The weather forecast for Sunday (28 September 2014) was, ‘warm with low winds’. Weather is an important thing to factor in when your making dens out of cardboard outside. This, and the Tetley Brewery (south of the city centre) was a perfect combination for Leeds Den Fest part two. Den Fest part one was held only a month ago in August in the middle of the city centre in Victoria Square. This free event for kids, young people and adults proved everyone can have as much fun as each other when it comes to building dens.
It had been such a rip roaring success, creator and event organiser Ed Carlisle from Together for Peace repeated the fun.
Pitching up at our registration tent at 9.30am I meet five new friendly volunteers. Ed briefs us on the house rules and a quick risk assessment: No building multiple story blocks, check; First Aid, check; Fire extinguisher, check. We are then assigned our duties, from organising the cardboard, registering families to helping building the dens. Armed with duck tape and scissors we were all prepared and ready to go.
Ten minutes before the official time of 11am ten families were already making their way through the brewery gates. Walking across the courtyard they started the registration process. Each team was assigned their own number to display on the front of their den for judging the winners at the end. Last month’s winners were amongst the groups of now multiplying families getting best dibs on the giant cardboard rolls. It was first come first served. Mountains of cardboard donated over the months from various companies – (list on the Together For Peace website) were folded inside empty bicy