Magic and Mayhem info for leaders

Coming to Magic and Mayhem? Find out more about travel, accommodation and facilities

Magic and Mayhem is our big summer event for Rainbows and Brownies

The organisation of the whole event has been superb - both before the event and on the day. It's easy to get here and it's great that we don't need a Going Away With Licence  to bring our girls along. There's a fantastic range of activities - we'd love to come back next year. – Lyndsey, 8th Colne Brownies

It’s held at four of our Activity Centres – Blackland Farm in SussexFoxlease in the New Forest , Glenbrook in the Peak District and Waddow Hall in Lancashire. The event will take place from 10am on Saturday 18 June to 10am on Sunday 19 June 2022 – with day tickets available on the Saturday (Sunday at Glenbrook) so you can attend from 10am to 5.30pm.

We’ll make sure you’re fully supported at the event to give your girls the best experience possible, but there are some things you’ll need to know in preparation.

Getting there

We will be providing coach travel from a local train station for each event, if required – from East Grinstead for Blackland Farm, Brockenhurst for Foxlease, Hope for Glenbrook and Clitheroe for Waddow Hall.

If you don’t want to take the train and the accompanying coach, you can always travel by coach or minibus. It’s OK for you to arrange to be dropped off and picked up from each site, but no long-stay parking will be available for coaches or cars.

See below for more details on how to travel to our activity centres.

Nestled in the Sussex countryside, Blackland Farm is located on a 120-acre site, with lots of woodland and grassy areas. The full address is:

Blackland Farm
Grinstead Lane
East Grinstead
Sussex, RH19 4HP

The centre can be reached easily by train and car. More information can be found on the Blackland Farm website.

Foxlease is set in 65 acres of beautiful land near Lyndhurst in Hampshire. The full address is:

Girlguiding Foxlease
Clay Hill
SO43 7DE

The centre can be reached easily by road, train and by coach. More information can be found on the Foxlease website.

Glenbrook is located on a nine acre site in the picturesque Peak District. The full address is:

Glenbrook Activity Centre
Hope Road
Hope Valley
S33 0AL

The centre can be reached easily by train and car. More information can be found on the Glenbrook website.


Waddow Hall is a 17th-century manor house, based in the Lancashire countryside. The full address is:

Girlguiding Waddow Hall
Waddington Road

It’s easy to get there by car, train or by coach. More information can be found on the Waddow Hall website.

What to bring

Although girls sleeping overnight will be in a covered Big Top, leaders will still need to make sure they have suitable bedding (a sleeping bag, blanket and a small pillow), pyjamas, a camping mat and a groundsheet large enough to sleep on.

Even if you’re just staying for the day, make sure you don’t forget anything by checking the complete kit list in our booking pack.

Safeguarding and licences

You won’t need a Going Away With Licence to bring your girls to Magic and Mayhem. However, it’s still important that your leadership team cover standard Girlguiding ratios during the event, make sure all girls have the correct forms and inform your Commissioner you’re planning to come. Leaders will have overall responsibility for the supervision of the girls they bring to the event.

Magic and Mayhem is also a great opportunity to gain experience for or begin working towards the Going Away With Licence – so speak to your local Commissioner for more information.

On the day

  • Activities – there’ll be several zones on site where girls can try out activities, from circus skills to science experiments. Each activity centre will also offer adventurous activities like tunnelling, low ropes, caving and bungee trampolining. All these activities are included in the ticket price.
  • Food – food isn’t available for those holding day tickets. If you’re staying overnight, dinner on Saturday evening and Sunday lunch are provided – but you will need to provide your own packed lunch for Saturday and additional snacks for your girls.
  • Facilities – the site has shower facilities and toilet blocks, and additional toilets will be provided for the weekend.

You'll be emailed more information about the event after you book, as well as a request for travel information, dietary requirements, additional information and event forms.