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Kids Out

The Aim of Kids Out 

The aim is to give disadvantaged children a fun and educational day out. The children who are aged from 5 to 14 have individual needs. Schools nominate the children or other organisations involved with care. We in Rotary (District 1030) and Kids Out UK are delighted that Beamish, The Living Museum of the North has allowed us to join them again this year. 

The museum tells the story of life in the North East in the 1820s, early 1900s, 1940s and 1950s. Take a walk down an Edwardian cobbled street, try tasty food from times gone by and chat to the cheerful costumed engagers. There’s so much to discover at Beamish Museum. 

Experience life as a Land Girl, go underground as a miner, explore the world of 1800s quilting or have a go at fun 50s activities in the welfare hall. 

Set in 350 beautiful acres, there’s something for everyone at Beamish Museum, in County Durham.

Kids Out in Our Area 

Kids Out is held throughout the country on the second Wednesday in June. In 1992, Littlewoods supported 30 schemes nationwide, and we are hoping to take children from Consett, Crook, Darlington, Durham, Hetton-le-Hole Middlesbrough, Washington and Tyneside areas with 27 schools partaking. 

Rotary entertained over 20,000 children throughout the country and we in the North East visit to Beamish Museum which has grown to be a significant attraction in the North East. 

The children are collected from their schools by coach and volunteer Rotarian helpers with their drivers and transported to Beamish Museum. They are then transported around the museum by a cavalcade of vintage modes of transport. After a picnic lunch, the children are once again free to explore the different parts of the museum, before being taken home or taken back to the school as appropriate. The image at the bottom of the page below shows the article in the Beamish Museum magazine highlighting the Kids Out visit.

The History of Kids Out 

The idea originated in Liverpool as far back as 1916 and was adopted by Littlewoods Mail Order in 1958. In 1989 Littles organised an outing to Southport for over 1000 children and helpers - the cavalcade of cars was over 2 miles long! 

It was decided to expand the idea to other areas, and with the help of Rotary, a successful outing was arranged in 1990 - taking 200 children with their helpers - from Kingston upon Thames to Thorpe Park.


Kids Out Today 

We have already started the arrangements for our visit in June 2024 where we hope to take 2000 children from our District.

We are grateful to our sponsors and we thank all the Rotarians from participating Clubs who make this day possible.  

Please Contact Us! 

For further information about Kids Out 


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