Autumn Glamping in Sussex at Sumners Ponds

Glamping in Sussex | Swallow's Hide Safari Tent

If you’re looking to escape the ordinary and immerse yourself in the beauty of Sussex, then Sumners Ponds is your ideal destination for glamping in Sussex.

When autumn paints Sussex in hues of gold and crimson, there’s no better way to savour the season’s magic than by embarking on a glamping adventure. 

Nestled in the heart of this picturesque county is Sumners Ponds, a tranquil haven that offers an unforgettable experience for those seeking a unique blend of nature and luxury. 

Embracing Nature

Autumn in Sussex is a sight to behold, and Sumners Ponds provides the perfect backdrop for this natural spectacle. The site spans over 100 acres of stunning countryside, including beautiful lakes, woodlands, and meadows, all of which come alive in vibrant autumn colours. The rustling leaves, crisp air, and soothing sounds of nature make it the ideal setting for a glamping retreat.

Glamping at Sumners Ponds

Sumners Ponds offers a range of glamping options that cater to various tastes and preferences. Whether you’re a couple seeking a romantic getaway or a family looking for an adventure, there’s something for everyone.

From luxurious Lakeside Lodges to quaint Safari Tents to our unique Robin’s Nest, we really do have something for everyone!

Glamping in Sussex | Swallow's Hide Bedroom

Glamping in Sussex – Autumn Activities

One of the highlights of glamping in Sussex during autumn is the wide range of seasonal activities that await you at Sumners Ponds.

Fishing: The lakes at Sumners Ponds are well-stocked with a variety of fish, making it a fantastic spot for anglers. Imagine spending a crisp autumn day by the water, hoping for that big catch.

Walking and Cycling: The surrounding countryside offers an extensive network of walking and cycling trails. Explore the woodlands, meadows, and picturesque villages while taking in the vibrant autumn foliage.

Stargazing: Sussex is known for its dark skies, and autumn evenings provide excellent stargazing opportunities. Lay out under the vast canopy of stars and be captivated by the celestial display.

Glamping in Sussex | fishing in autumn

Glamping in Sussex – Local Attractions

While Sumners Ponds is a destination in itself, you’re also within easy reach of some fantastic local attractions in Sussex.

South Downs National Park: Just a short drive away, you can explore the South Downs National Park, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Hike to the hilltops for panoramic views of the autumn landscape.

Arundel Castle: Visit the historic Arundel Castle, which comes alive with autumnal events and stunning displays in the gardens.

Wine Tasting: Sussex is gaining recognition for its thriving wine industry. Take a tour and indulge in some wine tasting at one of the local vineyards.

Coastal Adventures: The Sussex coast is also easily accessible, offering opportunities for coastal walks, seafood feasts, and beachcombing.

Glamping in Sussex – A Culinary Journey

No glamping experience is complete without delicious food. Sumners Ponds has an on-site café and restaurant, The Cafe by the Lake, which serves up a tempting array of dishes made from locally sourced ingredients. 

Whether you’re craving a hearty breakfast, a cosy lunch, or a romantic dinner by the lakeside, you’ll find something to satisfy your taste buds.

Want to make some yummy autumn food and drinks yourself? Why not give the below a go when you stay in one of our glamping accommodations?

🍁 Smores

🍁 Mulled Wine

🍁 Pumpkin spice cupcakes

🍁 Pumpkin spice latte

🍁 Butternut squash soup

🍁 Hot spiced cider

🍁 Pumpkin risotto 

Glamping in Sussex | Hot chocolate at Cafe by the Lake

Preparing for Autumn Glamping in Sussex: Packing Essentials and Tips

Packing the right essentials is crucial to ensure a cosy and enjoyable experience. Here’s a list of things we recommend:

Warm Clothing: When going for walks or hikes, make sure to layer up with thermals, fleece jackets, and waterproof boots. Don’t forget gloves, scarves, and a beanie to stay warm during the colder days and evenings!

Rain Gear: Pack waterproof jackets and pants to stay dry during unexpected rain showers.

Food and Snacks: Plan your meals to make sure you don’t forget anything and don’t forget marshmallows for roasting!

First Aid Kit: Include essentials like bandages, antiseptic wipes, and any personal medications.

Entertainment: Bring books, board games, or a pack of cards for entertainment during downtime. Most of our glamping accommodations also have smart TVs!

Weather Forecast: Check the weather forecast and be prepared for changing conditions.

Autumn Glamping in Sussex – Sumners Ponds Campsite and Fishery

Sumners Ponds Fishery and Campsite in West Sussex is a unique and beautiful spot set in the tranquil countryside amongst 100 acres of lakes, woodland, and pasture.

Perfect for a family holiday, a couple’s retreat, or a short break to recoup. Sumners Ponds has many different types of accommodation, from camping and caravan sites to pods, from lodges with fishing to Shepherd’s Huts, from Safari Tents to family fields!

The campsite itself boasts high-quality campsite facilities, acres of woodland, a working farm, and fishing lakes. All this in a beautiful and secluded setting which is perfect for just relaxing, or for the more active, exploring the many footpaths and safe cycleways within and around the site.

Our campsite and all accommodations are dog-friendly, which means you can have your four-legged friend right beside you!

We also have The Cafe by the Lake, which is our restaurant and bar that is open to both those staying on-site and the general public. We aim to provide the highest standard of food and service.

Book your stay today: 

Tel: 01403 732539 



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Disabled Friendly

Sumners Ponds is a accessible fishery for those with a disability. The best lakes to fish are either Farm Pond or Betty’s Lake.

Farm Pond has a purpose built accessible platform with a ramp from the ajoining car park. This spaceous decked area has three large swims which are all disabled priority. The car park for this lake is directly next to the closest fishing swims so there is not far to travel with your equipment.

Betty’s Lake has two disabled parking areas which are very close to the nearest wood-chipped swims.