LANCASHIRE EAST GIRLS DON THEIR WELLIES AND WRISTBANDS FOR MUSIC FESTIVAL

Girls and young women from Lancashire East including Clitheroe, Langho, Pendle, Gisburn, Blackburn and Oswaldtwistle, had the time of their lives over the Bank Holiday weekend at the UK’s biggest girl-only music festival.

Wellies and Wristbands, organised by Girlguiding, took place at Waddow Hall in the idyllic Lancashire countryside, and was attended by over 3000 girls and young women from Guides and the Senior Section aged from 10-25.

They were able to adventure during the day with activities including kayaking, zip wire, and climbing, and as the sun set they danced at the main stage to bands playing some of their favourite hits.

The festival allows girls to be as independent as possible and could choose between chilling out in the pamper zone, having a go on a giant water slide, or learning essential life skills including car maintenance and first aid.

For many girls, Wellies and Wristbands marks the first time they attend a festival. Alongside their friends and their dedicated Girlguiding volunteers, they had the chance to experience the fun and friendships festivals can offer in a safe, girl-only environment.

Ella, 12 from 7th Oswaldtwistle Guides said she had, “Fun times with friends”. Her friend Nicole, 12 said “Muddy but memorable!” Neve, also 12 added “The weekend was awesome, I loved it!”

The festival also welcomed the British Army to the site to mark the start of an ambitious three-year sponsorship deal which aims to provide girls with core leadership skills, delivered by working alongside young leaders from the Army .

Recently, Girlguiding launched its new programme of over 800 new badges and activities, and the Army will be supporting the Lead Skills builder for girls and young women aged 5-18 to build their confidence in leading a team through different activities and experiences during their guiding journey from Rainbows to Rangers.

Girls took part in a series of fun and challenging activities designed to test their team working and develop leadership skills. These included cracking a safe, learning how to recover ‘toxic waste’ – an exercise requiring a nominated team leader to plan and navigate their team over a set area using ropes, planks and barrels, and mastering a maze blindfolded against the clock, relying on verbal communication from team members to guide them.

Former Army Ice Maiden Major Natalie Taylor, herself a Girlguiding volunteer, said: “It’s brilliant to see the ways Girlguiding gives girls and young women leadership experience. I know that girls and young women can make a real difference in the world, and we hope the activities that the Army offered at Wellies and Wristbands helped to demonstrate to them that they can do anything they put their mind to.”

The new Girlguiding programme also includes a Festival Go-er badge for Rangers – perfect for those attending Wellies and Wristbands.

Over 300 volunteers worked to make the festival a huge success, from booking bands to running activities.

The festival ran at two sites including Foxlease in the New Forest and Waddow Hall in Clitheroe, Lancashire.