Why West Sussex Is Perfect for Autumn Glamping

Autumn glamping | Sumners Ponds Safari tent

The autumn solstice this year falls on Friday 23rd of September. Long nights and the summer heat may be slipping away, but cosy evenings and hot chocolate are on the way! So why is West Sussex perfect for autumn glamping? 

Autumn Glamping

Firstly, what’s better than spending the day taking beautiful autumnal walks in the West Sussex countryside, then getting back to your glamping accommodation and settling down for a cosy autumn evening?


Well, we can make that dream a reality at Sumners Ponds. We have stunning glamping accommodations suited for all – families, couples, or people wanting to spend some time by themselves!

Pick from an array of glamping sites, from our gorgeous Lakeside Lodges to our cosy Robin’s Nest, from our atmospheric Safari Tents to our quirky Shepherd’s Huts.

From all of these accommodations, you can experience the autumn months by watching the leaves turn from green to gold, drinking hot chocolate, collecting conkers, feeling the fresh air, and so much more!

Click here to see our amazing discounts, and to book your autumn glamping break today.

Autumn glamping | Sumners Ponds Moorhen lodge

Autumn Camping

You may think that camping is only good for Summer, but you couldn’t be more wrong!

Autumn camping in the UK is just as fun. This time of year is full of beautiful colours, fresh walks around Sussex, and lots of warm drinks!

It also allows you to be more active in the Autumn. So if your job keeps you from experiencing the outdoors, and ties you down to your chair, this is even more reason to go camping, get outside and explore the wilderness!

Still not convinced? Spectacular sunsets, clear skies for star gazing, and who doesn’t love a pub pit stop for a hearty meal!

If you’re hesitant because of the weather (the UK isn’t known for its dry weather!), camping gear has advanced considerably. Buying weatherproof and waterproof clothing, tents, warm sleeping bags and other bits and bobs is a lot easier! So don’t let the UK weather put you off.

We have 5 great campsites, check them out and book your autumn camping getaway today.

Autumn glamping | Sumners Ponds grounds in the Autumn

Autumnal Walks

Sumners Ponds is based in Barns Green, West Sussex, and is surrounded by lots of beautiful woodlands, fields, and stunning views.

In the autumn and winter, walking might not be on the top of your list, but we’re here to tell you why it’s important and why it can be just as fun as in the summer.

Walking is very important to keep up a healthy lifestyle, as told by the NHS. So why not go for a walk and explore different areas of your town in Sussex? This is a perfect way to find new spots you may not have known about before!

At Sumners Ponds, whether you want to go for a dog walk, walk with friends or family, or even cycle, there is a path and route going to and from here for all ages and abilities.

If you’re an avid walker or cyclist, there is a great route that leaves from Sumners Ponds and takes you straight onto The Downs Link at Christ’s Hospital (roughly halfway along The Downs Link). From here you can head North to Guildford or South to Shoreham-by-sea.

Bring along a flask with tea, coffee, or hot chocolate, wrap up warm and get those walking boots on. We would also love to see your autumnal walks, so go ahead and tag us on Instagram @sumnersponds.

For more information on cycling and walks in West Sussex, click here.

Autumn glamping | Sumners Ponds grounds in the Autumn

Café by the Lake

Our warm and cosy Café by the Lake is perfect for those who are staying at Sumners Ponds, or even those stopping by, who want a yummy meal, snack, or a little tipple. 

We have a great selection of sandwiches, pastries, hot food, and cakes. We also have a licensed bar that has lager, beer, cider, and local ales, as well as an extensive wine and spirit selection.

We also welcome well-behaved dogs in all parts of the cafe.

Fishing at Sumners Ponds

Fishing isn’t just a summer sport, it’s also great in the colder months.

We have a great blog explaining how to get the best out of your winter fishing, read it here.

Autumn Glamping, Camping and Fishing Holidays

Sumners Ponds Fishery and Campsite, based in Barns Green, West Sussex (near Horsham), is an amazingly tranquil spot, perfectly placed in the countryside. 

It is surrounded by 100 acres of lakes, woodland, and pasture, with 5 wonderful fishing lakes. 

We offer a range of facilities to suit those looking for a camping or glamping getaway experience.

We also offer a range of pitches and fields, including the Family Field for a more private camping experience. 

If you would like to find out more about Summer Ponds and what we offer, including information about our delicious Café by the Lake and our other facilities, then please get in touch by calling, 01403 732539, visiting our website, or emailing us at bookings@sumnersponds.co.uk.

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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.