District 1070 ‘Kids Out’

Photograph: Kids Out 2012 at Wicksteed Park. Kids on a Merry-go-round.

For a number of years District 1070 has supported Rotary’s Kids Out day – which is always the second Wednesday in June – by coordinating the participating Clubs visit to Wicksteed Park Kettering for a day of fun and frolics for around 2000 disabled/disadvantaged kids.   From its early days Rotary has supported the event, which was initially started by the Liverpool taxi drivers clubbing together to take the children of mariners at sea out for the day before the Moores family of football pools and stores fame started to sponsor it and involved Rotary in the administration .

The independent charity Kids Out was formed to raise funds to support Rotary’s efforts and continues to do so by contributing £1 per registered child per annum and provides free baseball caps.   Additionally the Kids Out Charity supports a number of events that attract donations from them.  For instance they organise Pantomime tickets free of charge, provide £5 per disabled/disadvantaged child for participation in various Xmas events such as parties etc.   Updates will be provided after each Kids Out Ambassadors meeting held in September each year (see report below from this year’s meeting).

In 2016 changes were made to the makeup of the District and we lost a number of Bedford area clubs who no longer participate in our Kids Out.  On the other side of the coin we gained a number of Lincolnshire clubs.   However, the distance to Wicksteed Park precludes their participation but many do their own thing taking children to a number of venues.

50 Clubs in District 1070 arranged with their local schools in 2011 to send buses and feed over 2200 children to Wicksteed Park.   Despite losing clubs we still took over 2200 children to the Park in 2018 – a great effort by our clubs.   Looking forward to the 12 June 2019 we will be aiming to maintaining the momentum for what a fantastic day out and the flagship event of our District.

For further information, contact your Kids Out Coordinator/Ambassador Rotarian Bryan Swain, Rotary Club of Huntingdon Cromwell, by email ( ) or by telephone (01480 417553).

Rotary KidsOut Update August 2019:

THANK YOU to every Club and members for making the National Rotary KidsOut Day on 12 June a success, with 28,557 children enjoying a great day out. It is still not too late to register your event retrospectively – BUT please contact me without delay.

Rotary KidsOut Festive Fun Day 3 December

Yet again KidsOut will be offering a subsidy of £5.00 per child, plus free issue (if required) of Rotary KidsOut Beany Hats in lieu of the usual Baseball Caps.

On-Line Registration for this event (& Hat orders) is open from 16 August 2019, Further details will be circulated in due course.  See link Festive Fun Day Registration:

BACS Payments (Bankers Automated Clearing Service) commencing with the Festive Fun Day Registrations, Rotary Clubs will receive their £5.00 subsidy per child via ‘BACS’, this will be in place of the old cheque payment.  When registering your event, Clubs will be asked for a Bank Account and Sort Code numbers.  This should speed up payments and prevent any cheques being lost in the post!

2019 Christmas – KidsOut Pantomimes FREE TICKETS!

KidsOut again, will be offering FREE children’s Pantomime Tickets in the following locations.

  • Birmingham: ‘Grandpa’s Great Escape’ 24 & 26 December – Arena Birmingham (formerly NIA)
  • Cardiff:          ‘The Grinch’ 24 November – Motorpoint Arena
  • Dublin:          ‘Elf’ 28 & 29 December – 3Arena, N Walls Quay
  • Glasgow:      ‘Elf’ 16 December – SSE Hydro
  • Liverpool:      ‘Elf’ 7 December – M&S Bank Arena
  • London:        ‘Elf’ 22 & 23 December – Wembley

NB: Performance time(s) to be confirmed, limited number offered on a ‘first come, first served basis’.

Please contact me in the first instance if you are interested in obtaining free tickets.

 Brian Swain

The Rotary Club of Huntingdon Cromwell

District 1070 Kids Out Coordinator/Ambassador

01480 417553


Photograph: Kids on a switchback ride at Wicksteed Park. Photograph: Picnic time for the kids at Wicksteed Park.
Enjoying an ice cream at Wicksteed Park.