To London with 24 Brownies and Guides!

Posted by   Sandra on    May 16, 2014

Brownies and Guides outside Buckingham Palace

This amazing trip to London was the brainchild of Sue Harris, who tells the story in her own words:

"It all started with those immortal word – “I’ve been thinking”! That was last May and now the thought has become a reality.

On Friday, May 2, 6 Guides from Penryn, together with 18 Brownies from Mylor & Penryn and their Leaders caught the train from Redruth and headed to London to celebrate the Big Brownie Birthday. We had plenty of new experiences including, for some, their first ride on the Tube.

The adventure continued on Saturday, despite TfL closing both the Circle & District lines, with visits to the Girlguiding Headquarters shop, where many badges and hoodies were bought, and the Natural History Museum, where we saw the dinosaurs and had our lunch. It was back on the tube again, followed by a walk along the Strand before we settled down to watch The Lion King. We had a perfect view of the auditorium and at times it looked like the actors actually had lion’s heads. After dark, we ventured out to see the amazing array of lights around Canary Wharf.

Sunday saw the highlight of the trip for many of the girls when we visited Downing Street and we all had our picture taken while standing on the door step of Number 10.

Brownies, Guides and Leaders in front of 10 Downing Street

The day continued with an open-topped bus tour with a stop at the Royal Mews to see the horses and carriages and then we had our lunch in St James Park, looking at Buckingham Palace. Back on the bus and a stop at the Millennium Bridge, which did not wobble, and St Paul’s Cathedral, where we joined many Londoners and tourists, sitting on the steps, in the sun, eating ice lollies. That evening we danced the conga along the Embankment and saw the London Eye and Big Ben reflected in the River Thames.

On Monday we followed the Guards as they marched to Buckingham Palace for the Changing of the Guard. We were hot just trying to keep up and we weren’t wearing heavy uniforms! We had lunch on Paddington Station before all the girls had their photos taken with Paddington Bear. Lastly, we caught the train and returned, happy but exhausted, to Cornwall.

Thanks to all the Leaders for a fantastic weekend – one I’ll never forget."