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Macaw marquee

Macaw 2015, Bude

Martial arts summer camp is dead….long live MACAW!

Ok, so camp isn’t dead, but its name is changing to be more in line with our broader vision – a martial and creative arts workshop, MACAW.

At a Glance

  • When? Saturday August 1st – August 8th.  Formal training starts Monday 3rd August.
  • Where? Upper Lynstone Camping park, Bude. See here.  Camping and static caravans, though may stay wherever you like.  You must book this yourself.
  • What? Martial arts, various styles, creative arts such as painting, pottery, live music
  • How much?  You must pay for your own accommodation.  Most students stay at the campsite.  Martial arts training is paid for by student donation using a red envelope system (see below).  Creative arts such as painting and pottery are paid for in advance through an online booking system here.
  • How do I book? Book your accommodation directly with the campsite or wherever you choose to stay.  Book your creative art lessons in advance through the site.  Martial arts training does not require advanced booking, but as a courtesy, please do let us know if you are planning to attend MACAW (contact form at bottom of page).

This year sees a return of our tireless director of martial arts, Mr Liam Grange, bringing his melange of skills to the martially inclined.  We’ve listened to feedback and observed the last five years activities, and this year we are moving towards a more formal programme of events.  We are joined by a new friend Mr David Thomas, who will be teaching a beginner’s course of Feng Shou kung-fu in the early afternoon, Monday to Friday.  Having trained with David, I can tell that you if you’ve only eight years of martial arts under your belt, then there is still plenty to learn from David. This will be followed by a beginner’s taekwondo session taught by Mr Jason King.  By formalising a schedule and catering to beginners, we hope to open the camp to complete beginners and anyone else who may be a bit shy, or wanting a time-table to work from.

Liam giving it to an impertinent balloon

Liam giving it to an impertinent balloon. Photograph courtesy of Simon Tatler, SCVT Photography

Other guest instructors are yet to be announced and confirmed, but we are anticipating the return of Mr Alex Grange, who ran such an excellent taekkyon course last year, and all our old friends will be made welcome as usual.

Creative Arts at the Parakeet Marquee

This year we have another marquee available (thanks Chris!) that will be dedicated to the creative arts – we see the return of fabulous Lynne Holehouse from the local Seventh Wave Gallery with three new art lessons – Hawker’s Hut in water-colour, Summerleaze Bay in acrylics and sand, and your family tree in your finger-prints.  Last year, Lynne’s Chinese water-colour workshop was oversubscribed and produced some beautiful work (here).   If you wish to attend any of these lessons, you must book in advance as places are limited.  Each session is £19, but there is a discount if you book all three.  Book here for these activities and all other prepaid events.

Also returning this year is the lovely Jane Masterman, not only as a student but as a teacher too.  Jane will be booking raku pottery sessions, final details to be confirmed shortly.

Hannah Power

BEFORE – Singer song-writer Hannah Power.

Hannah drinking from a saucepan.

AFTER – Hannah Power performing vocal warm-up exercises with a saucepan of enhanced cider, at a previous martial arts summer camp

This year we are opening the Parakeet Marquee for acoustic sessions to visiting and local musicians.  All students are encouraged to come and show their musical or dance talents.

This year Dragon Taekwondo’s Hannah Power will be singing for us.  Hannah has a wonderful voice, not to be missed.

Local band Austin Powys will be on-hand for at least one performance, accompanied by camp long-timer Alex King, and The MACAW team is busy negotiating another local band to play, so watch the Facebook page for updates.

This year we are lucky to have Mrs Lisa Southard, founder of BlackBeltBooks and local ITF Taekwondo instructor performing an evening reading from a selection of her two published books – Tales From the Tenets, and The Time Travelling TKD Tour Bus and Other Stories, both of which are available on Amazon.

Curry will be devoured again this year.  Book yours now here.  If you don’t book it, Sajla won’t make enough of it for you.  Do be a hungry fool!

Sajla's Taaza Curry.  Simply superb.

Sajla’s Taaza Curry. Simply superb.

Changes to Charging

As most of our customers know, Martial Arts Summer Camp is now in its sixth year.  The first four years training was provided absolutely free of charge, with year five seeing the introduction of a small fee for training, and ad-hoc charges for additional creative-arts, first aid training, curry event and lantern making.  This year we want to offer an improved service, and ideally, try and turn the business away from being a loss-maker for the organisers and teachers alike.

Nothing to see here.

Nothing to see here.

Here are some facts and figures to consider:

  • Marquee insurance –  £600 per annum
  • Instructor accommodation for the week – £80 each
  • 5 days of work at British minimum hourly rate for over 21s = £6.50 x 40 hours = £260

I don’t think anyone would disagree that our excellent teaching staff deserve more than the minimum wage.  Food for thought.

At MACAW we understand that a lot of students are primarily attending for the martial arts, and that traditionally, martial arts clubs scrape a living by charging cheap for medium – large numbers.  We also acknowledge that there is disparity in payments between martial arts instructors and creative arts instructors, for no appreciable reason.

To help close the gap, this year we are introducing the red envelope system for paying for martial arts instruction and for making contributions to the cost of the marquee insurance .  The night before you leave, please endeavour to pay a sensible and fair fee to the instructors of your classes by placing your payments in a red envelope with the instructor’s name on.  Red envelopes and receptacles for the same will be provided, and allow for anonymous donations.  At the end of the week, MACAW staff will decide if the system is sustainable, or whether we will need to swap to a fixed rate system, which will inevitably exclude some students.  Please help keep MACAW running by supporting its staff.

…and finally…with timetables!

Two marquees mean that we can train whatever the weather.  How good is that?  Furthermore, if you fancy an alternative to training, try some art.  Let’s have another massively successful camp.  This year we want to encourage the general public in the campsite to join in a bit more and to spread the word.  We have a great success story – last year saw Chris Chant (below, with Marcie) attend his first camp, and on the strength of his experience – that you helped give – joined a local karate-jutsu club and is about to take his 8th kyu exam.  Congratulations Chris, that’s the embodiment of MACAW.

Karateka Chris and daughter Marcie.  Chris now trains at Doryoku Rye Karate Jutsu in Plymouth.

Karateka Chris and daughter Marcie. Chris now trains at Doryoku Ryu Karate Jutsu in Plymouth.

Godzilla versus Mothra

Godzilla versus Mothra

Its very likely that this year will see the start of MACAW hitting the festival circuit.  That being the case, you can fully expect more of this sort of mayhem.  MACAW will also be offering a range of branded clothing featuring our beautiful macaw logo embroidered on hoodies, teeshirts, polo shirts, rugby shirts etc.

Many thanks to Simon Tatler of SCVT Photography for kind reproduction of Godzilla versus Mothra, Karateka Chris, Liam in orange, Nothing to see here, Sajla’s Taaza Curry and the Macaw Marquee

Parakeet Marquee 2015 Timetable

Parakeet Marquee 2015 Timetable

MacawMarquee 2015 Timetable

MacawMarquee 2015 Timetable

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Marquee Fundraising Project Is Now Live

Our Crowdfunder project to raise money for a marquee is now live. If you are not able to make a donation, please do at least forward this message on to anyone who may be sympathetic to our cause.

Marquee fundraiser here.

If you intend to come to camp this year, by making a donation of £25 or more here is the best way of paying your £10 fee and raising cash to train under cover in the event of rain. It’s also the only way to purchase hoodies and tee-shirts, and there are other rewards for donation available too.

Please support us. The campaign runs for just 28 days, so please don’t hang about! The video is a bit dry, but stick with it, there are out-takes at the end which are good for a giggle.

A picture of some lanterns

MASC 2014 Information Sheet

Martial Arts Summer Camp 2014 – 5th Anniversary!

Welcome to the family on our 5th annual summer camp.  Whether this is your first year or not, please do read this information sheet.  I am very proud of our achievements and the generosity of all our instructors for the last 4 years.  Long live camp!  Camp starts on August 9th 2014 and runs to the following Saturday, at Upper Lynstone. If you are booking to stay here, please make sure you mention that you will be attending the martial arts camp.

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News

This year sees a few small changes to camp – we have introduced a training fee of £10 per person for the entire week.  That’s crazy cheap!  This year I am also trying to raise money to purchase a marquee to replace the gazebo that finally gave up last year.  The marquee will allow us to train in shelter, and a give us a common area for eating and socialising.  I have started a Crowdfunder campaign which will be published and available on Friday 21st February, and in return for donations, you receive a variety of different rewards, depending on the amount you donate.  Please do help us raise the money by promoting this Crowdfunder project to your friends, families and business.  By donating £25 or more, you will effectively be paying your £10 training fee and supporting the marquee project.  Its also the only way purchase our branded hoodies and teeshirts for this year’s camp.  Shooting a video is actually much harder than you may think, so to brighten it up , I have included some out-takes at the end.

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Welcome to Our New Friends

Zhong Ding

For our 5th anniversary, we are honoured to be welcoming the Zhong Ding group of martial artists.  You may have heard the name Zhong Ding before, Liam Grange is a member of their team.  Zhong Ding will be training and teaching from the following range or martial arts:

  • taijiquan
  • xingyiquan
  • baguazhang
  • liangzi wushu
  • qigong
  • meditation

Nigel and Fong Suttong are students of Liang He Qing, Tan Ching Ngee, Tan Seow Theng, Lau Kim Hong, Gao Jiwu, Guru Azlan Ghanie, Guru Zainal Abidin among others. They founded Zhong Ding Traditional Martial Arts Association in 1987. They live and work in Malaysia and rather uniquely inhabit the often antagonistic and exclusive worlds of Chinese and Malaysian martial arts. Nigel is the author of ‘Searching for the Way’ ‘Applied Tai Chi Chuan’ and numerous other books. These inspirational masters have dedicated their lives to studying, training, teaching and writing about martial arts. Welcome Nigel, Fong and family of students!

Paul Collins Fitness

This year, we are also joined by Paul and Tina Collins, both of whom will not only be training with us, but will also be providing targeted fitness training, especially geared for martial artists.  Tina is an enthusiastic runner, recently spearheading a successful “couch to 5k” running group, and Paul is a personal trainer providing exercise, diet and nutrition advice for people of Bude and surrounding areas.  Together they run residential retreats focusing on kick starting fitness and educating people on lean, healthy, nutritious food choices. Paul is a local taiji and qigong instructor, running classes on Saturday mornings, before the Atlantic Taekwondo training session.  Welcome!

A picture of slate with flavours of tai chi written on it

“Would sir like to order?”

Programme of Events

As this is a holiday camp, we must be flexible around weather, numbers of students, content of sessions, and this year, let us use the beaches more, and try to be more communal at meal times.

  • Registration and induction, meet and greet
  • Daily martial arts training, the usual menu of arts, courtesy of our generous instructors -though not all instructors have confirmed, roughly we can expect the following:
    • Taekwondo
    • Hapkido
    • Aikido
    • Kali
    • Silat
    • Taiji
    • Hopefully all of the goodness offered by Zhong Ding
    • Personally, I would like to nail 5 ancestor double dagger, the walking stick form and the beautiful mantis form
  • Daily fitness training provided by Paul Collins Fitness, who have also generously donated some rewards to the marquee fund raiser
  • Local company Triangle Training is offering a 2.5 hour (approximately) Save a Life certified first-aid course for a fee of £25.
  • Trig point photography
  • Hommous and halloumi kebab night
  • *NEW* Sajla Taaza Curry night.  Monday 11th August.   Local artisan Sajla Armstrong will be providing a curry meal deal for £10, onsite.  I eat Sajla’s curry at the local farmers market every Friday, I can’t get enough.  Menu is chicken or vegetable curry (or half and half), rice, 1 naan, samosa and mango lassi. This event needs to be booked in advance.
  • *NEW* Chinese Watercolour Workshop.  Local artist Lynne Holehouse from Seventh Wave Gallery will be teaching a two hour session.  This event costs £20 for 2 hours expert tuition.  You can see more about Lynne and her work at Seventh Wave Gallery.  This event needs to be booked in advance.
  • *NEW* Lantern parade.  Wednesday 13th August. This year we will hold a lantern parade, barbeque and evening swim and training session down on the local beach.  You will need to provide your own lanterns, but we can provide the tea-lights for them.   A quick search threw up this Youtube video
Strictly no airborne lanterns – we don’t want to risk barn, hay bale or thatched roof fires.   
Wolverine and Superman

Wolverine and Superman – everyone loves the trig point photography

Insurance & Safety

No insurance has been organised for this event.  Your own insurance may or may not cover you.  All training is therefore at your own risk.  Please do not be silly – we are here for training and to enjoy ourselves, and to learn.  All training and teaching is performed on a voluntary basis – if you are not happy joining an activity or parts of an activity, just tell your instructor and they will organise a safe place for you to sit and watch.  You are not obliged to take part, but when you do so, you should behave with your own and others’ safety in mind.

  • Axe kicks and wet grass generally end painfully.
  • The cliffs are high, unfenced, unlit, and recently, some sections have collapsed..  Do not walk along them after dark, especially if you have been drinking.
  • When using the beaches, be mindful of the life guards instructions.  Don’t provoke them by swimming outside the lifeguarded areas.  They go off duty at 6.
  • Bude beaches are subject to Atlantic surf conditions, strong currents and riptides.  Be careful, and watch for drifting whilst in the water.
  • Stay out of both rivers, even if you see families letting their children play in them – they are subject to pollution warnings and run-off from nearby fields, and are not patrolled by the lifeguards.  Use the sea or the sea pool.
  • Don’t bang your legs on the canal bridge lock gates in the dark, Tom.
  • There are normally two high and two low tides each day (some people don’t know that).  The long beaches invite long walks – be mindful of your escape points up the cliffs should you decide to do a long walk along the beach.

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Instructors

This year, I would like to encourage those dan grades who do not normally teach to step up and take a session of some kind, or at least part of a session. Once again we are blessed with some very talented and very senior instructors:

  • None of our instructors are paid to attend camp,or to teach.  Please treat them accordingly.
  • Please do ask for help, whether you are an instructor or a student
  • Do not feel obliged to teach, as instructors, you already provide enough to your own students.  Feel free to join as a student and have some of your own training.
  • Be mindful that this is a holiday, at the seaside.  Take advantage of that.
  • Please mark your equipment so that it doesn’t get confused with others’ equipment.

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Training Etiquette & Equipment

  • Footwear during training is optional
  • Please wear what you like – we operate a no belts / no uniforms policy, but you can wear ‘em if you want.
  • Training in plain clothes, with semi-strangers helps to reinforce good manners and respect.  You should respect everyone at the campsite, not just the senior grades, you can’t tell them apart!
  • If you need to leave a training session, please don’t just walk away.  Let your instructor know that you would like to finish now, and a safe exit can be arranged.
  • Whilst we knock the living daylights out of our training equipment, it should still be looked after.  Please do not throw pads around or leave them out in the rain.  All equipment is provided voluntarily.
  • Introduce yourself to your teacher, and your training partner, where applicable.  Make sure both know your limitations relating to fitness, injuries, which martial arts you practice, and whether you are good falling / landing.
  • Please remove all jewellery before training.
  • Please do not touch any weapons with the owners consent and supervision, and be mindful of being in a public, family campsite.
  • We have a policy of encouraging the public to join and try.  Please offer them as much as help as you can, what you give them may help change their lives as much as martial arts has changed yours.  Please give help and encouragement freely.

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Campsite

Please be very mindful of cigarettes, incense, barbeques, lanterns of any kind.  You may have seen the campsite signs – no groups.  Once again Upper Lynstone has kindly taken our money and allowed us to be here despite their own published rules.  We must be mindful of this, and have great consideration for the families around us, most of whom will be giving their children a seaside holiday.  Let us set a great example to the youngsters and adults alike.  The site is surrounded by fields and beaches – we can have a good time without disturbing others, but last year we did upset a few people.  Once again we are right next to the static caravans in our own field, but if we drive the customers away, we won’t be allowed back.

  • Showers and toilets and the washing up block are all provided included in your camping price
  • There is a shop onsite
  • There are many water points around the site

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Local Attractions & Facilities

  • Beaches – all beaches here are achievable on foot
      • Turn left on to main road.  Summerleaze beach is the first beach you come to after a 7 minute amble.  Dogs allowed off leads outside of office hours, but on leads during office hours.  This beach is home to the Bude outdoor sea pool, which is free to use, and lifeguarded.  There is a cafe above the beach, and a shop for beach tat.  Toilets in the main car park.
      • Middle Beach is accessible from the seapool and Summerleaze, or by walking around the cliffs and using a staircase provided.  There is a shelter at the top.  Same dog rules as Summerleaze.  This beach appears isolated during high tide, but that staircase is always available.
      • Crooklets is beyond Summerleaze and Middle Beach. Strictly no dogs during this season.  Toilets, cafes and luke warm outdoor showers (free).
      • Turn right out of campsite to get to Widemouth Bay.  Bigger walk, not trivial.
  • Seapool – located at Summerleaze beach.  This used to be run by the council who have now handed it over to a local charity formed to keep it from being destroyed.  Please support seapool upkeep by joining Friends of Bude Seapool, membership forms available at the pool or in Seventh Wave Gallery in town.  Membership gives you some discount vouchers for some local businesses.  The pool is free to use and lifeguarded.  It is also currently running swimming lessons
  • Rivers – one at Summerleaze and one at Crooklets.  Both subject to field run-off and other pollution.  Stay out of them.
  • Cliffs – tall, unfenced, unlit.  Stay away at night or when drunk.
  • Canal – deep and cold, don’t swim in it.  Duck food available at the Wharf by The Falcon Hotel – its a contribution in a box outside Wharf Woodcraft.  Rowing boats and pedalos for hire.  Good long flat walk inland, culminating in a cafe called The Weir.  Look out for an otter, geese, ducks, fish, frogs  and snakes.
  • Please support our local business, specifically Adele’s Three Bees of Bude for unique, handmade jewellery, small gifts, scarves, incense  and cards etc. Three Bees is down at the Wharf, where you can also find a florist, clothing exchange, two pubs, a restaurant, the start of the canal and two ice cream outlets.  Seventh Wave Gallery sells original and printed work by local artists and friends of summer camp Martyn and Lynne Holehouse.  Lynne and Martyn also have a holiday apartment with tennis court for let throughout the year.
  • There are three main supermarkets in Bude.  Morrison’s is back up towards the A39 and also sells fuel.  Sainsbury is at the top of the one way system and is walkable from camp, if you aren’t in a hurry or carrying too much.  Its a smaller shop than Morrison, and does not sell fuel.  Co-op is also on the one way system, but you have to drive all the way round the town (all of 2 minutes) to drive there, or walk up to the right of the green triangle with cedar tree, that you see near Lloyds Bank.
  • Lloyds, Barclays and Natwest have cashpoints in spitting distance of each other, and there additional cashpoints at all three supermarkets and the main post office at the top of town.
  • Mirchi and Bude Tandoori are both good curry restaurants.  Tiandi is a Thai restaurant, but the food is predictably nothing much like authentic Thai food.  The best food in Bude can be found at The Bank, a beautiful modern tapas bar overlooking the wetlands.  Directions on request.
  • Minor Injuries Unit is up in Stratton.  Open 24 hours.
  • There are no McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, Pizza Express or Dominoes anywhere within an hour’s drive

I hope to see you all at camp this year, and leave you with a reminder of last year, courtesy of Master Niall Grange

Jason King, organiser of Martial Arts Summer Camp

Lanterns photograph courtesy and copyright of Tim King Photography

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MASC 2013 Information Sheet

Martial Arts Summer Camp 2013

Welcome to the family on our 4th annual summer camp.  Whether this is your first year or not, please do read this information sheet.

Insurance & Safety

No insurance has been organised for this event.  Your own insurance may or may not cover you.  All training is therefore at your own risk.  Please do not be silly – we are here for training and to enjoy ourselves, and to learn.  All training and teaching is performed on a voluntary basis – if you are not happy joining an activity or parts of an activity, just tell your instructor and they will organise a safe place for you to sit and watch.  You are not obliged to take part, but when you do so, you should behave with your own and others’ safety in mind.

  • Axe kicks and wet grass generally end painfully.

  • The cliffs are high, unfenced, unlit, and recently, some sections have collapsed..  Do not walk along them after dark, especially if you have been drinking.

  • When using the beaches, be mindful of the life guards instructions.  Don’t provoke them by swimming outside the lifeguarded areas.  They go off duty at 6.

  • Bude beaches are subject to Atlantic surf conditions, strong currents and riptides.  Be careful, and watch for drifting whilst in the water.

  • Stay out of both rivers, even if you see families letting their children play in them – they are subject to pollution warnings and run-off from nearby fields.  Use the sea or the sea pool.

  • Don’t bang your legs on the canal bridge lock gates in the dark, Tom.

  • There are normally two high and two low tides each day (some people don’t know that).  The long beaches invite long walks – be mindful of your escape points up the cliffs should you decide to do a long walk along the beach.

Instructors

This year, I would like to encourage those dan grades who do not normally teach to step up and take a session of some kind, or at least part of a session. Once again we are blessed with some very talented and very senior instructors:

  • None of our instructors are paid to attend camp,or to teach.  Please treat them accordingly.

  • Please do ask for help, whether you are an instructor or a student

  • Do not feel obliged to teach, as instructors, you already provide enough to your own students.  Feel free to join as a student and have some of your own training.

  • Be mindful that this is a holiday, at the seaside.  Take advantage of that.

  • Please mark your equipment so that it doesn’t get confused with others’ equipment.

Training Etiquette & Equipment

  • Footwear during training is optional

  • Please wear what you like – we operate a no belts / no uniforms policy, but you can wear ‘em if you want.

  • Training in plain clothes, with semi-strangers helps to reinforce good manners and respect.  You should respect everyone at the campsite, not just the senior grades, you can’t tell them apart!

  • If you need to leave a training session, please don’t just walk away.  Let your instructor know that you would like to finish now, and a safe exit can be arranged.

  • Whilst we knock the living daylights out of our training equipment, it should still be looked after.  Please do not throw pads around or leave them out in the rain.  All equipment is provided voluntarily.

  • Introduce yourself to your teacher, and your training partner, where applicable.  Make sure both know your limitations relating to fitness,injuries, which martial arts you practice, and whether you are good falling / landing.

  • Please remove all jewellery before training.

  • Please do not touch any weapons with the owners consent and supervision.

  • We have a policy of encouraging the public to join and try.  Please offer them as much as help as you can, what you give them may help change their lives as much as martial arts has changed yours.  Please give help and encouragement freely.

Programme of Events

This year we have a dan and kup grading taking part on the Sunday after camp – this will inevitably lead to more taekwondo training than we normally do.  As this is a holiday camp, we must be flexible around weather, numbers of students, content of sessions, and this year, let us use the beaches more, and try to be more communal at meal times.  Here are some activities we could consider, provide there is appetite from both students and teachers

  • All dan grades patterns, daily.  All patterns daily! Intense pattern practice for your next grading.

  • Liam’s pattern seminar

  • Comprehension of each technique in a pattern

  • One step sparring repertoire – all different clubs demonstrate and then teach their basic set pieces for achieving first dan.  This can then move on to workshop and take each technique to the next steps.  This will be good for all students and all teachers

  • Daily taichi – Liam / Mark / Liam’s friends

  • Mantis form – Liam

  • Shaolin form – Liam

  • Standing up holds and locks (specifically upright to save having to hit the deck).

  • Take downs (for those that can land)

  • Build your own kick poomsae – work in pairs and demonstrate after 40 minutes development

  • Surrounded by pads and paddles.  Corridor of kicks

  • Some aiki knife defence

  • Beginner’s sessions

  • Tea

Campsite

Bude has baked in the heat for at least three solid weeks.  Please be very mindful of cigarettes, incense, barbeques, lanterns of any kind.  You may have seen the campsite signs – no groups.  Once again Upper Lynstone has kindly taken our money and allowed us to be here despite their own published rules.  We must be mindful of this, and have great consideration for the families around us, most of whom will be giving their children a seaside holiday.  Let us set a great example to the youngsters and adults alike.  The site is surrounded by fields and beaches – last year we took our noisy selves away to some hay bales to drink beer and watch the shooting stars.  We can have a good time without disturbing others – just.  This year we are right next to the static caravans – if we drive the customers away, we won’t be allowed back.

  • Showers and toilets and the washing up block are all provided included in your camping price

  • There is a shop onsite

  • There are many water points around the site

Local Attractions & Facilities

  • Beaches – all beaches here are achievable on foot

    • Turn left on to main road.  Summerleaze beach is the first beach you come to after a 7 minute amble.  Dogs allowed off leads outside of office hours, but on leads during office hours.  This beach is home to the Bude outdoor sea pool, which is free to use, and lifeguarded.  There is a cafe above the beach, and a shop for beach tat.  Toilets in the main car park.

    • Middle Beach is accessible from the seapool and Summerleaze, or by walking around the cliffs and using a staircase provided.  There is a shelter at the top.  Same dog rules as Summerleaze.  This beach appears isolated during high tide, but that staircase is always available.

    • Crooklets is beyond Summerleaze and Middle Beach. Strictly no dogs during this season.  Toilets, cafes and luke warm outdoor showers (free).

    • Turn right out of campsite to get to Widemouth Bay.  Bigger walk, not trivial.

  • Seapool – located at Summerleaze beach.  This used to be run by the council who have now handed it over to a local charity formed to keep it from being destroyed.  Please support seapool upkeep by joining Friends of Bude Seapool, membership forms available at the pool or in Seventh Wave Gallery in town.  Membership gives you some discount vouchers for some local businesses.  The pool is free to use and lifeguarded.  It is also currently running swimming lessons

  • Rivers – one at Summerleaze and one at Crooklets.  Both subject to field run-off and other pollution.  Stay out of them.

  • Cliffs – tall, unfenced, unlit.  Stay away at night or when drunk.

  • Canal – deep and cold, don’t swim in it.  Duck food available at the Wharf by The Falcon Hotel – its a contribution in a box outside Wharf Woodcraft.  Rowing boats and pedalos for hire.  Good long flat walk inland, culminating in a cafe called The Weir.  Look out for an otter, geese, ducks, fish, frogs  and snakes.

  • Please support our local business, specifically Adele’s Three Bees of Bude for unique, handmade jewellery, small gifts, scarves, incense  and cards etc. Three Bees is down at the Wharf, where you can also find a florist, clothing exchange, two pubs, a restaurant, the start of the canal and two ice cream outlets.  Seventh Wave Gallery sells original and printed work by local artists and friends of summer camp Martyn and Lynne Holehouse.  Lynne and Martyn also have a holiday apartment with tennis court for let throughout the year.

  • There are three main supermarkets in Bude.  Morrison’s is back up towards the A39 and also sells fuel.  Sainsbury is at the top of the one way system and is walkable from camp, if you aren’t in a hurry or carrying too much.  Its a smaller shop than Morrison, and does not sell fuel.  Co-op is also on the one way system, but you have to drive all the way round the town (all of 2 minutes) to drive there, or walk up to the right of the green triangle with cedar tree, that you see near Lloyds Bank.

  • Lloyds, Barclays and Natwest have cashpoints in spitting distance of each other, and there additional cashpoints at all three supermarkets and the main post office at the top of town.

  • Mirchi and Bude Tandoori are both good curry restaurants.  Tiandi is a Thai restaurant, but the food is predictably nothing much like authentic Thai food.  The best food in Bude can be found at The Bank, a beautiful modern tapas bar overlooking the wetlands.  Directions on request.

  • Minor Injuries Unit is up in Stratton.  Open 24 hours.

  • There are no McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, Pizza Express or Dominoes anywhere within an hour’s drive

  • If you see a petition for keeping Tesco out, please do sign it.  Bude is slowly becoming a generic British town, and with three supermarkets already in place, we really don’t need more.

  • Sunday 11th August – 4pm – a local choir will be singing contemporary songs to celebrate 60 years of the Bude Surf Life Saving club over at Crooklets beach.  The performance is free and features numbers from the last 6 decades.

  • Sunday 11th August – noon – 4pm – a beach art competition is being staged at Nortcott Mouth beach, which is beyond Crooklets.  This is accessible by road, beach at low tide or over the cliffs at any time.  The walk is achievable, but will take at least 20 minutes.

For Sale

  • MASC 2013 hoodies (£30) and tee-shirts (£14).  Limited supply

  • Time Travelling Taekwondo Tour Bus and Others Stories – by local TAGB instructor Lisa Southard.  An explanation of the meanings and legend behind TAGB kup patterns.

  • Grange DVD Kukkiwon kup grade poomsae.  £12.  A demonstration and walk through of each pattern from il-jang to pal-jang, by Masters Liam and NIall Grange.