Leicestershire Centenary Challenge

A huge welcome to the Girlguiding Leicestershire Centenary Challenge.

Over the following pages you will find Challenges from each of the 15 Divisions in our county. These are things that each Division wants to shout about and share with their friends across our guiding county.

Whether it is visiting a place of interest, trying a new sleepover venue, a brilliant day out, something to make, an activity, a community opportunity, a recipe, a special event or anything else in Leicestershire, we are challenging you all to be a part of it. 

This county challenge is designed to be worked on by every member in the County from Rainbows to Trefoil Guild throughout the year and at any point from May 2017 to 31st May 2018. 

The idea is to inspire Girlguiding Leicestershire to get out and about around our county, to learn something new about our area and try new things in 2017.

As a guideline for earning this challenge badge, all members should complete at least one of the activities from four different Divisions. One of these activities should be outside of the meeting place. However, please feel free to complete more if you wish.

We would love you to shout about your experience of the Girlguiding Leicestershire Centenary Challenge through social media. Why not submit a blog post or tag a photo on Instagram using the hashtag #GirlguidingLeicestershire. We cannot wait to see how you have been celebrating Girlguiding Leicestershire’s 100th birthday!


Visit: Ashby Castle and climb to the top of the tower.

Alternatively: Build yourself your own castle out of anything you can find – why not use recycled items? Or furniture? Who can build the tallest tower? How many members of your unit can you fit inside?

Want to make a day of it? Head over to Ashby, explore the castle and get jumping at Rebound. You could even pop into the Region Office on Lower Church Street and say hello to our friends at Girlguiding Midlands.


Visit: Tropical Birdland – how many different species of bird will you discover! You can even hold some of the birds as you walk through areas!

Alternatively: Make an origami bird or feed the birds with some home-made bird pudding.

Want to make a day of it? Head out on a sunny day to climb to the top of Bardon Hill! Or cycle around Thornton Reservoir, you might even have time for an ice cream or two!




Visit: The Crazy Golf Centre in Blaby. How many hole in ones can you get?

Alternatively: Make your own crazy golf course in your unit? Who can make the trickiest course?


Visit: Hop on the Great Central Railway and discover how transport has changed!

Alternatively: Play a simple new game – Loose Caboose. 

Or use fruit to recreate your own train chugging along the train track. How many different fruits can you use?

Want to make a day of it? Go geocaching at Beacon Hill. How many caches can you find? You could even hide your own cache for another unit to find. You can even discover the bluebells in the woodlands.


Visit: Head over to Bosworth battlefield – the battlefield where the Battle of Bosworth took place. You could be a King for the day!

Alternatively: Host of battle of the board games evening. How many board games can you play in your meeting place? Who will win the battle?

Want to make a day of it? Head over to Bosworth Waterpark where you can splash around in the water, jump on a pedalo or enjoy a picnic by the water. 

Leicester East

Visit: Evington Park where you can take part in lots of different activities from orienteering or fitness track. You could even try something new on their

all-weather pitches, tennis courts or bowling green.

Alternatively: Make your own edible park.

Want to make a day of it? Hire Topstones, our County Campsite, where you can try lots of adventurous activities. You might even be able to go strawberry picking (Seldom Seen Farm) or visit the farm to see the cows being milked.


Leicester South

Visit: The Richard III Discovery Centre and Leicester Cathedral

Alternatively: Put on a play.

Want to make a day of it? Visit one of the Leicester’s many free museums.

Leicester West

Visit: Gorse Hill City Farm – lead your own adventure or book into an animal handling session.

Alternatively: You could grow your own cress or grass heads – why not make egg and cress sandwiches in a few weeks? Or maybe try your hand at beansprouts for a delicious salad.

Want to make a day of it? Hold your own wide game at Western Park. Try a spot of mountain biking on the special designed bike track. Or play on the park. You could even include a giant picnic!


Visit: The Carillon Tower and museum. Can you climb all the 138 steps to the top of the tower and see over the whole of Loughborough. Link this to a visit to Charnwood Museum, just a short step across the park.

Alternatively: Use newspaper and spaghetti and marshmallows to make the tallest towers you can in five minutes.

Want to make a day of it? Once you’ve climbed to the top of the tower and visited the Museum, you could picnic in the park, swim at the Leisure Centre just over the road or treat yourself to a fancy ice-cream.


Visit: Get your skates on and visit Midlands Roller Derby at Ashby Parva

Alternatively: Did you know that the Vulcan Bomber aircraft was based at Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome? You could make your own water or balloon plane. How tall or far can your plane fly?

Want to make a day of it? Visit Fosse Meadows and go on an adventure!

Market Harborough

Visit: Foxton Locks. You could visit the museum along the way! Or take a ride on one of the canal boat tours.

Alternatively: Learn the water safety code and complete the Brownie or Guide Water safety badge.


Visit: Pork pie making at Dickinson and Morris or, in September, the Cheese Fair or the Chocfest.

Alternatively: Have a food tasting night with food from around the world or invite a visitor to come to cook something special with your unit. Design a new chocolate bar and send your suggestion to Mars in Melton Mowbray.

Want to make a day of it? Visit the museum in Melton or go for a swim at Melton pool.

Oadby & Wigston

Visit: Brocks Hill Park and head over to the visitor centre to find out more!

Alternatively: Go geocaching in your local area. How many caches can you find?

Want to make a day of it? Visit the University of Leicester Botanical Gardens where you can learn about all the pretty flowers and wildlife. You could even take a picnic along!


Visit: Bugtopia – Would you like to hold a reptile?

Alternatively: Play a game of beetle or make fondant bugs.

Want to make a day of it? Head over to Rutland Water and hike along the footpaths. You could take a boat trip around the water or build a sand castle on the beach. You might even want to slip and slide on the inflatables. You could even cycle around the whole water!


Visit: Abbey Pumping Station

Alternatively: Make your own sewage and experiment with filtering the water out from the debris. Or try and find out how far you can transport water using your hands?

Want to make a day of it? Visit the National Space Centre and travel to space for the day! You could even have a sleepover if you feel like reaching for the stars! Abbey Park is nearby for a run around and a picnic.


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