Record numbers turn out for our Summer Fun Day at Langley College

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From Bollywood dancing and creative nail art to a plastering challenge and a petting farm, there was an extravaganza of activities to entertain and educate visitors at East Berkshire College's new look Langley College on Saturday (9th May).

Over 1,900 visitors enjoyed a host of demonstrations, games and stalls at the College's annual Summer Fun Day in Station Road. With something for all the family, this free community event saw college students and staff showcase their talents in an array of interactive demonstrations and displays. As well as entertaining visitors, the fun day also raised over £850 for children's charity, Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service.

Highlights of the day included a petting zoo (from baby goats to rabbits), Karan's Bollywood masterclass, face painting, a bungee trampoline, a bouncy castle, fun photo scenes, Raspberry Pi programming, a banana piano and various arts and crafts activities. Hair and beauty students demonstrated the latest hair-up styles and provided free mini manicures in the brand new salons, while a football challenge took place in the Sports Centre.

Younger visitors were also able to have a go at decorating biscuits, model making and watching balloon sculpting by Dali Balooni, while the College's catering students were selling a selection of delicious handmade cupcakes. The local Fire & Rescue Service also brought along a fire engine much to the delight of some budding young firefighters.

Juliet Holloway, Director of Learner Service and Communications at the College, explains:

"This is the third Summer Fun Day the College has held and the most successful so far, with over 1,900 visitors through the doors.

"As well as showcasing our exciting new facilities and our range of over 800 courses, the event is a great opportunity to bring the community together and celebrate local talent. From sports to hairdressing and computing to face painting, there was something to entertain and inspire those of all ages. "

There was also a marketplace with local businesses selling a wide range of products. Businesses exhibiting included Moss End Farm Shop, The Dinky Fingerprint Company, Chalfont Chilli and Mantio Ice Cream.

Staff and students were also on hand to give visitors a guided tour of the facilities and answer questions on the College's extensive range of over 800 full-time and part-time courses including apprenticeships.

Iver resident Violet O'Rourke was impressed with the free event at Langley College: "We had a great free family day out. I was amazed at the range of activities on offer and what great facilities the students have here. I wish I had these when I was at college. We particularly loved the children's area, bungee trampoline and the farm animals."

East Berkshire College continues to go from strength to strength in terms of raising standards and is currently in the final stages of a £30m refurbishment of its Langley College to provide state-of-the-art learning facilities for current and future students. These improvements include a new STEM Project and Research Centre featuring specialist workshops for the construction trades, which is due to be completed in August 2015.

For more information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of courses, please click here or call 01753 793000.

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