THINGS TO DO AND SEE
'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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 - 45 mins walk (WHAT 3 WORDS REF: UMBRELLA.TIES.TRACKERS. A comfortable walk away across picturesque meadows, the Bull comes highly recommended for its excellent food and service. Walking route to the village
The Royal Oak, Newick - 45 mins walk (WHAT 3 WORDS REF: LOANS.SURVIVING.BEFITTING) A more traditional public house, with a decent pub food menu refreshed daily. Open mic nights on Tuesday, steak nights on Thursday. Walking route to the village
The Crown Inn, Newick - 45 mins walk (WHAT 3 WORDS REF: IDEAL.TRUCKED.PAMPERING) A family orientated pub with a large covered & heated outside area, it also has a small play park. The Crown offers classic pub food & has its own ice cream parlour too. Walking rout to the village
Other Local Pubs
Newick Butchers (Alderman RR) - 45 mins walk (WHAT 3 WORDS REF: MAGAZINES.BEAKS.PIANISTS)