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PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:29 am    Post subject: Camping at Eton Dorney Reply with quote

Does anyone know if you can stay overnight in Eton Dorney before a race? We would be in a motorhome, so would just stay in the car park - or do they clear everyone out after the previous day's race?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2017 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure that they don't lock the entrance gates in the evening, so you might find yourself shut in and if they have someone tasked with locking the place up, I suspect they'll chase anyone still parked there out.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2017 1:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Camping at Eton Dorney Reply with quote

iainm wrote:
Does anyone know if you can stay overnight in Eton Dorney before a race? We would be in a motorhome, so would just stay in the car park - or do they clear everyone out after the previous day's race?


best bet it to contact the appropriate people at Eton Dorney (owned by the school I believe) and ask them - if you go via the organiser, they may be able to ask for you or put you in touch with the right person. we use our motorhome a lot when on TO duties around the country - many venues will allow overnighting but lots on private land don't, (security, insurance etc) although we now have agreements with a couple of private venues to stay over. some organisers have camping/motorhome arrangements in place for their venues but not many in reality.

if not possible, then the next option is to find a local(ish) pub with a big car park (and no height barriers!) and ask the Manager if it's OK provided you give them some money for food and drink the evening before.

campsites are often useless as many don't raise the barriers/unlock gates before 7am!! you can always try wild camping in local authority car parks but good luck on finding any that you can do this on!!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2017 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amerden caravan and camping is just over a mile away. Don't think Eton Dorney has facilities for overnight camping.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2017 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The last thing Dorney want is easy access for a camper home as they will have half the travellers in the country inside within 5 minutes.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2017 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

salad_dodger wrote:
Amerden caravan and camping is just over a mile away. Don't think Eton Dorney has facilities for overnight camping.


I've stayed there - it's BIG downside is that it's right next to the M4 so getting a good night's sleep isn't easy as the traffic is 24hrs on that stretch.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2017 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

they might also mistake you for doggers... Rolling Eyes Shocked
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2017 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Davem wrote:
they might also mistake you for doggers... Rolling Eyes Shocked


you are making a bold assumption that they are not doggers

everyone has a different pre race warm up
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 14, 2017 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doubt they will allow it as Brutal Events has been refused rights for camping at the Deca UK yet they have hired the whole venue for 10 days solid 24 hours!!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did a race there yesterday and as i drove in, i noticed a lay by just before the entrance. Surely that would work for a camper van?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If not, years ago, i camped at a site at Taplow which isnt far away. Not sure if the camp site is still going.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No. Lots of restrictions at Dorney.

Best suss another site. Think Liquid Leisure does camping. Probably some closer - but don't know!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

veggieboy wrote:
Davem wrote:
they might also mistake you for doggers... Rolling Eyes Shocked


you are making a bold assumption that they are not doggers

everyone has a different pre race warm up


one of the more unusual pre-race routines... https://mobile.twitter.com/charlotte_runs/status/846830798326153217

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PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks, will let you know how we get on
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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 5:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

See you there! I guess you're in for the Rotterdam qualifier too?
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