IGNITE - Taster Day

Ignite TasterDay

Wow what a brilliant day.

The young people of Thirsk have had a great time at Carlton Lodge Activity Centre experiencing some brand new activities.

As part of the IGNITE project run by IVE, which North Yorkshire Youth is a partner, we put on a day of activities all based around heritage and fun.

Forty nine young people got the chance to make Mallets, stools and rolling pins using techniques from the industrial revolution, all run by the Heritage Craft Alliance. The buzz in the room when the young people took part was amazing and really showed that young people are always interested in learning something new. Even if it is some that has been around for many years!!!

We got some amazing feedback with loads interested in taking part in future activities. With this being a pilot for the Heritage Lottery Fund – Kick the Dust programme we hope to be putting on similar events for the next four years.

Alongside these amazing craft activities we have also had the pleasure of the Writing Squad. They have run workshops on creative writing and that mix of physical activity and creatively worked really well and to see so many young people engaged in a writing workshop was brilliant.

All these activities have been linked with some problem solving and archery, another ancient skill, run by Carlton Lodge staff and from the feedback we have received the young people have had a blast.

"I particularly enjoyed the zip wire because i felt like i was flying"

Tom W, Aged 12 

“I am writing to say a giant THANK YOU for making Carlton Lodge the best experience of my life!”

Jasmin, aged 10

We can honestly say this is the best residential we have ever attended. 

Thorpe Primary School - June 2018

Everyone loved it and didn’t want to leave, even with the snow.

12th Harrogate, St.Marks, Brownies

“The rooms were excellent and the food was gorgeous!”

James, Aged 9

“The instructors made me smile because I knew I was safe in their hands.”

Kaitlyn, aged 10

 “Always a real pleasure to come to Carlton Lodge. A lovely setting, amazing friendly staff and comfortable accommodation. Can't wait for next year for more of the same.”

Ings Primary School - May 2018

"The group were all encouraged and supported to achieve their goals - amazing instructors!"

College Tutor, North Yorkshire

"This was our best visit ever, mainly due to Sam and Jake who totally understood our students. The Catering staff were so friendly and of course the food was delicious"

King James School - Sept 2018

"We were extremely impressed by the professionalism, enthusiasm and patience that your instructors showed in every activity."

Youth Worker, Hull

“It was the best school trip ever, I would like to go back and do it all again.”

Maddison, aged 10

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