London 2012: Campsite planned for Windsor Great Park

Windsor Great Park
Image caption The campsite will be pitched alongside the Long Walk in Windsor Great Park

Windsor Great Park is to be turned into a campsite with accommodation for up to 1,000 visitors attending 2012 Olympic events at Eton Dorney Lake.

Pitches will be next to the park's famous Long Walk, two miles from the rowing, flat water canoeing and kayaking Olympic venue.

The Berkshire campsite is set to open on 20 July and close on 16 August.

An official Olympic park-and-ride hub will be in operation for those with Games tickets using the campsite.

The site will have 286 pitches and will offer on-site catering, including food from the royal farm.

There will also be arts events including open-air theatre scheduled on The Lawns, in The Savill Garden, on 9 and 10 August when The Pantaloons will perform The Importance of Being Earnest.

The Savill Garden and Savill Building will also remain open daily until 20:30 BST during the Games, with special admission offers for all campsite patrons.

Darren Whittington, from The Camping and Caravanning Club, said: "We've been working with a lot of regional boroughs and authorities in and around London to organise camping events for the Olympics in 2012.

"The Crown Estate contacted the club last year and asked if we would be interested."

The Camping and Caravanning Club will also have sites in Lee Valley, within walking distance of the Olympic Great Park, Gravesham and Havering for the duration of the Games.

The Long Walk will remain open for the duration of the Games.

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