Wellies & Wristbands – August 2019

Girls and young women from Durham South had the time of their lives over the Bank Holiday weekend at the UK’s biggest girl-only music festival, Wellies and Wristbands. Leaders from Durham South also got involved by volunteering to help make the event a success.

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 RoadTrip, 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.

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.