A sleepy rural community is bracing itself for the arrival of 700 swingers at Europe’s biggest orgy and wife-swapping festival.
The three-day event upset some locals last year with reports of gatecrashers trying to get into the all-ticket ‘secret site’ through their gardens.
Residents also complained about loud music and banners proclaiming ‘three is the magic number’.
Despite attempts to keep the venue secret in past years, organisers have booked the same spot in the Forest of Dean, Glos., for the 2016 festival as 2015.
It is being billed as Europe’s biggest outdoor event for “lifestylers” with tickets for 700 swingers – 200 more than last year.
The annual festival, which started in July 2013, will feature live music and DJs, jelly wrestling and a structured entertainment programme.
ew for 2016 is a photo grotto which allows up to 10 people in at once.
Last year’s Swingfields festival in the Forest of Dean attracted hundreds of people
The festival website says: “Your special set of SF16 branded piccies can be fun, or just plain naughty!!!
“Let your imagination run wild for that special memento to cherish.”
It adds: “More indoor areas, more play zones, special surprise entertainment, hot tubs.”
The Swingfields festival in the Forest of Dean says that people can let their imagination run wild
Also new for 2016 are £630 fixed “hotel style” rooms with twin, box-spring beds and electricity which are described as “the ultimate glamping option”.
Others are told to take their own tents and camper vans or hire bell tents with memory foam mattresses, rugs, throws and fairy lights.
A three day-tickets for couples costs £180, £150 for single men – who have to be vetted – and just £100 for women.
A pair of woman’s pants on the ground at last year’s Swingfields Festival in the Forest of Dean
But ticket holders are warned they will be thrown out if they fail to cover up their bottom halves in public areas or are found having sex in the hot tubs.
Critics say locals were not consulted before planning permission was granted for the three-day event outside the village of Flaxley.
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Parish clerk Fiona Wallbank said: “I cannot speak for local people because last year the reaction was mixed, but I can confirm that we weren’t consulted.”
The Forest of Dean District Council confirmed they had given the go ahead for the 2016 festival to be held at a field off Flaxley Road.
A spokesman said: “A Temporary Event Notice has been granted by the Licensing Department for an entertainment festival in the Westbury on Severn area.”
The ticketing section of the festival website adds: “2016 will learn all the lessons from the previous events and set a new standard.
“It will provide a three day event, in the Gloucestershire countryside, offering far reaching magnificent views from a venue chosen for its tranquility and privacy.
“Our professional security team will further expand this year to include marshalling and pitch locations to ensure the site provides the very best facilities and organisation.”
Organisers say they have a professional security team
Despite the reassurances one local said: “Unless you put up 15ft walls like the Glastonbury Festival you cannot guarantee privacy.
“I’m broad-minded but I do think it should either be kept behind closed doors. I don’t like the way they do it without asking local people in the area.
“I know they don’t allow nudity in public areas but tents aren’t very private and I still don’t think many people would be happy knowing what is going on in their doorstep.”
None of the statutory consultees, police , licensing or environmental health, raised any objections to the festival.
Colin Evers, chairman of the parish council, said: “There was some discussion last year but I’m not aware of anyone making a written protest and, like all these things, unless it’s in writing it’s ignored.
“If people have concerns, they need to put it in writing to the FODDC because it’s no good just making oral protestations.”
Last year Flaxley residents said they should have been warned and one said: “It was quite a shock when we went down to the gates on Thursday night to ask them to keep the music down.
“Let’s just say when we saw a banner with the words ‘three is the magic number’ and a variety of interesting images we knew this wasn’t just your usual music festival.”
Locals are furious that the festival is taking place in their community
A festival supporter described last year’s coverage as “Victorian moralising” and said there were only two registered complaints from thousands of residents locally.
They said: “The online forums were awash with locals who were amazed how tidy the site was, no drugs, litter or drunkenness.
“Local pubs and businesses reporting a busy weekend of trade, and local council officers and local police not only pre approved but visited the site and confirmed all was totally in order.”