Back in early November I decided I needed a change of scenery from the London campsites I usually visit. A quick look at the camping and caravanning club booklet followed by a phone call and I had booked a pitch at Chichester Camping and Caravanning Club Site. It should be noted that the site closes in mid November and does not open again until early February.
Chichester Camping and Caravanning Club Site – The Facilities
The site is quite a small compact site with only 58 pitches. At first glance the pitches look like grass. However they are actually ‘green hardstandings’ where grass can grow through a recycled plastic mesh. During my visit it seemed to work well despite lots of recent rain. I note though that a few reviews of Chichester Camping and Caravanning Club Site talk about problems with flooding. Indeed parts of the site did seem rather muddy which was the only downside about this campsite. The site accepts all sorts of campers, tents, caravans and motorhomes etc.
Like most other club sites the shower and toilet block is clean and modern. There is a laundry for those who need to catch up on washing clothes or bed linen. As you would expect there is a chemical disposal point and drinking water taps. Pets are welcome. For those Calor Gas users exchange bottles are available. Naturally the site has wifi but I cannot comment on how well it works since I never use it. They do warn on their website however that wifi is variable so if you rely on the club’s wifi you might want to select your pitch carefully. From memory I had no problems accessing the internet with either my mobile phone or Three mobile broadband package that I have.
Chichester Camping and Caravanning Club Site – Places of local interest
When I checked in I was told about the local farm shop which sells fruit and vegetables. They also do a pick-your-own for seasonal fruit.
The closest village is Emsworth which has a Tesco Express and Co-op. Chichester itself is actually a few miles east of the site should you want to visit the Norman cathedral or enjoy the Georgian architecture. To the west of the site, some 11 miles away is the city of Portsmouth which is a great visit for those interested in Naval history. It’s the site of famous ships including HMS Victory, HMS Mary Rose and HMS Warrior. Modern architecture sometimes gets a bad press but the Spinnaker Tower really looks impressive both day and night. Portsmouth is also regarded to be a good place for shopping with lots of outlet shops in Gunwharf Quays. Since Portsmouth is also where Brittany Ferries operates some routes to France from, this campsite could be a good overnight option if you plan to take your motorhome or caravan overseas.
Finally it’s a good option for those who like to visit the Goodwood Festival of Speed or Goodwood Revival. Whatever your reason for visiting the area when searching for Chichester campsites Chichester Camping and Caravanning Club Site is one that will probably feature on your shortlist.