Field of dreams: camping in West Sussex

With all the comforts of glamping but not the high prices, a new off-grid campsite on a farm in the South Downs makes for a heavenly stay

The first time Mark Griffin went to a sheep fair, he wasn’t sure of the etiquette. “I didn’t know whether you needed to buy a sheep to get in, or what you were meant to do!” says the co-founder of Woodfire Camping in West Sussex.

Griff (as he’s known) and his wife Stella were set on a new life: they wanted to ditch the city (he worked in digital marketing) for tents and countryside, and were testing ways to approach farmers who might be up for leasing them some land. “Traditional routes hadn’t worked, so sheep fairs and cattle auctions were next,” says Griff.

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