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WIDEHORIZON - ADVENTURER FOR A DAY
Last month you may have read our blog Adventure in Unexpected Places, where children’s charity Widehorizons revealed stories of how they bring adventure to disadvantaged children who’ve never experienced the outdoors before.
Widehorizons believe every child should have access to adventure as part of their education and development. They own eight Adventure Centres across England and Wales, each with their own unique character, providing outdoor experiences for children from the age of two up to 18.
One of these centres is Widehorizons Environment Centre in South-East London. This nine-acre hidden gem is filled with fairytale woods, peaceful ponds, and lush meadows.
Recently, a group of six and seven year old children visited the centre to take part in a session of Forest School. This is a way of encouraging curiosity, exploration and creativity amongst young children in a woodland setting.
As Forest School Leader, Zoe Arnold, helped the children to construct secret gardens she noticed that every child was wearing plastic latex gloves! The gloves had been given to the children so that they wouldn’t get their hands dirty. Zoe commented; “I slyly took the gloves away and encouraged the children to see what it felt like actually putting their hands in the mud. They soon got stuck in and had an amazing time!”
This is not an out-of-the-ordinary occurrence for Widehorizons. Over 80% of the UK population now live in urban areas. In London alone, 1 in 4 children are trapped by a life in poverty. Many children have never had the chance to go an adventure before.
That’s why, on Saturday 21st June, Widehorizons is running Nightline. This incredible 50km night walk treads some of the most famous trails in South-East London and Kent including the Green Chain Link, London Loop, Darent Valley Path, and North Downs Way.
Widehorizons’ Events Coordinator, Ceri Rhoades, recently did a test run of the first 25km of the Nightline route:
“It was great to experience some stunning countryside and a really exhilarating walk. I got an amazing sense of achievement after 25km so I think when our Nightliners hit the 50km finish line they’ll be bouncing off the walls!”
Those who take part in Nightline will also have the chance to enjoy the beautiful countryside of another area – the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Llangollen, North Wales. Anyone who registers for Nightline before Friday 2nd May 2014 will be entered into a prize draw to win a 2-night stay at Widehorizons’ Lodge for up to 8 people!
Click here to register, or for more information call 0845 600 65 67