Organised run on a voluntary, not-for-profit basis, the hosting of the event now rotates annually between Wales, England and Scotland in a three-year cycle. Its aim has always been to bring together people of all levels of experience and ability in a sharing of enthusiasm for & knowledge of all aspects of open canoeing.
We are delighted to announce that Cliff Jacobson will be our special guest for this year’s event. A professional canoe guide and outfitter, he will be joining us from North America to entertain us with lectures and workshops. Cliff is a renowned consultant on wilderness canoeing/camping and the author of over a dozen top-selling books. His book entitled “The 20th Anniversary Edition: Expedition Canoeing” is the authoritative resource for wilderness canoe expeditioning. Find out more about him on www.cliff-jacobson.com Venue:
Gwersyll Glanllyn is an Outdoor Education Centre situated on the shores of Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake). Owned and operated by the Urdd. It is situated about 4 miles west of the town of Bala on the A494. The site has direct access to the lake shore and is within easy reach of a variety of other canoeing venues. Package Options Option 1 – Full Accommodation (£99)
The on-site accommodation is comfortable, in shared rooms sleeping 4, 5 or 6 persons & with en-suite facilities. Option 2 – Camping (£75)
For those choosing to camp, an arrangement has been made with the adjoining Glanllyn- Lakeside Caravan & Camping Park. The site has good facilities & direct access to the lake shore. It is an easy 5 minute walk across to reach the main Outdoor Education Centre buildings where the event is based. Option 3 – Day Visitor (£30 per day)
For those who wish to join us but do not want accommodation it is possible to book in advance as a day visitor. Packages are inclusive of:
- Accommodation: Friday & Saturday night (depending on option chosen).
- Meals: Saturday breakfast, packed lunch & dinner; Sunday breakfast & packed lunch.
- Daytime Workshops: Saturday & Sunday
- Any facilities fee
- Evening Lectures and Saturday Night Live Band
Bear Creek Adventure & Brookbank Canoes have both agreed to attend with retail shops. They will also be supporting the event with demo boats & outfitting workshops. There will be demo fleets from Outdoor Active - Wenonah & Bell, White-Water Consultancy - Mad River canoes, Pyranha - Venture Canoes. Workshops
The symposium is staffed by some of the most experienced & knowledgeable canoe coaches from across the UK. All of them give up their time for free to be involved in the weekend. The diversity of workshops & quality of coaching available means that the Symposium represents incredible value for money.
Water level & weather conditions significantly affect which workshops we can offer. Our aim will be to give a wide range of half-day & all-day workshops based around the prevailing conditions. There is usually something to suit novice, improving & advanced ability paddlers.
A full list of proposed workshops will be available on the symposium website
www.opencanoesymposium.co.uk at the end of September. Evening Entertainment
There will be an onsite bar on Friday & Saturday, for which we have requested a late license.
Cliff Jacobson will be giving a slideshow presentation on Friday evening & will repeat it on
Chris Cooper will be giving a slideshow presentation on his proposed “British Isles Canoe
On Saturday evening there will be a live band playing for those of you who want to strut your stuff.
Supported by the Welsh Canoeing Association, Gwersyll yr Urdd Glanllyn & Outdoor Active
Cefnogwyd gan Gymdeithas Ganwa Cymru, Gwersyll yr Urdd Glanllyn a Outdoor Active
Location: Gwersyll Glanllyn on the shores of Llyn Tegid, Snowdonia
Organiser Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
More Info: www.opencanoesymposium.co.uk
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