Adventure at Offshoots
Children across Burnley and Rossendale are spending their holidays at one of Burnley’s most popular attractions learning more about the great outdoors from Newground.
Offshoots, a project run by Newground at Towneley Hall in Burnley, hosts Adventure @ Offshoots during school holidays. In 2017, more than 30 children attended the project, which aimed to equip them with transferrable skills through fun, healthy and engaging outdoor activities.
Making use of Offshoots’ community garden the young people, aged between 8 and 14 years old, dug up potatoes before cooking them on a naturally built open fire, along with marshmallow and sausage toasting. Following this they enjoyed building dens and mountain biking.
Dan McDermott, Education and Training Coordinator at Newground, said:
“There’s many reasons children can’t just go out into woodland and light fires, build dens, mess and about in streams on their own. Some of them are even good reasons. We have started Adventure@Offshoots so children can still spend their holidays playing outside and getting to love the outdoors.
“Children learn a lot through play and many love the outdoors, so what better way to spend summer than learning new skills and having fun in a healthy, outdoor atmosphere.”
Several of the children were inspired by the event, saying they are interested in learning more. One of them said: “I’m asking for some of the equipment we used for my birthday that I can show off my skills to my parents.”
Anyone wanting to know about future adventures at Offshoots can keep an eye on the Newground website www.newground.co.uk by clicking on “events”.