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Walking the South Downs


Paddle Boarding at Barcombe

'Camping at Tomkins Farm' is ideal for those just love the great outdoors. Be it  walking, cycling, paddle boarding, paragliding or just relaxing by the fire. With endless footpaths and public bridleways leading directly from our campsite, through a variety of ancient woods and stunning Sussex countryside. Alternatively, within an 8 minute walk across the fields there is a public football pitch, basketball net and exercise bars along with a new children's playground.

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Paragliding, Lewes


Have you ever wanted to soar like a bird into the clouds?

Why not book a paragliding course with Airworks. Sites 20 mins from Tomkins Farm.

Airworks Training can make that dream a reality. Paragliding and paramotoring can be enjoyed by people of any age - you can learn to paramotor in as few as six days or learn to paraglide in as few as ten.

With our expert tuition you will quickly develop the technique to become a competent pilot; strength is not a requirement. We have private sites covering all wind directions, ideal for the early days.

Barcombe Mills is a short drive or pleasant walk from the campsite, where you can go wild swimming and enjoy water sports such as kayaking & Stand Up Paddleboarding. Barcombe also has rowing boat/canoe hire at the Anchor Inn. Walking route from Tomkins Farm

Barcombe Mills Wild Swimming
The Blue Bell steam railway

Tomkins Farm is only 10 minutes drive from the famous Bluebell steam railway, an active steam train line with 4 stations, preserved in an 1930's-50's era; a truly great family day out. Route to walk here from Tomkins Farm

Brighton is less than half an hours drive away if you fancy a day or night out. Famous for its Palace Pier, the Royal Pavilion and the wide range of independent shops lining the Lanes and 

North Laine, Brighton has an extensive range of top restaurants, tourist attractions and a 3-mile shingle beach. It is also renowned for its excellent clubs and nightlife.

Day out in Brighton

Sheffield Park Gardens is National Trust owned and only 15 minutes drive away. Its beautiful expansive gardens have dramatic flowers, rare trees & 4 scenic lakes.

Sheffield Park National Trust Gardens

The Ashdown Forest, 6500 acres of outstanding natural beauty, is only 30 minutes drive from Tompkins Farm. Made famous by A.A. Milne's classic stories of Winnie the Pooh, you can spend hours wandering this unique landscape of forest and heathland.

Ashdown Forest


Come rain or shine, there are plenty of child-orientated activities close to Tomkins Farm. Drusillas Park is an excellent day out, aimed at 2-10 year olds. Less than half an hours drive away, it has a decent sized zoo, loads of outside an indoor play areas, and even a Thomas the Tank Engine steam train!

Dinosaur paradise park, Newhaven

Tilgate Park has loads to offer for all ages. Well worth the 30 minute drive, the stunning grounds have miles of bridleways around the beautiful woodland and lakes. A large play park, Go Ape, a large nature centre with over 100 animal species, a hedge maze with restaurants and cafes too.


Paradise Park, 25 minutes drive away in Newhaven, is a great value for money day out for the whole family. A dinosaur museum, indoor & outdoor play areas, a heritage trail, mini golf and a steam train are all excellent fun. Adults can enjoy the tropical gardens, restaurant and garden centre. Newhaven Fort is well worth visiting whilst in the area also.

Drusillas Wildlife park

Another family favourite is Washbrooks Family Farm, a working farm with lots of kids activities and fun play, roughly 25 minutes drive away, or Knockhatch Adventure Park, which is roughly half an hours drive, which is great for wet or dry days, with a petting farm, giant play castle, soft play, boating lake and much more.

Knockhatch, Hailsham

For wet and windy days, there are still plenty of options nearby. Monkey Bizness is an extensive indoor soft play for little ones, just 15 minutes drive away in Lewes. Jump In inflatable fun park is great for a wider age range, roughly 15 minutes away, of failing that, the Triangle leisure centre, with large swimming pool with flumes, climbing walls and loads more is less than 20 minutes away.


Our local pup the 5 Bells

  • The Five Bells, Chailey - 17 minutes walk (WHAT 3 WORDS REF: GRAVEL.BAR.FORGOTTEN) The 5 bells is the nearest public house to the campsite, offering excellent pub food and a decent range of drinks. The pub garden boasts borders of beautiful flowers during the spring & summer months.

Boating at the Anchor Inn, Barcombe

  • The Anchor Inn, Barcombe - 1hr 45m walk or 15 mins drive (WHAT 3 WORDS REF: SHIMMERED.SUPPOSING.FORGOT) A lovely walk across fields and through quaint villages that time forgot, The Anchor Inn sits aside the River Ouse. Offering a great range of pub cuisine made from local produce, real ales, draft lagers & local ciders, this 18th Century pub has a large garden and has the unique opportunity of hiring rowing boats directly from the pub. An excellent place for families to spend the afternoon messing about on the river. Follow this link to view the walking route to here. Walking route to the Pub.

The Bull on the green, Newick

The Royal Oak, Newick

The Crown Inn, Newick

Other Local Pubs



McColl's Village Stores, Chailey - 30 mins walk (WHAT 3 WORDS REF: ORIGINS.BOOMS.CROPS) - The closest convenience store to the campsite sells a wide range of  food and has an off license also.

Newick Village Stores - 45 mins walk (WHAT 3 WORDS REF: CLASH.BOMBSHELL.HEAD) - A little further field, this Premier convenience store also sells a decent range of food and alcohol also.

Newick Butchers (Alderman RR) - 45 mins walk (WHAT 3 WORDS REF: MAGAZINES.BEAKS.PIANISTS)

The Cottage Bakery, Newick - 45 mins walk (WHAT 3 WORDS REF: COUNT.ENTITLE.MOMENTOUS)

Lloyd's Pharmacy, Newick - 45 mins walk (WHAT 3 WORDS REF: YOURSELF.ICICLES.RELATIVES)

Farm Shops

Farm Shops

Offham Farm Shop - 10 min drive ( WHAT 3 WORDS REF: AUTOMATIC.WARMER.BUZZER

Holmansbridge Farm Shop- 10 mins drive (WHAT 3 WORDS REF: ONIONS.BLESSES.SHARPENED)

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