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South Cumbria girls don their wellies and wristbands for UK’s biggest girl-only music festival

Girls and young women from Broughton in Furness, Hawkshead, Ambleside, Dalton, Grange and Arnside. had the time of their lives over the Bank Holiday weekend at the UK’s biggest girl-only music festival, Wellies and Wristbands.

Wellies and Wristbands, organised by Girlguiding, took place at Waddow Hall in the idyllic Lancashire countryside. It was attended by over 4,000 girls and young women from Guides and Rangers aged 10-18.

The girls adventured during the day, taking part in activities from abseiling to archery to zip wire. In the evening, they danced at the main stage to bands, including Bronnie and The Hara, playing some of their favourite hits.

The festival gives girls the chance to have fun with friends. They could choose between chilling out in the pamper zone, having a go on a giant water slide, or learning essential survival skills including bushcraft and backwoods cooking.

Alongside their friends and their dedicated Girlguiding volunteers, girls had the chance to experience the fun and friendship that festivals can offer in a girl-only environment. For many girls, Wellies and Wristbands marks the first time they attend a festival – and is the perfect chance to get the Festival-goer badge, which Girlguiding released in July 2018.

Caoimhe France aged 14 from Broughton in Furness Guides, said "I really enjoyed watching the bands setting up and doing their sound checks it was really interesting. My favourite bands were the Verse, Bronnie, Adam Jay and the Covasettes. It was great to be able to meet them all and ask them about their music. I enjoyed competing in Wellies Got Talent. The rafting was a lot of fun and the waterslide was great especially in the hot weather."

Earlier this month, Girlguiding revealed that one in four (25%) girls aged 7-21 don’t have access to a park. The charity’s annual Girls’ Attitude Survey also found that the same number of girls say there’s nothing to do outdoors in their area. As well as the Girls’ Attitudes Survey, Girlguiding launched Future Girl in April – a new manifesto for girl-led change, shaped by 76,000 girls. Future Girl calls for all girls to have access to play areas and adventure.

Almost 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 Lyndhurst, Hampshire and Waddow Hall in Clitheroe, Lancashire.

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