Girl guides get hands on at high-adrenaline festival

Thousands of Guides soaked up the fun at Girlguiding's exclusive girl-only festival at Waddow Hall, Clitheroe. Here, bands perform
Thousands of Guides soaked up the fun at Girlguiding's exclusive girl-only festival at Waddow Hall, Clitheroe. Here, bands perform
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It was only girls allowed in Lancashire when more than 1,000 Guides and their leaders from all over the country took over for four days of high-adrenaline fun and activities.

Around 1,200 Girl Guides travelled from as far afield as Suffolk to attend the girls-only Wellies and Wristbands festival at Waddow Hall in Clitheroe.

Thousands of Guides soaked up the fun at Girlguiding's exclusive girl-only festival at Waddow Hall, Clitheroe.

Thousands of Guides soaked up the fun at Girlguiding's exclusive girl-only festival at Waddow Hall, Clitheroe.

The fun-filled four days included the chance for attendees to try their hand at outdoor-based crafts such as canoeing, survival skills and climbing as well as the opportunity to see their favourite boy-bands and make new friends.

Waddow Hall events coordinator and leader of 8th Leyland St James’ Guides, Danielle Williams, who lives in Preston, said: “I took along nine of my girls and three leaders – they really enjoyed the whole thing.

“They did loads of activities like kayak, caving and archery. One of the parents texted me the day after to say her girls slept the whole day afterwards!”

It was time to relax with music later in the day with performances from Scottish boyband Rewind, X Factor group Only the Young and Britain’s Got Talent’s Bars and Melody on the main stage.

I took along nine of my girls and three leaders – they really enjoyed the whole thing.

Danielle Williams

The girls also scored the opportunity to hone their football skills with some of England’s best coaches as local FA football trainers came along for a kick about over the bank holiday weekend.

The football-training sessions were part of an initiative based around getting young women more involved in the nation’s favourite sport as part of an initiative set up by the FA.

An FA spokesman said: “We launched the We Can Play initiative to shatter the lingering pre-conceptions about women’s and girls’ football.

“For the new academic year, we are boosting the range of coaching opportunities for five-11-year-olds with the addition of girls-only after-school sessions through the FA Skills programme as a means of further challenging this.”

Thousands of Guides soaked up the fun at Girlguiding's exclusive girl-only festival at Waddow Hall, Clitheroe.

Thousands of Guides soaked up the fun at Girlguiding's exclusive girl-only festival at Waddow Hall, Clitheroe.

The girls are already looking forward to next year’s event which is to be held again at Waddow Hall.

Danielle said: “It was my girls’ first year but they’ve said they’re really looking forward to going back next time”..