The 2016 Tentipi Gathering is being held this year at Underhill Farm on the Shropshire-Welsh border in the village of Pant (24th-26th June). Located near Oswestry, a section of Offa’s Dyke is only a stone’s throw away, and makes an interesting walk to investigate. Continue reading Explore Offa’s Dyke at the Tentipi Gathering
The 2016 Tentipi Gathering has a new venue this year at Underhill Farm. Located on the Shropshire-Welsh border in the village of Pant, Underhill Farm was once a dairy farm until 1972, complete with a medieval cottage and 19th century barn. The Evison family became owners in 2009 and have used eco-techniques and recycled materials to create a unique venue for individuals, families and groups to relax and explore the local natural environment.
Pant is near Oswestry with Offa’s Dyke only a stone’s throw away, and there are limestone cliffs and quarries to explore along with a great industrial heritage to investigate.
The Tentipi Gathering will be held over the weekend 24th to 26th June and the weekend starts when you join us on Friday evening around the campfire for coffee and cake. The rest of the weekend will be full of various activities – you can throw a pot from local clay, join us for a walk and a storytelling adventure, whittle something from wood, do a little axe throwing or toddle off and do your own thing. There is also canal and train rides available locally as well as canoe hire and climbing on the limestone cliffs if you have your own gear.
Tipi hire is £85 for the weekend and includes two adults and two children. If you have your own Tipi the weekend will cost you just £25 per person (under-18s half price and under-5s are free). The camping fee includes your pitch, use of toilets, shower and mains water, lots of conversation and fun activities.
Although the Tentipi Gathering is a family camp there will be open fires and bush-craft activities involving knives and axes. There are also two ponds on the main camping field so please remember that you will be responsible for your children at all times.
Well behaved dogs are welcome but MUST be on a lead at ALL times. They are only allowed in your own tent and not in the kitchen, (did we mention there is an indoor kitchen you can use?), or other farm buildings.
For a fantastic weekend camping experience book a place at the 2016 Tentipi Gathering online or just call us on 01978 860605.
Tentipi gatherings are very popular in Europe, where like-minded groups of people, who share in common a love of camping in their Tentipi tents, get together to socialise, play and have a good weekend.
The Nordic Sami kåta and the Native American teepee are in principle the same design for living close to nature. The nomadic Sami people of northern Scandinavia, in developing the cone-shaped frame of wooden poles covered with animal hide, had a wind-resistant shelter that was both portable and easy to keep warm.
When we set out to run the UK’s first Tentipi camp we were scratching our heads about what people would want out of the event, we looked at the events Albert Dorp runs over in Germany and came up with our own ideas in addition. Continue reading The first UK Tentipi Camp – The ProAdventure Gathering April 2015
The Rally of Wales brought Llangollen firm, Pro Adventure Ltd it’s largest ever sale in the form of a small village of tipi’s for a big PR event for the Rally of Wales and Hyundai UK.
The tents, complete with floors and wood burning stoves, were used as part of a media programme for Hyundai UK. Hyundai were main sponsors of the welsh rally and were keen to give journalists a access to the rally and an adventurous overnight experience which was completely different to the usual corporate hospitality they might experience.
The journalists were flown from London to see the rally, and accommodated in the Tentipi Tents supplied by ProAdventure
I have wanted to sea kayak in Sweden for several years and in 2012 the Outdoor Academy of Sweden gave me my chance, here is my trip report.
I flew into Gothenburg to meet the Smiling OAS team, All loaded on to the coach we went off to visit some tourist attractions, the first some ancient rock carvings of boats and people, a world heritage site.
You can’t get much more ‘old-fashioned’ than utilizing something from 4,000 years ago. The basic design of the tipi has been in use since the Middle Archaic period but most archaeological evidence dates tipi use to between 2,500 to 500 years ago. Continue reading Camping… the old-fashioned way.
A few months ago Pete and Lesley offered the retail staff at ProAdventure the opportunity to attend the Outdoor Academy of Scandinavia, a project initiated by the Scandinavian Outdoor Group (SOG) to offer comprehensive outdoor staff training. Basically this meant understanding and using products in the great Swedish outdoors. On this trip we would be using Tentipi, Light my Fire, Peak Performance clothing, and Point 65 Kayaks.
This was a opportunity I didn’t want to miss! Along with my colleage Mark, we headed to Stockholm to join the rest of a group of about 30 others (the group included retail staff, journalists and tour operators) for our 4 day adventure in the Stockholm Archipelago.
The trip began with the usual meet and greet, then we headed off for a guided bike tour of Stockholm. Next was a 2 hour boat trip to an Island in the Archipelago called Uto. Our arrival was met with the very friendly owner of the hotel Uto Vardshus where were staying that night. We were given a fabulous meal and got to know more people in the group. I was pleased to have sat next Patrik from Tentipi..I had emailed him occassionally over the last few years working at ProAdventure and it was a pleasure to put a name to a face!
The next few days involved different activities. A guided hike along the coastline of the Island, followed by a 10km cycle ride. Next was another hike though the forest, and a talk on the geology and nature of the the island (this was Marks idea of heaven-someone who was as interested in rocks as he is!)
Our camp for the night was at a small beach (my idea of heaven-an outdoor swim!). We were given some extra kit to use while out in the wilds..Light my Fire meal kits, a water bottle, lots of Sporks!, a fire steel and a Maya stick. All of which were obviously used for making a fire and eating our tea! We also had a lesson in putting up our Tentipi for the night..good to see the expert Patrik do it!
Next day was a cycle again, then using the Point 65 kayaks and sea kayaking to a smaller island. Again we were sleeping in a Tentipi ..this time a light one, which I hadn’t done before so it was a good learning experience for me. I also got to see a prototype of the new Super light tentipi that will be produced next year-designed a lightweight 2 man Tentipi for trekking.
An early start the next morning sea kayaking back to Uto and attending our retailer workshops, followed by a very exciting RIB boat ride through the islands of the Archipelago to the island of Grinda. This was the last night of our stay and involved relaxing in a sauna, eating lots of crayfish, singing merry tunes and drinking schnapps…we were here for work…honest!
Seriously though..it was an amazing opportunity to be outdoors in Sweden using products we sell in the shop. Mark and I know more about Tentipi and Light my Fire than we did before and can relay our experiences with them to our customers:-)