Messy Outdoors

Messy Cumbria hits the outdoors!

On the hot & sunny afternoon of Saturday 8th July 2017, over 100 people gathered in the glorious setting of Rydal Hall grounds for the first ever Messy Cumbria Outdoors event. Young and old together, from all over Cumbria & beyond, engaged in various outdoor activities on the theme of ‘journey’ designed to spark wondering and discussion. Some came as individual families, others as a whole Messy Church outing. Some regularly attend a local Messy Church, others had seen the publicity online and came along to find out more. We also engaged with those passing through Rydal Hall, our furthest travelled was a family on holiday from Malaysia, who got waylaid whittling sticks and then stayed for the celebration & conversation around the campfire!

Activities on offer included an outdoor prayer labyrinth, a Wander & Wonder sculpture trail, outdoor art station, stick whittling, felting, mini beast hunting, blindfold journey, alongside free time to explore the grounds and enjoy the benefits of the Tea Shop. We then gathered back together for parachute games and the celebration time, followed by a campfire (with marshmallows) and picnic.

One Messy Church leader said:  “Our Messy Church really enjoyed it, the weather was an added bonus and having the stream was the icing on the cake for the kids!  I liked the parachute idea so much I’ve just bought one for us to use. The Messy Crew are already pestering me for more outings so I think this might turn out to be a bit of an offshoot from Messy Church!  We look forward to the next Messy Cumbria event. ”

James Richards, new managing director at Rydal Hall said “We were delighted to be invited to host the first (hopefully, of many) Messy Outdoors event at Rydal Hall and, equally thrilled to see how well-attended it was. We arranged the weather especially for the event and it was lovely to see so many families and children enjoying the outdoors here at Rydal Hall.”

Pictures: Jenny Woolgar Photography