YouthFest 2022: Kelburn Castle Festival Celebrates North Ayrshire Youth

A two-day festival for North Ayrshire youngsters to let loose and have fun was held at Kelburn Castle last week.

Returning for the first time since before the pandemic, the highly anticipated Youth Festival welcomed more than 160 young people aged 12 to 16 as they camped out under the stars, listened to live music and enjoyed other activities on Tuesday and Wednesday August 2 and 3. .

The free event was organized by the council’s youth services team, which was also joined by a host of other partners including Police Scotland, NHS Ayrshire and Arran, Scottish Fire and Rescue, Coastwatch, North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership and Drug and Alcohol Partnership. .

Beginning on Tuesday, the young people took part in a first series of icebreaker challenges to get to know each other and settle in. Then the non-stop fun included a color run, scary walk, performances by local musicians and circus artists, ‘rave cave’, bush trails, smoothie bar, bucking bronco, giant obstacle course – for n to name a few.

NAC Advisor and Youth Champion Chloe Roberston said: “We are delighted to have welcomed the young people of North Ayrshire back to Youth Fest after a long two-year hiatus.

“The event was not just for fun. Each day, young people were also invited to participate in thematic workshops on key issues affecting their age group such as mental health, well-being and safety and other inspiring information sessions on the climate change and green STEM employability.

“I would like to thank everyone who helped make this year’s YouthFest a fantastic success. I am confident that the young people who attended will remember this unique experience for many summers to come.

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