We loved everything about Magic and Mayhem

Leader Rebecca's Brownies loved Magic and Mayhem, our festival for 5- to 10-year-olds!

The final word on the event goes to Belle, our newest and youngest Brownie, who when asked about her favourite part of the event, simply wrote 'evry fing!'

When I first heard about Magic and Mayhem, I knew I wanted to take my Brownies. Although we are quite a large, active district, the girls rarely get a chance to go to events outside our local area, and I wanted to give them the opportunity to meet girls from other parts of the country. The fact that it was taking place at one of my favourite guiding places – Foxlease – was an added bonus.

We even recruited a Rainbow

We decided to go by train, which was an adventure in itself! The girls managed to 'adopt' a small child to entertain on the journey down - Join Us details were given to her parents and the little girl was added to a Rainbow waiting list by the time we got to Brockenhurst!

The girls didn't know much about the event beforehand, but Amelia was most excited about sleeping in the Big Top, Meghan couldn't wait to learn some circus tricks, while Abigail, Darcey and Ellie were looking forward to trying out some new adventurous activities.

Arriving at Magic and Mayhem

The site was decorated fantastically. We joined the other 600 excited girls in the Big Top for the opening ceremony. Everyone was eager for the fun to begin!

Our first activity was climbing. Amelia said her favourite thing at Magic and Mayhem was 'climbing with her eyes closed.'

Trying circus skills

Next we had a go at circus skills. The girls tried out diablos, juggling, plate spinning and unicycling (some were more successful than others). This was followed by getting rather oily and inky while making lava lamps and fingerprint pictures in the Science Zone. We then enjoyed a very funny magic show, before making our own magic wands and balloon creatures.

Onto the inflatables

Darcey and Aayla said they 'liked playing fun games with the Rainbows on the inflatables' which we did next. The girls then learnt a dance routine to perform with everyone else in the Big Top for Gill, the Chief Guide.

For Abigail, Tillie and Isla, the best thing about the event was the after-dinner disco, as they 'got to dance around to all the cool music'. Finally, it was time to settle down in our sleeping bags all together for a giant sleepover in the Big Top with 250 other Brownies!

We loved everything

All too soon it was morning, and time to pack-up and leave. We all had a great time and made new friends. But the final word on the event goes to Belle, our newest and youngest Brownie, who when asked about her favourite part of the event, simply wrote 'evry fing!'

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