Fallow Fields Camping
The team behind Fallow Fields in Kent certainly have an eye for what’s cool in the world of camping. Having previously run a sucessful campervan hire company, renting out über-retro campers from the 60s and 70s, it was with genuine excitement that we discovered they were opening a small 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 five-acre field on the bucolic Selson Farm, Fallow Fields caters well to family campers, with a newly built washroom, rainy day spaces and a small shop selling essentials (along with some of the farm’s own produce). For those less pushed to pitch, they have a dozen ready-furnished bell tents too.
Food is often on the mind here. The camping meadow is nestled between pear, apple and cherry orchards, while spring campers can try the freshest homegrown asparagus. On weekends, pizzas, pulled pork and roast chicken are rustled up for those hungry after the days activities – bushcraft during school holidays and yoga most weekends. Not that activities need be organised. Kids have space to run wild, gradually tiring themselves silly before a very good night’s sleep.
On the eastern edge of the North Downs, it’s a 15-minute drive to Richborough Roman Fort or seafront Walmer Castle and a pleasant half-hour walk to Sandwich, a narrow-laned medieval town situated along the banks of the River Stour. The latter is well worth visiting, not least for its sweeping pebble beach a little further east. But it probably won’t help you stop thinking about food.
Washblock (newly built in 2019) with showers, loos and a family/disabled bathroom. Covered washing up sinks. Small shop, well-stocked with local produce, where you can charge your phone and re-freeze ice blocks. Firepits for hire and logs for sale. Communal seating area, table tennis table, swingball, badmington, ‘retreat’ space with board games, cards, colouring in and more. Activities at weekends and during the school holidays, including bushcraft, bug hunts, exotic animal handling, yoga and more (see their website for full activity details).
Tents, small campervans, dogs (camping), families, couples – yes. Caravans, motorhomes, dogs in the bell tents – no. Groups – by prior arrangement.
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 – five 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-minute drive away.
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 Fallow Fields 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).
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!
Social Distancing Measures
We have 6 acres in total at Selson farm. This year we will have a pre-assigned pitch system so that we can guarantee space between pitches and you can relax by your tent in peace and safety. We will endeavour to keep groups next to each other, but social distancing within groups will be enforced as per the guidelines.
At check-in, the shop & showers & toilets we will have queuing systems in place.
We have added additional mobile showers and toilets, all units will have 2 deep cleans a day from a professional cleaning company, with regular wipe downs of touch-points throughout the day.
In the camp shop we will be accepting card transactions only – no cash will be accepted.
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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