Reaseheath’s action packed stand was runner-up in the Best Trade Stand in the Rural Life Area at the Royal Cheshire Show.

Our range of educative and interactive displays impressed the judges, who felt we showcased the best aspects of modern agriculture and rural life with activities which were widely appealing to families. They also commented that the staff supporting the stand were very welcoming.

Visitors were eager to watch burger making demonstrations by our own Master Butcher Gary Evans and listen to his talk on the ‘Field to Fork’ journey of ethically produced food. Victoria Jones, from our Multiply team, also cooked a range of dishes while showing how maths could be applied to everyday activities.

The show attendees were also able to learn tree climbing techniques, try out our riding simulator, engage in activities involving our mini zoo, test their tractor driving skills on a simulator and admire the skills of floristry staff and students. Additional activities included controlling a digger and fun challenges set by our animal management, vet nursing, construction and multiply teams. Our sports team offered the chance to try a static watt bike, free ice cream was on offer and our Student Life team took the opportunity for a final fund raising push for our RAG charity, the British Heart Foundation.

As ever, many visitors were also interested in finding out more about our Higher Education and Further Education qualifications and leisure courses.

Principal Marcus Clinton, who attended the two day show on Tuesday, said: “The Cheshire Show was as engaging as ever, with Reaseheath represented by a brilliant stand which was supported by staff from many departments. It was good to see so many former and current students dropping by, along with employers.

“It is so important to stay connected with our market and to provide an opportunity for young people to learn about the sectors we support in a hands-on and interesting way. Our award of a silver rosette is testament once again to the high standard of our stand.”