Wellies and Wristbands

Wellies and Wristbands is Girlguiding's flagship festival for Guides and members of Rangers and The Senior Section

When live music, dancing and high-adrenaline activities collide

Our annual exclusive event for Guides and members of Rangers and The Senior Section, Wellies and Wristbands, aims to give both our girls and volunteers the full festival experience. That means live bands, a pamper zone, hot tubs, a Leaders Lounge, cinema screenings, huge inflatables, zip-lining and much much more. 

When: Friday 23  Monday 26 August 2019

Where: Foxlease in the New Forest and Waddow Hall in Lancashire

How much: £122.50 per person for leaders and girls (or £112.50 for early bird tickets booked before the end of February 2019).

Bookings close on 31 May 2019 or when all places are filled. Tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. 

Download the booking pack

Download the booking pack

Download the booking pack

What's happening in 2019?

Just like our very own Glastonbury, Wellies and Wristbands doesn’t just have a great line-up – it also offers girls an array of festival activities to get stuck into. Girls will be able to:

  • Catch big names on our main stage
  • Duck and dive on inflatable slides and obstacle courses
  • Hang out with friends in one of our hot tubs
  • Try their hand at climbing, abseiling and other adventurous activities
  • Challenge their unit to a game of mini 5-aside football or netball
  • Take to the stage to compete in a talent competition
  • Settle down to watch a film in our cinema
  • Test their balance on a crate-stacking challenge
  • Relax and unwind with braiding and nail art in the pamper zone

Keep an eye on our social media channels for band announcements in the build up to the weekend.

Kathryn: We're on the way to Wellies and Wristbands 2018!

Jess: We just did our hair and glitter and are on the way to the music!

Both: Woo!

Kathryn: We're freezing. It's the end of day 1.

Jess: We've had a really good time and we're looking forward to the weekend.

Jess: Today we've got low ropes and canoeing. Also we're gonna begin pegging people.

Jess: I'm going to the inflatables while Kathryn goes kayaking.

Kathryn: I put purple hair dye in my hair

Jess: And I patted a hair and turned my hands purple. And then Kathryn is about to get her chief guide award.

Jess: So Kathryn just got her chief guide award! Woohoo!

Jess: We've got to be quiet because our leaders told us to go to bed but we're gonna have a mini feast.

Kathryn: You videoing?

Jess: So this morning I tided the tent but not Kathryn's stuff. She's too messy.

Kathryn: And I went to some new programme training for leaders.

Jess: And then I went and watched the talent show. And we all got drenched. And then we just got hennas.

Jess: We've spent the last few hours in this dry spot. Our hennas have...

Kathryn: Mine's not really a henna anymore.

Jess: Yeah, hennas have dried. We're about to go on the zip wire.

Kathryn: In the rain.

Jess: Our activity today was forest zip and it was amazing.

Jess: We just got back from the music and Channy was amazing. Yeah, it was a power cut and everyone began singing and it was really cute.

Jess: So, put our tents down. We're currently carrying our stuff to the bus.

Jess: It's Edison Jess here. Me and Kathryn both forgot to film on the bus but everyone got home safely and overall we really enjoyed the week. And we hope you enjoyed the video!

How much is it?

Tickets cost £122.50Ticket price includes:

  • Campsite fees
  • Full catering from Friday night until Monday lunchtime
  • Transport from a local station
  • Activities
  • Live acts
  • Wristbands (bring your own wellies!)
  • … and much more!

You don't need to have a Going Away With licence, but you can work towards yours at the event.

Loads for leaders to enjoy

I’m not a big camper but I can cope with this. It’s really well organised, you don’t have to worry about the food and, once you have got your tent up, the rest of it is taken care of.  It is quite an easy way to take your girls camping where they are completely entertained. You don’t have to organise a massive guide camp with loads of activities - it’s all done for you. Becky, 14th Wallasey Guides 

Planning to bring your girls? You’ll be able to join them on many of the more challenging activities – and there’ll be a special Leaders’ Lounge with free tea and coffee, badge-swapping and crafts. Plus, we're offering various training opportunities at Wellies too, including 1st Response, giving you a chance to develop your skills and knowledge. 

And the best bit? You won’t need a Going Away with Licence for this event, meaning you can spend less time with admin, and more time getting stuck in. Visit our page for Leaders for key information about travel, food and facilities.