Questions about camping in the woods?
Here’s some of the most common questions we get asked about our unique take on camping in the woods at our West Sussex glamping site. If you can’t find the answer to your question here, please feel free to contact the office with anything we may have missed out.
We try to make your experience of camping in the woods as enjoyable as possible and hope to provide almost all the camping equipment you need in your bell tent. Creating a relaxed, hassle free break for our campers in a beautiful off-grid location…
Can I bring my dog?
Sorry we do not allow pets on the site or in our woodland. We love animals but due to the woodland’s natural wildlife we can’t allow pets.
How do we cook and store food?
We provide a wood burning cooking stove with our ‘wild glamping’ bell tents. Each pitch has a fire pit, and we provide a grill to BBQ and cook on. A cool box is provided for each bell tent and we supply a couple of freeze ice blocks each day – but if you want to keep a lot of food and drink cold please bring additional cool boxes. Sometimes it’s a good idea to freeze your second day’s food so it keeps everything else cold as it thaws out. Local stores also sell ice if you need it.
Can we play music?
We do not allow radios, percussion instruments or any kind of amplified music. A quiet guitar and acoustic instruments are acceptable until our 10pm chill out time, when we ask you to keep the noise down and relax around your fire.
Can we have fires?
Of course! Camping in the woods wouldn’t be camping without a campfire. If you’ve never built a fire before, try our guide, and for campfire cooking inspiration, see our recipes and ideas.
Is there firewood available?
We supply firewood locally sourced from sustainably managed woodland.
We ask all campers not to collect any firewood and only to use wood supplied by us, or that you have brought either from home or from another sustainable supplier. Fallen branches and decaying trees help to maintain a healthy and vibrant ecosystem which enhance your interactions with nature.
Can I smoke on the campsite?
No smoking is allowed inside the Bell Tents or within campsite facilities. However you are welcome to smoke around the campsite – please be careful to avoid the risk of fire in our woodland.
Where do I park my car?
We have a separate car park. Cars may not be driven to into the camping areas. We aim to provide camping in the woods not in a car park. Wheelbarrows are provided to move your equipment to the pitch (and the warden will assist if you need it). It may be a five-minute walk – but it’s worth it once you set up not to have cars in the campsite. Much safer for kids as well!
How far are you from London?
The Secret Campsite Wild Boar Wood is approximately 45 miles from London which is roughly a one-and-a-half-hour drive via the A23 and M23.
How do I reach Wild Boar Campsite?
Where is the nearest pub?
There are two great pubs close by and we are between them both: The Sloop and The Green Man. Both walking distance of about a mile and a half, or a short drive. Lots of other lovely pubs in villages within 5-15 mins drive.
Where is the nearest shop?
There is a small general store in Horsted Keynes (1.5 miles) and another in Scaynes Hill (2 .5 miles). There are a few more shops in Lindfield (3 miles) and supermarkets in Haywards Heath (5 miles).
You should also try the local farm shops and markets that offer fresh local produce – see Markets.
Check-In and Check-Out
What time can I check-in?
Arrival times for Bell Tents are between 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm. Please let us know if you expect to arrive late or are delayed.
What time do I need to check-out?
The Bell Tents and Tent Pitches must be vacated by 11:00 am on the departure date.
When do I pay?
We take full payment at the time of booking. Our online booking system is live and you can book all of the accommodation via the website.
Are your bell tents considered 'glamping' or 'posh camping'?
We prefer to call it ‘wild glamping’. We don’t want to provide hotel rooms pretending to be camping. It’s real camping – away from power sources and it’s off-grid. We in fact provide very comfortable, clean, pre-erected tents, kitted out with the equipment you will need to experience real camping. So, we think it’s ‘posh camping’ – but in our unique real, off-grid in the woods style!
What are the accommodation options?
The Secret Campsite Wild Boar Wood offers ‘posh camping’ only. If you want to pitch your own tents, maybe you will be interested in visiting The Secret Campsite Beech Estate or The Secret Campsite Lewes.
What should I bring for the Bell Tents?
We recommend you bring towels, tea towel, a duvet or sleeping bags, a bottom sheet for the beds, pillows and pillow cases. Toiletries and insect repellant. Food and drink. Newspaper for the fire. A bag to take away your rubbish. A torch or two would be useful (and a few tea lights to create the right mood!).
What are the toilets like?
Well it wouldn’t be posh camping if we didn’t have flushing toilets! Our campsite has over twice the number of toilets recommended for campsites of this size!
What about the showers?
We have two of our unique, quirky, custom-built, private bucket showers made from reclaimed timber and locally grown larch. Set in the trees, they have aerial views of the surroundings, and are big enough to allow parents to shower with children. You just transfer a bucket of water into the shower bucket and hey presto it works just like at home. The showers get their hot water from our amazing custom-built wood-burning stove, water heated on your eco wood fire stove or campfire (or we do let you use the gas-fired hot water system too.
Is there hot water?
Yes – our campsite has gas hot water systems. Great for the environment to try heating your shower or washing up water on the fire using the latent heat if you are using one to cook!
See our Facilities – everything that makes an escapee’s life better.
Do you have a restaurant or cafe?
We are a woodland campsite! But we have lovely pubs and restaurants within walking distance of the campsite – see our Eat & Drink guide.