surrounding Sussex countryside. This is the rural side of the Downs and the leisurely pursuits of walking or cycling to a pub garden or picnic spot are quite the done thing. Head over the hills though and you can soon be in Brighton, the bustling, boho capital of the South Coast, with its enormous shingle beach and quirky shopping laines. The quaint town of Lewes is about the same distance and well worth a wander. Antique shops, book shops and independent cafes line the streets and the twice-monthly farmers’ market is great for picking up local produce. Take it back to camp, stoke up the barbecue and wait for the stars to come out over your Sun and Moon campsite in the South Downs.

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The site’s ten toilets and six showers are inside the college buildings with washing-up facilities for campers outdoors. Bell tents are set up simply with camp beds and mattresses (bring your own bedding). Bell tents also have solar-powered lamps inside and a table and chairs outside. Campfires in fire pits and barbecues are allowed as long as they are off-ground.

Suitable For

Campers, glampers, dogs – yes. Campervans, caravans, motorhomes, large groups – no.


The campsite is within the South Downs National Park. The area is particularly popular for walking, running, horse riding and cycling. The South Downs Way is a short (steep) walk from site. Brighton with its wealth of attractions including the beach, famous Palace Pier and Royal Pavilion is just 10 miles away. There’s plenty of information about the many things to do on the Visit Brighton website. If the bright lights are a bit much, try the lovely market town of Lewes which has its own tourist information site as well as a good range of eateries and shops – with an especially strong line in antiques and books. It’s also home to Pells Pool, an historic outdoor swimming pool.

Food & Drink

The nearest shop is a couple of miles along the road in Plumpton Green or, for a meal out, try The Half Moon Pub (01273 890253), a walk of less than half a mile from site. There are more options in Ditchling, three miles along the road. Choose from very popular pubs, The Bull (01273 843147) and The White Horse Inn (01273 842006) and in the other direction there’s The Blacksmiths Arms (01273 47291) in Offham. Lewes has a very successful farmers’ market which takes place on the first and third Saturdays of the month (9am-1pm). The town also has a wide range of places to eat out as well as independent shops and supermarkets. Brighton, of course, offers even more choice.

Opening Times

Selected dates in July and August only.

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The Owner Says

The campsite is literally at the foot of the South Downs National Park. As you leave the grounds you come straight out onto the hills, which you can follow all the way to the coast, joining up with the famous South Downs Way. Nearby attractions include Brighton, Lewes, and the stunning beaches and views all along the East Sussex coastline.

We offer "Pitch Only" (bring your own tent). All pitches are 15m by 10m.


60 grassy pitches and 20 bell tents.

Grass Pitch, Non-Electric, Max 8 people

Grass pitch Sleeps 8 50 Available
Large pitch (15m by 10m) allowing plenty of space between groups. Campers have access to shared facilities of showers, toilets and washing up area

Single Room En-Suite

Single room Sleeps 1 8 Available
A single room with it's own bathroom (shower and WC) in the college buildings, comes with bedding but no towel

Twin Room (shared bathroom)

Twin room Sleeps 2 16 Available
Twin room with a shared bathroom, specific shower allocated to the room

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Contact Plumpton College Camping, Plumpton College, Plumpton, Ditchling Road, Brighton, East Sussex BN7 3AE

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Getting There

From London, follow the M23/A23 towards Brighton. Take the exit towards Hassocks/A273. After about half-a-mile, turn left onto A273, then after about a mile, turn right onto New Rd / B2112. Continue to follow B2112 for two miles until you reach a roundabout. Here, take the third exit onto Lewes Rd/B2116 and continue on this road until you see Plumpton College. Enter the college – the campsite will be signposted in the college grounds.

The closest train station is Plumpton Green but a better option is probably to go to Lewes, which is a short taxi ride away or bus journey away. There is a bus stop at the college. Trains from both stations go directly to London, Gatwick and Brighton.


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