Fallow Fields Camping - Selson Farm

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  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
  • Short walk to the pub
Traditional family camping and bell tent glamping on a working fruit farm, two miles from the beautiful inlet town of Sandwich in Kent

The team behind Fallow Fields in Kent certainly have an eye for what’s cool in the world of camping. They’ve successfully been running a 'Glampervan' hire company for years now, renting out über-retro campers from the 60s and 70s, and it’s with genuine excitement that we discovered they’ve now opened a campsite with a similarly classic vibe. If you like the old-school image of camping – campfires, starry nights and not a caravan in sight – then this is the place to go.

Set a couple of miles back from the coast, in a four-acre field on the bucolic Selson Farm, Fallow Fields is a place with a ‘less is more’ attitude. Facilities are on the basic side – toilets, showers and campfire pits to hire – and there’s a small shop selling essentials (along with some of the farm’s own produce).

Above all, though, it’s camping’s more natural pleasures that will fill your time. Pitches are nestled between pear, apple and cherry trees, ripe for picking during summer stays, while spring campers can try asparagus and freshly grown veg. Space is ample and kids can run wild, getting muddy knees and throwing frisbees around, gradually wearing themselves down for a good nights sleep.

Those seeking the same laid-back holiday but wanting a few more comforts can try one of ten furnished bell tents available to rent. Inside, they feature comfortable double beds, and two sofas that can also fold out into extra sleeping space if needed. They sit alongside thoughtful touches, like hot water bottles, bedside tables and camping lanterns.

However you choose to pitch up though, the location is a happy constant. On the eastern edge of the North Downs, the farm is surrounded by fantastic local footpaths and a 25-minute walk will take you into the town of Sandwich, situated along the banks of the River Stour. The town’s pebble beach, a little further east, is particularly pleasant and backed by a large nature reserve, while nearby Broadstairs and Ramsgate beaches are perfect for sand-seekers.

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Modern toilets and showers, newly built in spring 2019, with 4 showers in each with plenty of hot water all day, as well as a family/ disabled bathroom. 4 washing up sinks, and 4 sinks for washing and teeth brushing (covered but not enclosed).
Campsite shop with lots of local produce, wines, beers and ciders, ice-cream and other camping essentials.
Ice block freezing and mobile phone charging in the shop free of charge.
Campfires are encouraged (off the ground) and fire pits can be hired and wood purchased on site.
Table tennis table outside the shop in the communal seating area.
There is a ‘Retreat’ area with trestle tables & benches, with board games, colouring for kids and lots of games for less favourable weather and swingball, badmington and other outdoor games to keep everyone happy.
Food is served on-site Friday and Saturday evenings and Saturday and Sunday mornings, we recommend pre-booking through our website.
Kids activities at weekends and during the school holidays, including bush craft and yoga.
Adult yoga classes on Saturday mornings.

Suitable For

Tents, small/ retro campervans, dogs (in your own tent or unfurnishd bell tents), families, couples, groups (by prior arrangement) – yes. Caravans, motorhomes, dogs (in the bell tents) – no.


Walk through the campsite gate and along public footpaths that disappear across the fields in the direction of Woodnesborough or Ash. You don’t need to travel much further afield to take in the best of what the local area has to offer. 11th century Dover Castle (01304 211067) – for both big and little kids – is one of the most iconic of all English fortresses and Sandwich is a perfect place to mooch; A beautiful medieval town on the River Stour it really did make ‘the sandwich’ popular and also boasts a fantastic bay – 5 miles of unspoiled sand flats, salt marshes and sand dunes for you to explore.
A short drive away are some of the best beaches in the South East, including Botany and Joss bay, or if you want some serious entertainment for the kids, Margate's  Dreamland is a 25 min drive from us. And, if you fancy a more relaxing time you don't have to leave the campsite to enjoy yourself, with kids activities in our bush craft area, yoga amongst the fruit trees and unparallelled sunets and starry nights!

Food & Drink

There's a shop onsite selling camping basics and local food, including meat and bread cooked daily (from the local bakery), farm produce and fresh coffee. On Friday nights we serve stone baked pizza and Saturday nights pulled pork and roast chicken with a variety of sides and veggie options as well as Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Locally, try The Five Bells (01304 611188) at Eastry, offering a warm welcome and traditional pub grub, or there's a few more worth checking out a short drive (or cycle) away – the famous Griffin’s Head (01304 840325) at Chillenden (10 mins) or The Black Pig (01304 813723) at Staple (5 mins or a 25 min walk).

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The Owner Says

It won't be long before reality seems a million miles away at Selson Farm. Sitting in a gentle valley in the North Kent Downs you're surrounded by fruit orchards and asparagus fields. Bring your own tent, or if you fancy a bit of luxury stay in one of our bell tents kitted out with everything you need for a great camping trip, including beds, bedding and all your cooking equipment... we also throw in fairy lights and bunting! We all remember a great camping trips, and the campsite normally has a lot to do with it; the vibe of the place, where you're pitched, the surroundings, the facilities, the local area. You come back exhausted, grubby, but you've loved every minute, you have felt a million miles away from reality, you have a smile on your face and are already planning the next trip. That's what we call the Fallow Fields Feeling: A handpicked site in a great location with more than enough room for everyone. Campfires to cook on by day or keep warm by night. A retreat area to escape, have a cup of coffee, play games. A shop stocked with local produce & camp basics and food on Fridays and Saturdays to give you a break from cooking if you choose!


50 tent pitches to bring your own tent and 10 pre-erected, fully furnished bell tents with a real double bed and 2 single futons each (sleeping up to 4 people) and Beryl the vintage caravan (sleeping up to 2 adults & 1 small child).
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Contact Fallow Fields Camping - Selson Farm, Fallow Fields Camping, Selson Farm, Drainless Road, Eastry CT13 0EA

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Getting There

From the north A2 (Canterbury) take the exit for Womenswold and at the roundabout take the 1st exit onto the B2046. Take the 1st right after 0.5 miles onto Holt St, follow the road until the next roundabout where you take the 3rd exit. After 4 miles you’ll reach a cross-road, turn right here onto Drainless Rd and the campsite entrance is 500m on the right. If you follow a SatNav it will take you past the campsite entrance towards Eastry so be careful! The nearest train station is Aylesham (0845 748 4950), 6 miles away. It is on the mainline to London, taking 1 hour 40 minutes.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 11 reviews


Great break away to Kent with friends

Great location in terms of locality to beaches etc. & its very pretty. Would regard myself as a seasoned camper & have camped for sometime now, Nice campsite, good hot showers and enough for the amount of people at present. Would agree with previous comment re layout but only that the sinks are not in the best location and it’s a squeeze if there are others there. Washing up area gr8 very convivial to chatting with fellow campers! Lots of great stuff if you have younger kids, I have older and they didn’t use them personally but good ideas and would be helpful if you have younger children. Feedback when on camp that the shower block needed more regular checks and cleaning, it was sorted and stepped up so clearly they want to make this work ..... no point slatting a good site for a minor hiccup. Shop needs more stock in terms of bakery and they ran out of a few bits but again this was after a busy bank holiday weekend so... Overall I would recommend and the whole process and conversations with those who work there were great.
Sep 1, 2019 by Anna

A really thoughtful campsite

We had a smashing weekend at this campsite, the facilities are modern and clean, the choice of having food cooked for you when you're setting up or pulling down your tent is ingenious, The staff we met were all lovely , the" well-stocked" shop is well stocked with their stock, but I'm not sure I would class it as a well-stocked shop. I didn't see any bakery goods whilst I was there, but maybe it disappears the moment it comes in. Kids movie whilst the adults are preparing their tea - again is a wonderful idea, enormous space to run around, delightful orchard, swing ball, scheduled activities as advertised (book early-they sell out) , volleyball net. It's fab. The buts, not already mentioned, are there was no hot water on our first day, but there was plenty on our second, so I'm guessing it was just a horrible glitch. The toilet/shower block is badly designed for the amount of people at the campsite so the floor gets filthy and soaking very quickly, sinks are way too small and not enough of them, not enough surface to put down your stuff, particularly in the show cubicles. Loads to do though in a pretty area. Great site.
Jul 15, 2019 by Julia Dalkin

Proper camping

Loved our stay at Fallow fields, camping at its best. Stunning, relaxing location. Staff were super friendly and helpful. Facilities were clean and all in working order. We are newbies to camping and Fallow fields is exactly how I imagined proper camping to be like, just perfect for chilling out with friends and family, we will definitely be back.
Sep 3, 2018 by Lynn

Great for groups with slightly older children

I think Fallow Fields would be a great choice for larger groups with children, especially kids who are 6+. The older kids seemed to be having a ball riding their bikes around the large, flat main field, playing games, flying kites, etc. The added extras like Saturday kids' movies, being able to buy breakfast/supper etc, came in handy. The staff were very nice. The apple trees in the orchard were charming. All that said, we found that it wasn't for us. We are a family of four, with two young children, and it was way too busy for us. We enjoy camping for the back-to-basics experience - being able to sit around the campfire at night, look at the stars and hear nothing but the natural world around you. This is a busy and popular site, so it was certainly not quiet at night, although most of the other campers tried to be respectful of everyone else. A few weren't so thoughtful, and didn't see the need to follow the ban on amplified music. It might be helpful if the staff could walk around the site a bit more and be more pro-active about asking campers not to play radios. It would also be great if they could look at installing a family loo area, as we found it tricky fitting our two kids into the small loo stalls with us. The Fields Kitchen and other added extras were great, but the flip side is that they made it feel a bit more commercial. That isn't a criticism - obviously it's a business, and a successful one - but it just isn't quite up our street in terms of the atmosphere we hope for when we go camping. Do consider it as a very good option though if you're a larger group with slightly older kids.
Aug 26, 2018 by Alexis Hille

Lovely field camping with lots of extras

Lovely field camping, very green and well kept, pretty flat even ground. Great added extras like meals from the field kitchen, kids tent, movie night etc. Yoga on Sunday morning was great (thank you Stacey!)! Only one block of showers, toilets and washing up facilities, but they seemed enough and were clean, hot water, did the job. Water tap was closer. Great place if you have kids to run around and play games until late. Open fires in fire pits allowed. Sunset over the orchard was beautiful. You can drive on to your pitch to unpack and pack up, but otherwise cars stay in the parking lot, which is good. Pitching was a free for all, but people seemed fairly considerate and kept a reasonable distance despite busy bank holiday weekend.
Aug 23, 2018 by edarls

Beautiful campsite, friendly and helpful staff

We spend two nights at Fallow Fields with our toddler. It was mid-week and before the school holidays so the campsite was very quiet and we had loads of space. The site itself is beautiful and the staff were really nice and helpful. Very nice area too. We'll definitely come again some time.
Jul 7, 2018 by Sam

Nice surroundings and location....

Fallow Fields is set in a lovely part of the Kent countryside. There is a nice shop onsite that sells essentials, a kids play tent and outdoor activities also for the kids. The hire of the fire pit was underwhelming, old and rusty with a broken leg stand and broken grill (that was the better one of the two available). I would highly recommend investing in a small, cheap off the ground bbq of your own and taking it with you. It’s obviously complete pot luck where you can pitch. We managed to get a lovely spot by the apple trees but unfortunately ended up getting surrounded by 3 large tents who all knew each other so it kind of ruined the relaxation/quiet part of the experience. Their kids were also running around until 10.30pm and kept running into our tent or over the peg lines they couldn’t see in the dark which unpitched our tent - once or twice is not an issue but when it’s going on for a while it’s annoying and the parents didn’t see it as an issue (it is however acknowledged that this isn’t something the site owners can control). The site was very full so the communial toilets and showers weren’t in great condition (tip: head the the showers as close to after 6.30am as you can as this is when they are cleaned) but this was more due to the people staying there and not staff at the site as they are cleaned regularly. All in all, if you want relaxation and quiet, this is not the site for you (and in fairness, the sites website clearly outlines this is for families).
Jun 2, 2018 by Paul

The Beams

Absolutely fantastic! Everything we could want from camping and more. Can't wait for next year! Thank you.
Aug 21, 2016 by slimred

Nicola Aburto

Awesome!!! Despite the rain we had a fantastic time. There were loads of activities for the kids. A large communal tent to meet up, play games and stay out of the rain! Lovely loos, very clean and nice warm showers. Lovely little shop for all the essentials and fires!!! Will definitely go again. There was such pride from the organisers in their site and all the little details made it special, very welcoming and helpful. Lovely :0)
Jul 13, 2016 by Nicky

Nicola Aburto

Awesome!!! Despite the rain we had a fantastic time. There were loads of activities for the kids. A large communal tent to meet up, play games and stay out of the rain! Lovely loos, very clean and nice warm showers. Lovely little shop for all the essentials and fires!!! Will definitely go again. There was such pride from the organisers in their site and all the little details made it special, very welcoming and helpful. Lovely :0)
Jul 13, 2016 by Nicky

Sublime vibes

Our second time camping. First night came alone with my 6 year old, followed the next day by mummy and our 2 year old for the rest of May bank holiday weekend. They have well and truly hit the spot here.... Not crowded, immaculate facilities, so much thought and effort put into everything-in fact, everything you could possibly need is stocked in the little shop tent-right down to the bubbles for the kids.  The fact the owners had family camping camping on site too meant no hiccups at all! The vibe is set when you arrive - my daughter was introduced to the other kids her age as soon as we arrived, and the way the communal chilled feel is fostered is priceless. Plenty of hot showers, nice loos, all cleaned four times a day so immaculate.  Never a queue, beach nearby. In fact it was so good my sceptical wife is now so enthused we are buying our very own tent so we can return regularly! We stayed in one of the beautiful bell tents. Thank you to folks who created this wonderful place! 

Jun 5, 2016 by Swlondon

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