Girls from Arnold were amongst the 500 who gathered at a theme park on Sunday to celebrate 30 years of Rainbows – Girlguiding’s section for its youngest members.
500 Rainbows youngsters from all over Notts attended the party at Wheelgate Theme Park near Farnsfield, alongside their leaders and a team of volunteer helpers.
Joining in the celebrations were members of 1st Arnold Rainbows, including Elissa and Bella, who are both aged seven.
They both really enjoyed the day, saying: “It’s been amazing today, especially the Rollercoaster
They added: “We do loads of nice things at Rainbows – we play games and have lots of fun”
All the Rainbows at Sunday’s event made the most of Wheelgate Park’s array of activities – including the Animal Adventure Zone, the Clip Clop Pony Rides, the Land of the Pharaohs and the Alien Galaxy Zone – before joining other units in a party tent for a celebratory tea and disco.
Girlguiding Nottinghamshire’s County Commissioner Jackie Brocklehurst was delighted the girls had the chance to celebrate together.
She said: “Being part of Rainbows is so important to these youngsters
“Joining Girlguiding at this age is all about sharing fun and friendship, and there was plenty of both on show at this very special birthday party.”
Starting aged 5, Rainbows are the youngest members of Girlguiding: they usually meet in very small groups, so a gathering on this scale is the largest event some of them have ever attended.
Girlguiding Nottinghamshire runs 116 Rainbow units across the county and all divisions were represented at the party.
Enquiries about volunteering with Girlguiding Nottinghamshire to help stage events such as this are always welcome: explore www.girlguidingnottinghamshire.org.uk to find out more.