Carry on camping in the community this summer!

The annual South Leeds Community Camp returns to Middleton Park this month, overnight on Saturday 20th – Sunday 21st August (2016). This free family event – now in its third year – simply aims to give local people the chance to meet, have a laugh, learn stuff, and get inspired by the natural environment.

Simple pleasures: last year's Community Camp, with not a mobile phone in sight!
Simple pleasures: last year’s Community Camp, with not a mobile phone in sight!

Running between 2pm Saturday and midday Sunday, it will feature games, activities, crafts, walks (in the daylight and the dark!), shared meals, and – most importantly – overnight camping in an enclosed, stewarded camping zone.

Marret Neffe, one of the local mums helping to run the event, comments:

“The summer’s here, but you don’t need to go far nor spend loads of money to get away: we’ve got this amazing park in the heart of our community, and camping is such a fun but simple way to enjoy it. It’s been a great event these past two years, especially with the opportunity to meet new people – please get in touch if you want to come along.”

For more info, including how to book, click here. Some headline info is as follows… Pre-booking is essential, and numbers are limited. It’s free, although donations are welcome – and please bring food, drinks and/or snacks to share if possible. Under 18s must be accompanied and supervised. And whilst most attendees will bring all their own camping kit, it’s possible for some to borrow tents and other kit – by prior arrangement.

A local volunteer team will run the event, and staff the camping zone at all times (including throughout the night); if people want to join this team, please get in touch. Thanks to the Middleton Park councillors, the Salvation Army South Leeds Initiative, and Together for Peace for their support.