MORE than 100 Brownies descended on Walby Farm Park to help celebrate the farm’s 11th birthday.

Youngsters from across Carlisle arrived to take part in the mass sleepover in the safe and secure setting of the farm. The special evening of fun, a film and games was followed by an early morning adventure.

In total 102 brownies from eight units were represented, with five young leaders and 20 leaders.

The special evening was a joint venture between the Brownies and Walby Farm Park, with the owner, Neil Milburn, playing a vital roll in the organising the event.

Owner Neil was delighted to welcome the Brownies on the very day that Walby Farm Park reached its 11th anniversary.

Getting a chance to explore the farm the idea was the brainchild of Division Commissioner, Sarah Hodgson who arranged the fun.

After spending countless hours planning and organising the huge sleepover, Sarah said: “It is wonderful to be able to find a local venue large enough and secure enough space for the girls to let off steam and experience the thrill of a sleepover with other Brownie friends from across the city.”

Eight-year-olds Lucy Pringle and Imogen Green, from 47th Carlisle Brownie pack, said: “We are loved being here with all our Brownie friends and we couldn’t wait to watch the film and turn the lights out.”

Wetheral Brownies’ Tawny Owl, Janice Brown, said: “Our Brownies really enjoyed being up and about at 6.15am playing on the outdoor play areas in the sun - before anyone else was awake, let alone entering the Farm Park.”

Groups such as Young Farmers regularly use the space at Walby Farm Park for events, but this was the first sleepover for Girlguiding members.