Provide a rural environment for school or educational groups to experience the great outdoors. A great option if wanting to be close by a working farm and even lend a hand. The experience of this type of accommodation is you will experience rural heritage and the origins of the food supply. Plus, they provide dorm style accommodation including facilities such as FREE WI-FI, wash facilities and fresh produce for self-catering or catered. (See our list of school accommodation farmhouses on offer)

A privately owned Centre, Plas Dolau is a member of Christian Camping International and upholds their standards of care and concern for the individuals who visit us.
Blackland Farm offers a range of on-site adventurous activities for educational groups & can create a package suitable for a wide range of requirements covering the curriculum, relationship building, confidence building & much more in Sussex Countryside.
  • South East
Age Group:
  • 5 to 7 years
  • 8 to 10 years
  • 11 to 13 years
  • 14 to 16 years
  • College
Accessible / Disabled Facilities: Yes
Months Open:
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December
Phone: 01342 810 493
Street Address: Grinstead Lane
Town/City: East Grinstead
County/Region: West Sussex
Postcode: RH19 4HP
What we offer on a school trip:

Blackland Farm is an activity centre in the Sussex countryside offering a range of accommodation including self-catering buildings, campsites and tented village.

There is a wide range of adventurous activities on offer with additional resources where relevant to create an exciting programme all in one place for your day visit or residential.

Our reception/office is situated near the main gate and a member of staff is contactable 24 hours a day in case of emergencies.

Our on-site activities cater and align to key stage objectives and curriculum topics. We are able to offer specific tailor made residential or day visits to suit the needs of the group.

What makes us a great choice for education?:

Blackland Farm offers a range of on-site adventurous activities and can create a package suitable for a wide range of requirements covering the curriculum, relationship building, confidence building and much more.

Situated within easy reach of London and in the glorious Sussex countryside we can help you to make the best of your stay including off-site trips to nearby attractions including The Bluebell Railway.

Group Sizes Catered For:

We cater for groups from 20 to over 2500 dependent upon the type of residential required.

Our four self-catered buildings and 39 campsites can accommodate a range of group sizes and can be booked together for larger groups. Our Tented Village can accommodate 30 and is accessible for those with restricted mobility. We can accommodate a total number of 2500 for large scale full-site events.

Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions:

There are no copyright restrictions but refrain from taking images of other groups.

Risk Assessment Details:

Risk assessments available for guests to view on our website We are happy for guests to pre arrange site visits in advance of their booking in order for them to carry out their own risk assessments for their visit.

Education Officer Information:

Our staff are able to work with you to deliver a programme which suits your requirements.

Pricing Information:

Please contact us for prices for activity days, residential breaks and camping trips.

Clothing Requirements:

Please contact the centre for further details:

First Aid Information:

First aiders are on-site for all activities. Groups are required to cover their own first aid requirements at times other than at activities. There are qualified first aiders available if support is required or in the event of an emergency.

Available Facilities:

The site has a number of visitor services and facilities including;

Small souvenir and tuck shop.

Vending machines.

Picnic areas including sheltered picnic sites.


Each building has a communal room for the exclusive use of the group.

Local delivery food services will also deliver to the site if required.

Accessibility & Disabled Facilities:

Three of our self-catering buildings are accessible for the disabled as well as our tented village and a number of our campsites.

We are more than happy for groups to visit the site to check the suitability of the accommodation for their specific needs.

Opening Hours & Information:

See Website for further details:


'It was a fantastic weekend. We didn't stop the whole time - so much to do, great instructors, a beautiful site and a great location.'

'To me, Blacklands means full on fun. The outside world ceases to exist when you go through the gates and the only things that matter, are the next activity and when the shop opens for ice cream!'

Location Information:

Situated near East Grinstead, Blackland Farm is well located for travel by road, rail and air.

East Grinstead station is 4 miles away with regular, direct trains to London and Gatwick airport - we can help you to arrange transfers if required.

National Express coaches operate to East Grinstead which is a short taxi ride away.

Blackland Farm has parking for coaches and minibus for those driving to the site.

Room Sizes and Facilities:

A range of accommodation options exist from our 39 campsites to self-catering in one of our four buildings.

Weavers accommodates 38 with up to 32 in dormitory rooms and 6 in teacher's rooms. Weavers has a common room and fitted kitchen along with gas central heating. (Gas and electric included) There is a private grassed area along with a spacious veranda. Weavers is accessible for those with a disability.

Restrop sleeps 25 with 22 in dormitory style accommodation and 3 teacher's rooms. The accommodation includes a common room and kitchen and electric heating.

Wagtail Lodge accommodates 30 with one large dormitory room and 4 in a teacher's room. A common room and kitchen are available with electric heating. Wagtail has a private grassed area and is accessible for those with a disability.

Herons is available between October and March and can sleep 20. The accommodation has a common room and kitchen with electric heating. (Gas and electric included.) Herons has a private grassed area and is accessible for those with a disability.

The Tented Village accommodates 30 people across five tents with nearby toilet, shower and outdoor cooking facilities.

There are 39 campsites catering for a range of groups, including restricted mobility access sites. You can choose from sites with toilet, shower blocks and cooking facilities or go back to basics on one of our sites with just a water tap. Camping equipment can be provided where required.

Our on-site activities provide great entertainment and experiences for all ages and abilities and we will work with you to create a package which meets the requirements of your group whether you are planning a residential stay or day trip.
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