Day to showcase activities for young is a first

This story was published 3 May 2019

Young people are being given the chance to try out adventurous activities in a showcase event in Ryedale this month.


The “try before you buy” event is part of the first Pickering Celebration of Youth family day. It will bring together a wide range of organisations to celebrate the many opportunities in adventure available to young people in the area.

The event has been supported by North Yorkshire County Council’s Stronger Communities programme through its Inspire grant scheme, which aims to help to create vibrant, active communities by supporting local projects. 

It has been organised by Pickering and District Rotary Club and will take place on Pickering Recreational Ground from 10am to 3pm on Saturday, 18 May.

Ian Williams, of Pickering and District Rotary Club, said: “Every year, the Rotary Club sponsors young people to take part in adventure events to help widen their horizons and build their confidence. This year we are launching a day to celebrate the local organisations that are doing this on a daily basis. Everyone can come along and enjoy a day when you can ‘try before you buy’ the various activities on offer.”

Activities provided by groups and services from Snainton to Helmsley will include a bungee, an inflatable assault course, fire service demonstrations and much more. Every organisation will provide activities to showcase what is available to the young people of the area. The organisations include Young Farmers, North Yorkshire Youth, North Yorkshire Fire Service, Army Cadet Force, Yorkshire Regiment Support Team, Kirkbymoorside Band, Malton and Norton Canoe Club, Guides, Scouts, Kirk Theatre Crackpot Group, St John’s Ambulance Cadets, the Police and more. 

Lorelei Smith, from 2nd Pickering Guides, who are supporting the event, said: “Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK. Thanks to the dedication and support of our amazing volunteers, girls and young women from all backgrounds have a space to be themselves and have their voices heard, build friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities, all whilst having fun.”

Stuart Moss, from North Yorkshire Fire Service, said: “We are really happy to have the opportunity to raise the profile of the fire service and the young firefighters scheme. This event will provide some fun activities to promote the work of the fire service with the next generation.”

County Councillor David Chance, Executive Member for Stronger Communities, said: “Stronger Communities is all about helping communities to thrive. Nothing is more important to the future of towns and villages than our young people, so I’m delighted we’re able to support this venture to highlight to young people the opportunities on their doorstep.”

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