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Reaseheath Family Festival 2016 – Sunday 15th May, 10am-5pm

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Former Reaseheath students, staff and friends, enjoy a fantastic day out at our annual Family Festival, an event that has been held at the College for over 35 years. All of the campus will be open and you’ll find an exciting range of activities for the whole family to participate in.

Headline acts include daring displays of trick riding from Team Extreme and spectacular performances from The Knights of Middle England. We’ll also have some special appearances from ‘The Gorillas’ – that you won’t want to miss!

As a special treat, we’re offering alumni 20% discount on tickets bought online.

We will also be inviting alumni to join us for tea and cake on the main lawn during the day –  make sure we’ve got your up-to-date contact details to claim your free voucher.

 

Ticket prices
Adults – £4 (£5 on the day)
Children and Concessions – £3.20 (£4 on the day)
Family (2 adults and 3 children) – £12 (£15 on the day)
Children under 3 – free

 

Take a look at the range of activities taking place across the campus!

Animal Management/Dog Show

  • 10.30am – Marine Fish Feed, Marine fish tank
  • 11.00am – Behind the scenes, Reptile room
  • 11.30am – Ring Tailed Lemur talk
  • 11.30am – Reptile health check demonstration, AM4
  • 12.00pm – Meet the Goats
  • 12.30pm – Behind the scenes, Amphibian room
  • 1.00pm – Meerkat talk
  • 1.00pm – Dog show on the main lawn. Click here to view the categories
  • 1.30pm – Meet the Donkeys
  • 2.00pm – Otter talk
  • 2.00pm – Reptile health check demonstration, AM4
  • 2.30pm – Bird of Prey talk, Aviaries
  • 3.00pm – Serval talk
  • 3.00pm – Behind the scenes, Invertebrate room
  • 3.30pm – Tapir talk
  • 3.30pm – Reptile health check demonstration, AM4

Equine

  • 10.00am – Drill ride
  • 10.30am – Jaine Bailey demonstration
  • 11.00am – Jump with Tyler
  • 11.30am – Side saddle display
  • 12.00pm – The Knights of Middle England
  • 1.00pm – Mounted games
  • 1.30pm – Drill ride
  • 2.00pm – Jaine Bailey demonstration
  • 2.30pm – Jump with Tyler
  • 3.00pm – Knights of Middle England

Main Acts

  • 10.30am – Religious service
  • 11.00am – The Gorillas
  • 11:30am – The Josh Walker Band
  • 12.00pm – Via Dance
  • 12:30pm – The Gorillas
  • 1.00pm – Samba Band
  • 1.30pm – RTM Band
  • 2.00pm – Dance Troop SDA
  • 2.30pm – The Gorillas
  • 3.00pm – X Academy Dance Troop
  • 3.30pm – Josh Walker Band
  • 3.45 – Samba Band
  • 4.30 – RTM Band

Other things you don’t want to miss...

  • Morning calf show and afternoon sheep show in Agriculture
  • Zip line leading down to the high ropes course
  • Former Reaseheath students and staff – tea and cake at 2pm at the alumni stand (next to the main stage)
  • Construction Twitter competition #weareconstruction
  • Tree climbing with Countryside on the main drive
  • F1 wheel change challenge in Engineering
  • Over 100 books for sale in the library, all for £1 or less
  • Cupcake decorating, ice cream tasting, cheese tasting and more in Food
  • Fresh produce sales and home-grown strawberries in our bran new Horticulture building
    And much, much more…

To be in with a chance of winning a £100 amazon voucher take part in our exciting Family Festival scavenger hunt on the day.  Download the app ‘Actionbound’ open the app on arrival at the event and follow the on screen instructions to start your adventure.

We are pleased to be holding a novelty dog show on the day for both adult and junior (U16s) handlers. Click here to view the categories.


Please be aware that due to the nature of the event and the size of the campus, ground can be uneven and activities quite a distance apart. DIAL West Cheshire a disability charity based in Chester will have a stand at our main entrance offering free hire of mobility equipment, including mobility scooters. Please note that equipment cannot be pre-booked and will be made available on a first come, first served basis on the day.

Keep checking back for more information and updates!

Free car parking and onsite catering. The entrance and parking for visitors to the Reaseheath Family Festival will be via Wettenhall Road off the A51 Chester Road. You can find directions to Reaseheath College here.

See the photos from Family Festival 2015 here…

Please be aware that these details are subject to change.

Phenomenal success for Reaseheath Family Festival

Thousands of visitors flocked to Reaseheath College on Sunday to join in the college’s fun filled Family Festival.

Jack and Annabel Jones from Woore meet Daff and Dehlia

Jack and Annabel Jones from Woore meet Daff and Dehlia

The Nantwich campus was packed with families, many of whom had travelled from outside the region to enjoy the hundreds of activities and displays on offer.

A giant Tyrannosaurus Rex called Tyrone proved a great hit among young visitors as he roamed the lawns while TV personalities the Fabulous Baker Brothers, Tom and Henry Herbert, drew in the crowds with their cookery demonstrations.

Another highlight was a display of natural horsemanship and daring trick riding by the highly trained Atkinson Action Horses, which performed at the college’s Equestrian Centre.

The action packed programme, themed on science and nature, also featured a calf show, sheep shearing, a farmers’ and craft market, student horse riding displays, tours of the college’s zoo, a fun dog show and displays of classic cars and agricultural and military vehicles.

Atkinson Action Horses Roman riding

Atkinson Action Horses Roman riding

Visitors also took the chance to try out the college’s indoor climbing wall, operate a digger, have a go at tree climbing and bushcraft, try brick laying and joinery and test their skills on the high ropes course. Crowds toured the college’s food processing halls, watched lamb boning and cheese making demonstrations and enjoyed making chocolate. There was also lively entertainment from local dance groups and bands.

Reaseheath students took the opportunity to raise money for their RAG (raising and giving) appeal, which in 2015 goes to Macmillan Cancer Support, while former students took the chance to meet up with fellow members of Reaseheath’s Alumni Association.

The Fabulous Baker Brothers Tom and Henry Herbert with Judith Allman

The Fabulous Baker Brothers Tom and Henry Herbert with Judith Allman

Describing the event as ‘phenomenally successful’, Principal Meredydd David said: “It was wonderful to see so many families thoroughly enjoying themselves. The whole campus looked superb, with plenty of activities supporting our science and technology theme.

“I spoke to many visitors who had had a fantastic time but still had not been around the whole campus as there was so much to see and do.

“The whole day was full of the “Reaseheath Experience” of which we are all so proud. This could not have been delivered without the fantastic efforts of all the Reaseheath team.

“The popularity of the festival is further evidence of the huge interest in Reaseheath and its work, especially its success in progressing students into higher education or into successful careers in professions and industries where there are great opportunities.”

See below for a selection of photographs from the the day!

 

Bumper crowds enjoy Reaseheath College Festival

Devils Horsemen Daniel Naprous and his black stallion perform.

Devils Horsemen Daniel Naprous and his black stallion perform.

Bumper crowds flocked to Reaseheath College on Sunday to join in the college’s annual Family Festival.

Thousands of visitors spent the day at the college’s Nantwich campus, enjoying the warm sunshine and carnival atmosphere.

Headline acts included a daring display of trick riding by The Devil’s Horsemen stunt team and displays by Titan, a giant robot whose latest appearances include the opening of the Winter Olympics at Sochi. Both acts had returned to Reaseheath due to popular demand.

Families also had the chance to see a replica of Bloodhound SSC, the supersonic car which will attempt a 1,000mph land speed record in 2016. The car was part of a technology theme running through the festival and had a simulator so that visitors could experience the thrill of driving the fastest car on earth.

Titan meets the crowd

Titan meets the crowd

Another world record was attempted during the day when 300 visitors got down and boogied on Reaseheath’s lawn to ‘Oops Upside Your Head’. The evidence is still under scrutiny, but it is hoped that the dance will earn Reaseheath a place in the Guinness Book of Records. The challenge was masterminded by members of Reaseheath’s Student Association to raise money for the college’s RAG (raising and giving) appeal, which this year goes to St Luke’s Cheshire Hospice.

The World War I was a supporting theme of the festival, with Reaseheath Food Centre putting on a WWI field kitchen and displays by North Staffordshire Military Vehicle Trust and Cheshire Land Rover Club.  The Devil’s Horsemen team brought an original WWI canteen carriage, which was paraded round the college grounds pulled by two draft horses.

BBC Radio Stoke presenter James Watt with Bloodhound SSC

BBC Radio Stoke presenter James Watt with Bloodhound SSC

The many other highlights included a calf show which was won by Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture student Becky Harper with fellow student Harley Sneyd as Reserve Champion. Families also enjoyed sheep shearing, a farmers’ and craft market, student horse riding displays, tours of the college’s zoo, a fun dog show, a tea garden and demonstrations ranging from tree climbing and chainsaw use to butchery and cheese making.

The many ‘have a go’ activities included the chance to try archery, climb the college’s indoor wall and tackle the high ropes course.

The Voice contestant Joe Keegan

The Voice contestant Joe Keegan

The main stage hosted guest artists including Celtica Irish Dancing, ‘The Voice’ contestant Joe Keegan and local band Hex. Younger visitors enjoyed an old time funfair games, miniature train rides, face painting and local ice cream.

Reaseheath family festival has been running for over 20 years and is one of a number of college events to attract a growing number of visitors from the region. A recent independent economic assessment revealed that Reaseheath contributes around £85.7 million in additional income per year to the local business community.

Said Principal Meredydd David: “Once again the Reaseheath team delivered a fabulous family festival for thousands of people. In my opinion it was the best ever festival and a phenomenal success, allowing our visitors to celebrate with us what’s best about Reaseheath.

“As well as being a shop window for the skills of our students, the festival also makes a fantastic contribution to our local community and has become a not to be missed event for many people.”

 

  • Bloodhound SSC, accompanied by its education team, has remained at Reaseheath this week and is being visited by 120 pupils from local schools each day. On Saturday 24th May the car will feature in the launch of the Cheshire Science Festival, which runs until June 1st and aims to encourage more pupils into science, technology, engineering and maths.

 

Speed car pioneer inspires Reaseheath College’s engineers

The second fastest men on earth has urged Reaseheath College’s motor vehicle and engineering students to reach for the stars by focusing on careers as professional engineers and scientists.

Richard Noble OBE, former holder of the world land speed record and director of the Bloodhound Supersonic Car (SSC) Project, described the tremendous opportunities which exist in research, design and build as he launched the Nantwich, Cheshire, college’s upgraded motor vehicle technology department.

The state-of-the-art automotive workshops have undergone over one million pounds of investment and are fitted out with the latest diagnostic equipment. During his tour, Richard chatted to students working on a range of modern vehicles including the college’s own hybrid car. He also admired an eco challenge car, built as a competition project by visiting school pupils, which achieves 350 miles per gallon.

Congratulating Reaseheath on its drive to encourage young people to develop technical knowledge, he said: “The facilities and training here are exactly what the future is all about. Britain’s car fleet is getting increasingly more complex and Reaseheath College is consistently raising the bar for next generation engineers.

“It’s been fascinating to meet so many students who are confidently looking towards their future careers and are keen to learn. There’s a nice buzz about the place and the workshops are superb. What’s notable is that these young people already have many of the technical skills they require to get on in the industry.”

After his tour, Richard gave an inspirational talk to the college’s 250 motor vehicle and agricultural engineering students about the advanced technology which will support his attempt on a new land speed record with BloodhoundSSC.

The complex racing car, built by a multi-national team and sponsored by blue chip companies including Rolls Royce, will attempt to reach 800mph in Northern Cape, South Africa in 2015 and a landmark 1,000 mph in 2016. It will be driven by former RAF fighter pilot Wing Comander Andy Green.

Video and data from the exciting project will be streamed live on internet and accessible for colleges and schools.

Richard, a qualified pilot and entrepreneur, held the world land speed record of 633mph from 1983 to 1997 driving Thrust2. He was also project director of ThrustSSC, the vehicle which set the current land speed record of 763mph in 1997.

IMIAL Level 3 Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair students Debra Bligh-Wall, Corey Walton, Will Blackshaw and Cody Brookes meet Richard Noble in Reaseheath’s automotive workshops

IMIAL Level 3 Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair students Debra Bligh-Wall, Corey Walton, Will Blackshaw and Cody Brookes meet Richard Noble in Reaseheath’s automotive workshops

Cody Brookes, 17, an IMIAL Level 3 Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair student said: “Listening to Richard was amazing and so inspiring. When we hear that Bloodhound has exceeded 1,000 mph we’ll remember this day as the time we met him at Reaseheath.”

Richard’s audience also included representatives from the Blue Bell Group, Car Transplants, Smiths Autoparts, Auto-mobile, Swansway Garages and the Institute of Advanced Motorists, all of whom support the motor vehicle department.

  • A replica of BloodhoundSSC, along with its education team, will be one of the leading attractions at the Reaseheath Family Festival on Sunday May 18.

 

The car will remain at the college for the following week, when it will be visited by 120 pupils from local schools each day. On Saturday 24th May the car will feature in the launch of the Cheshire Science Festival, which runs until June 1st and aims to encourage more pupils into science, technology, engineering and maths.