Yes, one vehicle is included in the Day Rate charge per booking. Please note, Day Visitor vehicles are not granted access to the camping field. All Day Visitor vehicles must be parked in the site’s car parks. Additional vehicles per booking are charged at £5 for the day.
No, unless you have permission from the Campsite management. For further information please ask at reception about this.
NO. We do not supply bed linen in our Indoor Accommodation. The Lodge has 16 x single beds, Cabins have 1 x double and 3 x single beds, all beds are in bunk format. Beds are supplied with pillows and duvets so you will need to bring your own sheets, pillow cases, duvet covers towels and tea towels.
The Lodge accommodation (16 berth) is fully equipped for self-catering and includes white goods, crockery, cutlery, cook pans and glassware. Our Cabin Rooms (5 berth) have a kitchenette with crockery, cutlery, microwave, toaster and kettle but no other cooking facilities.
YES/NO. We do have a field kitchen that MUST be reserved if you wish to use it. Note: The Field kitchen is only available for group bookings; it is not to all camping guests. The Field kitchen is not equipped with cutlery, pots, pans, plates, cups and glasses. The Field kitchen hire price is available on our prices page for any groups that wish to hire this facility.
YES there is a double plug socket in each cabin room.
YES. The Lodge sleeps 16 so the minimum seasonal charge is for 8 people. If there are less than 8 people you still pay the 8 person charge, if there are more than 8 then the charge is for the number of people booked. The Cabins sleep 5 so the minimum seasonal charge is for 3 people. If there are less than 3 people you still pay the 3 person charge, if there are more than 3 then the charge is for the number of people booked. See the prices page and relative accommodation calendar for seasonal pricing. Each unit is privately hired so you do share with people you do not know.
NO. We do however sell 2kg bags of ice in our office shop.
YES. The office has a device charging station for handheld devices such as mobile phones, tablets, laptops and powerbanks. To charge a mobile phone it is £1 an item, for laptops/tablets it is £2 an item and for powerbanks it is £3 an item. This is only available during our office hours and sockets are limited. We also have a limited amount of plugs and chargers which are first come first serve so we recommend you bring your own charging devices.
YES, you can buy bags of logs, kindling and firelighters from the site shop. You can also freely hunt and gather any dead wood that may be laying in the woodland areas of the campsite.
YES. Our guest wifi router is located in the site office/reception but the range is limited to approximately 20m around this building. The campsite also has an O2 and EE 4G mobile phone masts, so depending on your phone network you will be able to access the internet using your own data plan.
YES. We allow both BBQs and Campfires, but have to insist that they are raised off the ground to avoid burning the grass. Fire baskets can be hired if required (limited availability); these are not supplied with grills. Please ensure that any disposable BBQ trays are not placed on the grass. Persons found having fires on the grass will be charged for any damage and may be asked to leave.
When the Campsite is fully booked, a red x will appear on that date on the booking calendar. The campsite works on a fair first come first served allocation basis, and when this allocation is met we are no longer able to take any more bookings.
YES. Please ensure that you have booked before arriving at the campsite. If you are looking to stay on either a Friday or Saturday night ONLY, then an adult supplement charge is payable. We do not accept single night bookings over any Bank Holiday weekends – minimum 2 night bookings only.
NO. The camping centre does not provide activities, but there are recommended activity organisations on our downloads page, which may be of interest to groups wanting to have activities during their stay with us. Don’t forget to pre-book your activities with the relevant organisations in plenty of time to avoid disappointment.
NO. We try to be as eco-friendly as possible and so all information on the camping centre can be found on this website and is downloadable. Our website is continuously updated.
NO. Our toilet/shower facilities do not have electric plug sockets in them.
NO. We cannot allow long term bookings or reserve any permanent areas on site. Any booking requests for longer than 2 weeks will have to contact the site office.
YES and NO. The camping field is open from March to October. The actual opening and closing dates may vary. Our indoor accommodation is available to book all year round (except Christmas and New Year).
Kingsdown Camping was a Scout campsite until it was sold in 2005. As a private campsite we are still keen to maintain our historical association with Scout, Guide and School groups and therefore offer a discounted rate to organised camps for these groups. Please note this discount is not available for individuals or families; check price calendar for seasonal rates.
The camping centre has no bars or restaurants, but the site office has a selection of useful items for your camping stay. The local village of Kingsdown has a post office, newsagents, and a butchers (Oxtale 01304 375670), as well as 3 family friendly pubs all within a 5 to 10 minute walk of our gates – The King’s Head (01304 373915) which is situated next to the butchers, about half way down Upper Street. The Rising Sun (01304 373983) which is situated at the bottom of Upper Street and on Cliffe Road. Finally, The Zetland Arms (01304 364888) is located on the beach.
YES. We have a limited number of electrical hook-ups available for guests to reserve. All EHU’s are at the top of the campsite. They can supply power to tents, campervans and caravans. Electric pitches are not serviced or hard standing. We do not supply hook-up cables – you must bring your own. If you book an EHU to supply electric to a tent then you MUST have a RCD unit specifically built for the job. This is the sort of things you will need
The camping centre is actually situated on what is the beginnings of the White Cliffs of Dover. Guests can access the beach via a public footpath at the site entrance that leads to the village shops, pubs and beach; approximately 5-10 minute walk.
We are 8 miles from the Dover Ferry Port, and this should take no longer than 20 minutes to reach us by car.
YES. We have a limited amount of small Campingaz 907 bottles for purchase and/or exchange together with a selection of smaller gas canisters. If you want larger propane or butane bottles you can source locally in Deal and Dover at Walmer Court Farm Shop (466 Dover Road, Walmer CT14 7NA – Tel: 01304 374742) and R G Williams (18 The Strand, Walmer CT14 7DY – Tel: 01304 381477) are the closest gas bottle stockist. Most large retailers such as Tesco, Homebase, B&Q and Halfords also stock camping equipment.
NO. We are purely just a camping centre with a limited amount of electric hook-up points and have no caravans static or otherwise for hire or sale.
NO. The Camping Centre has no areas for caravan and motorhome storage during the year.
YES and NO. We do not allow ANY large (twin-axle) or caravans over 6.5m. Campervans, small motorhomes* and caravans 6.5m or smaller are permitted. This is due to narrow road access in the village of Kingsdown and the camping centre. *Motorhome must not exceed 7m in length. Please see vehicle access map on the contact us page.
NO, but we are willing to consider under 18s camping as long as there is a responsible adult parent/guardian present for the full duration of the stay. If we believe a group looks like they are under 21 then we will ask for proof of age ID. Having just one person on a booking who has just turned eighteen is not acceptable either. Previous under-age groups have tried this and were asked to leave. All bookings are accepted wholly at the campsite’s discretion and we reserve the right to refuse any booking requests.
NO. Our camping field is a large 35-acre grassland and has no areas where we allow groups to behave outside of our rules. We are a family run camping centre that promotes a family, NOT a “festival”, style atmosphere. If you want a loud party atmosphere, this is not the campsite for you. All persons staying with us are asked to respect each other and all our near-by neighbouring residents. Anybody found breaking our site rules will be asked to leave and banned from staying here again.
NO. There are no large halls or buildings for wet weather shelter on the camping grounds.
YES. We openly welcome a variety of groups including scouts/guides, schools, church, membership clubs and associations etc. If you are organising such a booking then you must contact our office as the maximum number of people that you can book for online is 6 persons. We will then be able to advise you on what information we need and how we will check-in your group in and take payments. If your group consists of multiple families or friends then each family will need to make their own booking. If you are coming with other families or friends then please let us know this by using a shared group name when booking after your own name i.e. Mrs Smith (The Ramblers) Please refer to our set up policy for electric pitches.
Groups such as birthdays, hen and stag parties are advised that this camping centre is not suitable for large group bookings of this nature, as we promote a peaceful, relaxing, family orientated camping experience. Any noisy anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and guests not adhering to the site rules will be and have been asked to leave.
NO. We do not allow dogs on site apart from guide dogs and trained police dogs. A local animal shelter/kennels is located within 1 mile from the camping centre. Details on our downloads page.
You will need to pay a deposit using a debit card to secure your booking. This is done online via a payment link that is on the email we send to you that confirms your booking request has been received. We accept cash and debit cards. WE DO NOT ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS in the on-site office. All card transactions are processed without a fee.
Deposits are non-refundable or transferrable unless the campsite is unable to open on the arrival date booked.
Bookings can be cancelled or amended up to 14 days before the arrival date and only the deposit that has been paid is charged.
The full booking fee is payable if you cancel within 14 days of the arrival date or if all persons booked under a reservation do not arrive.
The person who makes a booking is fully liable for the payment of that booking.
All guests must respect and follow our site rules; no full or partial refund will be given if guests are asked to leave the campsite due to their behaviour.
We do not offer full or partial weather-related refunds.
Yes. We take a 50% deposit for all bookings. You will receive an email from us confirming the amount due and a date the deposit must be paid by (3 days after the booking request is received). If the deposit is not received by the due date then your booking will automatically be cancelled. The balance will be automatically taken from the same card you pay your deposit with on or around 13 days before your arrival date.
If you have reserved an electric hook-up, check-in time is no earlier than 1pm, due to previous guests departing. It is possible to arrive on site before this time, but you will not be guaranteed access to your allocated hook-up point until after 1pm.
24 hour CCTV is in operation. The camping field itself is only via our Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) barrier system, so you will have to check in your vehicle before accessing the camping field. Nightly security checks are carried out by staff which may include a trained security dog. The site is protected by a 6ft barbed wire fence. The beach gate is only accessible via keycode and this code is provided to all guests upon arrival.
The camping centre does not use a pitch system, unless you book an electric pitch. .. This prevents us from over-booking the camping centre as we only have a limited amount of toilet and shower facilities for the camping field. Spaces/pitches can therefore not be reserved, and is based on a first come first served basis. You should look to arrive early to secure any desired location.
A. NO. Our check in times vary according to the seasonal period you are staying, please:
Daily 10 am – 5 pm except for Friday 10 am – 6 pm
Daily 10 am – 6 pm except for Friday 9 am – 7 pm
Daily 10 am – 7 pm except for Friday 9 am – 8 pm
Indoor accommodation is from 1pm
Electric Pitch is from 1pm
Please leave your home at a time that ensures you will arrive before we close. This is particularly important if you are travelling from London. If you do not think you can arrive before we close then it is better to come early the following day then arrive late as we cannot guarantee you access to the camping field if you are late.
Camping guests are asked to vacate the site before 12pm (guests can pay a day rate which will allow you to remain on site until 8pm, but this may not always be possible for bookings with allocated electric hook-up points).
Indoor accommodation guests are requested to vacate before 11am.
If you are catching an early ferry / Eurotunnel train, the earliest departure time is your choice, however please be considerate with regards to other guests within close proximity when you are leaving the site. Our ANPR system allows guests to leave the site at any time.
YES. All vehicle registration numbers are required for any vehicle that stays on site or goes on to the camping field. We operate an ANPR number plate recognition for our guests’ security whilst on site. Guests’ vehicles are permitted on the camping field, weather and staff permitting. All vehicles must adhere to the 10 mph speed limit whilst on site, and please keep vehicle use to a minimum. Ensure that all vehicles are securely parked and locked, with the hand brake engaged and that the vehicle is parked horizontally to any sloped camping areas.
YES but not always – Please read the following conditions:
Jack’s Cars 01304 362299. AI Cars 01304 898381. Castle Taxis 01304 374001. Phoenix Cars 01304 368880. Patrick’s taxi offer a 7 seater taxi (+ wheelchair access) 07904 315960. Local bus and train timetables can be viewed on our downloads page.
NO. The use of fireworks by guests is strictly prohibited on site. We are not averse to the use of Lanterns, but you should inform a member of site staff of any intended use (red coloured lanterns are not permitted as these can be strangely confused with distress flares by the public).