BIG Spring Camp 2023

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BIG Spring Camp 2023
May 26

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Join OutdoorLads for our biggest annual event! This is truly a celebration of everything we do best! Expect to make new friends as you take part in some amazing activities around Snowdonia, and plenty of fun and games on site!

We can't wait to welcome you back to Eryri (Snowdonia), where we have full use of a rugby club as our base with all the dramatic scenery and adrenaline experiences of Eryri National Park right on our doorstep! Come and celebrate OutdoorLads and the outdoors in a three day break of activities, adventures and our legendary themed party nights if that's your bag; or use the opportunity for more of a chilled weekend soaking up the scenery and relaxing in your camp chair, it really is up to you.

As the event nears we'll start to update this event page with the finer details around activities, catering, camper vans (etc), and tents to rent.

Check out the BSC Event Guide for concise, key info about the event.


Events are what BIG Spring Camp is all about, and with the wonders of Eryri (Snowdonia) all around us, there is plenty to do to keep us all entertained!

Paid Activities

We’ve now confirmed our schedule of paid events, listed below! These are the events run by third-party providers to bring you the most adrenaline-filled activities the area has to offer! These events are listed in order of start time with the letter in bold (e.g. A) representing the meeting point.

Saturday activities

A 08:25 SUP (AM)
C 08:30 White Water Rafting (AM)
A 08:50 Gorge Scrambling (AM) (more spaces added!)
B 09:00 Fforest Coaster & Skyride (AM)
C 09:20 Coasteering (full day)
A 12:25 SUP (PM)
A 13:20 Gorge Scrambling (PM) (more spaces added!)
A 15:10 Quarry Karts (PM)
B 15:20 Velocity 2 (PM)

Sunday Activities

A 08:40 Caverns (AM) (New to BSC!)
C 08:50 Gorge Scrambling (AM)
B 08:50 Abseil & Bushcraft (AM) (New to BSC!)
D 08:50 Intro to Climbing (AM)
E 08:50 Coasteering (AM)
A 12:00 Coasteering (PM)
A 12:40 Bounce Below (PM) (more spaces added!)
C 12:45 Intro to Climbing (PM)
E 12:50 Gorge Scrambling (PM)
A 13:20 Abseil & Bushcraft (PM) (New to BSC!)

Free Activities

Our volunteer Leaders have stepped up once again this year to bring you an exciting range of activities! Whether you're looking for a big mountain day with some hands-on-rock or a little stroll and pub lunch, there's something for everybody on offer here. These events are listed in order of start time with the letter in bold (e.g. A) representing the meeting point.

Saturday Activities

B 08:00 Conwy parkrun (5km run)
E 08:30 Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) Summit (15km walk)
D 09:00 Elidir Fawr & Y Garn (14km walk)
F 09:00 Moel Siabod (10km walk)
TNF Shelter 09:30 #PrideHike with The North Face (more spaces added!)
A 09:30 Industry, Mythology & Ice Cream (18km walk)
D 09:30 Betws-y-Coed to Llyn Elsi (11km walk)
A 10:30 Cycle to the Orme (70km road cycle)
C 10:30 Llanrhychwyn Chapel and Lake Geirionydd (11km walk)
A 11:00 Llandudno & The Great Orme (13km walk)
B 12:00 Llanrwst to Betws-y-Coed Walk (11km walk)
C 12:30 Welsh Mountain Zoo visit NEW!

Sunday Activities

A 08:00 Glyderau Scrambling Day (Grade 1 scramble)
C 08:30 Nantlle Ridge Circular (challenging mountain walk) NEW!
A 09:30 Foel Fras Mountain (walk)
E 10:00 Sport Climbing
A 10:15 Nant Uchaf and Llyn Geirionydd (10km walk)
C 10:30 Conwy Mountain & Coast (walk)
E 10:30 Afon Ddu and Llyn Cowlyd (18km walk)
B 11:00 Gwydir Forest Walk (11km walk)
D 11:00 Melynllyn & Dulyn Reservoir (10km walk) NEW!

On-site Activities

During the day we'll have some casual activities on site that you can dip in and out of. Think along the lines of inflatable obstacle run, climbing wall, slip 'n' slide, along with some nice Summer (/Spring) music.


17:00 Boot Camp (fitness session)
17:30 Zumba (fitness session)
19:00 You Can't Sip With Us! (cheese & wine tasting session) NEW!


13:00 Yoga (fitness/wellbeing session) NEW!
17:00 Blood on the Clocktower (Sociable game)

The Clubhouse and Marquee


You can cook for yourself camp-style, or purchase breakfasts, packed lunches, and evening meals from the clubhouse. Dave the chef is back with another excellent menu! 👇

Breakfast menu (served 07:00 - 09:30)
Snack menu (all day)
Evening menu (served 17:00 - 21:00)

Save yourself the hassle of getting lunch together, and collect a packed lunch from the clubhouse from 07:15am on Saturday and Sunday. Book yours:

Saturday packed lunch
Sunday packed lunch


Please arrive no earlier than 4pm. We will not be ready to welcome you before this time, and you will not be able to access the site.

On arrival, please head straight for the registration desk at the front of the clubhouse. There's space to park up while you do this. Once one of our lovely volunteers has checked you in, you'll be directed to the main parking area, and you're free to pitch up in any part of the camping area.

No camping gear with you?

No problem! We have some tents we can lend out for a modest fee. Book yours here! (booking opens 19:40 Thursday 20th April)

Wanting to bring a campervan? (or caravan, motorhome, trailer tent, rooftop tent, anything that isn't a traditional tent?)

We're limited to a maximum of 15 units by the venue, so we cannot guarantee that all those that want a campervan place will be able to have one. Places will be in very limited supply and demand is likely to be high. We'll email those already booked onto the main event with details of a day and time when the a campervan places will be available to book, and we anticipate these spaces will sell out within minutes. Book here.

Evening Entertainment

During the day/early evening the clubhouse is a great place to chill-out, eat, have a coffee and watch some OutdoorLads make idiots of themselves on the inflatables outside. Then later it becomes a lively space with entertainment, and a well-stocked bar open into the early hours.

On Saturday night and Sunday night we have the (in?)famous themed Discos hosted by DJ Dan and his crew of guest DJs! Each year we gently encourage a bit of dressing up - this years themes are...! (no glitter though, please!)

FRIDAY: 'Stars in their Eyes' 🤩

Tonight Matthew I'm going to be...! Come as your favourite musician, Celine Dion, Beyonce, Madonna or Gaga! Not a late-night disco as with Saturday and Sunday, but expect a bit of karaoke and light-hearted fancy dress fun.

8pm in the marquee - Pub Quiz with John! Get a team together or turn up and we’ll get you in a team. Great way to ease into BSC, and always a laugh! 


SATURDAY: 'Once upon a Time' 📖

Whether Disney or Brothers Grimm, grab your wands, rev up your magic carpets, and fire up the pixie dust as we dive into a land far far away!

SUNDAY: 'Intergalactic Disco!' 🤖

Alien superstar, that's what you are! Flares, sequins, glow sticks, and dodgy dance moves!



New Members

If you're new (or relatively new) to OutdoorLads and worry about not knowing anybody when you get to BIG Spring Camp, then worry not! This is a super friendly event, and through taking part in activities, volunteering, or joining in the fun on-site, it's so easy to get to know others at the event. You can join one of our smaller new member camps, led by some of our amazing, approachable volunteers, who'll help introduce you to others on the first evening. You'll camp together with other new members, and have use of an event shelter for socialising near your tent. Sign up to join a new member camp.

Chat Group

You can join the BSC Member Forum on Telegram. This is a great place to discuss travel arrangements and car sharing, share photos from the event, ask for camping advice and more. The group is separated into topics, so you can mute things that are not relevant to you, and keep notifications enabled for important things.


These are the emails that have been sent to attendees so far:

18 April 2023

26 April 2023

12 May 2023

19 May 2023

1 Jun 2023 (feedback request)


This event's success is dependent on volunteers stepping forward to help it run! We have our BIG Events Team, who's primary purpose of being at the event is to help out. But, we also need additional volunteers to help out with with registration, car parking, bar work, and food service (not food preparation). Volunteering is a great way to get to know others at the event, as you'll talk to so many people throughout your shift. If you'd like to volunteer, please register your interest.

Campsite Information

Site Map

The camp is in a fantastic spot near Betws-y-Coed in the Eryri (Snowdonia) National Park, North Wales. The site is easily accessible with good public transport links and next to some of the most amazing locations for all the outdoor pursuits the UK has to offer. This site is only used for camping by OutdoorLads, and we have exclusive use of the site and all its facilities. 

Camp Facilities

  • Two licensed Bars
  • Food served every day
  • Showers
  • Toilets & wash rooms
  • Changing areas
  • Washing up area
  • Drinking water taps
  • Recycling area
  • Floodlit camping area on Friday evening (to help get the tent up if you arrive late!)

Camp Rules

Whilst we don't like too many rules, a few are necessary for a successful event for all:

  • No glass policy. This is a rugby club with pitches - this rule will be strictly enforced.
  • OutdoorLads has a strict zero tolerance approach to drugs. Anyone found with drugs will be asked to leave the site immediately. 
  • You must respect other campers and their property.
  • Quiet camping between 23:00 and 07:00 - there are designated areas to socialise and talk away from peoples' tents.
  • Please pitch tents at least 6 feet / 2 metres apart. Any closer and it represents a fire risk.
  • This is a camping event, designed for tents. Caravans, campervans, motorhomes and trailer tents (indeed anything you want to sleep in that isn't a traditional tent!) are only permitted if you have a booked and confirmed a place for such, at additional cost. Places will go on sale nearer the time. Six metres between units minimum. Numbers are restricted to 15 units. No awnings allowed. No exceptions will be made. 
  • All vehicles must be parked in the car park and are not permitted on the camping fields.
  • Electric vehicles must not be charged on site.
  • No dogs on site at any time - this is a rugby club with pitches. This will be strictly enforced. 
  • Open fires are not allowed - BBQs are okay, but must be raised off the ground so as to not scorch the grass. 
  • You are responsible for keeping your camping area clean and tidy - please ensure it is left in the state you found it when you leave.
  • All waste and recycling must be sorted and disposed of in the appropriate area on site, not left on the camping fields. Please consider taking clean waste home with you to recycle/dispose of.
  • Campsite opens Friday 26 May at 4pm for general admission. 
  • Unfortunately there are are no day passes to this event, all attendees must book and pay for a place on this event page.

OutdoorLads Foundation: Don't forget that full and concession members who may be experiencing physical, mental or financial challenges can apply for support with the costs of events themselves, or associated spend, to enable fuller participation. Further details on the Foundation pages on our website

Dogs: This event is not suitable for dogs and they must not be brought to the event. 

Photos: All photos provided by and used with permission of OutdoorLads Members. Many of these are provided by Wes Chambers (the best ones, generally!)

IMPORTANT! - Participation Statement

You MUST complete a Participation Statement in addition to booking your event space before attending an OutdoorLads event. You only need to complete this Participation Statement once, not for each event you attend.

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, even if they are extremely mild, or who has recently tested positive for Covid-19, is asked not to attend.