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TAMARACK RENDEZVOUS
An annual 4-day family event with a strong outdoor theme. The Rendezvous is organised by Tamarack Outdoors and held at Tawd Vale Campsite, near Lathom in Lancashire
TAWD VALE
Consisting of 80 acres of lush woodlands in the heart of the West Lancashire countryside, Tawd Vale has long been a favourite site for generations of campers. The River Tawd from which the site derives its name wanders through the centre of the camp and adds to the natural beauty of the surrounding area, a place of fun and adventure.
COME ALONG AND CAMP
Everyone is welcome, from young and old, to come and camp and join in all the activities. Over the four days there are lectures, demonstrations, 'how to' sessions and activities for all the family.
CAMP YOUR WAY
With large flat grass glades and banks of mature trees you will always find a great pitch at Tawd Vale.

You are able to park on hard standing areas close to your tent pitch. For those who prefer to use a hammock and tarp you can pitch camp in the woodland area.

Open fires are permitted but they must be raised off the ground.

Within Tawd Vale is a flooded quarry known as The Delph. This is available to use for those with canoes but you need to be self-reliant, please ensure you have all necessary safety equipment.
Dogs are also welcome on site but must be kept on a lead.
TAMARACK HQ
The focal point of the RV is the Tamarack HQ. The Tamarack Team are based here co-coordinating the event, answering questions and are always on hand for any technical equipment queries.

The HQ is also where the team will be running the Tamarack Rendezvous Mini Store for all those essential or forgotten items.

RV2018 will also see the return of the Tamarack Café. Based at the HQ the Café will be serving breakfast and then tea, coffee and cakes for the rest of the day. On two nights an evening meal will also be available - Friday is Game Stew and Saturday is Venison Burgers.
TAMARACK TRADING POST
For 2018 we are introducing the Rendezvous Trading Post.

The idea came from Mike at the RV2017 where he brought along a box of second hand outdoor clothing and equipment and nearly sold the lot.

So if you have some outdoor related kit bring it along and sell it direct from your tent or tarp.

The rules are that the kit has to be clean, well maintained and serviceable with a price label attached.
RV2017 round up...
Wow talk about rain... we had a deluge the first night of RV2017 with springs popping up in the camping field and rivers running down tracks. However, we soldiered on and it was nice to hear laughter when the rain abated for a while.
It was great to see that the usual suspects were back in attendance and a lot of catching up was underway when the activities started on the Thursday.
We try and change the RV around each year, this year was no exception. The CookOut day on the Friday proved a success with all participants cooking Bannock and wild game stew which we enjoyed in the evening. The RV Party went well with much conversation and laughter around the fire and the rain having an evening off.
This year we had a lot of feedback from customers regarding things they would like to see at future Rendezvous. So for RV2018 we're introducing some major changes. The most noticeable being that we are no longer at Bowley, our new site will be Tawd Vale Campsite. So a fresh venue for people to explore and I am planning a number of new activities and lectures which will be great.
In essence a very wet RV this year but looking forward to exploring the new site and hosting new activities in 2018... Mike
 INTERESTED?
The information bar on the right will keep you up to date with the Tamarack Rendezvous.

That is where you will also find useful information, directions, and how to book tickets.

Full itineraries for the event can be found below.

For any other information try the FAQs below, otherwise for all other queries on this event contact the Tamarack Team on 01995 601011 or email at sales@tamarackoutdoors.co.uk
15th to 19th August 2018
Tawd Vale Camp Site
Lowry Hill Lane
Lathom
Lancs
L40 5UL
Tickets & Prices
Adult Ticket - £80.00
(over 16s)
Child Ticket: £40.00
(under 16s)
Family Ticket - £190.00
(2 adults + 2 children under 16)
No charge for 3 year old or under
This covers all camping fees and includes all workshops & activities.
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BRIEF ITINERARY
Camping is allowed from 15:00 on Wednesday 15th August until 14.00 on Sunday 19th August
DIRECTIONS TO THE RV
From Liverpool Switch Island
-From Liverpool Switch Island take the M58
-Leave the M58 at Junction 3 and take the first exit
-At the next roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the B5240 (Lyelake Lane)
-At the end of Lyelake Lane Turn Left onto the A577 (Wigan Road)
-Turn imediately right at the next junction back onto the B5240 (Plough Lane)
-Follow Plough lane until you reach a mini roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto the A5209 towards the M6
-Tawd Vale Scout Camp is approx 1km on the right
From the M6
-Leave the M6 at Junction 27 and follow the A5209 Signposted Parbold
-Follow the A5209 past the Hospital, over Parbold Hill, through Newburgh Village
-Tawd Vale Scout Camp is on the left just after the small bridge
SITE MAP
 DAILY ITINERARIES
 FAQs
There is always something happening during the day at the Rendezvous. The itinerary often runs the lectures/demonstrations in parallel with the activities but we repeat most activities each day, so no need to miss anything.  For all events meet at the stated venue a few minutes before the start time.

For ad-hoc activities not listed below, please see the white board during the event outside Tamarack HQ.

Does anyone have a skill and would like to do a demonstration or lecture? You are more than welcome. Please see one of the Tamarack Team in Tamarack HQ during the event.
Wednesday Itinerary
 The site opens at 15:00, so come along early, get set up and relax.

Thursday Itinerary
09:30-09:45 Introductions at Tamarack HQ
The introduction is a great way of meeting all the staff at the RV and giving you useful information about the site.
10:00-12:00 Cutting Tools Safety (Location: Meet at Tamarack HQ)
Mike will take you through the safety aspects of using wood cutting tools along with some great hints, tips and How-Tos. This session is a Tell-Show-Do with the emphasis on the Do - so bring along your knife, saw, axe and crook knife.
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-16:00 Wild Game Preparation (Location: Meet at Tamarack HQ)
This is possibly the most talked about session at the RV. This year we will be preparing venison as usual, but also a selection of wild game. We will cook it individually so you can taste the various meats before the lion's share goes into the game stew on Friday night.
16:00-18:00 Bannocks (Location: Meet at Tamarack HQ)
A popular feature last year were Bannocks so we've added a stand alone session for Bannocks this year. We will cook this bread in many ways, using pots, sticks and an open fire - lots to snack on before dinner!
19:00-21:00 Wild Walk (Location: Meet at Tamarack HQ)
With a new site this year full of interesting flora and fauna Mike will take you on a short walk looking at plants, trees, animal tracks & signs, natural navigation, woodland management and much more within this beautiful woodland. Bring your knife, saw, firesteel and binoculars on this information packed walk.
Friday Itinerary
10:00 -12:00 Art of Fire (Location: Meet at Tamarack HQ)

Fire is the heart of all camps and plays a major part in many outdoor activities. Mike will take you through ground preparation, finding firewood, initial ignition, maintaining and extinguishing your fire.
10:00 -12:00 Archery & Catapults (Location: Meet at the Ranges)
The Wood-Sage team are back this year running the ranges - make sure you have a go and top up those target sport skills.
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-18:00 Tarp, Hammock & Knotology (Location: Meet at Tamarack HQ)
Always a popular activity at the RV the session has been extended to incorporate pitching tarps in open ground, along with the tarp and hammock pitching in the forest. Mike has also included some extra knots and rope work on this session along with using a throw bag.
13:00-15:00 Air Rifle & Tomahawks (Location: Meet at the Ranges)
The Wood-Sage team are back this year running the ranges - make sure you have a go and top up those target sport skills.
16:00-17:00 Family Crafts (Location: Meet at Tamarack HQ)
The Wood-Sage team are back this year running the family crafts, see what you can create with para-cord.
18:00 Evening Meal - Game Stew (Meet at Tamarack HQ)
There will be a small charge for the evening meal.
19:00-22:00 Spoon Carving (Location: Meet at Tamarack HQ)
Spoon carving is all encompassing. Concentration, cutting tool safety and hand eye co-ordination are all brought together to craft something of beauty that can be used for many years to come. It's something special, especially while sat in a beautiful woodland around the fire. Bring along your knife and crook knife.
Saturday Itinerary
10:00 -12:00 Equipment Lecture (Location: Meet at Tamarack HQ)
Mikes kit is always evolving, either to make it lighter or more efficient and flexible for any terrain and season. He will show the contents of his rucksack, how he packs it and why. Key elements of equipment will be discussed including, water purification, tents, tarps, hammocks, food and introducing Packboats. Equally important are top-tips on how to maintain your equipment and yourself. An informative two hour session that will raise a lot of questions.
10:00 -12:00 Archery & Catapults (Location: Meet at the Ranges)
The Wood-Sage team are back this year running the ranges - make sure you have a go and top up those target sport skills.
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-18:00 Woodsmans Walk (Location: Meet at Tamarack HQ)
Something new for RV18. We will set off into the woods to gather some materials and light a fire and get the kettle on. At this campsite we will make the essential tools of the Woodsman, such as the beetle, the digging stick, a spud, a throw stick, a pot hanger and much more. Bring along your knife, axe, billy can, water, snacks, brew kit, 4 meters of cord and wet weather gear (just in case!) for this session.
13:00-15:00 Air Rifle & Tomahawks (Location: Meet at the Ranges)
The Wood-Sage team are back this year running the ranges - make sure you have a go and top up those target sport skills.
16:00-17:00 Family Crafts (Location: Meet at Tamarack HQ)
The Wood-Sage team are back this year running the family crafts. This session is willow weaving, make sure you have a go of this addictive craft.
18:00 Evening Meal - Venison Burgers (Location: Meet at Tamarack HQ)
There will be a small charge for the evening meal.
19:00-23:00 RV2018 Party (Location: Meet at Tamarack HQ)
A great hit last year. This year we will have music and a few games you can try your hand at, such as horse shoe pitching and lasso the reindeer. Bring along your favourite tipple, a chair and shoot the breeze with fellow Rendezvous-ers.
Sunday Itinerary
No scheduled activities on Sunday. The day is your own to break camp and leave, anytime up until the site closes at 14:00.
Q: Can I park my vehicle on the camping field?
Vehicles, trailers, trailer tents or any other wheeled vehicles are not allowed on the camping field. The car park is adjacent to the camping field, you will be approx. 50 meters from your vehicle. Please bear this in mind when you are planning your tented/tarped area at the RV.
Q: Is there a quiet site policy at the Rendezvous?
We have a quiet site policy which runs from 22.30 until 07:30 on each day of the Rendezvous. Adults are asked to supervise their children within the quiet times and keep the noise down to a sociable level.
Q: What are the facilities at Tawd Vale?
There are toilets and sinks adjacent to the camping field, designated water stand pipes and the shower block and washing-up area is a short walk adjacent to the main complex.
Q: What shops are close by?
A two minute drive from Tawd Vale there is a Shell garage with convenience store and cash machine. In the town of Burscough there is a supermarket ( Tesco ), Spar shop and pharmacy along with banks and smaller shops.
Q: Can I bring my dog?
Dogs are allowed but must be kept on a lead at all times. All dog mess must be picked up and disposed of in the correct way.
Q: Can I bring my air rifle, bow or crossbow?
The simple answer is NO, with NO exceptions. All equipment for the activities is provided.
Q: Can I pitch a Hammock and Tarp?
There is loads of scope for hammock camping at Tawd Vale with its little glades within the woodland perfect for this.
Q: Can I bring all my kids, including babies?
No problem, the Tamarack Rendezvous is a family event – all are welcome.
Q: Can I have a fire near my tent?
Fires are allowed but must be raised off the ground, especially if you are camping within the woodland. No de-turfing is allowed. It is advisable that all fires have some form of extinguisher close by in case of emergency. Also you will have to bring all your own firewood and kindling.
Q: Can I have a wood burning stove in my tent?
Wood burning stoves can be used as long as hardwood logs or peat are used to reduce sparks coming out of the flue. Remember, your neighbour might not have a fire retardant tent.
Q: Do I need insurance to come to the Rendezvous?
Always a good idea to hold some kind of travel insurance coming to any event.
Q: Where and what is the Tamarack HQ?
The Tamarack HQ is the central hub of the Rendezvous where you will find someone from Tamarack, the first aid location, a small Tamarack shop and a seating area.
Q: Is there a first aid station and how do I know who the first aiders are?
The first aid station is at Tamarack HQ and the first aiders will make themselves known at the introduction.
Q: Are you doing food and drinks this year?
We are planning on doing breakfast, then tea, coffee and cake for the rest of the day. On a couple of the evenings we will provide an evening meal for a small charge.
Q: Can I bring, wear and use my knife?
Knives can be worn on your person but discreetly. If you are going to leave the camping area or leave the site ensure all cutting tools are left in the boot of your car or in your tent.
Q: Can I bring a group of young people?
No problem, groups are welcome.
Q: Can I bring my canoe?
You can bring your canoe/kayak etc for a paddle on the Delph. However, ensure you have all your safety equipment. Tamarack do not take any responsibility for your actions in this activity.
DOs & DONTs
Please keep dogs on a lead & clean up any dog mess
Please pick up any litter
Please keep the noise down between 22:30 to 07:30
Please keep your children under supervision
Please leave your camping pitch tidy
Finally… PLEASE ENJOY YOURSELVES