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Kate moss suffers for her art at Camber Sands in 1990

I often hear rumours of photo shoots at Camber Sands beach but always seem to miss the actual event.  So far I’ve heard of Bernard Cumberbatch spending time in Rye and on Camber Sands filming the period drama; Parade’s End, The activia advert, an insurance advert and the boyband one direction all appearing in the last year.

Going back a bit further Kate Moss appeared on the beach with photos taken by Corrine Day.  This photo shoot apparently put her on the map. I’m sure she was pleased with the location as Camber Sands is only an hour or so away from her lovely Croydon.

My personal favourite though is the Robert Dowling Pink Floyd cover for their album Momentary Lapse of Reason.

Pontins finally upgrade their accommodation at Camber Sands

I’ve reliably been informed Camber Sands now has a number of companies offering turnaround services on holiday lets that will quote for making those beds.

I’ll be keeping my ear to the group and eyes peeled for the next film shoot.  I’m investing in some 18th century clothing and will be parading up and down the beach so I’ll be able to step in at the last minute should Bernard Cumberbatch need a leading lady in his next period drama.

If any of the twenty four people who have actually read my blog have anymore knowledge of famous film shoots that took place in Camber then please feel free to let me know.

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Whitesands Development in Camber Sands

I often get asked ‘why Camber‘ usually by friends who pack their kids into the volvo and drive to the South of France each year.  What frustrates me and I include myself in this is that you never appreciate what’s on your own doorstep.  When I was a child Camber Sands had a reputation for kiss me quick hats and nobbly knee contests at pontins.

So much seems to have changed since I visited with my parents in the 1980’s. (yes, I’m that young ;-)) when I returned after a space of over twenty years with my husband and kids in 2008 we were taken aback by the long sandy beach which felt like  our own personal playground.

A new housing development was in the process of being built which friends and visitors often describe as having a chilled out New England theme.  On top of that there was a restaurant called the place on the beach (now the gallivant) which served the most delicious local food such as Romney marsh lamb, lobster and Rye Bay Scallops.  It was ideally situated just behind the whitesands development which is where we eventually snapped up a property in 2009.  The development is now haven for holiday lets and second homes with about 25% lived in permanently.

The open spaces on Camber Sands beach

Camber Sands now seems to be as popular in the winter with dog walkers and couples on a romantic break as it is in the summer filled with middle class families popping down from London for the week in their volvo.

We also have the added benefit of the town of Rye on our doorstep which is steeped in history, excellent independent restaurants and award winning hotels.  It has featured in a number of films including the latest Benedict Cumberbatch BBC drama parade’s end which is due to be shown in 2012.

This is only part of the reason we chose to leave the hussle and bussle of London – but it’s more than enough!