Match Day Centres Camping near the 2012 Olympics – East London

Match Day Centres Camping near the Olympic Park East LondonThe Match Day Centre in Walthamstow is only a 15 minute bus ride from the Olympic Park and is easily accessible to Central London. It offers a fantastic green space with excellent facilities.  Match Day works with the Wadham Lodge Charity Trust to provide football, bowling and indoor recreational facilities at little or no cost to the community and will be utilising its grass pitches this summer to offer great value camping. The centre is home to 7 football teams of all ages and provides access to highly qualified coaches and technically trained staff, so it’s a haven for grass roots talent!

The Centre sports facilities will be accessible to campers so there is an opportunity to take part in the sporting action as well as watch it with football, karate and zumba sessions all running! The Centre also boasts a sports cafe where you can catch up with all the latest Olympic action amongst the sporting atmosphere and selected BBQ nights. It is also within walking distance of a host of local amenities including laundry.


Julia , Leeds
Arrived and got checked in ok. Shown to a spot on the site to pitch tent. Friendly welcome and good facilities. Mainly volunteers on site who worked shifts.

Match Day Centres can’t wait to welcome all Olympic Visitors and to serve up a slice of great East London atmosphere. The site will be open from SATURDAY 21ST JULY – SUNDAY 12TH AUGUST

Please be aware that Match Day is currently an operational football centre therefore there may be periods when the facilities get quite busy, below are some important details :

  • Parking
  • 24 hour security
  • Access to showers at the following times: 4am-10am, 3pm-6pm, 9pm-11pm
  • Access to electrical points - at reception
  • Games Maker camping area
  • Family camping area
  • Laundrette facilities are a 7 minute walk from the site – directions will be provided on arrival
  • Breakfast served from 4am (details below)
  • Washing up points
  • On site bar and large screen TV’s showing all the sporting action
  • On site cafe serving snacks and drinks
  • Selected BBQ nights – details provided on arrival
  • Convenience stores, food outlets and pubs all in within a 5 minute walk – details will be provided on arrival
  • Use of the sports facilities provided for an extra charge
  • pre-erected tents for hire
NB. Some of the showers are mixed communal so please ensure that you bring swimwear.

Who is Match Day Centres Camping best for?

Groups of friendscouples; Games Makers; families.

Availability for Grass Pitches

We still have availability for pre-erected tents on all dates.
All camping bookings for Match Day Centres are made securely online using Campingninja, the UK’s largest online campsite booking provider. When clicking book now you will be automatically taken through to to make your booking.
N.B.You will be sent a confirmation email as soon as the booking is made, which you use to check-in at Match Day Centres Camping.

House rules
Strictly tent only
No dogs
No alcohol permitted onsite
Gas stoves are permitted but no BBQ’s on site
NB. If you encounter any problems on the site please report to reception and the will be happy to help!

Hot food and drinks
Match Day will be offering a self-service breakfast from 4am, which includes tea/coffee, toast and cereal for £2.50 and needs to be pre-ordered on arrival. The site will also be offering home cooked evening meal deals from £5, more details will be provided on arrival. There is also LIMITED access to a microwave that a member of staff will be happy to operate on your behalf, please do not use these faciltiies withou a member of staff.

The Bar will be open from 5pm each day.

Car Parking
Please be aware that unless you have booked and paid for an additional parking space in advance you will not be permitted to park it on site.

Blacks on-site camping store
We are delighted to have joined forces with Blacks to offer you a mobile campsite shop that will be visiting Match Day Centres at periodic intervals most days throughout your stay for any essentials you may have forgotten and a commision from all sales will go back to the sports club! Details on when the campsite store will be arriving on site will be provided on arrival, however you can also order kit online here and Camping at the Games customers will receive an exclusive 10% discount when they enter the discount code campingatthegames upon purchase!

Travel Insurance
Although there will be 24 hour security onsite we strongly advise that valuables are not left unattended in your tents or visibly displayed in your vehicle, similarly to any trip abroad we would also advise that you to take out travel insurance in the event that you need to cancel your trip or any of you belongings are lost or stolen.
If you are driving to Match Day:

From where ever you come from North, East, South or West pick up the M25. From the M25 take the M11 towards London, then take the A406(North Circular) West, this is signposted N. Circular A406 (W) (A12, A13) (A503, A10, A1). This will then lead you on to the A406 (North Circular), Stay on the A406 for approx 2miles and take the 2nd junction off, sign posted A112 Walthamstow, Chingford. At the roundabout (Crocked Billet) take the first exit, Chingford Road towards Walthamstow (Leyton, Walthamstow A112). After 0.5miles take the first left, Brookscroft Road. (In between Monoux Cafe and a church). Follow the road ahead, bearing left at the top of the road and you will find us on the right hand side. A large car park/sports complex.

For people using a Sat Nav for directions then our postcode is E17 4JP, but this leads you to an old entrance to the sports ground that doesn’t exist anymore, you will need to type in 11 Kitchener Road into their Sat Nav to find us.

If you are Travelling by train:

The 34 bus takes you from Walthamstow Central Station to the Cazanova Road in approximately 5 minutes and from here it is a 5 minute walk to Match Day Centres. Walthamstow is easily accessible to Central London and is less than 25 minutes from Stratford and even closer to the Leyton entrance of the Olympic Park.

If you are travelling by bus:

The nearest bus stop to Match Day is the Crooked Billet roundabout in Walthamstow and from here depending on the time of day the 97 bus takes approximately 20 minutes to get to Stratford and even less time to Leyton, also the N26 bus runs all night.

Richard Hipkiss, Matchday Centres, comments: “We have done an awful lot at the Wadham lodge sports ground but there is still long way to go, and our continued commitment to the community will gain greatly from the money we will raise through the project. Just one of the many projects we hope to continue to run is our free after schools club for local children, very popular with kids, parents, local residents and the police supporting positive activity – keeping children fit, healthy and out of mischief!”


  1. Hannah Barr says:

    How do I go about changing my booking from eton manor to the match day centre in walthamstow? I originally booked for the full 3 weeks as I didn’t know my shifts. I would like to confirm my dates as well which are 20th july to 31st july. I see this site opens on the 21st so if i could book 21st-31st July i’ll have to find something else for a day. Or are you expecting to open any other sites any earlier? thanks for your help, hannah

  2. Hi Hannah,

    Thanks for your enquiry, please could you send your booking reference and revised dates to It’s likely we will be opening the Match Day Centres sooner so we will review your dates on Monday and see what we can do. In the meantime, please can you complete this Facebook poll and share it with GM’s as we are trying to establish when volunteers need dates Thanks!

  3. Margaret says:

    Hi. Will the Match Day site be available for the paralympics? I have my shifts from 30 August to 7th September


  4. Hi Margaret,

    Match Day is only open during the Olympics, but Eton manor is open during this period

  5. Helen says:

    Hi I am volunteering at the olympic village from july 21st to july 25th, and I would first like to know if you are open then? And secondly if the bus to the olympic village run early in the morning as some of my shifts start at 6am, and late at night as other shifts don’t finish til 11pm.


    from Helen

  6. Hi Helen,

    The Match Day Centres will be open from the 16th July and there are regular buses to the park, some of which I imagine run all night. We will be looking into more specific details but I would suggest checking the TFL website for information on bus timetable as well.

  7. Arnaud says:


    We are visiting the Olympics this summer and we are looking for a place to stay for 3 days, 2 nights (8/8 arrival – 9/8 – 10/8 depart), for 3 adults.

    Our first choice would be a pre-assembled tent but other options are also possible (we could bring our own tent or sleep in a minivan).

    We have tickets for the Athletics 9/8/2012 starting at 9am. I suppose we can get there on time from the campingsite?

    What can you offer us and what would all this cost?

    If there’s nothing left, where can we try to find a place to sleep near the Olympics?

    Thank you very much,



  8. Josie says:

    My daughter is volunteering in 3 separate stints from 23rd July to 10th August. Will the pitches be organised i.e. marked out & numbered – rather than the free-for-all seen at festival sights. She is intending to travel back to Sheffield during these dates when she is not on shift, so I’m assuming that if she pays for the full period of stay, there will not be a problem leaving the tent erected with just her sleeping bag etc inside (she would take all personal belongings with her).

  9. Hi there,

    If we find that space is more limited the pitches will be marked, but as the Match Day Centres is quite a big space I don’t imagine this will be neccessary instead we will just advise people where to pitch up. And yes if you pay for the whole period we are happy for you to leave your tent erected for the whole stay. Many thanks for your query.

  10. Hi there,

    Eton Manor is probably the best site for you as it is only 10 minutes via tube to the Olympic Park and we still have availability.

    We do offer pre-erected 4 man tents, the costs to hire is £25 per night, plus £10 per night for adults and £5 for children. Everything is bookable online, I have copied the link to the profile below

    Let us know if you have any problems booking.

  11. vicki says:

    i am working at the athletes village during the preperation for the olympics and paralympics. my shifts are from the 21st september until the 30th august. where would be best for me to stay? .. i would prefer to be at eton manor as it is closer but i understand that this will not be possible for the full duration. what would you reccomend?
    thanks x

  12. Edward Steward says:

    Just to check which campsite is it best to use for Wembley ? I have tickets on the 29th July. I am looking to camp from 27th to 30th ? I understand that Walthamstow is not open at that time ? Will Eaton Park be best ?

  13. Hi Edward,

    The best sites for Wembley that are open on these dates are Surbiton HC and Blackheath Rugby, none of our sites are super close to Wembley but are certainly within commutable distance.

  14. Hi Vicki,

    I’m guessing you mean your shifts start on the 21st July, in which case I would suggest Match Day Centres, although I’m afraid we do not currently have a site that covers the period between the Olympics and Paralympics.

  15. Howard Rusher says:

    Forgot to put on my booking that I am a games maker, working with the athletics team, training venues

  16. Hi Howard,

    We will add this on!Thanks

  17. emma says:

    Is this suitable for camper vans? If not do you know anywhere that can accomodate camper vans near the taekwondo venue please?

    Many thanks

  18. Hi there,

    Unfortunately we cannot permit campervans, caravans or trailer tents on our sites under the terms of the Permitted Development Act, we do offer pre-erected camping though. I’m afraid manyb sites in Central London are the same. Here is the link to pre-erected tents

  19. Jo Grylls says:

    Love this idea for GM accommodation. Couple of queries – which location best for Aquatic Centre, bearing in mind a few very early starts? Are we able to have car space next to tent?

  20. Kirsten Shelton says:


    I’ve just accepted a Games Maker role at the Olympic Park, and have my own two-man tent. Just wondering if you still have availablity from about the 23rd for the duration of the Olympics, but I can’t book yet as I’ve no idea of my shifts! If you have I’ll let you know as soon as I know! Thanks for your help!

  21. Greg says:


    I am a Gamesmaker for both the Olympics and Paralympics.

    My Olympic shifts begin on 10th July, I believe the only site you have open before the games start is the Match day Centres which open on 16th, can you tell me what time it will be opening? my shift starts at 2pm so I would need to have tent set up on by midday at latest.

    This may be a strange request but would there be anyone around to help with putting up my tent if needed? I haven’t got a suitable tent yet (have a family 9 man tent which we haven’t used for about 5 years but think that’s a bit of an overkill :) ) and due to my disability I know I will struggle.

    Due to financial restrictions is it OK to book and pay for first week now and then extend my booking in the next week or so?



  22. Hi Greg,

    You will be able to access the site from 9.00am on the 16th and although I can’t guarantee there will be someone available onsite to help you erect the tent I am confident that there will be either other campers or a volunteer who can help you out. We still have quite a lot of space at Match Day as it was only recently opened so you should be fine to book 7 days now and then extend your stay.


  23. Still have availability at Match Day…check out flexi-camp for more details on our GM package for those who do not know their shifts!

  24. Check out this page for details on distances from sites to venues, and our travel planning page. Cars will be parked in the adjacent car park, not pitch side I’m afraid.

  25. Angela says:


    I’ve booked at the match day centre from Monday 16 July for 3 weeks. My GM shifts at the Aquatics Centre actually start on Sunday 15 July (0800-1800. Would it be possible to pitch my tent on the Sunday evening after my first shift which finishes at 1800 or even sleep in my car at the venues car park as my shift on the Monday 16 July starts at 0630?? I understand if there will be no facilities open and will fend for myself for the night, I just need somewhere to sleep!!

    Many thanks

  26. Jo Grylls says:

    One more question – I am working on the morning of the 12th so what time would I have to vacate the site as it is an early start!

  27. Hi Jo,

    If you speak to the campsite when you arrive I am sure they will be happy for you to check out after your shift, thanks!

  28. Hi Angela,

    Unfortunately we cannot allow you to camp the night before, however if you can find alternative accommodation you are free to pitch up the next morning from 8am.

  29. Kat says:

    Hi, I am volunteering at the Olympic Park during the duration of the Olympic Games. As Eton Park is not available for the whole period of the games where would you recommend the next best place to stay for ease of getting to the olympic park as I start at 5.45am each morning? I have noticed Barking RFC and Match Day are the next best? I am also volunteering at the Paralympics so would ideally like to stay at the same campsite during them both.

  30. Dee says:

    I have very recently been offered a volunteer role at the main Olympic Park. I don’t know what my shifts will be yet. Do you still have availability from 26th July to 13th August?

  31. Yes at Match Day and Barking RFC, I would advise booking soon though. If you are a GM you can book using flexi-camp which means we will refund your shifts free of charge providing your stay still exceeds 6 nights.

  32. Absolutely Match Day and Barking RFC are also in easy reach, thanks!

  33. Jennifer says:

    Have just booked to stay on the matchday site from the 16th july to 12th August. I am at the excel centre could you give me an idea on how long it will take me to get there either walking or using public transport as I don’t know london that well

  34. Keith Barker says:

    I ave booked 17 nights at Eton manor campsite but need to book book two nights from the 24th and 25th July brfore I move to Eton Manor. I am working at the excel center. Which is more suitable match days or barking?
    Thank you

  35. Kathy says:

    I’m trying to work out my timings for getting to my shift. Your website says Match Day is 20 minutes from the Olympic Park by public transport but I can only find a bus that takes 45 minutes. Can you tell me the route number?

  36. Hi Kathy,

    It’s 20 minutes from the bus stop at the Crooked Billet roundabout, which is a 10 minute walk from the centre. We will be pulling together on bus routes and sending these out prior to your stay as we realise it can be a challenge to find the right route!

  37. Kathy says:

    Thanks – it looks like you’ve thought of everything!

  38. Hi Jennifer,

    Match Day is roughly an hour from Excel via public transport and it’s worth planning your route on the Transport for London website and we will be sending out details on nearby bus stops shortly. The venue isn’t actually far from Excel but travelling across London can take time, I have copied the link to our travel tips below.

  39. Jennifer says:


  40. Rita says:


    I am a games maker who probably starts the earliest, which is the 8th of July. Which campsite is going to be open first and hopefully cover the whole period between the 8th of July and the 14th of August?

  41. Aine Byrne says:

    I will be working 18 hour shifts at both olympics and paralympics, so i will be leaving olympic park late and arriving early. do you know what the timetables are for the buses? and would you know how much a bus fare would cost? thanks

  42. We will be sending out some more information on bus stops and routes etc in the next few weeks, but you can also use the transport for London website to plan your route from the Crooked Billet Bus stop to the Park

  43. I’m afraid our first site to open is Match Day on the 16th July, I’m afraid we are restricted on dates and cannot open this up any sooner.

  44. Martin says:

    I have shifts for the paras from 19 th August at Woolwich.

    Which of your campsites are going to best for me to book.

  45. Blackheath RFC is 30 minutes from the Royal Artillery Barracks via public transport

  46. Dee says:

    Thank you for your response.

    After thinking long & hard I decided to withdraw so I won’t be needing accommodation after all.
    Although I won’t be using your service myself I’d like to thank your organisation for trying to assist Gamesmakers and keep costs down for them.


  47. Andy says:

    My tent is 3.9 m long (2.9m wide) Please clarify if the guy ropes count towards the 4m x 4 m size rule as they will stray outside 4 m I guess!! Love the camping ideas and looking forward to a great Olympics

  48. Kathy Awcock says:

    Will i be able to park my car at Match day- I wont be able to bring all my camping eqipment on public transport.

  49. Hi, yes parking is available at Match Day. Thanks for your comment.

  50. Hi, The guy ropes do not count towards the size, as long as the actual frame of the tent is within the restrictions you will be fine, thanks for the comment.

  51. Sian Axton says:


    I am a games maker at the aquatic centre, from the 27th july to 12 august. Would this be the closest camping region I could stay at, and would it be the best for my role?

  52. David says:

    I’m booked in at the site in July and just wanted to check whether there were any height barriers for entry to the site as I have quite a tall vehicle.

  53. Bernice says:

    What time do we need to check out by when we leave?
    Can we pack up the tent in the morning. Work our shifts and come back and just collect our car in the evening??

  54. Hi Bernice,
    Check out for all campsites is before 11am, however, it is fine if you have a shift for you to pack up your car, leave it at the campsite and collect after your shift in the evening.

  55. Please refer to for detailed information on which campsite will suit your need, hope this helps.

  56. Bernice says:

    Many thanks. We’re booking !! ;-)

  57. Kelly says:

    I am a volunteer at Greenwich and I have booked blackheath rugby club as I believe that is the nearest site to Greenwich, is there any chance of this park opening earlier than the 26th?. I have booked the 26th July to the 4th August, but my shifts start on the 23rd July so I need to find somewhere from 23rd to the 25th, could you please advise.

  58. debbie says:

    Hi, we are looking to book on your match day campsite from 4th aug to 6th aug. Are we ok to come in a ford connect van rather than the car? If so is there any difference in price. Thank you Deb

  59. David says:

    I am staying at the site In July and just wanted to know whether there is a vehicle height restriction for entry to the site as I have a relatively high vehicle.

  60. No there isn’t a height restriction at Eton Manor, hope this helps!

  61. It’s fine for you to come in the van, and there will be no difference in price, enjoy your stay!

  62. Hi Kelly,
    Unfortunately Blackheath will not be extending its dates at all, and our other sites that are open on these dates are probably too far for you to consider. I’m sorry to say you may have to find alternative accommodation for the first 3 nights.

  63. No there are none, thanks for the enquiry!

  64. Ollie says:

    hi im a gamesmaker for the olympics. my shifts start on the 16th of july at 7am and i finish on the 30th of june. will i be able to book for these dates

  65. Hi Ollie,
    do you mean 30th of July? If so then absolutely, just click on the ‘book’ button to get the simple and easy process going. Thanks for your interest!

  66. Angela says:

    Hi camping at the games people

    In a post further up you said you would be pulling together some bus timetables, i was wondering if there is any progress with this? I know that travel to and from the site is a big concern for a lot of GMs and on other forums is a big topic of conversation!

    Your help is greatly appreciated, thanks in advance :)

  67. Hi Ange,

    Hopefully we will have this out to you in the next week or so, thanks for the reminder.

  68. allen says:

    hi, can i stay at the site in a camper van or does it have to be a tent?
    also how far away are the nearest bus stops and tube stations please?

  69. victor manola says:

    I wondered how the facilities are? Are there enough toilets for the whole camp? Is there a large public shower area or are there shower cubicles (in connection with Privicy)? Can you BBQ and cook on the premises? Until what time can you land on? Is the camp guarded? I like to hear it all. thank you kindly

  70. Hi Victor,
    There are enough toilets for the whole camp. There is a mixture of communal and cubicle showers, although some sites offer only communal. You cannot cook or BBQ on premises, although there will be food facilities available. If you mean check in time, check in is anytime after 12pm. And the camp has 24hr security presence.
    Kind regards

  71. All our Olympic sites are tent only unfortunately.
    Please refer to the Transport for London website for detailed information on tube travel and other public transport.

  72. victor manola says:

    Thanxs for you quick reply.
    “Until what time can you land on?”
    I meant what time your days annually after the example given in the city have access to the site? with other words is there a 24/7 access door?

    And if you can not cook, what kind of food you serve? For example, macaroni, spaghetti, soup? or other dishes? And how much does it cost?

  73. Nesta Wren says:

    Hi, I will be camping at Match Day with a group of GM’s and we would like to know what the laundry facilities are? We only have 2 t-shirts as uniform and we are all concerned about the smell we might create!! Also are we allowed gas camping stoves??

  74. Hi Victor,

    Yes there will be a 24hr presence at the sites to let people in and out, as Games Maker shifts finish at all hours of the day. Concerning food, there will be BBQ’s available so do not worry!

  75. Hi, There will be laundry facilities close by; either go to the launderette within walking distance, or there will be a laundry service on site.
    Yes it is fine to use your gas powered camping stoves, hope this helps!

  76. Joe Murphy says:

    Hi, My tent is just over the 4Mx4M pitch size (470mm x 290mm) what would I get extra for the surcharge you are putting on? More space? different part of campsite? Just wondering whether it would be better to find a smaller tent or whether it’s worth keeping the bigger tent to have more space as I will be there for a while

  77. Ali says:

    Hi Do you have accommodation for 1 person/ 1 tent, with car, from 27th July – 11/12th August for the Olympics?

    And 29th August – 9th September for the Paralympics?



  78. Nesta Wren says:

    awesome thanks, any news on the bus situation??

  79. Sue says:

    Hi, I have a lot of 6am starts and am thinking that camping may be the best option. They are not all together though so there may be the odd night I can get home to see my children. Am I able to leave my tent/equipment on site (either pitched or stored) as I will have to carry everything on public transport from Berkshire and will struggle to do this on numerous occasions?
    Thanks Sue

  80. Rena Mathews says:

    Sorry I am slightly confused. On 4th July your reply to ‘Victor’ stated “You cannot cook or BBQ on premises, although there will be food facilities available.” yet your reply on the 6th to ‘Nesta’ states “Yes it is fine to use your gas powered camping stoves, hope this helps!”. Can you please clarify the cooking situation, as I have a gas powered stove but have not yet booked as I didnt think cooking was allowed on site and I can only afford to do that. Many thanks

  81. Hi Rena, Yes sorry I have been saying to the number of people that raised this point: sorry for the confusion

    No BBQ
    Gas powered stoves are fine

    Again sorry for confusing everyone!

  82. Rena Mathews says:

    No worries, my booking will be coming shortly!

    Many thanks


  83. Katherine says:

    Hey, really considering this site. Im working the olympics and need to stay from the 25th July until the 11th August. Can you access the olympic park from this site by train as I have free travel with the trains?

  84. nic says:

    is this site the next easiest to get to the olympic park fron after eton. i am travelling alone with 3 young children including a baby and the event we have tickets for starts at 8.30am in the olympic park meaning an early start as think we need to be there for 7am. does the transport leave for the campsite if not how far away is it?also i guess i need to remove the tent before i leeave if i only want to book one night.

  85. Hi Sue, if you have pitched the tent and paid for the pitch itself, it is yours to do with what you will! It is completely up to you as to how you come and go. However, we are advising people that all items left on the site, are left their at your own risk, hope this helps!

  86. Hi Nesta, sorry which bus situation was this?

  87. Hi Ali,
    Yes, please check our website to decide which campsite is best for you, depending on where you want to be able to get to essentially:

  88. Hi, as long as it remains within 16m2 then you are fine.

  89. Yes this is the next easiest site after Eton Manor. And yes it would be great if you could be all paid up and checked out before 11am.

  90. Hi, you can access it by train, but it is far more advisable to access the Olympic park by bus from this site.

  91. Ele says:

    What time are the pitches available from?

  92. Check in is from 12pm onwards, hope this helps!

  93. nic says:

    please can you tell me how much it costs on public transport to get from the campsite to the olympic park and if the bus stop is close to the park. also how regularly they run as will need to be there by 7am. thanks

  94. Nesta Wren says:

    on this site it says 20mins to Olympic park by bus, a number of us have tried to find this bus and cant. I also recall seeing a post from a few weeks ago which said a bus timetable would be published somewhere at some point “soon”

  95. All the times posted on our website are an estimate, gathered by the team going to the sites themselves and timing their trip from site to venue on a typical day. Please check the Transport for London website for more accurate information, we are not organising your transport for you guys!

  96. Hi Nic, please refer to the Transport for London website for detailed info on public transport. (

  97. Andy says:

    Hi Have read through all the comments and can’t see if there is a latest time to come onto the Matchday site? I am thinking I will be arriving at approx 19.30/20.00 hrs on my booked day. Just want to know what to do if going to be later than that. Thanks for your help

  98. There will be a 24hr staff presence, so don’t worry too much about what time you arrive; obviously the later you are, the longer it might take to get you in so don’t dawdle! :)

  99. Louise says:

    I’ve just been transferred to this site from the Barking RFC site as that is no longer in use.
    I’m worried now about transport to the Olympic Park as I had it all planned out from the Barking site.
    Also, I’m travelling down by train and my brother is helping me bring my stuff down. Is it possible for him to come on site to help me pitch my tent and then leave immediately after? If not, will there be someone on hand to help me because I’ll seriously struggle trying to pitch it by myself.
    Thanks in advance :)

  100. Lizzie says:

    I have investigated travel and best website is

    There are trains from walthamstow central rail station to stratford international all the time it seems. Hope this helps and takes the pressure off the campsite guys!!! :)

  101. Hi Lousie, There are bus stops within a 5 minute walk from the site, which take you to the Olympic Park within 15-20 minutes. Concerning your brother, that won’t be a problem at all :)

  102. Ian says:

    I received an email to tell me my Paralympic booking at Barking RFC has been moved to Wadham Lodge. However, this very page says that Wadham Lodge is not open during the Paralympics.

    Can I have some clarification on this please?

    What do I need to do to move my booking to another location (that is actually open on the day I have booked) or get a refund?

  103. Angela says:

    Louise there is a Facebook group that has been set up for those camping at Match Day Centre, if you join the group then we can assist you with travel and any other questions you may have, we’re all very friendly :)

  104. Matthew Turner says:

    I have had my booking for the paralympics changed from Barking to here but the website suggests that the site is only open for the olympics.

    My question is, is the website out of date, or has my booking been messed up?

  105. Kirsten says:

    Hello Camping at the Games! My parents want to come to visit me on one of my rare days off. Will there be available parking for them at Match Day Centres, where I am staying, and will they have to pay the £5 for the extra car, even though they are not staying over night? For anyone who is going to be staying at this campsite we have set up a “getting to know you” Facebook group where we are exchanging info and worries. We’ve 38 members already! Check us out! Thanks! Kirsten

  106. paula says:

    Hi I’m thinking of booking from 31 July – 3 August with young family in a pre-erected tent at the Match Day Centre. Just wanted to ask if cars are freely accessible in the car park if we wanted to go out and about in the evening. Also a lot of our events are early morning to mid afternoon therefore on the departure day if we have cleared everything from the tent would we be able to leave the car in the car park until we return from the morning event.

  107. Timothy says:


    I would like to book on Match Day campsite. But I’ve seen that it closes on the 12th and my train is on the 13th. So will the campsite still be open on the night of the 12th ?

    Thanks a lot

  108. Theo says:


    I posted the question before during the weekend, but unfortunately it has been removed without answering.
    10 days ago I booked and we will be staying on your site for almost 3 weeks with an extra-large tent.
    Last Friday I received this e-mail that sums up the onsite facilities. According to this overview we will have access to electrical points.
    We need electricity in our tent for our thermoelectric cooler, phone chargers and an electric tent light.
    What is the distance between these electrical points and the pitches where the tents are?
    We have extension cords with a length of up to almost 70 meters.


  109. Hi Theo, we clearly stated that all of these pitches were grass only, no electrical hook ups! The charging points are for use inside the clubhouse, sorry for any inconvenience.

  110. Hi Matt, please contact the office via telephone or email.

    01252 279123

  111. You are booked into Eton Manor Ian, not to worry!

  112. Theo says:

    Thanks for responding. Where has been stated that the pitches are grass only, no electrical hook-ups?
    I can’t remember reading this on your website.

  113. Hi Kirsten, it purely depends on the amount of parking we have available at that time I am afraid.

  114. yes that is fine, and concerning how easy it will be to get your car out it should be absolutely fine, providing other people park responsibly!

  115. Hi Theo, When you book, you only have the option for a grass pitch, you cannot select an electrical pitch.
    And it is also stated in the ‘campsite description’ here:

  116. Theo says:


    I did reply, but for some reason my message has been deleted already twice. Please do not ignore this and respond! You can also sent me an e-mail

    The campsite description states: grass. But how am I supposed to know that this automatically has to mean that there’s no electricity available? It is not mentioned!
    In our country there is electricity available on grass pitches. Certainly for people who bring their own extension cords.
    We paid £ 475.00 (+ credit card charges) for an almost 3 week long stay on your campsite. It must be obvious that people during a stay that long will want to charge their phones overnight and want to use a thermoelectric cooler to keep some food and drinks cool.

  117. Hi Theo, I’m sorry you were unaware, but we could not have provided electric hook-ups for a price of £10p/person, p/night. Also all the campsites are sports venues and as such do not cater for hundreds of tents using electricity. We have never promoted pitches with electric hook ups, just grass only and we have also stipulated at various points that every pitch is tent only as well, no accessories. We have not had any other issues with this complaint, so I do not feel our information has misrepresented the service we offer, I hope this helps, and do not hesitate to raise any other queries.

  118. Hi Timothy, yes the site is open for the night of the 12th

  119. Anonymous says:

    i noticed that you have charge points and was wondering what exactly these were. I have a camping hook up cable and was wondering if i would need to bring this with me or not. I am currently volunteering and staying in walthamstow but where i am is fully booked up so if possible i need to find somewhere else to stay. where abouts are you based so i can come down and take a look. I am yet to get my extra dates but this place would be a great help to me if still available. Thanks. Helen

  120. Theo says:

    I’m just coming back to the previous message. Thanks for responding.
    The fact that no other person raised an issue about this can have several reasons of course: They never thought about this up to now or they don’t mind because they will only stay at your camp site for only a few nights (where we booked for almost 3 weeks).

    Now the price seems to be the issue: this doesn’t have to be a problem. I’m willing to pay an extra few pounds per night when we can have an electric hook-up. When we can have a pitch not that far from one of the buildings on your site, this should be possible without any problem. We have a long extension cord. You happy, we happy, everybody happy!
    What do you think?

  121. Eve Watt says:

    I don’t have olympic tickets but I would still like to camp as I want to visit a friend who is voulenteering at the games. Is it still possible to stay?

  122. Unfortunately, access to electricity is limited, and we cannot allow electric hook up cables.

  123. Theo says:

    I’m curious about your answer on my proposal about paying for an electricity hook-up.
    Please respond, whether here or in a personal e-mail!

  124. Cccatrina Page says:

    Hi I have a calafirnia vw campervan – can you accommodate us from the 26 – 29th July ?

  125. Theo says:

    I really appreciate a reply shortly as we will be arriving already tomorrow.

  126. paolo says:

    Sorry, I booked a pre-erected tent via hostelworld and I received an email asking me to fill a format with the data of my credit card…is it the normal procedure? I have to send you these data via email to Jack Warrington?

  127. Jay says:

    Hi, I will be working at the Olympics and have no credit card. Is it possible to pay cash at the camping grounds?

  128. Hi Jay, unfortunately all payment must be taken upfront. Sorry for any inconvenience.

  129. Hi Paolo, it’s Jack here, I do emails, website maintenance etc. Don’t worry it is normal procedure, we just found that the language barrier was very difficult with Hostelworld bookings, so we opted for the form instead, I believe I took payment from you today and you’re all booked in!

  130. Hi Theo, very busy time here at Camping at the Games with people adjusting bookings so sorry for the late reply. But no electrical hook-ups are available at any site.

  131. Sorry we are tent only sites.

  132. Hi Eve, not a problem if you don’t have tickets, you can still go ahead and book.

  133. Liane says:

    I am working during the Olympics and will be doing night shifts in the Olympic Park, Stratford. Could you possibly help me find the availability of the busses late nights and early mornings and a rough idea of the price?

    Working nights I will need to sleep during the day and wondered if this will be possible with events set up at the campsite?

    Thank you

  134. Hi Liane, please refer to for detailed travel info, and it really depends how heavy a sleeper you are, there will be people coming and going throughout the day so it may prove difficult.

  135. Tracey says:

    Will there be lockers?

  136. No I’m afraid not Tracey.

  137. ‘additional’ to the existing car that is already on the booking Doug.