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Story telling events near Wexford... Weekend of 24th August

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Story telling events near Wexford... Weekend of 24th August

Post by Eclectic Penguin » Wed Jun 12, 2013 10:14 pm

Based on a camping trip I went on last weekend, I've had the great and unexpected opportunity to put together 2 Geocaching events in Co, Wexford, to take place on the evening of 23rd August and on 24th August.

After some planning behind the scenes over the last week and a half, this is how it's panned out so far.

1. Evening of Friday August 23rd at the Trading Post Camper Park, an event called Trading Stories, http://coord.info/GC4E07J.

The event title will become clear based on subsequent things I've organised for the weekend. To be honest this is a camping event where I'm encouraging as many people from as many diverse locations (Ireland or abroad) to come to on the Friday evening. A number who have never been camping before have expressed an interest in trying this already so I'm also hoping to now put together a "camping on an extreme budget" guide for people, like myself who started camping purely to enjoy the full atmosphere of a Geocaching camping event (to which I've been to a few now!)

The whole point of a camping event is to socialise and get to know each other in a slightly different context to the more traditional pub environment. And I've grown to love this kind of event, despite my initial dislike of camping... indeed I now go camping for Geocaching and not events!

2. 9:00am Friday August 24th. Battle of Oulart Hill 6 mile organized walk.

This ostensibly* is not a Geocaching event at all - but there's a historic walk based on the 1798 Battle of Oulart Hill between the North Cork Militia and the United Irishmen. It will be lead by local historians who have intimate knowledge of the local battle and ends up at the largest 1798 monument in Ireland. Many local historic locations will be pointed out and the views at some of the locations are stunning.

3. *Ostensibly, because by then there will be around 15 new cached places along the walk's route.

Planning for these is well in hand and they all have land owner permission and local agreement for day to day management - they'll be placed in the next few weeks, prior to the event caches.

4. On A Story Teller's Night - another Geocaching event, with a difference. http://coord.info/GC4E0BF

This is the wild-card event that has so many opportunities. We have full access to a local cottage known as The House of Stories. Please read the cache description as to what that's about - I'll be updating this as and when I know more!


As to those who've never been camping before... my first camping experience was at a Geocaching camping event in South Wales (about 8km from where I was living at the time :roll: :oops: ) but I've never looked back. I hope to write up a "guide to extremely basic camping" in the next few days to show that you only need a handfull of bits of kit (that are actually very cheap to buy at this time of year from places like Argos, Lidil or Tesco) for a successful enjoyable event "out doors experience" that doesn't cost the earth on your first experience of camping.

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Re: Story telling events near Wexford... Weekend of 24th Aug

Post by abbeyackbar » Thu Jun 13, 2013 8:17 pm

I was delighted when I saw these events published. We never got to go to any Winter Madness camping events and when they stopped I figured that left a hole in the geocaching event calendar and that many that had attended them would miss them. So I figured someday I'd organise something similar, less mad though. Camping in October! That is mad : ) I'd love to hear stories of those events : )

Looking forward to the beginners guide as we're newbies to camping although I've picked up some items over the last few months when I saw a good offer. I was drawn to the camping supplies in various shops like when I'd pause at the Tupperware section of shops just to take a look : ) I have fold-away chairs already, I got one in Atlantic Homecare for €8 on sale. I was raging I didn't buy a second at the time so when I saw another in Lidl I think it was for €10 I snatched it up.

I looked at the link supplied on the Trading Stories event listing to that '08 camping event you were at in Wales. Looks like it was a blast and the photos look awesome.

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Re: Story telling events near Wexford... Weekend of 24th Aug

Post by MunsterFan » Sun Jun 23, 2013 5:45 pm

Will hopefully make it to this, either with the family or tagging along... Just so you know EP :lol: :wink:
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Re: Story telling events near Wexford... Weekend of 24th Aug

Post by Tmsr » Tue Jun 25, 2013 6:42 am

Tent acquired, and application for sunshine submitted...

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Re: Story telling events near Wexford... Weekend of 24th Aug

Post by MunsterFan » Tue Jun 25, 2013 2:22 pm

Fingers crossed that TMSR get their planning permission!!! LOL
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Re: Story telling events near Wexford... Weekend of 24th Aug

Post by theswerve » Tue Jun 25, 2013 3:47 pm

Quick question...Do we have to book into the campsite directly ourselves or has there been a space reserved for the group...????

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Re: Story telling events near Wexford... Weekend of 24th Aug

Post by abbeyackbar » Thu Aug 08, 2013 10:25 pm

Got a tent this evening! :D Woohoo!
I was in town with Ackbar this evening & we picked out a tent in the Capel camping store on, you guessed it :D, Capel St. It's a 2 person double skin tent. We got it for €39.95. Can't wait to go camping now :)

I take it we book in direct? and tell them we're Geocachers. That's the next thing for us to do then.

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Re: Story telling events near Wexford... Weekend of 24th Aug

Post by MunsterFan » Tue Aug 13, 2013 2:05 pm

Looking forward to this too, have recovered the tent from the mini MFs and hope to confirm my place during the week.

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