New friendships formed in France

Over Summer 31 lucky young people went on a memorable five day trip to Paris. The trip brought together members of all abilities from Blackburn Youth Zone and Carlisle Youth Zone allowing them to meet new friends, visit new places and experience some of the best tourist attractions available in France.

Members and staff met at Blackburn Youth Zone in the early hours of Monday morning and began their coach trip to France. The group stayed at Château de Grande Romaine, where on arrival they met their tour guide, Frankie, and played a team building game.

The next morning the group took part in an exciting scavenger hunt through the village of Brie before visiting the local market. Later that day they went on a tour of the beautiful Notre-Dame Cathedral which was enjoyed by all. Exhausted by a full day of sightseeing the young people ended the day with a relaxing swim back at the hotel.

On the following day the group visited Disneyland Paris, where they went on rides, met their favourite characters and enjoyed the musical parade. Everyone had a great time at Disneyland, with many young people stating it as the highlight of the trip.

The next day the group enjoyed the views from the top of the Eiffel Tower, followed by a picnic lunch in the beautiful gardens that surround the tower. After lunch they set sail on a boat ride through Paris on the Seine river before arriving back at the hotel for a fantastic disco to end the trip.

On the coach journey back to England young people and staff reflected on their highlights from the trip which were meeting new friends from other Youth Zones, the disco and visiting France.

Laura Walker, Inclusion Manager at Blackburn Youth Zone said  “The young people really enjoyed the entire trip from sightseeing and tourist attractions to the ferry trip and taking part in activities but the highlight for many was the friendships that young people from Blackburn Youth Zone and Carlisle Youth Zone formed whilst on the trip. We are already planning to take our members to visit Carlisle Youth Zone!”