A record-breaking 6,500 girls and young women from across Girlguiding North East England are looking forward to the inaugural Flamingo Fling.

Flamingo Fling organised by Girlguiding North East England will be an action packed adventure camp weekend and will take place at Flamingo Land Near Malton in North Yorkshire on September 16 and 17.

Led by Rachel Lamond and a team of dedicated adult volunteers; Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and members of the Senior Section along with Leaders will travel from as far away as Northumberland and Lincolnshire to enjoy a fun-filled weekend of camping and entertainment.

A number of Flamingo themed activities are planned for the weekend and will be led by Girlguiding North East England’s very own Flamingo; Flossie. Over the two days, members from as young as 5 will have the opportunity to explore the theme park and zoo whilst testing their skills by completing a specially created Flamingo Challenge.

They will take part in Spin, Splash, Speed and Safari activities throughout the weekend and for some lucky members tours of the zoo-park with animal encounters will be amongst the highlights of the weekend.

On Saturday evening, Flossie along with the Rainbows and Brownies will enjoy a fairy tale sing along based on Disney Princesses followed by a traditional campfire to celebrate rainbow 30th Birthday.

There will then be entertainment by Dolly Mix; one of the country’s leading Little Mix tribute bands, for members of the Guides and Senior Section. This will be followed by a disco and campfire.

And to mark the event, Girlguiding North East England will be adopting their very own flamingos at the park.

Sally Ilsley, Girlguiding’s Deputy Chief Guide will be unveiling a commemorative plaque by the Flamingo enclosure at 11.30 am on Saturday morning.

Alison Gordon, Girlguiding North East Region’s Deputy Chief Commissioner said; “Flamingo Land provides us with a wonderful setting for our girls and young women to take part in a multitude of activities whilst having fun and making new friends. With so many girls expressing a wish to camp over-night we felt that Flamingo Land would be an ideal venue for this great event.

Flamingo Land is one of the North’s leading tourist attractions and it strives to re-create environments that most closely mimic the natural habitats of their 140 species of reptiles, mammals and birds and is closely involved with a number of international conservation, research and education programmes. It has recently seen one of its Sumatran tigers give birth to a cub