Circus Workshops

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Shooting Stars Circus Skills are working in your area on the following dates in Autumn term 2019.

September 9th -13th, 16th -20th
October 7th – 25th
November 4th – 8th, 18th – 22nd
December 2nd – 13th

We would like to introduce you to Shooting Stars Circus Skills who offer Rainbow, Brownie and Guide units the chance to enjoy the fun and excitement of a circus skills evening/day at a special discounted rate.
We can offer a brilliant workshop with a highly experienced instructor at the rate of:

£150.00 for a 1 – 2 hour session with one group
£240.00 for a 2 – 3 hour session with two groups (£120.00 per group)
£300.00 for a 3 – 5 hour session with three groups £100.00 per group)
£300.00 for an all day workshop (usually Saturday or Sunday 10.00 – 16.00)

The workshop consists of a circus instructor and circus equipment (which is tailored according to age groups, space available and length of session time). Examples include juggling balls, rings and scarves, spinning plates, diabolos, flower sticks, and larger equipment such as stilts, fun wheels, pedal racers, unicycles & mini-bikes. Equipment used will be at the discretion of your instructor.

With the volume and variety of equipment available, we can take a group of up to 30 children/young people per workshop, keeping them involved and engaged at all times.


As you are aware, the new programme doesn’t include a Circus Performer Badge. However, approx 60% of the total Unit time is for the new programme, leaving 40% at the leaders discretion. Girlguiding UK have confirmed that bespoke badges are available and they can be obtained from


There are lots of fun, ready-to-go unit meeting activities of varying lengths and styles, which can be dropped into gaps in your programme to add balance and variation.
They’re designed to encourage all girls to get involved and participate in the activity. You may want to use a 10-minute activity at the end of your unit meeting or do a longer activity to introduce girls to a topic that you are going to explore as a unit. And they all fit under our six programme themes.


Skills builders are designed to stretch and challenge girls of all abilities and enable them to develop core skills throughout their guiding journey.
Skills builders are specially designed to help girls develop core skills as they travel from Rainbows to Brownies and on to Guides and Rangers.

“The Greatest Showgirl” themed Unit Meetings * Camps * Residential * Sleepovers * Celebrations * Pack Holidays

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Office: 01386 550260
Mobile: 07970 107845

Marks and Spencer’s Workshops

I’m the Education and Outreach Officer at the M&S Company Archive in Leeds, and we are looking into the possibility of creating activities and resources for Guide and Scout groups. We run a busy schools programme of workshops, and have a wealth of resources and inspiration at our fingertips in the form of the M&S archive collection which spans the 135-year history of the company and comprises over 71,000 items. (You can find out more about the archive and the workshops we run here As well as local history we also cover topics such as food and textile technology, business studies, enterprise, packaging, Fair Trade, careers, women’s history, sustainability, design and media.

We have had a few visits from Guide and Brownie groups which have been very well received, so we’d like to build on this interest and create a full programme to help Guides, Brownies and Rainbows achieve and/or create badges.

It would be great to hear if this is something that would be of interest, and if so, to work with a local group to co-create and launch the programme here in Leeds. We’d also be looking at creating digital resources to make the material accessible to Guides and Scouts everywhere!

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Narrowboat Adventure

I have been a unit helper for over 40 years at 1st Pellon Christ Church Guides in Halifax where my wife was Guide Leader and I skipper The Spirit of Guiding narrow boat moored in Sowerby Bridge, Halifax.

The 6th Wortley Guides had a weekend with me in 2017 and we had a wonderful time, they also get chance to drive. So if you want to do something a little different, it sleeps 12. It is used for county Leaders weekends away and The Trefoil Guild also use it during the summer for evening trips with no locks to operate.

Go on the Spirit of Guiding website for more details.  All I charge is a sandwich and an occasional brew!

Spirit of Guiding WYW Narrowboat

Drumming Workshops

My wife and have I been running Drum Workshops for Guiding and Scouting groups and their camps for several years now and are writing in the hope that you might like to book us for events or visits.

Rhythmicity has been operating for 20 years, running workshops in pretty much any setting available: Schools, businesses, Churches, Scout, Brownie and Guide groups, people with learning disabilities, older people, festivals, processions – even weddings (my own!) and a funeral!

We bring all the equipment to your venue, and everyone has an instrument throughout the workshop. We also like to swap the instruments around so everyone gets chance to play more than one.

Our main aim is always that participants should have fun, and there’s always a strong theme of working together.

For camp work we offer our Drum Circle workshop which can be tailored to suit your programme in length. For group visits we have several different workshops, including Drum Circle, to offer:

Sammy the Spider – Geared for Rainbows aged children – We have a selection of soft toys and through rhythm, tell the story of Sammy, the Spider who has no friends. The children get to participate, interacting through the journey of discovery as Sammy makes some rather special friends.

Drum Circle – A Drum Circle is always a unique team working experience: the participants improvise their own rhythms; the facilitator works with this to draw out the best. Together, the group provides a level of musical sophistication which always surprises!

African Celebration – Children learn techniques and rhythms to accompany a traditional African song. They will also learn a little about the role of the Master Drummer and how rhythm fits into African culture.

The cost really does depend on the number of participants, and the amount of time that you would like us to be with you. Our normal charging rate is based on £2.50 per child plus a contribution towards our travel costs. We have special day rates for any District Camp / Jamboree work that you might like us to do. Our prices can be negotiable, as we do work on an honesty basis and understand that times are hard and budgets are stretched. So please do feel free to be honest with us about cost. If you are interested to know more then please do get in touch, also letting us know the numbers of children you envisage attending and we will give you an idea as to the cost implication.

I hope the above is helpful, and I hope to hear from you soon.

With kind regards and thanks

Tim Scarborough

Girls Golf Rocks

Dear Girlguiding,

As you may be aware, Girls Golf Rocks has launched in Yorkshire!

Girls Golf Rocks is a National Girls Recruitment Programme taking place across 26 counties, delivered in partnership with the Golf Foundation and England Golf. The programme is targeting new girls aged 5-18 to golf, utilising club and county-based girls as Ambassadors to inspire the next generation of girl golfers. As part of the project, each of the hub clubs host a Free 2 hour Girls Taster Session in May followed by then a 6 week coaching prorgramme which costs £35 and includes a Girls Golf Rocks Goodie bag and US Kids 9 iron (which costs over £25 alone!). Tasters and coaching can be booked through these links

Yorkshire –

The promotional video can be found through this link –

Celebrating Girls in Football and Sport

I am a student from Leeds Beckett University studying Sport Development. As part of our course this year, we run a sporting event in the community. My course mates and I are running an event to celebrate girls sport and football. We are running at event on Tuesday 7 May completely FREE of charge for an evening where girls can take part in different sports and try alternative versions of football for fun! They will also receive certificates of attendance and medals.

We would like to invite your Guiding groups to take part in the event if you are interested.

Please email for contact details.