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Camping at the London 2012 Olympic Games

Looking for campsites or caravan parks for the London 2012 Olympics? Avoid overpriced hotels and self-catering by camping or caravanning near Olympic venues around the country!

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Campsites near London 2012 Olympics

Courtesy of LOCOG

 

When? 27/07/12 until 12/08/12

Where? Olympic Stadium, London, Greater London, E15 1PE

OK, so this one needs no introduction! For 30 glorious days, the whole of London will be in party mode as the city hosts 17,000 members of the international sporting elite for the 2012 Olympics.

With 26 Olympic sports and 19 Paralympic sports being played across 31 different venues, not least the brand spanking new 500-acre Olympic Park, there’s something to tickle everyone’s sporting taste buds (beach volleyball on Horse Guards Parade, anyone? Wonder if the guards will be able to stay po-faced for that one!).

Some random facts about the Games:

  • 11,500 shuttlecocks will be used
  • The athletes will scoff over 350 tons of vegetables.
  • The mascots, Wenlock and Mandeville, have their own Facebook pages and Twitter feeds.
  • A massive new sculpture (22 metres taller than the Statue of Liberty) is being erected in the Olympic Park.
  • The organisers are expecting around 500,000 spectators a day, so you’d better pick your spot early!

 

Campsites near Equestrian




When? 28/07/12 until 09/08/12

Where? Greenwich ParkLondonGreater LondonSE10 9NF

Giddy-up! If you’re a fan of all things horsey, ride your way to Banbury Cross, sorry, Greenwich Park for the Olympics equestrian events. There’ll be 200 athletes and their horses fighting it out for one of the six gold medals on offer in the individual and team eventing, dressage and jumping competitions, including Zara Phillips who’s made the GB Equestrian team for the first time. Head to the ancient Greenwich Park on July 28 to see it all canter off.

Sporty facts:
 
  • Equestrian is the only Olympic sport in which men and women compete against each other on equal terms.
  • It had the Games’s oldest medallist at Beijing in 2008, 61 year old Canadian Ian Millar who won silver in the team jumping.
  • There’s a minimum age for the horses involved – eight years old for dressage and eventing, and nine years old for jumping.

Current champs: Germany, who took home three gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games. 

Campsites near Paralympics Road Cycling

 

When? From 05/09/12 until 08/09/12

Where? Brands Hatch, Fawkham, Longfield, West Hythe,Kent, DA3 8NG

Road cycling was introduced as a Paralympic sport at the Stoke Mandeville/New York Games in 1984, originally on tandem bikes as a sport for blind athletes. Tech advancements on bikes have opened road cycling up to a wider range of athletes and it’s now the third biggest Paralympic sport. There’ll be 225 athletes taking part in 14 road and track medal events in Kent, using four types of bike – hand, tandem, tricycle and modified bike.

Sporty fact:

  • Hand cycling for athletes with lower limb disabilities  was introduced at the at Athens 2004.

Current champs: Team GB cleaned up in 2008, with 20 medals including 16 gold. Runners up were the USA, with 13 medals including five gold. 

Campsites near Canoe

Courtesy of LOCOG

 

When? From 29/07/12 until 11/08/12

Where? Lee Valley White Water CentreStation Road, Waltham CrossHertfordshireEN9 1AB

Foamy white water rapids? Near London? Yep, there are plenty at Lee Valley, which is hosting the London 2012 Canoe Slalom event from 29 July – 2 August. Slalom? It means zig-zagging between obstacles, so here will have 82 athletes negotiating a 250 metre white water course with up to 25 gates. Touching a gate brings a two second penalty, while missing it altogether adds 50 seconds to the overall time. There are four medals up for grabs in canoe single and double events as well as a kayak single category for both men and women athletes.

Sporty fact:

  • 13,000 litres of water power down the canoe slalom course every second, enough to fill a 25 metre swimming pool every 30 seconds.

Current champs: Slovakia, who won three gold medals in Beijing in 2008.

Campsites near Road Cycling

 

When? From 28/07/12 until 01/08/12

Where? 
Hampton Court Palace, Hampton, Surrey, KT8 9AU

Road cycling’s been featured in the Games since 1896 when it was introduced in an 87 km race starting and finishing in Athens. For 2012, there’ll be 212 athletes taking part in two Road Races, one at The Mall and one at Box Hill, on a 250km course for men and 140km for women. There are also the Time Trial events, where riders start at 90 second intervals and where the winner is the rider with the fastest time over the course.

Sporty facts:

  • Only six people took part in the first road cycling Olympics event in 1896, from Athens to Marathon and back again.
  • After Athens in 1896, road cycling wasn’t at Paris 1900, St Louis 1904 or London 1908 Games, but has appeared at every Games since 1912.

Current champs: Switzerland, with one gold, one silver and one bronze at Beijing 2008. Runners up were Great Britain, with a gold and a silver. 

Campsites near Mountain Biking 

 

When? From 11/08/12 until 12/08/12

Where? 
Hadleigh Farm, Castle Lane, Benfleet, Benfleet, Essex,SS7 2AP

Run to the hills of Essex for the Olympics mountain bike events with rocky paths, tricky climbs and technical descents over the weekend of 11 – 12 August. Mountain biking started as an event at Atlanta in 1996 and this time round will see 80 athletes biking for medals in the men’s and women’s comps. Races last a minimum of 1 hour 30 mins and a maximum of 1 hour 45 mins for both men and women. It all takes place at Hadleigh Farm, a 550 acre site owned by the Salvation Army.

Sporty fact:

  • Riders carry out their own repairs in mountain bike events, and are only allowed outside assistance in dedicated assistance zones.

Current champs: France took the lead in Beijing 2008, with one gold and one silver medal.

Campsites near Archery

 

When? From 27/07/12 until 03/08/12

Where? Lord's Cricket Ground, St John's Wood, London, Greater London, NW8 8QN

Quivers at Lord’s? The 2012 Archery events take place at Lord’s Cricket Ground for a week from 27 July, with 128 athletes vying for four gold medals in men and women’s individual and men and women’s team events. It’s been a regular Olympics event since 1972, with intermittent appearances in 1900, 1904, 1098 and 1920.

Sporty facts:

  • The first known archery competition was organised in Finsbury in 1583 and had 3000 participants.
  • Archery was considered so essential to the nation in the 14th century that it was compulsory for every male aged between seven and 60.

Current champs: South Korea were well ahead of the game in 2008, with two golds, two silvers and a bronze medal. Runners up were China, with one medal in each category.

Campsites near Rhythmic Gymnastics

Courtesy of LOCOG

 

When? From 09/08/12 until 12/08/12

Where? Wembley Arena LondonGreater LondonHA9 0AA

Bendy people aplenty at Wembley Arena for four days in August, in one of the Games’s two women-only events (synchronised swimming is the other). Rhythmic gymnastics is a mixture of gymnastics and dance and is at the Olympics for the eighth time. There’ll be 96 athletes competing for medals in the individual and group events, performing routines to music using a hoop, a ball, clubs or a ribbon. Scores are awarded in three categories – difficulty, artistry and execution.

Sporty facts:

  • Rhythmic gymnastics first developed in the 19th century, with the first experimental competitions staged in the 1930s.
  • The sport has evolved to include elements from classical ballet, German muscle-building techniques and Swedish exercise systems.

Current champs: Russia took the lead in Beijing 2008, with a gold medal in both categories.

Campsites near Badminton

Courtesy of LOCOG

 

When? From 28/07/12 until 05/08/12

Where? Wembley Arena LondonGreater LondonHA9 0AA

Remember we said there’ll be 11,500 shuttlecocks used at London 2012? No prizes for guessing where. The badminton events are on over a week at Wembley Arena and will have 172 athletes competing in five medal events – men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles. Apparently shuttlecocks can reach a speed of around 400 kph when hurtled properly over the net, which was obviously what our PE teachers were thinking of when they were yelling at us all those years ago.

Sporty facts:

  • A public art display featuring the world’s largest shuttlecocks (18 feet tall) is at the Kansas City Museum, USA.
  • Badminton was invented by British military officers in India in the 19th century.
  • The best shuttlecocks are said to be made from the feathers of the left wing of a goose.

Current champs: Host country China won the majority of medals in 2008, taking three gold, two silver and three bronze. Runners up Indonesia and South Korea won a gold, silver and bronze each.

Campsites near Paralympics Sailing

Courtesy of LOCOG

 

When? From 01/09/12 until 06/09/12

Where? Weymouth Bay and Portland HarbourPortlandDorsetDT5 1SA
 
It’s London, but it’s Dorset. This is a good thing if you’re getting big-city overload, and also because, well, it’s Dorset. There’ll be 80 athletes battling it out at the Paralympics from 1 – 6 September in a total of three medal events at Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour – the single person keelboat, two person keelboat and three person keelboat, with 11 races each.

Sporty fact:

  • Sailing was introduced to the Paralympic Games as a demonstration event at Atlanta 1996, becoming a full medal sport at Sydney 2000.

Current champs: Canada and the USA tied for first place at the 2008 Summer Paralympics, each winning one gold medal and one bronze. 

Campsites near Sailing

Courtesy of LOCOG


When? From 29/07/12 until 11/08/12

Where? Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour, Portland, Dorset, DT5 1SA

More Dorset? The 2012 sailing events are also at Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour, which we think makes a perfect excuse to spend a few weeks in the area and catch the Paralympics sailing afterwards. This is one of the big events at the Games, with 380 athletes competing in ten events including dinghies, keelboats and windsurfing boards.

Sporty facts:

  • The most successful Olympic sailor ever is Denmark’s Paul Elvstrom, who won his first gold medal (of four) in 1948, and who was still competing in 1988 at the age of 60.
  • Crown Prince Olav of Norway won gold in the six-metre Sailing class at the Amsterdam 1928 Games.

Current champs: Britain took the lead in Beijing 2008, with four gold medals, a silver and a bronze. 

Campsites near Rowing

 

When? From 28/07/12 until 04/08/12

Where? Eton Dorney Rowing CentreDorney Lake, Dorney,WindsorBerkshireSL4 6QP

Row, row, row your boat, gently down…Dorney Lake? The rowing events f0r 2012 are at the Eton Dorney Rowing Centre near Windsor, set in 450 acres of Berkshire parkland. Rowing is the only Olympic sport where competitors pass the finish line backwards, something we would nevertheless like to see in some of the other events (mountain biking?). Like the sailing events, rowing is one of the big ones, with 550 athletes competing in 14 men’s and women’s events.

Sporty facts:

  • Famous child development expert Dr Spock won Olympic gold in the men’s eight at the Paris 1924 Games.
  • An Aussie rower at the Amsterdam 1928 Games stopped halfway through his quarter-final race to let a family of ducks pass in front of his boat (aw). He was overtaken by a French competitor, but managed to get back in front and win the gold. We think this is our Favourite Olympic Tale Ever.

Current champs: Team GB are like ducks to water, taking two gold medals, two silver and two bronze in Beijing 2008.

Campsites near Tennis

Courtesy of LOCOG

 

When? From 28/07/12 until 05/08/12

Where? The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet ClubChurch Road, Wimbledon, LondonGreater LondonSW19 5AE

Three weeks after Wimbledon finishes comes the Olympic tennis events at, er, Wimbledon, where we assume the grass will have grown back and all the strawberry stems picked up. Britain will be hoping for some sort of Wimbledon win this time round, and there are five events to try their luck at – men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles and mixed doubles.

Sporty facts:

  • In 1896, John Boland went to Athens to visit a friend, who entered him in the Olympics singles competition. He won it and then went on to win the doubles title as well.
  • The first tennis balls were made of wool or hair, wrapped up in leather.

Current champs: Russia just took the lead in Beijing 2008, with a gold, silver and bronze medal and slightly ahead of Spain with a gold and a silver.

Campsites near Football

Courtesy of LOCOG

 

When? From 25/07/12 until 11/08/12

Where? There are six event venues for 2012 – at ManchesterGlasgowCardiffNewcastleWembley and Coventry.

It’s football, it includes Old Trafford, Wembley and St James’s Park, and it’ll keep us going over the summer between Euro 2012 and the start of the new season. These are all good things. Football first started as a medal sport at the Paris Games in 1900, with the women’s game introduced in Atlanta in 1996, and there’s a men and women’s competition in 2012 with 504 footballers in total.

Sporty facts:

  • The tournament has been decided by a replay just once, in Amsterdam 1928 when Uruguay beat Argentina 2-1 after the first match ended 1-1. A penalty shootout has also been used just once, when Cameroon beat Spain in a shootout at Sydney 2000.
  • Hungary has won more football gold medals (three) than any other country.
  • Around 2400 footballs will be used during London 2012.

Current champs: The USA won the women’s competition at Beijing in 2008, beating Brazil 1-0 in the final. Argentina won the men’s competition against Nigeria, also 1-0.

 




Useful links

You’ve got your campsite and caravanning links – what else will you need? Try these:

London 2012 – official Olympics site

Transport for London

Get Ahead of the Games – transport links affected by the Olympics

NHS – medical and emergency services for overseas visitors to the UK

Time Out London

Metropolitan Police

London airports guide – Heathrow, Stansted, Luton, Gatwick, London City

By Laura Canning