Wander the World: Edinburgh Edition FAQs

We’ve answered some of the most common questions you might have about Wander the World – our wide game around Edinburgh. If you still have questions after reading these FAQs please email us and look out for more updates coming soon!

When?

23 February 2019 from 10am-4.30pm. There’s going to be two sessions, one starting in the morning and the next starts in the afternoon.

What session should I got to?

Session 1 runs from 10am-2.30pm and we suggest you choose this session if you’re travelling less 90 minutes to attend. Session 2 runs from 12-4.30pm and we suggest you choose this session if you’re travelling more than 90 minutes to attend.

How do I buy tickets

You can find out more and book your tickets here.

Where?

You’ll set off from the iconic McEwan Hall (get directions to the venue), part of the Edinburgh University campus on Teviot Place. There’s no coach parking/drop-off available at the venue so if you’re booking a bus you’ll have to arrange a suitable drop off point nearby.

The hall is approximately a 10-15 minute walk from Edinburgh Waverley train station. Get more information on services to and from Waverley and ticket prices on the Scotrail website.

What happens when we arrive at McEwan Hall?

Depending what session you have booked, your group will be registering at either the morning or the afternoon session.

Who can come to Wander the World?

This wide game event is open to all Girlguiding members from all-sections!

How much will it cost?

£16.50 (includes booking fee).

What’s included in the price?

You’ll be met on arrival by entertainers where you’ll receive a mission pack and free beanie hat before setting off on your adventure. During your adventure around Edinburgh you’ll take part in exciting challenges inspired by the five WAGGGS World Centres and the new programme while collecting points for your team.

Not only will you stop off at top tourist hotspots along the way, you’ll do crafts, take part in a special Promise ceremony, try Bollywood dancing, African drumming, explore the Scottish Parliament and so much more! We want to give members a taste of international adventure right here in Scotland. Keep your eyes peeled for more updates coming soon.

Can we fundraise for Wander the World?

Of course! There are lots of creative ways to fundraise, from bake-sales to silent discos

Is there funding available?

There’s no specific funding available for Wander the World but feel free to explore these funding options – one might be right to support your unit.

How many people can there be in a group?

There’s no limit to how many tickets you can buy but there will be a maximum number of 10 people per group. For example, a Brownie group of 18 would be split into two groups of 9 in order to take part.

Please note, this number must include the proper adult to child ratios for your section. Edinburgh’s a busy city and limiting group sizes like this will make sure everyone can take part safely.

What should I bring/How do I get ready for the day?

Remember to bring consent forms, a first aid kit and a fully charged mobile phone. Everyone will need to bring their own food and drinks. For more information on taking girls to large-scale events and adult to child ratios head over to the Girlguiding website.

What should we wear?

This is a uniformed event but as it takes place mostly outside, and there’s going to be a lot of walking involved, please bring decent walking shoes and outdoor clothing to stay warm. In case it’s raining we’d encourage all volunteers to check the weather forecast in advance to make sure your group are as prepared as possible.

Someone in my group has mobility issues – what advice would you give?

You’ll know your circumstances and your girls better than anyone. There’s going to be a lot of walking involved so please keep this in mind when deciding whether or not this is the right event for you or members of your group. Please note:

  • There’s the option to only take part in some of the activities. There’s no requirement to complete all the challenges. You can set your own pace for the day, depending on what’s appropriate for your group
  • You can explore taking public transport with your group. Edinburgh has great public transport links (including frequent buses and trams). Get more information about day tickets on the Lothian Buses website
  • We’re hoping to advertise volunteer roles in the New Year because want to make sure everyone can join in the fun. From taking care of registration to making sure everyone has their mission packs, help us make sure these World Thinking Day celebrations go off without a hitch. Stay tuned for more updates coming soon
  • We’re aiming to make a Wander the World map available to groups before the event to give everyone time to plan a route and consider their options.

Can I bring my Rainbows?

This event’s open to all-sections. We know Rainbows might not cover the same ground as other members but please remember all the activity stations are close together and you don’t have to take part in all the activities. Just make sure you’re back in time for the closing ceremony at McEwan Hall – this will be at 2.30pm or 4.30pm, depending on your session.

I’m hungry! Where do we eat?

The ticket price doesn’t include meals/snacks. You can bring packed lunches or arrange to get a meal in one of the many cafes and fast food restaurants in the city centre like Nandos, Pizza Hut, Pizza Express, Burger King, McDonalds, and Five Guys. As Edinburgh’s quite busy we’d encourage all groups to make meal plans before they arrive.

Will there be access to toilets?

There are toilets at McEwan Hall and at all the activity stations.

Where do I look out for more information?

Keep checking our Facebook and Twitter as well as right here on our website for more information coming soon