Reaseheath College’s popular Family Festival has been cancelled for the second year due to uncertainty over the Covid pandemic.

The action-packed festival, which would have been held on the college’s Nantwich campus in mid-May, will now return in 2022 with an exciting celebration of the college’s centenary. Organisers are already working on a programme packed with headline acts and hundreds of activities and displays which appeal to all ages.

In the past, Reaseheath’s Family Festival has proved to be one of the best value days out in Cheshire, with thousands of visitors enjoying falconry and horseriding displays, cookery demonstrations by celebrity chefs, vintage teas and music, and the opportunity to ‘have a go’ at activities from tree climbing and dog agility to brick laying and operating a digger.

Along with all these favourites, the 2022 festival will offer visitors the chance to see Reaseheath’s new industry leading, cutting edge technical facilities which are used by undergraduates at its University Centre and by land based businesses for research and development. These include a vertical farming centre, an automated robotic milking parlour, commercial glasshouses and laboratories for animal, plant and veterinary science.

Festival organiser Stephanie Owen said: “We are very disappointed at having to cancel Reaseheath’s Family Festival again, but the health and safety of visitors, students and staff remains paramount and we have feel we have no option but to shelve plans for this year. However, the months of planning we have already put in will be rolled over into 2022, when we will be inviting families to join us in a fabulous celebration of Reaseheath’s 100th birthday.”

Reaseheath’s equally popular Lambing and Zoo Weekends, which would have begun at the end of this month, have also been cancelled but there will be a packed programme of on-line activities for families to enjoy, running from Saturday February 27 to Sunday March 7.