Residents of Royal Tunbridge Wells aren’t happy this week after the news that a kinky sex festival is set to take place in a nearby woodland.
Flamefest – which is set to run this weekend – will welcome 500 guests for three days of adult play including the opportunity to take part in an outdoor S&M dungeon and get some vital kink education lessons.
According to organisers, festival-goers are encouraged to “explore pain, experience pleasure and fulfil their fantasies.”
Naturally, the event has caused uproar in the local community. Locals have expressed their disgust at the event with one man saying: “This is not the kind of thing we want going on here. These people are coming for an orgy.”
Another told the Daily Mail: “We don’t want a bunch of perverts descending on our town.”
Flamefest’s event manager Helen Smedley has tried to calm the furore. She has specified that members of the public will in no way witness any outdoor sex.
“It will involve music, workshops, getting at one with nature,” she commented. “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. People go off to their tents to meet like-minded people.”
Smedley also insisted that the festival is concerned about local residents and are doing everything they can to ensure the festival remains as private as possible.
“We have strict rules on sex and nudity outside one tent which is completely blacked out,” she added. “We are really concerned about the residents and making sure this passes with as little difficulties for them as possible.”
But it seems it’s not enough. Local councillor Dianne Hill said she had received several complaints from residents at the festival’s location.
Hill said that she was “no prude” but admitted that Royal Tunbridge Wells “is the wrong place for this sort of thing.”
Looks like the people will just have to suck it up as Flamefest has no plans to cancel.
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