Brownies from Accrington travelled to Chester Zoo for a brilliant birthday party that included a unique after-hours experience, lantern-lit walk and a massive girls-only sleepover.
Twenty two girls from the 16th Accrington Brownies aged 7-10 joined four thousand others brownies who flocked to the wildlife attraction to celebrate the Big Brownie birthday.
The young adventurers received a once in a lifetime opportunity to enter the zoo after the gates had been closed to the public during the Brownie-only event.
The girls explored the zoo after hours when they got the chance to come face to face with some of the zoo’s 11,000 animals.
Eight-year-old Brownie, Sadie Charnley was excited about the whole experience.
She said: “I’d never been on a sleepover before and it was so much fun.
“We got to sleep in the zoo and I was excited to see the elephants because they’re my favourite animals.
“We even got to go on a lantern walk at night time and I made my own lantern to carry – it was so cool.”
Once the girls had explored the zoo, it was time to join a specially organised lantern walk where girls watched in amazement as animal lanterns came alive in a magical light display to celebrate the event.
At the end of the lantern walk, Brownies were asked to hang their Brownie Wish on a specially prepared wishing tree to share what they would wish for if they were a Brownie in 100 years’time.
Sarah Barnes, Event Organiser, said: “It’s been a fantastic year of celebrations for The Big Brownie Birthday and Wild Encounters has been a huge a success.
“We’ve been able to give so many Brownies the opportunity to stay away from home for the first time and in such a unique location.”