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Tackeroo CampsiteTackeroo is a perfect location for a forest holiday. Located in mature Pine forest with basic facilities, roaming Fallow Deer and only a short drive away from Birches Valley.

Opening times

Tackeroo will be open for public Camping* and Caravanning on the following dates during 2018. These dates are subject to change so please check before you visit.

Friday 30th March – Friday 20th April

Monday 30th April – Sunday 13th May

Friday 25th May – Friday 8th June

Monday 11th June – Friday 22nd June

Monday 2nd July – Sunday 8th July

Monday 29th October – Sunday 4th November

*All caravans, camper vans, trailer tents must have a working chemical toilet facility. Tents will only be allowed if they have a separate working chemical toilet tent.

Fees are £15 per night per pitch.

When not used for public camping, Tackeroo is used for events and other activities. The running of events in this area of woodland are part of Forestry Commission objectives to provide more opportunities for people to benefit from the forest by participating in sport, community, social, health and wellbeing activities with money generated being invested back into forest management. As part of those objectives camping and caravanning will continue, please check opening dates above.

If you are attending an event please contact the event organiser directly to see if they are facilitating camping as part of their event.

Concert Camping 2018

During 29th June - 1st July 2018 Camping and Caravanning will be available by BOOKING ONLY.  Pitches will be £20 per pitch per night and portable toilets will be available for these dates so we can accommodate tents. To book a pitch please call 0300 067 4340, you will need to give your vehicle registration number and a non-refundable payment will be taken in advance. Camping during this weekend is open to non-concert visitors but please be aware that noise levels may be higher and later than normal as people arrive back after our concerts.


Tackeroo is a Class B site with freely drained hard standing pitches, running water, and sanilav/rubbish disposal points facilites avaliable on site. There are no toilets or electrical hook-up facilities. Birches Valley Forest Centre is short drive away.

Our 2018 rates are £15 per pitch per night. There is no need to book. A ranger will come around daily for payment, usually around breakfast or dinner time, apart from Concert Weekend pitches cannot be pre-booked.

A copy of the current Site Rules can be viewed here.

What do other visitors say?

1 Star 1 Star

We have been caravanning at Tackeroo for over 10 years now and it has got worse every year. This is not due to the forest but to the awful management of the site. We cannot come this year as it is only open for 77 days (out of 365!) and the dates open are nearly all during school term time. How is this fair? To top it off you have put the prices up 50% from 10 a night to 15 a night. If you opened for longer then you would get a decent revenue from caravanners as more people could go and the prices would not have to be increased. Also the times you are open (when we went last year) are that overcrowded it has become unpleasant with loud parties and fires and singing all night! We felt intimidated and threatened by people running near our caravan screaming and shouting at 2am but it was too dark and late for us to leave. We didnt dare sleep all night! There was no emergency number to call for the ranger and had to wait until the following day to complain. Maybe the increased price would pay for a better presence from the rangers to stop any drunken behaviour and generators until midnight! If you were open longer then people wouldnt all flock there on the same weekend and would be more spread out over the year. I also think we should be able to book and pay a deposit to secure a place. It might stop the overcrowding and stop people leaving before the rangers come round thus avoiding payment. Tackeroo used to be a lovely relaxing family site to enjoy the wildlife and scenery but the way it has been handled now is a travesty! Any other public site or amenity that received all these negative comments would pull their fingers out and address the problems! Reading all your replies to other comments shows me you cannot and will not change the way Tackeroo is managed. I dont expect I will get a thorough reply just your usual generic crap!

tracey, 30/Jan/2018

Thank you for your feedback. The decision to only accommodate camping on the site for a limited period of the year has only been taken after careful consideration of how we make best use of everything we have to offer in the Cannock area. When not used for camping, Tackeroo is used for events and other activities. The running of events in this area of woodland are part of Forestry Commission objectives to provide more opportunities for people to benefit from the forest by participating in sport, community, social, health and wellbeing activities with money generated being invested back into forest management. During times when Tackeroo is not open for camping and caravanning you can contact local tourism information who will be able to advise you on other campsites available. Camping fees for Tackeroo have not been increased in over 7 years, however due to ongoing increases in operating costs we have had to increase camping fees to allow us to maintain high standards. We have not been aware of issues of overcrowding at Tackeroo, and we do not have designated pitches to allow visitors to choose their own. As with most visitor attractions we experience peak demands around public holidays, which is why we have extended our opening dates to include school term times for people who enjoy visiting during quieter times. If you feel unsafe on our site you can contact the police by calling 101, or in an emergency 999, and then make our Rangers aware during working hours (currently 8am – 4pm).

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I don't know what's worse, the fact that the site isn't open for half the year or the fact that the replies to these comments just get an generic reply!

Mountain biker., 9/Jan/2018

Called for a walk around takeroo park at christmas, nearly made a grown man cry. Trees cut down and hundreds of tons of logs stacked for removal, land covered in discarded branches mud bogs and land damage from bulldozer / logging machinery. You can now see all of the power station at Rugeley and the town itself once hidden by natures beautiful forest. Nearly got run over by mountain bike riders on 3 occasions. The foresty commison likes mountain bikers becuase they generate money, like pop concerts logging and forest weddings etc. Dont think i ever want to back to the chase, oh how times have changed, 3 cheers for the modern money making im alright world.

Former chase fan., 2/Jan/2018

Cannock Chase Forest is not only a wonderful place for a walk but it’s also a working forest, producing around 20,000 tonnes of sustainable timber each year. We have Forest Design plans for all our forests which set our management proposals; these can be viewed on our website. These highlight when areas will be thinned, felled and then re-planted. Damage caused from these operations will be fixed once all timber has been removed from site. With regards to your mountain bike incidents, we ask all visitors to be respectful and courteous of each other on multi-user trails and apologies that in this case this did not happen. Car park income from Birches Valley car park and money generated from events such as Forest Live goes back into looking after Cannock Chase Forest for people and wildlife both now and into the future.

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Last updated: 24th March 2018

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