'Kinky forest sex festival' angers sleepy township

AUSTRALIANS are among hundreds of swingers who have flocked to a sleepy English town to take part in a kinky forest sex festival that has neighbours up in arms.

About 500 swingers from as far as Australia and Romania descended on Brokes Wood near Kent on Saturday for the second night of Flamefest, the New York Postreported.

The al fresco event features a dungeon, a dominatrix-controlled 'adult play area' and erotic workshops - including one called 'Getting Sexy with Snakes'.

The festival's website touts the three-day event as a descent into "the purest, most hedonistic elements of the party scene, from kinksters to ravers" where the intrepid "explore pain, experience pleasure and fulfil your fantasies".

But disgusted locals of nearby Tunbridge Wells don't support the sylvan shenanigans and say they never voted to approve the event in the first place.

"I'm no prude but this is the wrong place for this sort of thing. It's a residential area," Councillor Dianne Hill told Kent Live.

Ms Hill said she has received numerous complaints about the sex-focused affair.

"A big worry is they say there will be coaches (buses) coming down," she said.

"Where are they going to park? People are obviously going to be concerned about the noise."

Resident Chris Herbert, 42, said he simply doesn't "want a bunch of perverts descending on our town".

"These people are coming for an orgy and it's going to create hell on the roads as the woods can only be got to along a single track road," Mr Herbert said.

Event organisers said they secured a temporary license to hold the event, and didn't need it to be approved by a council committee, according to reports.

Organiser Helen Smedley insisted the group was not making sex a public spectacle.

"We allow people the safe place to have sex, we're monitors, just to make sure everyone's safe," Ms Smedley told Kent Live.

"There's nothing that happens in view, on site.

"People go off to their tents to meet like-minded people."

The fest, which costs about AUD$485 to attend, runs until Sunday local time.

News Corp Australia


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