We hope that all those who come are willing to share their expertise and knowledge to others in the canoeing community, helping and showing, to make this event special. Four days of beautiful scenery, paddling the river, sitting around the campfire and cooking, walking, learning, skills, doing what inspires you. We can help and guide you to make, whatever you do safe and enjoyable. How to make a shelter, set up a bivouac, developing your skills, planning, what to take on your trip, food, first aid, traditional boating skills, navigation and leave no trace, are just some random examples you can expect.
The weather can be unpredictable, so come prepared for all possibilities. The clocks will change this weekend so the evenings will get dark even earlier.
Bring your own (paddling) equipment and camping gear, including buoyancy aid and helmet. Boats need to be fitted with some kind of buoyancy. Campfires are allowed only in altar fires, raised from the ground for individual cooking. Camping only... however small camper-vans are allowed on the hard surface, no awnings! Toilet paper, light/torch and chair. Space for parking is a bit limited. We have the sole use of Herf’s Barn during the event.
We will be catering for the organisers and coaches. In addition we can cater for up to 20 extra people at an additional cost of £52 for whole event or £12 per day.Most days food will consider breakfast, lunch and dinner, coffee, tea or squash. We will ask people taking up this offer to help with preparation and cleaning and bring their own plate, bowl, cup and cutlery. (Also bring your own snacks and drinks) The meals will be simple like a sausage casserole, chilli etc. If you have questions or dietary requirements please contact us before booking.
We have tried to keep costs to a minimum to make it attractive to family groups. Please remember all the organisers and coaches are running this event voluntarily with only a contribution towards their expenses.
All adults taking a responsibility for young people at this event all have current DBS checks in place according to our policies. The event safety officer for the event is Mark-Jan Dielemens and the OCA Welfare officers are Mark-Jan and Vicky Dielemans. They can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Over 18 whole event £70 p.p.
3 – 18yrs (students) whole event £45 p.p.
Food whole event £52.- p.p.
Day visitors (officially have to leave the site by 9pm!) over and under 18 pay £17.50 pppd
Food per day is £13 pppd
Please book before 25th of October as after this date we start shopping, setting up and there is NO mobile signal onsite!
Any Questions, email: mailto:mark-Jan@opencanoe.info