This summer the National Trust in London and the south east is offering an exclusive one night only chance to camp somewhere truly special.
With the Big Camp, taking place on Saturday 18 July, you can take your pick and stay among the orchard at a castle, in the grounds of Rudyard Kipling’s family home or wake up in the midst of ancient woodland.
With each special location putting on its own events there is something for everyone – from den building, bug hunting, storytelling and star gazing, to sporting activities, evening garden tours, dragonfly hunts, live music and of course, toasting marshmallows around a camp fire.
Make the most of the summer by taking part in the Big Camp. Choose one of the events in Kent and East Sussex for a memorable experience at some of the county’s most special places and breath-taking landscapes.
Saturday 18 July 5pm to Sunday 19 July 10am
Spend the night camping in the meadow area at Emmetts Gardens – one of the highest spots in Kent. Enjoy an evening stroll around the garden, admire the sun as it sets over the Weald of Kent, identify moths with our team and see why Emmetts Garden is one of the best places to star gaze in the county. Camping wouldn’t be camping without marshmallow toasting and a camp fire.
Tickets £10 per adult and £5 per child. Catering not provided so please remember to pack a picnic or dine at one of the local pubs. The tea room will be open from 9am serving hot drinks and breakfast snacks.
Booking essential on 0844 249 1895
Sissinghurst Castle Garden
Saturday 18 July 11amto Sunday 19 July 11am
Taking place in the orchard, join the Big Camp at Sissinghurst Castle Garden for a night of bug hunting, star gazing, storytelling, live music and toasting marshmallows over a camp fire. There’ll be giant games and sports in the evening, as well as a lantern walk around the lakes. For early risers on Sunday morning, join the rangers to identify moths all whilst taking in the sunrise across the estate.
Tickets £25 per adult and £15 per child, including a hot breakfast from the restaurant on Sunday morning. Campers should bring their own food and refreshments for Saturday.
Booking essential on 0844 249 1895
Saturday 18 July 4pm to Sunday 19 July 10.30am
Bateman’s was the home of Rudyard Kipling and his family. It made him feel at last like a country gentleman and its garden, orchards and wildflower meadows were planted by Kipling’s hand and played in by his children. The Big Camp at Bateman’s is a celebration of the good old outdoors with the campsite specially chosen to provide views across the estate’s classic Wealden landscape of rolling meadows, wooded ponds and river. Families can take part in garden tours, dragonfly and bat hunts, as well as games, storytelling and marshmallow toasting around the camp fire.
Tickets £20 per adult and £10 per child, optional breakfast available for £10 per person
Hot and cold drinks will be available onsite throughout your stay. Please bring your own camping equipment including a stove or disposable BBQ for cooking in the evening. Toilets and hand washing facilities are available.
Booking essential on 01435 882302
Frog Firle Farm
Saturday 18 July 7pm to Sunday 19 July 10am
Pitch your tent on the farm in a sheltered paddock surrounded by scattered woodland and ponds, just a short walk from beautiful views over the Cuckmere Valley. Join in with sport activities, a bat walk and marshmallow toasting over the camp fire in the evening, and moth identification in the morning.
Tickets £10 per adult and £5 per child, including breakfast of tea and toast made over the campfire. Campers may bring their own cooking equipment and food if they wish to cook for themselves.
Booking essential on 01323 423197
Sheffield Park and Garden – two nights camping available
Friday 17 July, pitch from 3pm to Sunday 19 July, 12noon
Pitch your tent in the historic parkland at Sheffield Park and wake up with stunning woodland views from your hillside campsite. Borrow a bug hunting pack and see how many of the 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ you can tick off, or enjoy star gazing with our team of experts. Warm up around the campfire with some storytelling and live music and make some tasty bread twists.
Tickets £10 per adult, £5 per child per night. The tea room will have hot food available for purchase each evening, and breakfast in the morning.
Booking essential on 01825 790231
The Big Camp is taking place in 23 National Trust properties across London and the south east. Each event is unique, with many offering special activities such as live music and marshmallow toasting around a campfire. Booking is essential, for more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/london-and-south-east or read more at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/article-1355892585463/