Enjoy Your Summer Holiday at Sumners Ponds

It’s officially the Summer Holidays! The weather is warm, the paddling pools are out, and the barbeques are in use.

With this beautiful weather, why not take a trip to Sumners Ponds? Or even book a week’s stay with us!

Before we run through all the exciting things you can do at Sumners Ponds this Summer, here are some important dates to remember:

For West and East Sussex schools, the end of Summer term 2022 is Thursday 21st of July 2022 and the beginning of Autumn term starts on Thursday 1st of September 2022.

Summer Bank Holiday is on Monday, 29th of August 2022. We are open on this day so why not explore the great outdoors and go bank holiday camping!

If you’ve never visited us before (or have many times), here’s a list of things you can do to enjoy your summer holiday at Sumners Ponds:

Book a family holiday during the Summer

If you love camping in Summer, then Sumners Ponds is perfect! Dust off your tent and come on down to set up camp on one of our 5 campsites.

Or if camping isn’t your thing, we have beautiful glamping options that even the most reluctant camper will love!

For summer camping holidays, Bluebell Park is particularly suitable for families, especially those with young children. 

There is a play area in the middle of the camping area, and it is adjacent to Bluebell Woods. 

There is a mixture of hardstanding gravel and grass pitches so all unit types can be accommodated.

  • All pitches have electric hook-ups.
  • There is a toilet and shower block within this area, with two male and two female shower cubicles.
  • Digital television connections on all pitches except 37 and 38.
  • A great play area for young children.

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Sumners Ponds Family Field

Or if you would rather have a more private summer camping trip experience, our Family Field is perfect for larger groups!

The Family Field is a fantastic area situated in a more secluded part of the farm away from the campsite, next door to our beautiful Match Lake.

So if you’re looking for a private camping experience, with:

  • Space for family games
  • Amazing views
  • Your own shower block and toilets
  • An electric hook-up
  • Your own fire pit

Look no further than Sumners Ponds Family Field! 

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If you are camping in hot weather, please make sure to stay cool and safe. Always wear SPF and any other protection from the sun such as a sunhat and glasses. Drink enough water and find shade where possible. If you start to feel unwell, please seek help immediately.

Come and visit us for a lovely walk

We have many different walking routes that are perfect for families and dog walkers.

Take in the scenes of our lovely ponds, walk through our woods, and explore the different campsites.

Click here for a map of Sumners Ponds.

Visit us for a spot of fishing on one of our 5 lakes

Did you know? We have 5 amazing fishing lakes, all based at Sumners Ponds!

Choose from Sumners Lakes, Farm Pond, Match Lake, Ribbon Lake, and Betty’s Lake.

They are all well stocked with lots of different fish species, such as carp, perch, roach, pike, bream, and more.

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Have a bite to eat and something to drink at our welcoming Cafe by the Lake

Our Cafe by the Lake is not only a perfect stop-off for those who are starting, midway, or finishing their walk, but also for those who want to catch up with friends or family.

We offer homemade cakes and sandwiches, and also delicious burgers with fries!

You can quench your thirst too here with a range of soft, sparkling, and alcoholic drinks.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Pick up one of our ‘eye spy’ sheets at the reception for a fun family activity

We have created a fun little family activity for you to do when you visit us.

All you have to do is ask for the ‘eye spy’ family activity at reception, and find the things on the sheet!

Let us know how you get on by tagging us on social media; Instagram | Facebook

Cycling through Sumners Ponds

We have perfect access to The Downs Link for bike rides, which is very popular amongst cyclists.

The Downs Link is a 37 mile (59km) route that links the North Downs Way in Surrey with Shoreham-by-Sea in West Sussex.

Our Cafe by the Lake welcomes all, even cyclists with their bikes, so why not stop off for a refreshment and a bite to eat? We look forward to welcoming you!

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Sumners Ponds Opening Days and Times

We are open all year round, apart from when the reception is closed on Christmas and Boxing Day.

Here are our opening times:


Monday – Sunday: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Cafe by the Lake: 

Monday – Sunday 9:00am – 4:00pm

Food Service: 9:00am – 3:00pm

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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.