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Travelling from our campsites to the Olympic venues…

With only 70 days to go until the Olympics many volunteers and ticket holders who will be staying at our campsites are now planning their route to the games, so we have tried to update our information to help you as much as possible.

On the Camping at the Games website under each campsite profile there is now a section for Public Transport Links where you will find details on the nearest tube/rail or bus station, you can then use this to plan your route to the Olympic venue of your choice. We are advising campers to plan their route on the Transport for London website, this is the site we have found most useful as all tube, rail and bus routes are searchable including night buses and from here you can also  find details on travel times and extended routes during the games through it’s sister site Getting Ahead of the Games.  This site is dedicated to Olympic travel and is great for identifying travel hotspots and information about special train fares, it also provides useful tips on how to make your journey easier and we have pulled out the following useful information:

  • During the Olympic Games, services will generally start between 5-5.30am as usual. On Sundays, the Tube and DLR services will start approximately 30-45 minutes earlier in the morning, between 5.45 and 6.00am.
  • The Tube and DLR services will run around 60 minutes later than normal on all days, including Sundays. Last trains from central London will leave around 1.30am.
  • During the Olympic Games, the Tube will run extra evening services on the Jubilee, Central and District lines. There will be more trains running in the late evening from Friday 3 August, when events start at the Olympic Stadium.

We have also included some more details about getting around on public transport in the campsite profiles on Campingninja and you can chat to fellow Games Makers on our Facebook Page, so please feel free to share useful hints and tips! For those of you have smart phones we would also advise downloading a tube map so that you always have a rough idea of where you are heading and you can download a timetable for the nearest tube station or bus stop to your campsite here!



More accommodation available for 2012 Games Makers!!

2012 Games Maker!

Games Makers doing a great job!

Over the last few weeks we have been speaking to Games Makers as much as we can about their shift dates/times as we realise that a lot of you will be working outside of when the actual games take place. In effect we have been doing our best to secure camping space that will be available prior to the Olympic and Paralympic Games and are still very much on the case!

As a result we have managed to secure extended opening dates at the Match Day Centres in Walthamstow, only a 20 minute bus ride from the olympic Park. The venue offers fantastic facilities for Games Makers and will now be open from the 16th July through to the 13th August.

This is not the only site we plan to open for an extended period, we are currently trying to establish whether there is enough demand to open up more space prior to the Paralympics and are conducting a Facebook poll that you can complete here. We are also hoping to open up one of our sites in Weymouth from as early as the 9th July and we will have details to follow shortly!

This week due to an influx in demand we have also opened our 10th camping at the Games location at Barking RFC, only 30 minutes from the Olympic Park via tube and easily accessible from the M11.

We have also noticed that a lot of Games Makers are now in the process of planning their journey to and from the Park and we have already included some details in the campsite profiles on Campingninja, but a good place to find out more information is the Transport for London website. Also you can chat to fellow Games Makers who will be staying at our sites and travelling to the Olympic venues on our Facebook Page, so please feel free to chat and share useful hints and tips!

Keep an eye out for more campsite opening updates!




My day at the Olympic Park!

Olympic Park

Olympic Park

Yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting the London 2012 Olympic Park as part of the London Prepares Series to watch the invitational hockey! The weather was grim but it was still a great evening, and a great result for the GB men!

From Reading Station I was able to get to the Olympic Park in less than 1.5 hours and this includes the time I spent perusing through the Westfield Shopping Centre along the way. The journey was simple, 1 direct train and 1 tube change at Oxford Circus to hop onto the Central Line up to Stratford. As soon as I got to Stratford station there was sign-age on the platform to the Park and the Westfield Centre.

In the Westfield Centre there were lots of very well trained Games Makers showing me the way with their big pink foam fingers! once I had crossed the road with the breathtaking stadium in front  of me I was able to collect my tickets from the box office and head through the airport style security without any delays. Getting into the Park was hiccup free, and although there will be a lot more queuing during the actual games, ultimately it seemed to be a very well organised operation.

I had no idea of the scale of the park, the area has been completely transformed and it  is a good 15 minute walk from security to the Riverbank Arena where they are showing the hockey! There is plenty to see along the way though, I was blown away by the size of the stadium and both the veledrome and the Aquatics Centre really are incredible buildings! There are huge walkways in the Park overlooking the Thames and East London, with picnic areas and food stands along the way, and even during the Test Series there was a real buzz in the air – so I can only imagine what the Olympics will be like!

There was a great atmosphere in the Riverbank Arena and the blue and pink pitch combination is fantastic for watching the play…everything stands out far more than an ordinary pitch! And the hockey itself was brilliant, the first match between the world ranked No1 and No2 teams was very tight towards the end, both teams scoring in the last 5 minutes, but eventually Germany managed to clinch a 3-2 victory against Australia. In the second thrilling match we saw Team GB in action against India, securing a convincing 4-2 victory that will set them in good stead for the series.

For those who haven’t got tickets to any of the events this summer if the opportunity arises the Park itself is well worth a visit, especially during the games because the atmosphere will be incredible! And for those who have got tickets I am very jealous!





Spread the word to Olympic and Paralympic visitors!

8 miles from the Canoe Slalom on the Lee Valley Cycle Way

As you know Camping at the Games has joined forces with 8 community sports clubs across London, Reading and Weymouth to provide a site in close proximity to each of the major Olympic venues! We offer the best value campsites, are the only campsite provider open during the Paralympics and one of the only providers supporting UK sport so we want to tell more people about it!

If you are a Games Maker it is likely you will be working with a specific event or will have your favourite sport at the Games and we want to let your fellow volunteers and supporters know about us….

If you are a ticket holder it is likely you follow an Olympic sport closely and may be a member of a fan group, sports association or even your local sports club. So in our quest to reach these people we would like to ask the following…

1) Are you a member of a volunteer group, fan group, sports association or sports club that would benefit from knowing about Camping at the Games? If so please pass on the contact name and web address so that we can send these groups an pack about where they can stay in London without breaking the bank…

2) Have you Shared our updates on Facebook? This will only take a second…

3) Are you following us on Twitter @campatthegames ? This is a great way to follow our updates….

Get in touch…campingatthegames@campingninja.com

International Olympic visitors choose to Camp at the Games!

We are delighted to report that Camping at the Games has a global following as this week we were featured in a special report by Canadian Daily, The Vancouver Sun! The lengthy piece goes into detail about how Canadian’s heading to London this summer can keep their travel costs down by camping at one of our 8 temporary campsites across London, Reading and Weymouth. And this isn’t the first time we have been featured in news from across the globe, last December BBC News Worldwide featured us in their travel tips for 2012…so we can certainly expect plenty of international visitors at our campsites this summer!

There has been more hype this week about the rising cost of hotel prices in London during the Olympic Games and we were also featured in a news piece by NUS, who have a number of Student Ambassadors representing student volunteers who will be requiring budget accommodation at the games this summer.  For both British and International Games Makers the cost of staying in London during the Olympics and Paralympics is a real concern.

At Camping at the Games we are doing our up-most to make the Olympics accessible to everyone by keeping costs to a minimum and offering maximum flexibility for Games Makers…and it has been a hit! We have already received an influx in bookings from campers across the UK and beyond including Holland, Belgium and Germany.

With less than 150 days to go until the Olympics there is a real buzz in the air and the sports clubs hosting the sites are really excited about it too. This is a fantastic opportunity for the clubs to get involved in the games and to take something from the Olympic Legacy with the money raised!