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Resources in Sussex for campervan & motorhome users

Our page for Sussex includes information about what to see and do there, about beaches, restaurants,  places of interest, historic buildings interspersed with details of campervan and motorhome parks in the vicinity, pubs and nightlife - all further down the page

Motorhome & campervan parks & stopovers

Bunn Leisure Sussex: There are four fantastic destinations - choose from three Holiday Villages and one Camping and Touring Park. All 4 and 5 star graded, each with its own unique character and choice of accommodation and facilities. Then there's masses of fun things to do to fill each day. Plus great top name entertainment in three exciting venues at night. Tel: 01243 606080 

Crowhurst Park East Sussex: Crowhurst Park is an ideal base for you to explore the South East. You are only five miles from the Sussex coast and within easy reach of a wide variety of tourist attractions and coastal resorts. At the hub of the park, the Manor House offers you charming bars, a family lounge, ballroom, restaurant and coffee lounge...Tel: 01424 773344

Bay View Park East Sussex: Bay View Park is the closest touring park to the famous resort of Eastbourne, which is only two and a half miles away. Within walking distance is the Sovereign Harbour Marina with its cosmopolitan blend of shops, boutiques, cafes, restaurants, homes and multiplex cinema. There are 70 touring pitches for caravans, tents and motorhomes all with 16 amp electric hook-ups - and there are additional spaces without electricity during high season. Tel: 01323 768688

Wicks Farm Holiday Park: A privately owned holiday park set in beautiful rural surroundings in West Sussex. Situated near the South Downs, only 1.5 miles away from the sandy beaches at West Wittering and the water sports facilities and natural environment of Chichester Harbour.The camp site has 40 pitches for tents and motor homes, each with electric hook up. We have hard standing for motor homes, electric bollards throughout the camp field, and 5 standard pitches in an area for adults only. Tel: 01243 513116
Beaches

Camber Sands: Camber Sands is situated to the east of the county. It is a popular sandy beach, with picturesque dunes and interesting wildlife. The village of Camber is very close to the beach. The dunes are formed from the sand that is blown inland which builds up around plants, debris and fences. The marram grass that you see covering much of the dunes has a deep root system which helps to hold the sand in place. 

West Wittering, West Sussex draws a crowd from all over the south coast, and is particularly popular with windsurfers. Low tide brings the promise of shallow lagoons to paddle in and creates a blank canvas for sand-castles. There's a grassy patch ideal for picnics behind the beach huts that fringe the beach.

Birling Gap beach East Sussex: Is a Sand & Shingle beach and sports a Restaurant, Cafe & Toilets with facilities for Surfing, Canoeing. Birling Gap has many rock pools and is a marine nature reserve. The beach forms an important part of the Seaford to Beachy Head Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and. as it is chalk land. has considerable biological importance. The National Trust: Free Parking Available 

Cuckmere Haven Beach, East Sussex: This is a pebble beach with shops, cafe and toilets. Visitors here will be more into nature and wildlife than paddling. There is a walk from the car park at the country park centre down to the beach through the cuckmere valley, and a nature reserve close by.

Hastings Beach: A sand and shingle beach with many facilities including; Firstaid, Shops, Restaurant, Deckchairhire, Cafe, Promenade, Pedalo, Pier, Toilets. The beach is safe for swimmers, and nearby you can take Britain's steepest funicular railway up the cliffs to a stretch of countryside. The beach is cleaned daily during summer and there are dog free zones.

Kemp Town Beach (Brighton) Highly popular shingle and sand beach serving one of Britain's most famous seaside resorts. Local attractions include the refurbished pier, fun fairs, arcades and local boutique shopping in The Lanes. Great cafe culture, and the annual Summer Pride Week festival. The beach supports a lifeguard service and is safe for swimming and surfing.

Restaurants - Dining out

One of the most popular places to eat in Lewes, Bill's is a Sussex gem of a café/shop serving delicious, award winning homemade food.  With branches in Brighton and London, Bill's in Lewes was the original and set the standard for the rest. The communal table style seating in the café offers a lively and informal atmosphere and the shop on the other side is stocked floor to ceiling with delicious homemade offerings such from tasty jams and pickles to mouth-watering salads. Tel: 01273 476918

Food for Friends: In Brighton's historic and hip Lanes is the fantastic vegetarian restaurant Food for Friends, an institution in Brighton having been open for over 28 years. Unlike many vegetarian eateries, Food for Friends is a stylish and sophisticated restaurant where 70 % of their customers are not even vegetarian, meaning that the food speaks for itself. Set over 3 shop fronts, Food for Friends offers different dining areas and an interior of simple, modern and minimalist design.....Tel: 01273 202310

Hotel du Vin Brighton offers elegant French bistro dining a stone's throw from the seafront. In inviting mock-Tudor surroundings, there are private and al fresco dining options, and regular events such as champagne festivals. The Hotel du Vin menu celebrates elegant French bistro-style dining, using fresh premium ingredients. Delicate starters such as French onion soup give way to bold mains, which include salt cod with chorizo and vegetarian options like roast butternut squash and....Tel: 084473 64251

With a Michelin Bib Gourmand amongst its many accolades, St Clement's Restaurant in the Sussex seaside town of St Leonards-on-Sea is a fantastic Modern British restaurant where the fish is a particular speciality. Opened and run by former Le Caprice Chef Nick Hales, St Clement's Restaurant makes a visit to St Leonards – on-Sea more than worthwhile. The aim to serve well sourced, local fish, meat and vegetables in a relaxed and informal atmosphere has been more than achieved and the restaurant appears in all of the major food guides...Tel: 0 1424 200355

Bibendum French is a relative newcomer to Eastbourne's developing restaurant scene and is the ideal venue for anything from a business lunch to a romantic dinner. Specialising in classical French cuisine, French Bibendum offers freshly prepared dishes using locally sourced products and and a menu that changes with the seasons. Signature dishes at French Bibendum include their famous minute steak baguette and Lyonnaise salad for a quick lunch, or traditional escargot and bouillabaisse for the more traditional diners. Tel: 01323 733631

Pub Grub

The Plough, Rottingdean: The Plough serves homecooked food, Sunday roasts and serves food every night of the week. It is also available for private bookings (they have a first floor function room) and events and it is advisable to book in advance just in case it is a busy day (particularly Sundays). Offering a classic pub menu along with a innovative Gastro Menu this venue caters for everybody, from kids to couples, from walkers to your everyday regular. Tel: 01273 390635

The Duke of York, Sayers Common: The Duke is a great country pub to visit and only fifteen minutes or so outside of Brighton. Ideally located if you are planning a trip to the Sussex countryside and the South Downs, this venue is just around the corner from Hickstead Showground with lots of country walks in the area. Classic pub dishes, a cosy venue and a very warm welcome. A great venue if you want to go and explore Sussex. Tel: 01273 832262

Chaula’s Indian Restaurant - Central Brighton & Lewes: Curry can be enjoyed on any day of the week. Try the food of India and not just Indian food here at Chaulas in Brighton or Lewes. With recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation, Chaula and her talented team have been catering in Sussex for close to 20 years. Rated as one of the best Indian restaurants in Sussex and it doesn’t get much better than this. Tel: 01273 771 661

The Chambers Bistro, Shoreham By Sea: Chambers Bistro in Shoreham-By-Sea is an independent and modern style British bistro, serving all the popular classics in this elegant and centrally positioned venue. This well known destination restaurant boasts the splendour of a Grade II listed neo classical building with super swish and stylish interiors. Chambers Bistro aims to provide a very relaxed and informal approach to dining and welcomes everybody with open arms to this beautifully restored former Town Hall. Tel: 01273 446677

The Anchor Inn, Barcombe, Lewes: Sussex Restaurant Near Barcombe, is a picture postcard Sussex country pub and restaurant set on the west bank of the River Ouse. It is one of the most unspoilt parts of rural Sussex, four miles or so away from Lewes. Built back in 1790, the Inn has a long history, and today offers two cosy bars and two restaurant rooms, serving real ale, bottled lagers, fine wines and freshly prepared food from our menu. Boats can be hired to explore the surrounding river and countryside. A delightful little spot to visit in our opinion with good quality food and it makes you feel like you’ve been out for the day.

The Ginger Fox in Henfield is part of the Ginger chain of pubs and restaurants and is quietly nestled on the foot of the Downs National Park. Offering great views in all directions, an outside play area for children, their own vegetable garden – this Sussex Restaurant is a great escape from Brighton. The Ginger Fox can be found on Muddleswood Road, on the A281 at the junction with the B2117, West Sussex. It is a 15 minute drive from Brighton and only 5 minutes from Henfield and Hurstpeirpoint. Tel:  01273 857888

Attractions in Sussex

Arundel Wetland Centre: Ride a guided boat through bustling wetlands. Explore towering reedbeds to wonder at wildlife. From natural play areas to modern bird hides – take time to discover, watch, learn or play. Arundel Wetland Centre’s paved walkways lead you through a collection of wildfowl from around the world to secluded spots to watch wildlife. With family friendly activities and crafts during holidays and half terms, there’s something new every season! Tel: 01453 891900


Blue Reef Aquarium Hastings: THE ULTIMATE UNDERSEA SAFARI Enjoy incredibly close encounters with seahorses, native sharks, stingrays, giant octopus and hundreds of other incredible aquatic creatures. Explore the dazzling beauty of a coral reef and journey through the spectacular tropical ocean display in a transparent underwater tunnel. Over 30 living displays recreate amazing undersea habitats from local waters to exotic seas. Informative, entertaining talks and feeding displays throughout the day. Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings, East Sussex TN34 3DW. Tel: 01424 718776 

Enjoy an action-pack visit to Knockhatch Adventure Park where you can enjoy a whole range of activities.For an all new thrill come sliding down and skip across the water on the Wave Runner Water Slide, pan for gems in the Mining Area, ride the Runaway Train Simulator and play on TommyTractor in the new Play Barn.Paddle in Pirate's Cove, bounce around on the Jumping Pillows, go rowing on the Lake, launch yourself off the Demon Drop Slide, or leap into Froggies the massive Indoor Soft Play Area. Hailsham Bypass, Hailsham, BN27 3PR, Tel: 01323 442051

Widely regarded as the best small zoo in Europe and South East England’s Visitor Attraction of the Year 2010/2011, Drusillas Park offers an opportunity to get nose to nose with nature with hundreds of exotic animals from monkeys and otters to penguins and meerkats. But animals are only half the fun – Go Wild! Go Bananas! and Amazon Adventure are paradise for anyone who needs to let off steam and Thomas the Tank Engine offers a train service 362 days a year! Don’t miss close encounters in Lemurland or the brand new walk-through parrot aviary – Lory Landing. Alfriston, East Sussex

Set within 18 acres, Blackberry Farm is home to over 180 animals to meet and feed. Tractor rides, pony rides and extensive play areas: café open all day serving hot meals and lighter bites. Seasonal events. OPEN ALL YEAR. Blackberry Farm, Whitesmith, Near Lewes, BN8 6JD, Tel: 01825 872912

Amberley Museum is a 36 acre open-air site set in the South Downs National Park dedicated to the industrial heritage of the south east. Take a ride around the Museum on the narrow-gauge railway and historic bus. Exhibits include the telecommunications hall, electricity hall, working printshop, lime kilns, roadsteam engines, radio and TV exhibition, stationary engines and more. The Museum is also home to traditional craftspeople, such as the wood turners, wheelwrights and blacksmiths.

Historic buildings in Sussex

Stand where one of the most famous battles in England's history took place – the 1066 Battle of Hastings. Discover the fascinating story behind that historic date on the audio tour of the battlefield and abbey ruins. Take a relaxing break in the café, and then explore the interactive exhibition bringing alive the dramatic story of the Norman Conquest. One of England's most important historic sites, which you just have to come and discover. High Street, Battle, East Sussex - TN33 0AD

 Bignor Roman Villa: Don’t miss this unique Sussex attraction. The stunning remains of a Roman home and farm with world-class mosaic floors in a spectacular Downland setting. Outside the Roman Villa explore the endless footpaths and stunning villages in the heart of the newly designated South Downs National Park. The site is still owned by the Tupper Family who rediscovered the villa in 1811. Enjoy refreshments in our museum tearoom and find that special gift in our shop. Free visitor parking.

An award-winning attraction and fine English fortification, Newhaven Fort has the sights and sounds of the past, offering a unforgettable day out for the whole family. Let your imagination run wild as you explore the vast tunnels, massive walls and cliff-top gun emplacements which are sure to fire any imagination. Visit the Blitz shelter simulation where you can experience how it would have felt being caught in a real air-raid. Stroll along the ramparts and enjoy breathtaking views of the South Downs and Sussex Coast, whilst under 12’s discover the outdoor adventure playground.

For over 200 years the Redoubt has stood ready to defend the Eastbourne coast. It formed part of a chain of fortifications built to deter Napoleon’s forces in the early 1800s, and it still stands as a unique monument to that time. Garrisoned by troops until the early 1900s and again during World War II.The Redoubt is now a suitable and atmospheric home to three fascinating military collections, and is host to many exciting events throughout the year including film screenings, talks, concerts and historical re-enactments.

Smugglers Adventure: Journey deep into the heart of Hastings’ historic West Hill to discover the fascinating world of the Smugglers Adventure in St Clements Caves. Join notorious smuggler ‘Hairy Jack’ as he leads you through acres of underground caverns, passages and tunnels on a voyage back through time to the heyday of smuggling. Smugglers Adventure, St. Clements Caves, West Hill, Hastings, East Sussex TN34 3HY.

Hands-on science and discovery among the domes and telescopes of a world- famous astronomical observatory. Set amid beautiful Sussex countryside, there’s plenty of picnic space, and ample free parking. Café, Gift Shop, Telescope Tours, Science Shows and Special Events throughout the year. Groups, schools and birthday parties catered for. Open daily from the 26th January to 1st December 2013. Plus weekends of 12th / 13th, 19th / 20th January and 7th / 8th December. 10am – 5pm (Jan/Mar, Oct/Dec) 10am – 6pm (Apr – Sep). Tel: 01323 832731

Discover the vanished rural crafts of Sussex. The South Downs Heritage Centre displays a wide range of fascinating exhibits such as the blacksmith and wheelwright. Vintage ploughs and other rural antiquities give an insight into days gone by. The heritage garden displays herbs, vegetables and flowers grown by rural households from Roman to Victorian times. Explore the garden centre with almost everything you can imagine for your garden and a gift shop full of unusual gifts and collectables. All areas are designed to be fully accessible for wheelchair users. Relax in the Olive tree Café overlooking the Heritage Garden.