Wiston Lodge - a Grand Day Out

Photo of child with owlThe sun shone on the Grand Day Out at Wiston Lodge on Saturday 26th April.

Even the short drizzly weather didn’t dampen the sprits of the hundreds of who joined Wiston Lodge to enjoy the Lodge’s free activities including, canoeing, bush craft, climbing wall and tree climbing, archery and the local community stands and displays. Adding excitement to the festivities we would like to thank the Glasgow Vikings, Drum Circle with Wiston’s Paul Dear & Limelight, Capoeira, Malcolm’s Birds of Prey, Neigh Whips, Les-Fest live bands, Graffitti artists and YMCA Dumfries Chill Zone and Penalty Shoot Out, and the Artisans in the Craft tent, bringing the local community together to simply enjoy a Grand Day Out!

Photo of kids on a selfbuilt raftThere was fun for all the family, with a KidZone catering for the wee ones and a YouthZone offering a chill out and activities area for teenagers. A FunZone offering fundraising activities ranging from coconut shy, strong hammer challenge to soaking ‘Beauty & the Beast’ in the stocks.

Our raft building competition, where local Scouts/Explorer groups from competed against each other with 1st Blackwood Scouts and Carluke Explorers being presented with their prize of a Wiston Lodge’s free weekend’s camping and activity weekend by Angela Constance, MSP, Cabinet Minister for Youth Employment.

Photo of people drummingOur “Bee Aware” competition for local schools produced some fabulous art work which was on display at the event. The aim was to highlight the plight of bees and to help the children to think about their place within the wider world. Aileen Campbell MSP for Children and Young People presented the prizes to Abington / Crawfordjohn Primary (3rd), Wiston Primary (2nd) and Leadhills Primary (1st) and to a number of individuals for their highly commended art and poster work.

Photo of living history vikingTony Burley, Wiston Lodge General Manager, was delighted with the event. “This is the fourth year that we have run this event with a record turnout this year. Our social media feedback has been very positive. One visitor had an “Absolutely fab! day!” whilst another “Will be back for the next one!”. One wee one said on leaving, “I don’t want today to end!” Great fun was had by all!” Tony would like to thank both Angela Constance, MSP, Cabinet Minister for Youth Employment and Aileen Campbell MSP for Children and Young People for taking time out of their busy schedule to attend and Wiston’s Board of Directors Trustees who welcomed visitors on the day.

Wendy Johnstone, Volunteering Development Worker, said: “A huge thanks must go out to our local, youth and international volunteers without whom this day simply could not have been such a tremendous success!”

Meg Beresford, thought it was the good atmosphere, the kindness of the weather, meeting old friends and new and the lovely exhibitions made by the local primary schools and a delight to see Wiston Lodge organic gardens produce and plants selling so well.

Alison Best, Guest Services Co-ordinator, our newest member staff commented that hundreds of wee painted smiling faces left Wiston Lodge late Saturday afternoon with the bigger ones full of great homemade food

WL want to thank all the local community and to the Biggar businesses who kindly donated equipment and prizes for the events including:-.Sew and Sews – Sheila Conn – Hamilton Butchers, Lilliput, Taylors Ice Cream – Strathclyde Cash Register., APL Fire Extinguishers, Skian Mhor.

Please contact Alison Best, Guest Services Co-ordinator on 01899 850228 or Contact us for enquiries about us hosting your future events, conferences, training and birthday parties.

See more photos of the event, hosted on the Carluke Gazette website.