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 – 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 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? In good weather, we allow cars on to unload and pack up, but ask you to park back in the car park inbetween to keep the paddock safe and quiet for everyone. The ground needs to be kept intact as much as possible as the paddock is used for horses in winter, so in very wet weather, we provide rather stylish pallets-on-wheels for you to transport your stuff the short distance from the car park area to your pitch.
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 two lovely Air B&Bs on the Estate that you can rent so that non-campers can still be part of the fun. Email Sarah on Sarah@westerlands.com to find out more.
What restrictions are there on our tent size? None and you can camp anywhere you like.
Do you accept same sex groups? We all know this means stags and hens! 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 – we’re coming up with a new checking-in process which we’ll post asap.
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 – 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 twenty minute 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.
Where is the nearest beach? There are lovely beaches at Bosham, West Wittering and Climping, just over half an hour’s 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 – of which 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. Please note though that Woodfire Camping cannot accept responsibility for damage or theft to any equipment left unattended.
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. Westerlands also has two pigs who would appreciate your leftovers – the farmer leaves a special bucket for them by the washing-up sinks with a notice saying what they can and can’t eat.
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.
We collect your personal details, name, address, email, telephone number and credit card details when you place a booking, these details are used for the purposes of managing your booking and receiving your payment. Should you wish for your personal details to be removed from our booking database after your stay with us, or after cancelling your booking, you may instruct us to remove it by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, please include your booking reference with this request.
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