Return of college fun day

Community fun day at Northampton College, Badby Road West, Daventry.'Helen Ottaway & Rachael Unit
Community fun day at Northampton College, Badby Road West, Daventry.'Helen Ottaway & Rachael Unit

For the fifth year running thousands are expected to enjoy a day of family fun at the Northampton College in Daventry.

The annual Community Open Day returns to the college site on Badby Road West on Saturday (May 18) from noon.

Community fun day at Northampton College, Badby Road West, Daventry.'Oliver Lewington (  2 ) & Demi-Jayne Cummins ( 3 )

Community fun day at Northampton College, Badby Road West, Daventry.'Oliver Lewington ( 2 ) & Demi-Jayne Cummins ( 3 )

The event, which has previously been very well attended, boasts a fun fair, arts and crafts, live music, shows and performances and is free to attend.

Radio station Heart FM will be at the event with their ‘winning whirlwind’ offering the chance to win a Wii Console.

Head of centre, Ellen Buttler, said: “As well as a fun fair we have organised a rodeo bull which is free for those who dare to try it!

“We have a number of arts and crafts on sale and refreshments will be available.

“For the first time ever we will have a range of exciting demonstrations which staff and students at the centre have worked hard to organise. These include an art exhibition linked to the Daventry Arts Festival, creative craft-making activities, fitness testing, hand treatments, manicures and a fashion hair show at 1pm.”

Visitors can get involved in cake making and mini facial demonstrations as well as arts and crafts.

The college will also host a falconry display and dog obedience demonstration as something different for attending families.

An education fair for young people and adults will give residents a chance to speak with tutors and the student support team about the centre, which Ofsted recently endorsed with its highest ever success rating of ‘good’.

Staff will be on hand to talk about careers and training opportunities available to prospective students who can also view the newly-refurbished facilities at the Daventry Centre.

Ms Buttler added: “We have worked hard to organise an event that will meet the needs of all ages in the community and one that will be enjoyed by all.

“With so much on offer the day promises to be educational, but above all else, fun.”

Entrance to the community open day is free. Those wishing to speak to staff about courses and career opportunities at the centre can book a free ticket to the education fair at www.northamptoncollege.ac.uk/openday.