Gravesham on blocks for Olympics campsites
PUBLISHED: 09:33 06 January 2011 | UPDATED: 15:13 06 January 2011
Two new campsites are to be created in the borough for spectators heading to the London 2012 Olympics.
Gravesham council has teamed up with the Camping and Caravanning Club to organise sites at Gravesend/Old Gravesendians Rugby Clubs and Culverstone Recreation Ground.
The joint venture is cashing-in on the location, with both sites convenient for Ebbsfleet International Station which will be operating a high-speed rail link to Stratford - the Olympic Park and Olympic Stadium.
Camping club membership services director Paul Jones said: “Tourism already makes a significant contribution to the Gravesham economy.
“We hope the influx of domestic and overseas visitors to our campsites will help grow tourism even further within the borough and beyond.
“We are expecting interest from countries such as Holland, Belgium, Spain, Italy, France and Germany as well as Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA, so we are advising people to register interests early.”
There will be 247 pitches in Gravesend and 221 pitches at Culverstone. The temporary holiday sites, which include toilet and shower facilities and clubhouses, will operate from July 20, 2012, to August 16 inclusive.
Councillor David Turner, the council’s cabinet member for leisure, said: “The area is brimming with potential with the Dickens bicentenary as well as our proximity to the Olympic Stadium and all the county’s great attractions.”
Camping fees will start from £30 a night, based on a minimum three-night stay, and normal camping club rules will apply on site.
Registering for interest can be made from this January 17 on www.2012camping.co.uk or www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/2012camping
Bookings lines for members and non-members will open from this March.
The Olympic Games will be held in London and across the UK from July 27 to August 12, 2012, followed by the Paralympic Games from August 29 to September 9, 2012.
The Camping and Caravanning Club is 109-years-old and is the largest and oldest Club in the world for all forms of camping.