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Two days of festival fun to celebrate North Ayrshire's young people

Posted on 5 Aug 2022
Group photo outside Mobile Youth Centre with Cllr Roberston

A two-day festival giving North Ayrshire’s young people a chance to let their hair down and have some fun took place this week at Kelburn Castle.

Returning for the first time since before the pandemic, the much-anticipated Youth Festival welcomed over 160 youngsters aged 12-16 who descended on the grounds at Kelburn Castle for a two-day festival of fun.

In true festival style, young people were invited to ‘YouthFest’ to camp out under the stars, listen to some great live music and take part in two jam-packed days of activities that took place on Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 August.

The free event was organised by the Council’s Youth Services Team who were also joined by a host of other partners including Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue, St. John’s Ambulance, North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership and the Drug and Alcohol Partnership.

North Ayrshire Councillor and Young Person’s Champion Chloe Roberston commented: “We are delighted to have welcomed back North Ayrshire’s young people to Youth Fest after a long two year hiatus.

“The popular event was a wonderful opportunity for young people right across North Ayrshire to get together, meet people, make new friends and most importantly have some well-deserved summer fun.

Kicking off on Tuesday, the youngsters took part in an initial series of ice-breaker challenges to get to know one another and settle in. Then from there, the non-stop fun included a colour run, spooky walk, performances from local musicians and circus performers, ‘rave cave’, bush tucker trails, smoothie bar, bucking bronco, giant assault course – to name only a few.

Councillor Robertson added: “The event wasn’t just about having fun. Each day the youngsters were also invited to take part in workshops themed on key issues affecting their age group such as mental health, wellbeing and safety and other inspiring information sessions on climate change and green stem employability.

“I would like to thank everyone involved in making this year’s YouthFest a fantastic success. I have no doubt that the young people who attended will remember this unique experience for many summer’s to come thanks to the hard work and creativity of the Council’s talented officers across our Connected Communities, Education and Health and Social Care Partnership teams.

“We are so lucky in North Ayrshire to have so many hard-working and inspirational young people making such a positive difference in each of our six localities and this year’s youth festival was our way of saying thanks by giving them a chance to really enjoy themselves.”

Look out for our re-cap of photo highlights coming soon on social media including coverage of the ‘colour run’ where an additional 150 young people joined in to take part in a colourful 3k route covered head-to-toe in paint!