Having slowly made my way to the south coast stopping at a couple of campsites including Graffham on the way I finally reached Normans Bay Camping and Caravanning Club Site for a 3 night stay. The first night, a Thursday, I would be on my own and then Ewelina would be joining me for the other 2 nights, catching the train from London.
Normans Bay Camping and Caravanning Club Site – Arrival and first impressions
Upon arrival, which was just after 1pm, there was some dispute as to why I was so early which was not a great start to my stay. Rather than go into it again you can read about it here. The site is very open with no trees or bushes for landscaping or to separating pitches. The weather Thursday and Friday morning was dreadful with lots of rain and strong winds that resulted in a draft from one window and the cab area.
The facilities were as you would expect from a club site, with showers, toilets, laundry etc. The motorhome service point was one you could just drive over which was a welcome sight and I also noticed a building that seemed to be marked as a playroom but it was not open during my visit. I should mention the shower block here as it had its good and bad points. On the plus side, unlike most club sites, you could set your own temperature. Any benefit you got from this hot water soon vanished though once you had finished. There were a couple of heaters on the wall but neither seemed very effective, it was one of the coldest shower blocks I’ve used! The other problem was the stone floors used in the shower cubicles. With no mats or other protection I found the freezing cold floors actually painful on the soles of my feet! With just a little more attention to detail this site could be so much better.
The site also has a small shop. It does not stock everything but it has the basics and certainly has a greater range than most club sites. For a greater choice you really need to drive a short distance to Pevensey for small supermarkets or Bexhill-on-Sea for larger superstores.
Normans Bay Camping and Caravanning Club Site – The local sights
Thankfully it stopped raining late on Friday and I was even rewarded with a lovely sunset.
After collecting Ewelina from the station I cooked a meal and went to bed, hoping for good weather for the remainder of the trip. On Saturday we decided to follow the coast to the west rather than east since we had visited Hastings on a previous trip in the Hymer. Our first stop was at Beachy Head, a famous suicide spot which explained all the signs for the Samaritans we saw. From here we passed close to Belle Tout lighthouse before parking at Birling Gap for views of the famous Seven Sisters white chalk cliffs. Feeling slightly weary we decided to return to Normans Bay Camping and Caravanning Club Site for an afternoon nap before I prepared dinner. The remainder of the day was spent editing some of the video we had filmed during the day. Both Ewelina and I have recently become interested in video so hopefully you will start to see some videos on this blog as well as the usual photos.
On Sunday we left Normans Bay Camping and Caravanning Club Site before noon and headed to Brighton. The weather was bright and sunny though it was still quite windy and chilly. It had been a largely relaxing weekend and neither of us were that keen to get back to London!
Below is a short video of our stay at Normans Bay Camping and Caravanning Club Site. Hope you enjoy it.