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Heaven Farm, Chelwood Gate , East Sussex

We arrived at Heaven Farm on a sunny Friday afternoon in May, in need of some relaxation after a particularly bad week at work. Thankfully, we picked a site which allowed us to do just that!

It doesn’t sell itself as a campsite but as more of a tourist attraction. As we turned down the gravel drive, we could see it had it all – a lovely old farmhouse and barns (housing a farming museum!), a tea room, farm shop, garden shop, gift shop, a nature trail and a kangaroo enclosure – all set within 100 acres of rolling Sussex countryside.

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The real cost of campervanning

On a recent camping trip in Sussex with friends, a couple of us got talking about the cost of campervanning. We agreed that it’s a great way to get out and see different parts of the UK – areas that, even after living in this country our whole lives, we hadn’t quite got around to visiting until we got our campervans. With campsites costing on average around £15 per night it seems like pretty good value too, but is campervanning actually a cheap way of holidaying when you add up all the hidden costs? Let’s try to work it out…

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Rivendale Caravan Park, Derbyshire

After a few days staying with family in Sheffield over the August bank holiday weekend, we thought we’d squeeze in a little camping trip before going back to work. With the nights drawing in and the evenings getting cooler, we were thinking that it could be the last camping trip of the season, although hoping that it wouldn’t be. (more…)

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Book review: Tiny Campsites

We haven’t been campers for very long, in fact not much more than a year, but in that time we’ve very quickly come to the conclusion that we’re not big fans of sprawling corporate chain campsites. The sites we’ve enjoyed the most have all been smaller independent sites in great locations. That’s why Tiny Campsites seemed like the perfect book for us. In his new book, Guardian travel writer Dixe Wills reviews and recommends 75 campsites from across Britain that are all no bigger that one acre in size. (more…)

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Rother Valley, Northiam, East Sussex

On the outskirts of Northiam in East Sussex just beyond the River Rother and the railway line for the Kent and East Sussex heritage steam train service sits Rother Valley campsite. The entrance to the site is via the car park for The Station House pub and could be a little tight to manouvre for large motorhomes but was fine for our Bongo. Though not officially “on site”, having a pub so close might earn the campsite bonus points except that it had closed down when we visited. The campsite reception is housed in a small green caravan nestled among trees and flowers alongside the entrance. The full Happy Campervanning team with our two vans were in attendance for this mid-August weekend break.

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Greenhill Leisure Park, Bletchingdon, Oxfordshire

We picked Greenhill Leisure Park as the venue for a get together and birthday celebrations as it was a reasonable distance for everyone to travel to. Our group consisted of two campervans and two very small tents and we had booked three pitches. After some negotiation, we were allowed to pitch the two tiny tents together on one pitch but then they really were tiny! (more…)

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