Fallow Fields Camping

UK England South East England Kent Deal

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
  • Short walk to the pub
Traditional family camping and bell tent glamping on a working fruit farm, two miles from the beautiful inlet town of Sandwich in Kent

The team behind Fallow Fields in Kent certainly have an eye for what’s cool in the world of camping. They’ve successfully been running a 'Glampervan' hire company for years now, renting out über-retro campers from the 60s and 70s, and it’s with genuine excitement that we discovered they’ve now opened a campsite with a similarly classic vibe. If you like the old-school image of camping – campfires, starry nights and not a caravan in sight – then this is the place to go.

Set a couple of miles back from the coast, in a four-acre field on the bucolic Selson Farm, Fallow Fields is a place with a ‘less is more’ attitude. Facilities are on the basic side – toilets, showers and campfire pits to hire – and there’s a small shop selling essentials (along with some of the farm’s own produce).

Above all, though, it’s camping’s more natural pleasures that will fill your time. Pitches are nestled between pear, apple and cherry trees, ripe for picking during summer stays, while spring campers can try asparagus and freshly grown veg. Space is ample and kids can run wild, getting muddy knees and throwing frisbees around, gradually wearing themselves down for a good nights sleep.

Those seeking the same laid-back holiday but wanting a few more comforts can try one of ten furnished bell tents available to rent. Inside, they feature comfortable double beds, and two sofas that can also fold out into extra sleeping space if needed. They sit alongside thoughtful touches, like hot water bottles, bedside tables and camping lanterns.

However you choose to pitch up though, the location is a happy constant. On the eastern edge of the North Downs, the farm is surrounded by fantastic local footpaths and a 25-minute walk will take you into the town of Sandwich, situated along the banks of the River Stour. The town’s pebble beach, a little further east, is particularly pleasant and backed by a large nature reserve, while nearby Broadstairs and Ramsgate beaches are perfect for sand-seekers.

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Facilities

Modern toilets and showers, newly built in spring 2019, with 4 showers in each with plenty of hot water all day, as well as a family/ disabled bathroom. 4 washing up sinks, and 4 sinks for washing and teeth brushing (covered but not enclosed).
Campsite shop with lots of local produce, wines, beers and ciders, ice-cream and other camping essentials.
Ice block freezing and mobile phone charging in the shop free of charge.
Campfires are encouraged (off the ground) and fire pits can be hired and wood purchased on site.
Table tennis table outside the shop in the communal seating area.
There is a ‘Retreat’ area with trestle tables & benches, with board games, colouring for kids and lots of games for less favourable weather and swingball, badmington and other outdoor games to keep everyone happy.
Food is served on-site Friday and Saturday evenings and Saturday and Sunday mornings, we recommend pre-booking through our website.
Kids activities at weekends and during the school holidays, including bush craft and yoga.
Adult yoga classes on Saturday mornings.

Suitable For

Tents, small/ retro campervans, dogs (in your own tent or unfurnishd bell tents), families, couples, groups (by prior arrangement) – yes. Caravans, motorhomes, dogs (in the bell tents) – no.

Nearby

Walk through the campsite gate and along public footpaths that disappear across the fields in the direction of Woodnesborough or Ash. You don’t need to travel much further afield to take in the best of what the local area has to offer. 11th century Dover Castle (01304 211067) – for both big and little kids – is one of the most iconic of all English fortresses and Sandwich is a perfect place to mooch; A beautiful medieval town on the River Stour it really did make ‘the sandwich’ popular and also boasts a fantastic bay – 5 miles of unspoiled sand flats, salt marshes and sand dunes for you to explore.
A short drive away are some of the best beaches in the South East, including Botany and Joss bay, or if you want some serious entertainment for the kids, Margate's  Dreamland is a 25 min drive from us. And, if you fancy a more relaxing time you don't have to leave the campsite to enjoy yourself, with kids activities in our bush craft area, yoga amongst the fruit trees and unparallelled sunets and starry nights!

Food & Drink

There's a shop onsite selling camping basics and local food, including meat and bread cooked daily (from the local bakery), farm produce and fresh coffee. On Friday nights we serve stone baked pizza and Saturday nights pulled pork and roast chicken with a variety of sides and veggie options as well as Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Locally, try The Five Bells (01304 611188) at Eastry, offering a warm welcome and traditional pub grub, or there's a few more worth checking out a short drive (or cycle) away – the famous Griffin’s Head (01304 840325) at Chillenden (10 mins) or The Black Pig (01304 813723) at Staple (5 mins or a 25 min walk).

Opening Times

May–September.

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The Owner Says

It won't be long before reality seems a million miles away at Selson Farm. Sitting in a gentle valley in the North Kent Downs you're surrounded by fruit orchards and asparagus fields. Bring your own tent, or if you fancy a bit of luxury stay in one of our bell tents kitted out with everything you need for a great camping trip, including beds, bedding and all your cooking equipment... we also throw in fairy lights and bunting! We all remember a great camping trips, and the campsite normally has a lot to do with it; the vibe of the place, where you're pitched, the surroundings, the facilities, the local area. You come back exhausted, grubby, but you've loved every minute, you have felt a million miles away from reality, you have a smile on your face and are already planning the next trip. That's what we call the Fallow Fields Feeling: A handpicked site in a great location with more than enough room for everyone. Campfires to cook on by day or keep warm by night. A retreat area to escape, have a cup of coffee, play games. A shop stocked with local produce & camp basics and food on Fridays and Saturdays to give you a break from cooking if you choose!

Accommodation

50 tent pitches to bring your own tent and 10 pre-erected, fully furnished bell tents with a real double bed and 2 single futons each (sleeping up to 4 people) and Beryl the vintage caravan (sleeping up to 2 adults & 1 small child).

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Getting There

From the north A2 (Canterbury) take the exit for Womenswold and at the roundabout take the 1st exit onto the B2046. Take the 1st right after 0.5 miles onto Holt St, follow the road until the next roundabout where you take the 3rd exit. After 4 miles you’ll reach a cross-road, turn right here onto Drainless Rd and the campsite entrance is 500m on the right. If you follow a SatNav it will take you past the campsite entrance towards Eastry so be careful! The nearest train station is Aylesham (0845 748 4950), 6 miles away. It is on the mainline to London, taking 1 hour 40 minutes.

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