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M20 service area - Stop24

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There is no designated M/H area at these services, which are signed as Services and Ferry Early Arrivals. There are areas for coaches and lorries to park. I've asked them about overnighting for M/H's, and got a positive reply

Dear Mr Wiggans

Thank you for your comments

We were unable to include a specific area for motor caravans due to restictions on the size of the car park
However the first row of car spaces is not height restricted and there would be no problem either if you parked on the area marked "Coaches only" to the right of the entrance as long as this was not over the peak lunchtime period
I hope that this will be of assistance


R Collins

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If I were you, I would print off a copy of that mail and keep it with you. When I tried to stop there last year, there were all kinds of dire warning signs on the coach park, and when I mailed them, they really weren't interested in Motorhome or Caravan owners...... :evil:
We stopped there overnight last weekend on our way to the tunnel. It proved interesting! We had previously asked and been told to park in the coach area, so this we duly did. Then we went in search of how to pay for the night. We could find no machines and even fewer people so we asked at one of the few open retail outlets. We were very pleasantly treated and a cleaner was duly found to advise us. She said we were fine where we were and that she would let the night guards know. When they came on duty we were allowed to park for free and told there were six cameras to watch us. He also said that you can pay £5 in advance but we couldn't quite work out how and why. Every member of staff being kind, courteous and helpful. However by 8pm all the shops were mostly shut and the place was very quiet indeed, which is a shame as its quite a nice clean and convinient service station for the tunnel.
The next morning we were woken by the coaches coming and going and changing all their passengers around.
Then the fun started. An officious jobsworth from the coach company started by putting cones at the end of all the bays including ours! Then realsing that this was not moving us, we were leaving at 12pm as we had told the attendants the night before, then knocked on our door and told us to either leave or move to another part of the car park. As we have disabled occupants this was not an option and we do things in our own time, which we told him and in any case his coaches could use any of the other free bays. So we stayed until 11.45am being glared at and talked about, being deaf lipreading is possible given the right conditions!!!!
So if you are using this car park its obvious you are very welcome and I would suggest using the bays furthest from the entrance. Although with wheelchairs I still think the attendants would be very haopy for us to park near the entrance but be warned of the coach company officaldom who seem to think or do own the bays!
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they seem to be desperate for business now, but not so sure how to handle it!!

here's a thread from last year

needless to say I didn't receive areply to my query :roll:

We called in here last September on the way to the tunnel (for an afternoon departure), it was like a ghost town. The spaces by the entrance are too short for anything other than small vans. We went into the coach park (desterted), and there were signs everywhere saying no parking other than for coaches. I had a look around (while viv stayed in the 'van :roll: ) and tried to find anybody who looked like they worked there (apart from the shops / cafes which were also very quiet), but nothing. How is anybody supposed to contact the "staff" when there's nobody about?

I would say again, why on earth did they not design in any caravan / motorhome (or even white van!!) parking? Poor planning, and they deserve to lose their shirts on this crap venture.
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We had the exact same problem.It is just plain stupid bad planning.Think of how many m/homes pass every day. I find it so upsetting when havin just returned from motorhome friendly France to be greeted with such a badly designed car park. It is bad enough that they expect you to pay for it
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