Bairn Banter

Carsphairn's Stay & Play Group

Bring your bairns for a bit of banter!

Bairn Banter is a free, family friendly group offering a relaxed play environment for families to meet up and share play experiences together.

Activities are targetted at ages 0-7 years but all children are welcome to tag along.

Healthy snacks for children. Tea/Coffee and tasty treats for the grown ups!

Saturday mornings, 10am-11.45am, Lagwyne Hall, Carsphairn, DG7 3TQ

Book with Melissa via Email:

or Phone/text: 07979492791

Bairn Banter Facebook Group

Here are some of the fun activities we have run. Click on the headings to open.

As part of Barnardo's flagship fundraising activity ‘The Big Toddle’, local Carsphairn children’s group have been reaching out to help children across the UK by raising money for the charity. The children and adults of Bairn Banter have enjoyed dressing up as jungle animals and then embarking on a sponsored safari themed walk along the streets of Carsphairn last Saturday.

The group first gathered at The Lagwyne Hall, before beginning a mini ‘safari’ tour of the village. With a slight detour in search of pictures of jungle animals hidden around the Carsphairn School Playground, the ‘herd’ of parents and tots also tested their knowledge with a safari themed mini quiz. Once back on the guided tour, the children finished their sponsored walk at The Community Garden, with a well-deserved picnic and a medal for their wonderful achievements.

Bairn Banter has set up a JustGiving page to help them raise the set a target of £300. Melissa Ade (founder of Bairn Banter) comments “I am delighted to say that that our little group’s efforts have raised a wonderful £376! We have received a wealth of support and lots of very generous donations to the cause. I want to say a huge thank you to all everyone who donated and supported Bairn Banter to carry out this fund-raising event and it is warming to know that the money raised will make a big difference to the lives of children further afield”

Bairn Banter’s Big Dig, The Carsphairn School garden during the morning of Saturday 18th June.

We received a wealth of generous donations of plants, muck, compost, etc from many members of the community, including a kind donation of bedding flowers from the Dalmellington Garden Centre and seed potatoes from Dalry School also.

The morning saw a wonderful collection of children, parents, grandparents and members of the community, all grouping together to revive the raised bed and pots. A water container was also kindly donated to help with ongoing watering of the plants during the sunny summer months.

The children attending the Saturday session flourished in the outdoor play space of the Carsphairn School playgrounds and enjoyed getting involved with the hunt for mini beasts and meeting some story book heroes such as Superworm! Some light refreshments were also made available to help revive the hard workers too!

This fun project aims to promote ongoing outdoor learning experiences for children attending the free Bairn Banter sessions and encompass the link between growing and harvesting some of the vegetables that have been grown by the children to help encourage healthy eating in the early years.

Bairn Banter’s successful collaboration with The Catstrand in delivering The Nettles In The Garden Puppet Show.

The best news is that the show was actually a complete sell out on the Thursday, with 30 tickets sold. It was agreed by all involved to allow an additional 15 to go on sale, and a total of 37 were sold altogether with many families travelling from near and far to attend.

What a wonderful show it was to have here in Carsphairn for the children and their families to enjoy!

The Catstrand are keen to work with Bairn Banter on future events and I have encouraged them to continue to use Carsphairn as a chosen venue to keep the visitors coming.