Clitheroe hosts UK’s youngest girl-only festival

Brownies from Clitheroe and Bowland District were among 1,500 Girlguiding members who attended the UK's youngest girl-only festival. (s)
Brownies from Clitheroe and Bowland District were among 1,500 Girlguiding members who attended the UK's youngest girl-only festival. (s)

Brownies from Clitheroe and Bowland District were among 1,500 young Girlguiding members who attended the UK’s youngest girl-only festival this month at three sites in Hampshire, East Sussex and Lancashire.

Waddington Brownies and Grindleton Brownies descended on Girlguiding’s activity centre in Clitheroe for “Magic and Mayhem”, a weekend-long extravaganza exclusively for girls aged five to 10.

The girls had a fantastic time, they had so much fun they were asleep before midnight feast time!

Kate Ashley, Waddington Brownies

The open-air event gave girls the chance to try circus skills, learn magic tricks and conduct science experiments.

The young festival-goers then enjoyed a disco and mass sleepover in a giant big top tent.

Savannah, nine, who attended the event, said: “‘Magic and Mayhem’ was adventurous. It was exciting as it was my second night away with Brownies. I would love to go again!”

This is the first year Girlguiding has hosted the large-scale festival for Brownies and Rainbows, offering younger members the chance to experience similar events to older Guides and Senior Section members.

As well as “Magic and Mayhem”, the charity is hosting “Wellies and Wristbands” in August, a weekend-long festival for girls aged 10-plus.

Kate Ashley, a leader with Waddington Brownies, said: “The girls had a fantastic time, they had so much fun they were asleep before midnight feast time! They were asking us before we left when the next camp was.”

Girlguiding offers girls as young as five the opportunity to be independent, learn new skills, gain confidence, make new friends and have fun.

The charity offers all girls aged five to 25 the chance to take part in a wide and varied programme, incorporating everything from world issues and science to adventure sports and international travel.