Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Camping in style with the Outdoor Group

A while back in February 2019 Tony Joyce tabled the Link4Camp idea. This then developed and was made available to the Link4Growth community; the date then fixed for the 14th-16th June... which was last weekend.

The setting just outside Watlington in Oxfordshire on a delightful camp site boasting fabulous (clean) amenities with plenty of space to easily accommodate.

This wasn't the rustic survival style camping I was used to from my cubs and scouts days though. We were just required to bring ourselves, tents if we wanted to (otherwise Tony provided all of those),  sleeping bags (covers, mattresses, pillows), ablutions kit and appropriate clothing for 48 hour period... oh and drinks as you wanted.

Basically this was... a hotel in tents. Tony and his company (the Outdoor Group) provided a cooked breakfast (fruit and cereals too), all the ingredients to make your own packed lunch, and a cooked evening meal (roast beef on Saturday evening). It has to be said Tony makes camping a pleasurable experience without the "lugging water", working out the menu, buying the ingredients, cooking (on a tiny burner) and struggling to even get a decent cup of tea and coffee (available throughout the day).

Tony also accommodates for all different types of food preferences, vegetarian, vegan, lactose intolerant, gluten free etc. at all meals.

Plenty to do around the Camping area too. Walking, Canoeing, different places to visit and plenty of space to make your own entertainment. We assembled around the Fire Pit in the evenings to chat and drink, laugh and tell stories... on Friday all in the company of a beautiful huge moon, clear skies, great sunset and the fresh air of nature.

Myself, Silpi and Elena went on a 4 hour walk Saturday, taking in some of the scenery on country trails, and then Sunday a shorter walk that began just a stones throw from the site itself.

At £30 all in 'per night' this is incredibly good value and Tony set this up so that he could provide individuals and families with a holiday option even if they were strapped for cash. Tony also provides camps for groups (such as Mind and New Hope - homeless) as his contribution back into the community.

So much did we enjoy this experience... I think it was a first for everyone except myself... we have asked Tony if he could organise another for us? ... maybe in the latter half of September.

This is an ideal opportunity to bring people together in a totally different setting and really get to know others that we wouldn't normally meet or spend time with.

Hopefully if we manage another other Link4Camp... Link4Growth members from around the country will also join in the fun!

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