Are there any rules? Yes – you can find them here. They are mostly about respect and responsibility, which we’re sure you would show anyway, but we still need to spell them out. Please be aware that if you or anyone you are responsible for behaves in a way that may disturb other campers, you will be asked to leave immediately. And no one wants that.
Can we bring dogs? Yes, if you’re camping on one of our grass pitches! As a working farm and stud, there are many other animals around including free range chickens who like to pop in – so long as you’re confident your dog will be well-behaved around these and other campers, dogs are welcome but please keep them on a lead at all times and clear up after them immediately. Dogs are the owner’s responsibility and you will be asked to leave if they cause any problems. Unfortunately we can’t accommodate dogs in our pre-erected tents.
Can we have campfires? Definitely – we sell firewood from the Camp Kitchen (sustainably coppiced chestnut or ash straight from the Westerlands Estate at £6 a bag). You can bring your own firepit, or hire them from us for between £8-£10 for your whole stay, depending on the size. Please don’t collect wood locally as deadwood is really important for the habitats nearby. Please also be conscious that the surrounding woods and heathland are like a tinderbox if they meet a spark – be responsible – introduce no sparks (or cigarettes)!
Do you allow cars on the field? To keep the paddock safe and quiet for everyone, and to keep the ground as intact as possible, we ask that you park up and transport your stuff the short distance from the car park area to your pitch on the rather stylish pallets-on-wheels provided.
Can we bring a caravan, campervan or motor home? We have designated spaces for a few campervans – no caravans, unfortunately. Please contact us if you would like to make a booking with a campervan so we can manage numbers – the prices are the same as they would be for a grass tent pitch.
Can we play music? We’re all here to enjoy the peace and quiet, so we ask campers not to play any electronic music at all – car radios and even phones can sound very irritating from just a few yards away. Enjoy the birdsong instead! Sound travels a long distance in this area and noise needs to be kept to a minimum after 10.30pm – we have to think of our neighbours.
Can we book a group? Absolutely, that’s what camping is all about! It is possible to book up to 16 people using our online booking system. If your group is larger than this please contact us directly so we can manage pitch allocation.
Do you have any non-camping options? Yes! There are three lovely Air B&Bs on the Estate that you can rent so that non-campers can still be part of the fun. Email Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com to find out more.
What restrictions are there on our tent size? We don’t have demarcated pitches, but our allowance is 8x5m a pitch which is pretty massive; not many people know their tent sizes off the top of their head but rest assured most tents aren’t bigger than that. You can fit up to six people on a pitch but please note that the price only includes parking for one car.
What if we need to bring more than one car?
The farmer provides overflow parking a very short walk from the campsite for £5 a night, or there’s an affordable car park in nearby Petworth (10 mins’ drive) – around £1.20 a day.
Do you accept stag and hen groups? If you’re planning a relaxing weekend camping, chatting, walking with a few friends, then absolutely. Everyone is welcome, so long as they understand that this is a peaceful, family campsite with children, and not suitable for loud or drunken behaviour and parties. Just to reiterate, quiet after 10.30pm and if you behave in a way that may disturb other campers, you will be asked to leave immediately.
Can we book the whole site? Yes, so long as there are no prior bookings – drop us an email to discuss!
When do we need to arrive by? Any time after 2 is fine – please come over to the Camp Kitchen to check in before you pitch your tent.
What time do we have to check out? We know packing up can take ages, so if you’re on a grass pitch, you don’t need to be off the paddock until 1pm. Check-out for pre-erected tents is 11, to give us time to make things nice for the next campers.
How close is the pub? There are four nearby – Graffham is a pub-rich area! The Foresters, The White Horse and The Cricketers are all a lovely and easy walk away across footpaths and fields – The Badgers is a little further but also a lovely walk, or a five-minute drive. They’re all splendid pubs in different ways, with beer gardens, log fires and great food.
Is there a shop nearby? Yes two – Jeeva and Vasu run the friendly Graffham Village Shop, which is a half-hour walk; three-minute drive away and well-equipped with everything you could need for your stay. It also runs a small cafe with teas, coffees, delicious cakes and home-made samosas. http://www.graffhamvillageshop.co.uk/. Ted’s Heath Farm Shop is a five minute drive away on the A285 towards Petworth, selling locally-sourced fruit, vegetables and other produce. Petworth is a ten minute drive and has a Co-op, and there are supermarkets in Pulborough and Chichester.
Where is the nearest beach? There are lovely stony beaches at Bosham, Pagham and Climping; and sandy beaches at East and West Wittering and East and West Littlehampton; all around 35 mins’ drive from the campsite.
Where is the nearest beautiful walk? There are so many! This spot is ideal for amblers and ramblers – you come straight off the field and on to the footpath. We can give you directions for shorter walks with children and ordnance survey maps are available in the village shop. (Please note it is important to stick to the public footpaths – there are plenty – and respect the private property around them.)
How do I recharge my phone or battery pack? Everyone is welcome to charge their phones, laptops and batteries for free at the camp kitchen, though we can’t accept responsibility for watching them.
How do I find you? From London, follow the A3 (Junction 10) on M25 south towards Guildford. About 3 miles past Guildford, at the Milford turning, take the A283 direction Petworth. Having driven through Petworth, take the A285 towards Chichester. Pass the Badgers Pub on your left, then Ted‘s Heath farm shop on your right and take the next right turn towards Graffham. You’ll pass Ridlington Farm on your left – please start to slow down after this. The driveway for Westerlands Stud is a further half mile on the left, just after a bend. Our neighbours live at Westerlands Lodge at the start of this driveway and it is VERY IMPORTANT that you slow right down before turning into their drive! Go slowly up the main drive and you’ll see the sign for Woodfire Camping! Click on the ‘Getting here’ tab at the bottom of this page for a link to GoogleMaps.
Where is the train station? Trains go direct from London Victoria to Pulborough, which is a 15 minutes drive away, or from Waterloo to Haslemere, which is a 20 minute drive away. The train journeys take between an hour to 1 hr, 15mins. Both Pulborough and Haslemere have several taxi firms.
What do we do with our rubbish? We try to make it easy for you to recycle and compost as much as possible onsite, with clearly-labelled bins. We compost at the Camp Kitchen too and also have a bin for the chickens at nearby Barn Cottage who appreciate your food scraps!
We are happy to refund 90% of your payment if given more than 30 days notice by email and 50% of your payment if you cancel your stay with us at least 15 days in advance. Any less notice than this and unfortunately we are not able to offer refunds. All our rates are inclusive of V.A.T
To be legal about it, Woodfire Camping is used by all persons at their own risk. Camping at Woodfire entitles you to access the camping field and the farm drive from the public road to the campsite itself, the woods either side of the driveway are not owned by us, and exploring them may lead to our campsite license being revoked. The field leads directly on to a public footpath which takes you across plenty of stunning fields and through gorgeous woodland but we must ask you to respect the private property of our neighbours. The Westerlands Estate is a working farm and stud and parents must ensure children are properly supervised at all times.
Whilst we make every effort to ensure a safe campsite we cannot accept responsibility for your possessions or personal injuries sustained whilst on the property or having campfires, but we firmly believe that spending time in an outdoor environment with its inherent ‘risks’ teaches everyone valuable lessons about life, which is not a zero-risk venture!
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