Hundreds descend on sleepy UK town for woodland sex festival

Tunbridge Wells event features S&M dungeon and 'adult play pen'

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Hundreds of kinky revellers are descending on a sleepy English town for a sex festival featuring an S&M dungeon, an 'adult play pen' run by dominatrixes and bondage wrestling workshops.

Flamefest17 in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, will also host lessons in erotic writing, fetish play equipment, luxury hot tubs, sword-swallowing and "human hungry hippos" .

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The event, for which partygoers have paid £300 to stay in luxury boutique tents, will include dance DJs playing into the early hours, Kent Live reported .

Photography is banned inside the festival and the website says about the dress code: "Festival wear and fetish wear will go down well, but bear in mind that nudity is only permitted in the adult play marquee."

And the website adds: "Sex, nudity and BDSM activities are STRICTLY confined to the adult play marquee and your tent."

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Publicity material advertising the event says: "Get back to nature and rediscover your wild side with DJs, live music, extreme performances, movie nights, daytime workshops, ridiculous games, an adult play area and steamy outdoor hot tubs."

Referring to what is on offer, it adds: "Our outdoor dungeon is discreetly secluded, furnished with fetish play equipment and monitored by our friendly assistants. Explore pain, experience pleasure and fulfil your fantasies on this mystical site, where witches' covens have met for centuries."

But people living in the area have expressed concern over noise, parking and decency - and claim they had not be consulted about the event.

Kent councillor Dianne Hill said she had received "a lot" of complaints.

"I'm no prude but this is the wrong place for this sort of thing," she said. "It's a residential area. A big worry is they say there will be coaches coming down - where are they going to park?

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"People are obviously going to be concerned about the noise."

Cllr Hill said residents had not been aware the event was taking place because it was being held on a temporary licence.

This, she explained, meant it did not need to be approved by a council licensing committee.

Event manager Helen Smedley said it was "a private event" and insisted no sex would be on show to the public.

she said: "It'll involve music, workshops, getting at one with nature. We've got guests coming from all over Kent. We've had someone fly in from Romania and Australia.

"We allow people the safe place to have sex, we're monitors, just to make sure everyone's safe. There's nothing that happens in view, on site. People go off to their tents to meet like minded people."

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