Back in early November I decided I needed a change of scenery and decided to try a new campsite. A quick look at the club booklet and a phone call later and I had booked a pitch at Chichester Camping and Caravanning Club Site. This is not one of those club sites that’s open all year, it closes in mid November and does not open again until early February.
Chichester Camping and Caravanning Club Site – The Facilities
The site is quite a small compact site with only 58 pitches. At first glance the pitches look like grass but they actually seem to use ‘green hardstandings’ where grass can grow through a recycled plastic mesh. During my visit it seemed to work well despite lots of recent rain but I note a few reviews of Chichester Camping and Caravanning Club Site talk about problems with flooding and parts of the site did seem rather muddy. I believe some of the pitches are actually grass and if the weather is bad I would insist on the ‘green hardstanding’ before booking. The site accepts all sorts of campers, tents, caravans and motorhomes etc.
Like most other club sites the shower and toilet block is clean and modern and there is a laundry for those who need to catch up on washing clothes or bed linen. As you would expect there is a chemical disposal point and drinking water taps. Pets are welcome and for those not using Gaslow there are gas bottles if you happen to be running low. Naturally the site has wifi but I never use the club’s wifi so cannot really comment on how well it works.
Chichester Camping and Caravanning Club Site – Places of local interest
When I checked in I was told about the local farm shop which sells fruit and vegetables and also does a pick-your-own for seasonal fruit. The closest village is Emsworth which has a Tesco Express and Co-op. Chichester itself is actually a few miles east of the site should you want to visit the Norman cathedral or enjoy the Georgian architecture. To the west of the site, some 11 miles away is the city of Portsmouth which is a great visit for those interested in Naval history and site of famous ships including HMS Victory, HMS Mary Rose and HMS Warrior. Modern architecture sometimes gets a bad press but the Spinnaker Tower really looks impressive both day and night. Portsmouth is also regarded to be a good place for shopping with lots of outlet shops in Gunwharf Quays. Finally for those who like to visit the Goodwood Festival of Speed or Goodwood Revival Chichester Camping and Caravanning Club Site is one you should consider!