Lyde River 18th Century Rendezvous


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Lyde River 18th Century Rendezvous

July 27th-July 28th 2019


Weekend campers can arrive on site on Friday 26th July

Gates open: Saturday 27th July 2019 08.00

Gates close: Sunday 28th July 2019 21.00

Location: Basingstoke, Hampshire 

Full location details sent upon booking confirmation.

After a very successful first year, we are pleased to say that 2019 will be even bigger and better thanks to a substantial venue expansion offering more space for you happy campers, as well as more space for traders.

Take part in educational workshops, demonstrations & learn primitive frontier skills featuring blacksmithing, camp crafts, leather craft, hide tanning, 18th century cooking, butchery, woodworking, medicinals and more.

Over the weekend you will have the chance to really get into the character of an 18th century frontiersman, putting all your new and old knowledge into practice in our beautiful woodland areas.

This event is open to all ages and abilities but please refer to our kit list link for guidance on what to bring. There will be a number of tradeblankets were you can buy, sell or trade various bits of equipment as well as a range of shop traders.

Hot food and refreshments will be available to purchase on site.

These are some of the workshops, demonstrations and displays we intend to provide although, some of the workshops will be prioritised over others due to space, weather, time and numbers in attendance.


1. Flint and steel fire lighting
2. Friction fire lighting
3. Field dressing & butchering game
4. 18th century cooking
5. Blade sharpening
6. Tomahawk throwing
7. Archery
8. Making rawhide
9. Brain tanning
10. Primitive shelter construction
11. How to stay warm with a blanket
12. Cordage
13. Sewing
14. Fishing
15. Foraging
16. Tracking
17. Primitive trap construction & trapping
18. Open fire cooking
19. Drying meat & other foods
20. Knowledge of plant tinders & preparation

More to be announced!!!


  1. Falcon high
  2. Civil war battle group
  3. Woodland screening
  4. Special guests

More to be announced!!!!!


Children can participate in all the activities listed above by joining our Little Trappers Club. This will give you adults a chance to get stuck in yourselves as we take the little trappers around the site experiencing life on the frontier. Non trappers club activities are listed below. For more information on Little Trappers Club please follow this link.   LITTLE TRAPPERS CLUB


  1. Wild walk
  2. Indian face paint
  3. Make a bow
  4. Bread baking
  5. Woodland story telling
  6. Woodland library
  7. Have a go archery
  8. Primitive crafts
  9. Tug of war
  10. Field games
  11. Bush tucker challenges

More to be announced!!!


You will receive a confirmation email when you purchase your tickets online and tickets will follow via post.

For any questions please check our information and FAQs page link. If you do not find what you are looking for, feel free to email us.



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