KidsOut is a Rotary charity, started by Rotary and run by Rotary. Lady Grantchester of the Moore’s family and owners of Littlewoods, suggested to the Rotary Club in Kingston, where she lived, that they take disadvantaged children on a day out. She approached Rotarians Peter Jarvis and Graham Child about the idea. A deal was struck, and in 1990 the Kingston Rotary Club and Kingston Littlewoods store organised an outing for 200 children to go to Thorpe Park. The day was so successful that Lady Grantchester offered a one-off grant to any Rotary Club willing to take part in a similar event on the 2nd Wednesday in June. Overnight 800 Rotary Clubs from all over the UK joined in and the National Rotary Kids Out Day was created. It immediately became the biggest single outing for disadvantaged children in the UK, with tens of thousands of children taken out on the second Wednesday every June.

This year several Rotary Clubs across out  District 1100 joined to take several hundred children on a day out to Cattle Country, at Berkeley, Gloucestershire. This year, Bristol Breakfast Club took 98 children from the Bridge Learning Campus in Hartcliffe and from Kingsweston Special School to the event on 8th June 2022. The children and school staff arrived just after 10.15. and getting off the coach one child is overheard to ask his teacher ‘what time is playtime Miss?’ she replied, ‘all day Marcus’. Many of these children, some with disabilities and special educational needs  come from one of the most a deprived areas of Bristol and this day out at Cattle Country is very special for them and will hopefully hold many happy memories.

Cattle Country Farm Park was opened in 1992 by Tony and Sue Cullimore, the owners of Berkeley Heath Farm in Gloucestershire. They were looking for ways to diversify their farming business and decided to open their farm to the public and local schools to showcase rare breeds of cattle. Since then, Cattle Country has grown from a small open farm, to one of the best family attractions in the area. There are two large barns with soft play and slides together with outside attractions including a zip wire. The children just love the freedom to explore the park and try out the various activities.

This year the weather held, and we were able to enjoy a picnic lunch outside in the sunshine followed by ice creams for all.   All our children had a fun filled day and it was great seeing so many smiley faces they really enjoyed themselves. Our grateful thanks to members of our club helping o the day and especially to Rotarian Colin Dunford PHF of the Rotary Club of Gloucester who has organised this event for the past 25 years.