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Our Tipicamp 2019 is at a completely new venue for us, close to Whittington near the borders market town of Oswestry. The site is a private field, a two minute walk from the Shropshire Union Canal so a great opportunity for a bit of gentle canoeing, kayaking or paddleboarding. We would like to invite old friends and new to join us for a relaxed weekends camping with your Tentipi (Tipis and stoves available to hire if you dont have your own but book early as numbers are very limited). Cake, Conversations and Campfire are definitely the order of the day. Remember, any planned activities are optional so if you want to do your own thing in the day thats fine but its a great opportunity to make friends and chat with like minded people!
Friday is for fika (thats Swedish for coffee and cake) so we make sure the fire is lit early to welcome you all as you arrive and provide a hot drink and something cakey once your tipi is pitched and made beautiful.
Saturday Morning - We will be taking to the water in our canoes and encourage you to bring your own canoes kayaks and paddleboards so you can join us. (a one day, two person open canoe hire is an optional extra when you book and will come with buoyancy aids, helmets and paddles). If you dont want to get on the water you can walk along the bank and enjoy the fun from the side. The area is quite flat so you could bring your bikes too. There's a national cycle route along country lanes to Ellesmere which would make for a nice ride.
Saturday Afternoon - Sometime after 3pm we will be getting the targets out and doing some axe throwing (over 16's only but target practice available in a safer way for the young uns) This is always popular and can get quite competitive but is just for fun really!
At tea time we will fire up our Uuni pizza oven and everyone can roll and make their own wood fired masterpiece. We provide the dough, sauce and cheese and you provide any additions to your own liking, Voila!
In the evening we usually gather round the campfire and listen to a talk by a knowledgeable and hopefully interesting local person. I have a couple of people in mind and will confirm in due course. The rest of the evening usually involves chatter round the cmpfire and the odd beer or wee dram and last year a double bass and guitar appeared so keep your fingers crossed and dont be shy if you have one of your own!
Sunday - We welcome the sharing of skills so if you carve spoons, make felt or wool or do any kind of craft thats transportable and you could show a few people then please bring it along. Otherwise we are leaving the day for you to do as you please and to pack up and leave by 3pm.
There will be a childrens play area available all weekend with outdoor games and some books and colouring etc but we dont supervise it so you need to look after your own little ones. We try to keep the campfire lit all the time with hot water and tea/coffee/squash always available. There are toilet and shower facilities on site but just one each for ladies and gents (we will consider a portaloo if we think numbers require it but our camps are usually small (up to 50 people) so there shouldnt be big crowds or queues. dogs are welcome as long as they are well behaved and on a lead at all times as there is livestock nearby. We would of course expect you to clear up after them too. The landowner has agreed to open fires on the ground as long as the turf is dug up first and replaced without trace before you leave. We would suggest using firebowls to avoid the hassle.