Picture this, April 29th arrives and you are attempting to make your way into Central London. You push your way through crowds of people, but still find yourself miles away from the action. The event passes and you haven’t seen a thing. The Royal Wedding is likely to attract people far and wide and while I intend to make my way down to Westminster, I understand the reality of me getting a glimpse of the Queen to be, on her special day, is fairly slim. So what about Camp Royale?
Clapham Common is going to be transferred into a royal wedding camp site. At a cost of Â£75 pounds for 3 nights, you will be provided with a giant screen where you can watch the action unfold, access to a luxury zone with sheepskin rugs, hot showers, toilets, full security and free Yorkshire tea. Over 10,000 people are expected to make use of this budget accommodation as hotels are full or charging extraordinary rates. The site is even offering prizes for the best dressed person and the most creative tent.
While camping out with friends, watching the wedding on a large screen, enjoying a wine (hopefully in the sun), in the comfort of your eeermâ€¦ tent, sounds to me like a great idea in theory, there are a few things that would concern me. Yes, you must have seen it comingâ€¦ I am referring to pests!
When you have 10,000 people camping in a large outdoor area over three days, with lots of food, drink and scraps, you are bound to attract the undesirable. There would not be a single park in the UK that has not been privy to a pest at some stage, and unfortunately, an event such as this, is likely to bring them all out of the woodwork.
While rats and mice are the pests most likely to concern people, the number of insects such as ants, flies and spiders is also likely to be high. I am certain the organisers of â€˜Camp Royale’ will be doing their part to minimise pests over this time, however, when you are sleeping in amongst nature, pests can not be avoided.
While Camp Royale sounds like a great idea to me, I would definitely take some precautions. Ensuring your tent is closed whenever possible is crucial, as is avoiding leaving food scraps and sweet drinks in and around your tent. It would also be wise to ensure you have some kind of insect spray on hand – best to be safe than sorry!
If I didn’t live in London, I would definitely consider using the Camp Royale facilities. It is a great way to be a part of this special day, close enough to the event itself, but far enough away from the chaos. Just be pest aware!