Kids Out 2015
How do 20 youngsters from Malmesbury and Tetbury manage a day out without computers, TV, DVD's, MP3 Players?
A day out at Longleat Safari Park with The Rotary Club of the South Cotswold, courtesy of Lord Bath.
This annual KidsOut event, which is organised by Rotary clubs in the South West, brings approximately 800 disadvantaged children from all over the South West, plus accompanying Rotarians and teachers, for a fun-packed day in one of the region's premier attractions.
This year we took 10 children from Malmesbury Church of England Primary School and 10 from St Mary's Primary School in Tetbury to Longleat. The ‘Kids’ are taken in two minibuses driven by Rotarians to Longleat, where the fun starts: a drive through the Safari Park (lions, monkeys, giraffes, rhinos and many more wild animals), a quick stop for lunch and then a boat trip around Gorilla Island (hippos, gorillas and sea lions). Then there was a walk through the 'dinosaur' enclosure, handling a live python, and a visit to the adventure playground. An ice cream rounded off a perfact day before the journey back home.
It's surprising how much one can fit into a day at Longleat. The look of wonderment on the ‘Kids’ faces tells you its all been worth while.
For more information on KidsOut click here.