FAQs for Camping At The Games – where, what, when, how, why?

where, what, when, how, why?

Booking is open right now and bookings are flying in from all over the UK as well as other countries in Europe and beyond. So, don’t delay, Find your favourite 2012 campsite and book here.

There are 2 reasons for the campsites being tent only:

1. They are only legally allowed to be tent only as the Sports Clubs / Campsites are operating under a 28 day temporary campsite license which specifies that it has to be tent only.

2. The sports clubs are allowing camping on and around their pitches and strictly no vehicles are allowed on them as they need to be protected as much as possible. They also have limited driving access to the pitches.

The rules mean no caravans, campervans, motor-homes, and trailer tents – basically, anything with an axle.

Sorry if you are disappointed but those are the rules. Why not get involved with the tent camping scene next Summer to join us?

All but 2 of the campsites are open for the Paralympics as well as the Olympics.

Those which aren’t are: Eton Manor RFC, and Weymouth Community Sports Centre (however, Weymouth Redlands Sports Hub is open during the Paralympics to offer a camping option at the Paralympic Sailing).


It depends on when you make a cancellation. The refund you will be eligible for is set out below:

you will be refunded the following % of your total payment if you make a cancellation to your booking:

70% – over 120 days before the campsite opens
50% – between 120 and 61 days before the campsite opens
0% – under 61 days before the campsite opens

Any cancellation will be subject to a £10 admin fee.

Changing a booking

If you want to make any changes your booking you will be charged any additional costs (for extra days or people etc) and / or will be subject to the above cancellation policy for any cancelled days.

Any changes to a booking will be subject to a £10 admin fee.

If you are a Gamesmaker / Volunteer and have booked under Flexi-camp you can make changes free of charge – see here for more details

All campsites will be able to viewed and booked securely online in under 5 minutes using Campingninja.com (the UK’s first and largest online campsite booking website).

As soon as you book you will receive email confirmation with all the details you need.

All you have to do then is turn up with your tent!

Booking is open right now. Find your perfect campsite for the Olympics / Paralympics on Campingninja and then securely book online.

If you are a Gamesmaker / Volunteer then you are eligible for our Flexi-camp Deal: click here to find out more.


All Camping At The Games Campsites will have the same basic pitch prices which we have set to be a reasonable price, whilst making sure that the Sports Clubs who are hosting you can make a worthwhile profit to benefit the development of their club. We are confident that you would not be able to find any kind of hotel, b&b, or rented accommodation any cheaper during the London 2012 Olympics.

The basic prices are based on a per person cost:

  • adult = £10 per night; child = £5 per night.
  • if you are bringing a large tent (over 4mx4m) then an extra £5 per pitch per night will be charged.
  • each pitch will have 1 car parking space included free. If you are bringing more cars then an extra £5 per car per night will be charged.

e.g. for 2 adults for 3 nights it will cost: £60 

for a family of 4 for 3 nights it will cost: £90

There is also an option to hire a Pre-erected 4 man tent for an additional £25 a night.

Different campsites may have some additional extras depending on what they may offer.

All campsites will have ample toilet and shower facilities, as well as access to drinking water. After that it may vary depending on what specific facilities each Sports Club has or chooses to provide.

For example, some may open cafes for breakfasts, drinks and snacks; some will have bars with big screens to be able to watch Olympic Events you don’t have tickets for; some may sell some basic groceries; some will do BBQs in the evenings.

Once the camping pitches go on sale it will be very clear what facilities are available as each campsite will have their own profile with everything you need to know. You can then easily make a decision about which is right for you.

Can we drive? Yes, you can!

Where will you park? The Sports Clubs / Campsites will have ample parking facilities.

Will parking cost anything? Each pitch can bring 1 car for free. If you bring more than 1 car per pitch then there will be an extra cost of £5 per night. We want to encourage people to use as few cars as possible and have the lowest environmental impact possible.

Of course you can! You don’t have to have tickets for the Olympics in 2012 in order to come and enjoy the atmosphere and benefit from cheap accommodation (camping) in London. There are plenty of events, like cycling and the marathons, going on which are free to view. Why not come and join the party and have an experience you won’t forget.

Yes, we are only working with Sports Clubs which have good and easy public transport links for London 2012 venues, which means you’ll be able to walk to the nearest bus / tube stop and travel to where you need to get to with your Oyster card / Travelcard.

Check out our travel planner where you can see how long it takes to get from each campsite to each Olympic and Paralympic Venue.

Camping At The Games is powered by and set up by Campingninja.com – the UKs largest online campsite booking platform. Over the past 2 years we have built up a great reputation in the industry and have enabled 1000s of happy people to find and book a great campsite online.

We are associate members of the British Holiday Home Park Association (BH&HPA) and with many providers both large and small including Eurocamp, The South West Lakes Trust and The National Trust.

We realised that it was going to be difficult for people to find reasonably priced accommodation in order to visit the 2012 Games in London and thought it would be a great opportunity for sports clubs who have great space and facilities to benefit from lots of people coming to camp, plus it would make for a great atmosphere and experience.

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