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- Sit around your own crackling campfire to cook your dinner and keep you warm when it gets dark
- This family campsite is children and dog friendly, and accommodates families that want to camp together in groups
- A varied selection of yurts and shepherds’ huts for glampers looking to combine luxury to the rustic charm of outdoor life
- Wowo believes the great outdoors are healing and educational. To nurture and support this belief, it hosts a huge range of workshops to make your stay extra fun for all ages
Wowo Campsite, in Wapsbourne in the heart of Sussex, comprises four main camping fields plus a beautiful wooded area called Tipi Trail.
All of this is surrounded by beautiful Sussex countryside, and the Pellingford Brook runs through the centre of the campsite to provide water-edge camping. The special Tipi Trail – woodland camping at its best – is nestled alongside the brook.
There are lots of glamping options available for first-time campers or those who prefer a bit of luxury – and Pizza, Fish & chip and Paella vans park up next to reception to serve hot food during the high season.
Alice’s Yurt is in the top corner of this field, next to the brook. This is the smallest field and is best suited for quiet couples and small families. The brook flows past the field along the whole southern edge, so campers can fall asleep to the mesmerising sound of trickling water. Being surrounded by tall trees on both sides makes this field feel enclosed and sheltered, so your campfire won’t get blown out while you’re cooking.
This is the first field on the right as you walk from reception. Middle Brook is also parallel to the brook on the northern side, so once again campers can enjoy sounds of running water. At the far end there is also a stepping stone to cross over the brook, leading into Tipi Trail and beyond. Instead of plain grass this field is predominantly clover.
Only the top half of this field is used for camping so the bottom half is available for you to play games like football and frisbee. The corners of this field are often suitable for larger groups, as you can arrange yourselves in circles with the bottom of the field serving as your own play area. This field is the closest to the main facilities and also the walk to the Sloop Pub.
Wowo’s largest camping field, Lower Moat, has a large, hand-dug moat on two sides. This is a beautiful field with a lot of history. The kids will entertain themselves on one of the many rope swings all around the field and generally be falling up and down the moat and into rabbit holes leading to wonderland!
There are large, flushable compost loos in the far-right corner as well as a pot wash unit with six washing-up sinks, all to save you the hassle of walking back to the main facilities. Lower Moat is also where you’ll find the village area (top-centre). The Village is where on-site musicians will entertain you some evenings of the week, usually Saturday, and where the soup is served every Saturday during the summer.
This field is the newest addition to Wowo’s camping areas. Previously used solely for games and dog walking, now half of the field is a great area for groups of campers to gather round the fire to roast marshmallows and have a sing-song. The field is divided by 1,000 trees, providing a fortress of solitude for all the little critters around the site. The rest of the field remains as a large area to play cricket, or let the dog run.
Grassy is one of the more open fields; the large spaces between pitches make it perfect for groups to spread their tents around one fire pit. You’ll find WoWo’s famous swings running along the side of Grassy, parallel to the old carriage way.
Since 2010 Wowo has had a ‘village’ area in the top-right corner of Lower Moat. This is now the hub for several important activities, and offers campers shelter during the occasional harsh British weather.
Saturday evening is when the village comes alive, because at 6pm the campsite serves homemade, locally sourced soup and bread for all campers. After this delicious complimentary meal there’s live acoustic music entertainment until around 9pm. This is a regular event every Saturday evening, but during the summer holidays Wowo may put on music three or even four nights a week. The music scene is supplied by professional Musician Al Start provides children’s music at Soup Time, followed by a set for adults.