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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.

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.

RV2019 will also see the Tamarack Café in full operation. Based at the HQ the Café will be serving breakfast and then tea, coffee and cakes for the rest of the day. An evening meal will also be on offer each day.
TAMARACK TRADING POST
For 2019 sees the return of 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 the Tamarack HQ.

The rules are that the kit has to be clean, well maintained and serviceable with a price label attached.
RV2018 round up...
Tawd Vale Camp Site was the new venue for 2018 and what a venue. The 80 acre woodland site is perfect for the RV with loads of different plant and tree species, the river Tawd dissecting the site and the Delph which is great for course fishing and paddle practice.
This year the weather was kinder with the camping fields dry and flat which is a bonus. The Tamarack HQ building and kitchens worked really well with loads of room for our shop, a mess hall and a great space for lectures.
With a new site comes new ideas and at Tawd this is no exception. Mikes wild and woodsmans walk proved successful along with the usual suspects of wild game preparation, cutting tools safety and an afternoon of tarps, hammocks and knots.
Mike and Dave Winrow ( alias the woodland brothers ) were on hand teaching people leather work, wood turning with a pole lathe and many other aspects of an outdoorsman.

Also the team from Wood-Sage were running the ranges and the family crafts which are always busy.
As always the RV party on the Saturday evening was a success with great positive feedback about the site and how the RV is run. Throughout the RV 18 we were processing the feedback and starting to organise RV 19 and looking forward to meeting all the great people who attend each year.
 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
2019
14th to 18th August 2019
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 - £200.00
(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 14th August until 13.00 on Sunday 18th 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.


If anyone wants to demonstrate a skill or carry out a lecture, you are more than welcome. Please see one of the Tamarack Team in the HQ.


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-to’s. This session is a tell-show-do with the emphasis on the do- so bring along your knife, sax and axe.
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-16:00 Wild Game Preparation (Location: Meet at Tamarack HQ)
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 and fish. We will then cook the fish in a traditional way over the fire and taste a selection of the meat. The lion’s share goes into the game stew on Friday night.
13:00-15:00 Hobo Fishing Kit ( Location: Woodland Brothers )
Mike and Dave will teach you how to use a wood lathe to turn a Hobo fishing rigg from wood to be used later in the day. Note: An additional material charge applies.
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.
18:00 Evening Meal - (Location: Meet at Tamarack HQ)
19:00-21:00 Wild Walk (Location: Meet at Tamarack HQ)
With a really interesting woodland to explore join Mike on this information packed walk in the woods. Bring along your Hobo fishing kit and give that a go, we will also be looking at plants, trees and animal tracks and signs.
Friday Itinerary
10:00-12:00 Fire ( Location: Tamarack HQ )
Join Mike on this fascinating journey of fire with the emphasis of having a go. This session looks at the human history of fire and many techniques both modern and old of the art of fire.
10:00-12:00 Archery & Tomahawk  ( Location: The Ranges )
Join the Woodland Brothers on the ranges for loads of target fun.
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-18:00 Tarp, Hammock & Knotology (Location: Meet at Tamarack HQ)
A great session for those who like camping especially with a tarp and hammock. Loads of useful knots to try and many tarp configurations along with a throw bag.
13:00-15:00 Air Rifle & Tomahawks (Location: Meet at the Ranges)
Join the Woodland Brothers on the ranges for loads of target fun.
16:00-18:00 Family Crafts (Location: Meet at Tamarack HQ)
Join the Woodland Brothers for some Paracord work and concepts.
18:00 Evening Meal - (Meet at Tamarack HQ)
19:00-22:00 Leather Workshop ( Location: Woodland Brothers )
Join Mike and Dave for a really great session on leatherwork. You can pick a project and they will guide you through to make something that will last a life time. You can choose to make either a knife sheath, pen knife case, laplander case, axe mask, axe shaft cover or an axe belt loop. Note: An extra over materials charge applies.
Saturday Itinerary
10:00-12:00 Cutting Tools Maintenance ( Location: Tamarack HQ )
Join Mike in the Tamarack HQ as he steers you through knife, axe, saw and crook knife sharpening and maintenance with the emphasis on having a go yourself.
10:00-12:00 Archery & Tomahawk  ( Location: The Ranges )
Join the Woodland Brothers on the ranges for loads of target fun.
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-18:00 Woodsmans Walk (Location: Meet at Tamarack HQ)
A great afternoon session last year so here it is again. Join Mike for a walk in the woods to make the essential tools of the woodsman such as a beetle.digging stick, spud, throw stick, pot hanger and much more.Bring along your knife, axe, water, some snacks and bad weather gear for this session.
13:00-15:00 Air Rifle (Location: Meet at the Ranges)
Join the Woodland Brothers on the ranges for loads of target fun.
16:00-18:00 Family Crafts (Location: Meet at Tamarack HQ)
Join the Woodland Brothers for a dream catcher workshop
18:00 Evening Meal 
19:00-23:00 RV2018 Party (Location: Meet at Tamarack HQ)
As always the RV party is a great get together on the last night. 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 13:00.
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?
Yes fire is allowed but this must be raised at least 12 inches off the ground. Please do not dig firepits.
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 will be running catering services providing choices for Breakfast, Lunches and Evening Meals at a small charge as advertised at the event.
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
 

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