And a few days ago the broadcaster Eamonn Holmes, of morning TV fame and supposedly a symbol of respectability, was spotted at a £450-a-head country house sex party organised by Killing Kittens, a company that organises swinging events for wealthy young professionals and was founded by Emma Sayle, a one-time acquaintance of the Duchess of Cambridge.
Holmes, who was accompanied by his wife, fellow Good Morning Britain Host Ruth Langsford, turned out to be filming a light-hearted documentary about the event for Channel 5.
Once regarded as the exclusive domain of perverts and oddballs, it is increasingly being marketed to the middle classes as a quirky, fashionable leisure pursuit.
Last summer, several hundred devotees of what practitioners rather tediously call ‘the lifestyle’ descended on the picturesque Welsh village of Trellech for a three-day event called Swingfields, at which couples (wearing coloured wristbands to denote their sexual preferences) were encouraged to swap partners in the great outdoors.
Yet at the weekend, this haven of Home Counties tranquillity was shattered by the noise of non-stop dance music and the spectacle of a public orgy.
Visitors to the site, which is supposedly maintained as a nature reserve, found a large portion of it surrounded by metal fencing and burly security guards wearing hi-viz jackets.
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The more energetic could alsotake part in ‘domination wrestling’ in a pool filled with jelly, and a game called ‘human hungry hippos’ the exact rules of which remain unclear.At the top of one driveway yesterday was a sign reading: ‘This gate leads to a private property.It is not the site of a sex festival.’Patrons of local bus and train services, meanwhile, had their journeys disrupted by intoxicated festival-goers loudly discussing the intimate activities they intended to pursue at the event.He was filmed taking part in an ‘erotic dining experience’ which involved wearing a blindfold while Langsford fed him forkfuls of spaghetti, but reportedly declined to follow fellow revellers to ‘play rooms’ equipped with whips and chains.Such sexual free-for-alls are increasingly held in places that were once entirely respectable, rather than Soho basements.
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