Knepp Castle Wilding Project and Safaris​

Knepp Castle Wilding Project and Safaris

Whether you are a keen wildlife enthusiast, an avid rambler or just interested in learning more about the countryside, the Knepp Estate has something for you.

The estate has a wide selection of wildlife safaris and workshops available between April and October covering a variety of topics from bats and butterflies to storks and nightingales.  

Just over 5 miles away from Chase Farm Glamping is the internationally renowned Wildland Project at the Knepp Castle Estate in Dial Post, near Shipley.  The owners, Charlie Burrell and Isabella Tree, have worked together with various advisors on this pioneering project, and transformed what had once been a 3,500 acre intensively farmed estate into one of the most successful wilding habitats in the UK.

The project combines the use of free-roaming grazing animals (long horn cattle, fallow deer, Tamworth pigs and wild ponies) with the restoration of natural water courses to create a dramatic boost to the estate’s wildlife in both numbers and species.  Over the years this has included the appearance of extremely rare species like turtle doves, nightingales, peregrine falcons and purple emperor butterflies, which are now breeding and successfully increasing in number here.  

Along with the free-roaming grazing animals that have driven habitat creation, the estate also has a programme for the reintroduction of wildlife that once graced these lands centuries before, such as the white stork.  This has added to the ‘complex mosaic of habits’ across the estate.

There are also plenty of footpaths both in and around the estate for the public to enjoy all year round, just remember to bring wellies during the wetter winter months.  The Sussex clay can be very sticky and porridge-like when wet (and concrete when dry)!

The vision of the Knepp Wildland Project is radically different to conventional nature conservation in that it is not driven by specific goals or target species. Instead, its driving principle is to establish a functioning ecosystem where nature is given as much freedom as possible. The aim is to show how a ‘process-led’ approach can be a highly effective, low-cost method of ecological restoration - suitable for failing or abandoned farmland - that can work to support established nature reserves and wildlife sites, helping to provide the webbing that will one day connect them together on a landscape scale.

Chase Farm Glamping is within walking distance of the Knepp Estate (1.5 hours) for keen walkers, otherwise its just a 10 minute drive to the walkers’ car park on the estate, and a useful walking map is available for the public to download.

There are also plenty of footpaths both in and around the estate for the public to enjoy all year round, just remember to bring wellies during the wetter winter months.  The Sussex clay can be very sticky and porridge-like when wet (and concrete when dry)!

For those who like to source organic free-roaming, pasture-fed beef, pork and venison, it is now possible to purchase directly from the estate at Knepp Wild Range Meat.  In addition, there is a selection of merchandise to choose from, including the best selling book, ‘Wilding‘ by Isabella Tree, which tells the remarkable story of how the project came about.

What’s on in Worthing?

What's On In Worthing?

A mere 20-minute drive from Chase Farm Glamping, Worthing beach beckons with its inviting shores. This town boasts a captivating history, having nurtured celebrities, showcased remarkable architecture, and proudly claimed Britain’s finest pier as of 2019.

You can park for free along the Marine Parade. Come down Grand Avenue and you can usually find a space between between Sea View Road and Rye Close.  The parade is flat, so ideal for wheelchairs and buggies, and there are some disabled parking spaces and ramps for easier access to the parade. 

Aerial View of Worthing Pier and Beach

Worthing, often misperceived as a sleepy retirement enclave, harbors a dynamic history that unveils its multifaceted nature. Beyond its serene facade, the town’s historical tapestry is interwoven with intriguing narratives and remarkable achievements.

Contrary to its quiet reputation, Worthing has hosted and nurtured a diverse array of personalities. The list of notable alumni includes radio presenter Simon Mayo, Body Shop founder Dame Anita Roddick, and iconic musician Billy Idol. This amalgamation of talent speaks volumes about the town’s hidden vibrancy.

Worthing’s historic roots delve deep into the past. Emerging from its humble origins as a mackerel fishing hamlet, it underwent a transformative evolution into an elegant Georgian seaside resort during the late 18th century. However, its significance transcends leisure; for centuries, it was a pivotal center for Britain’s market gardening.

The West Parade

Fire, Salt & Sea Sauna

Along the Marine Parade is the Canadian War Memorial.  Further up the beach towards the pier you will often see people bathing in the sea (regardless of the time of year!) before warming up at the Fire, Salt and Sea mobile sauna.  

Worthing Gin Van

There are numerous eateries and ‘watering holes’ on the way along Marine Parade. There is nothing better than a Worthing Gin cocktail as you sit by the beach listening to the wave and watching the world go by.

Molloy's Ice Cream on Worthing Beach

Opposite the Lido, Level 1 offers a range of freshly made delights from three different stalls called Skewered, Pickles, and Bao Haus.  For the obligatory seaside ice cream, look no further than Molloy’s next to the Pavilion Theatre.

Level 1 also boasts a bar and hosts a variety of events an activities during the year, such as quiz nights, crazy golf, market stalls and live music.  This sheltered spot with views over the sea should not be missed.

The Shellfish Shack is great for Oysters and there are variety of coffee bars in vintage converted vans and a Taco van – Taco Look At Me Now!

The Shellfish Shack - Oysters!
Worthing Lido

For the very young kids there is fun to be had at the Lido with rides and games. The cafe does a good English Breakfast with views over the sea, plus it is dog friendly both inside and outside the cafe.  In the summer months you will often find traditional merry-go-rounds to more adrenalin pumping rides on either side of the Pavilion Theatre as you reach the Pier.

The Pavilion Theatre

Worthing Pier

Worthing Pier, inaugurated in 1862, has witnessed a tumultuous history. Battered by a storm in 1913, the southern end of the pier was marooned after the main promenade was washed away.  In 1921 a new domed pavilion was built at the southern end, but this was later destroyed by fire in 1933, only to be rebuilt with a grand pavilion in 1935. During WWII, the pier became a military hub and the seafront was fortified

Walk along the pier today and you will experience the outdoor gallery of colourful ‘stained glass’ works in the windows between the arcade and Southern Pavilion.

Perch on the Pier (The Southern Pavilion)

Work started on the Southern Pavilion back in September 2019.  Since then it has been converted into a stylish bar and restaurant and was reopen in April 2022 as Perch on the Pier.  The menu offers a range from coffee and cake to cocktails and fusion foods.

With panoramic views over the sea, the restaurant’s interior has been thoughtfully maintained.  The heritage of the Art Deco style is a running theme throughout the building, and great attention to detail has been given to the interior from wall paper to door handles.  Outside you can relax in the sunshine on sofas and dining areas whilst you watch the world go by.  Even when the weather it wet, it makes for dramatic scenery from the comfort of the restaurant.  Another plus for dog owners the restaurant is dog friendly.

Perch on the Pier
Sympathetic Restoration of the Interior of Perch on the Pier
Crab & Lobster Ravioloni (means BIG ravioli!)

The East Parade

Past the pier and you will come across Two Face Twins art gallery.  Stella users a fine line pen to create her illustrations.  Gemma digitally manipulates the images and colours them to each work’s full glory.  You can’t miss the wonderfully bright colours and energy that pour out from their gallery, and well worth a stop for a look and shop!  

Next door you can grab coffee and tasty treat at The Camps Hot Doughnut stand.

If you are around early enough you can even pick up some fresh fish at Brownrigg Fishing.   Alternatively, try the Crab Shack restaurant with its fish menu.

Active Fishing Boats on Worthing Beach
Two Faced Twins Art Gallery and Shop

Next to the studios is the  Coast Cafe Beach Bar, which serves great breakfasts, burgers, plus fish and chips.  They also have live DJ’s playing a variety of music between 4pm to 8pm.

Each Beach Studios

Just after the Crab Shack and the Crazy Golf, you will reach the East Beach Studios.  Here you can find an eclectic mix of artists and artisans selling their work.  Often you can see them in action as they create their art on site. Beyond the studios, you can tap into your adventurous side at K66 Surf Division and learn to surf or stand up paddle board, and hire the kayaks too.  

Colourful houses on the New Parade

For the architecture buffs, the Bayside complex offers a spot of modern glamour to Worthing with is curvy balconies and a new pizzeria – Perch Pizza on the seafront.  Towards the end of the East Parade is the colourful row of houses on New Parade, each one painted in its own shade.

Worthing's History

The origin of the town’s name itself is reflective of its character. Derived from the Old English “Worth,” meaning “valiant” or “noble,” combined with “ingas,” signifying “people of,” the name encapsulates a sense of resilience and nobility within its inhabitants. Delving further, Worthing’s rich history is etched into its landscape. The town’s prominence extends back over 6,000 years, with evidence of Stone Age flint mines, among Europe’s earliest, dotting the region. Cissbury Ring, a sprawling Iron Age hill fort, stands as one of Britain’s largest and most remarkable.

Worthing Pier from the East Parade

Yet, Worthing’s journey has been riddled with challenges. The iconic Worthing Pier, designed by Sir Robert Rawlinson, faced trials including gales, fires, and the turmoil of World War II. However, its indomitable spirit has persisted, earning it the coveted title of Britain’s best pier in 2019. Worthing’s allure extends to literature and culture. The great playwright Oscar Wilde found inspiration here, penning “The Importance of Being Earnest” during his visits. The town has even served as a cinematic backdrop, featuring in productions such as “The Birthday Party,” “Dance with a Stranger,” and “Wish You Were Here.”


On the international stage, Worthing’s influence is equally impactful. World records, from the heaviest fig grown to the longest football marathon, find their roots here. The town also boasts the honor of hosting the Men’s World Bowls Championships twice, alongside Johannesburg, highlighting its global significance in the realm of sports.

Worthing’s connection isn’t just terrestrial; it extends to its twin towns: Elzach and Gutach im Breisgau in Germany, Les Sables-d’Olonne in France, Simonswald and Waldkirch in Germany, and Patos de Minas in Brazil. This global camaraderie mirrors Worthing’s wide-reaching influence.

In essence, Worthing defies preconceptions, revealing itself as a rich mosaic of history, culture, and achievement. Beyond its picturesque exterior lies a vibrant tapestry woven with narratives that span centuries, enriching its identity and ensuring that its legacy will endure for generations to come.

Now you can follow us on Strava under Chase Farm Glamping and see our walk along Marine Parade.

Recipes – Using what natures provides in our hedgerows and trees

Seasonal Recipes

Elderflower Cordial

A simple creation, the aromatic and revitalizing elderflower cordial of spring can be blended with sparkling water for a crisp elderflower pressé, or introduced to wine, prosecco, or champagne to kickstart an elegant celebration.


  • 2 ½kg white sugar, either granulated or caster
  • 2 unwaxed lemons
  • 20 fresh elderflower heads, stalks trimmed
  • 85g citric acid (from chemists)


STEP 1: Syrup Preparation

Combine sugar and water in a large saucepan. Heat gently until sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally. Use a potato peeler to pare lemon zest. Slice lemons into rounds.

STEP 2: Infusion

Bring the syrup to a boil, then turn off the heat. Swish elderflowers in cold water to remove dirt and bugs. Add flowers, lemon slices, zest, and citric acid to syrup. Stir and cover. Infuse for 24 hours.

STEP 3: Straining and Bottling

Line a colander with a tea towel and place over a bowl. Strain syrup through colander. Discard residue in the towel. Use a funnel to fill sterilised bottles. Cordial is ready to drink or store in the fridge for up to 6 weeks. Alternatively, freeze in containers or ice cube trays for later use.

Sloe Gin

Sloe gin is a delicious and popular fruit liqueur made by infusing sloe berries (small, dark purple berries) with gin and sugar.  

As autumn approaches, it’s the perfect occasion to gather or purchase sloes and create your own sloe gin, requiring a minimum of two months for proper maturation, making it an excellent choice with Christmas drawing near.

When can you find sloes in their prime season? To begin, locating sloes is essential. In the UK, from late September to November, wild blackthorn trees are abundant with sloes. While opinions differ on the ideal picking time, a straightforward guideline is that when the berries can be effortlessly pressed between your fingers, they are ripe.


  • 500g ripe sloes
  • 250g sugar
  • 1 litre gin


STEP 1: Preparing the Sloes

Rinse the sloes (small, dark purple berries) and remove any debris or impurities.  Gently pat the sloes dry using a clean tea towel.  Use a stainless steel fork or cocktail stick to prick the sloes. This helps release their flavors and colours.  Place the pricked sloes into a 2-litre glass jar. If you prefer, you can divide them between two smaller jars.

STEP 2: Adding Ingredients and Initial Mixing

Add sugar to the jar(s) containing the pricked sloes.  Pour gin into the jar(s) to cover the sloes and sugar.  Seal the jar(s) tightly.  Shake the jar(s) well to mix the ingredients. This step initiates the infusion process.  For the next seven days, shake the jar(s) vigorously once a day. This helps distribute flavours and sugars.

STEP 3: Straining and Bottling

After the seven-day shaking period, strain the sloe gin to remove the solid components. Prepare a plastic sieve and cover it with a square piece of muslin cloth. Set it over a bowl to catch the liquid.  Pour the infused gin through the muslin-covered sieve to strain out the pricked sloes and any solids.  The strained liquid is now your sloe gin.  Decant the strained sloe gin into clean, dry bottles for storage and seal the bottles tightly.  

The sloe gin is ready to be consumed at this point, but it will continue to improve and mature in flavor over time. It’s recommended to let it age for at least two to three months before enjoying it.  Ideally, if you can wait, it’s suggested to make the sloe gin one year before you plan to drink it, as this extended aging period enhances its flavour.  Remember that homemade infused liqueurs like sloe gin can be a wonderful treat. Enjoy responsibly and savor the rich flavors that develop through the infusion process!

Blackberry& Granola Yoghurt Pots


  • 75 g Blackberries 
  • 10 oz Non-Fat Greek Yogurt
  • 25 g Blackberries (about ¼ cup)
  • 15 g Honey Almond Flax, granola cereal (about ¼ cup)


  • In a small bowl add the first portion of blackberries. Using a fork smash the blackberries until they are not longer whole blackberries but still chunky with some blackberry liquid.
  • Now transfer the smashed blackberries to the bottom of your serving dish.
  • Top your smashed blackberries with the yogurt.
  • Now add the second lay of blackberries, this time leaving them whole.
  • Then sprinkle with your honey almond flax granola cereal. Enjoy!