After my visit to the Camping and Caravan show back in February, I was offered the chance to go glamping in Brighton. I was invited to the Caravan and Motorhome club’s Brighton site and stay in one of their pods. Brighton is somewhere that I’ve always wanted to visit (it’s on my 30 before 30 list) and I loved the idea of glamping, so I was so excited to go. When I go away, my usual go-to is either a hostel or a budget hotel. Glamping in Brighton sounded really exciting!
Getting to Brighton
I invited my friend Alex along and we made our way to Brighton on the National Express coach. I got a coach from Victoria, after I’d been staying in London for a couple of days. The coach took just over two hours and dropped us off right by Brighton’s famous pier. If you don’t mind a longer journey, coaches are always so much cheaper than trains.
The campsite we stayed at is located two miles East of Brighton town centre. When we arrived, we booked ourselves an Uber which dropped us right at the site’s entrance and only cost £8.45. Check in was super easy, we just had to put down a £20 deposit for the pod’s keys. Our pod which was named ‘Rock’ was only a thirty second walk away from reception.
From the outside, the pods (there’s two on site, ‘Rock’ which we stayed in and ‘Belle’) look so cute and cosy and luckily, they’re exactly that on the inside. They’re super basic with two futons that pull out to create a double bed, a clothes rail, a foldaway table and a kettle. We took our sleeping bags and inflatable pillows with us and found that we were more than comfortable during the night. There was an electric heater just in case it got a bit chilly. However, we only put that on once and slept with the small window open at night.
The toilet blocks were a short distance away from our pod. Luckily, it only took us less than a minute to walk over and they were extremely clean and tidy. There were several toilets, showers and sinks available to use. Each day, they were shut from 10:30am until 12pm for a proper clean. These were the nicest campsite toilets I have ever used! Even late at night they were still clean and there were no bad odours.
We both managed to get two good night’s sleep whilst we were in the pod, it was very quiet. The only noises we heard were from the local wildlife. When I got up to go to the toilet at 7am one morning, I spotted a little rabbit just outside the pod! Even though we were right by the reception, there wasn’t much traffic noise at all.
The local area
So, what can you do when you are glamping in Brighton? The campsite was a twenty minute walk away from Brighton Marina which we chose to visit on our first night. We stocked up on supplies in Asda (we forgot to bring mugs and spoons for our tea and coffee!) and we also found somewhere to eat. There’s plenty to do around there, we chose to go to Mod Pizza and had one of the best pizzas ever! Being able to choose your own pizza toppings is always really exciting! I went for several different types of meat, cheese and jalapeños of course. On our second night we ended up at the Harvester which we didn’t really enjoy, we definitely should have gone to Mod again!
If you have a car, there’s ample parking spaces on the campsite and it would obviously make it a lot easier to get around. When we visited Brighton town centre, we caught a bus which didn’t take very long at all. We ended up walking back along the beach via the marina which wasn’t as far as we first thought.
If you fancy a short break in the UK, then I really recommend glamping in Brighton! I can imagine that it would be a great place to stay for couples and I will definitely be going there in the future!