Family Fun Day is a huge success!

Saturday 11 May, Cheshire College – South & West opened their doors to the public and invited everyone to enjoy a fun filled day of activities, as they hosted their first ‘Family Fun Day’ of the year. It was a huge success with over 300 visitors from the local community attending, including the Deputy Mayor of Ellesmere Port.

Alongside information stalls promoting the various options available at the College, there were a wide variety of activities for families to enjoy, including; a bouncy castle, face painting, basketball shootout, giant games and much more. Sapphire Dance Company, Brian Mellor of Harthill Cookery School and Hollywood Eyes, were there to entertain visitors and the Academy West Restaurant provided a delicious BBQ.

Each and every department at the College showcased what they can offer, by engaging the public in fun and exciting activities. Guests were invited to participate in basketball shootouts with the sports team, learn how to build a wall with construction and take the perfect portrait with media and games. Alongside all of this, children could learn how to cook in Hospitality and Caterings ‘Kid Kitchen’, dress up as a Police Detective with public services and code with computing and IT.

Lyndsey Farrington, Principal at the Sapphire Dance Company, commented: “We were delighted to be a part of this year’s Ellesmere Port Family Fun Day.

“The entire day was fabulous. All of the dancers had a great time performing and taking part in the day’s activities. It was lovely to see everyone having fun and relaxing, as many of our dancers are busy preparing for their GCSE Exams.

“Earlier this year we celebrated 25 years of Sapphire Dance at our annual show. We have always been a big part of the local community, so it was great to share the day with friends and families who have supported us over the years.”

Dame Pat Bacon, Chair of Governors at Cheshire College – South & West, said: “The day was a huge success! The Family Fun Day created an ideal opportunity to thank staff and their families for their continuous work and support, whilst providing an opportunity for the local community to engage with the College in a relaxed atmosphere, that everyone can enjoy.

“The performances from local businesses; the Sapphire Dance Company, Harthill Cookery School and Hollywood Eyes, were fantastic. It was great to see everyone coming together to celebrate.”

The Colleges Art and Design learners were busy working alongside fifteen of the area’s best street artists, at the Street Level 2019, hosted by Alexanders, Rufus Court, Chester, on Saturday.

Learners displayed artwork that had been created as part of their current coursework, alongside providing a graffiti workshop to encourage the public to get involved in developing the artwork on display.

Ian Prewitt, Lecturer in Creative Arts, said: “This is a prestigious event, which we love being a part of every year.

“It’s an ideal opportunity for learners to showcase their skills and establish themselves as young artists within the community.

“All of the artwork displayed on the day was brilliant and it was great to see everyone collaborating and sharing tips.”

The College will host their next Family Fun Day at their Crewe Campus, in partnership with Crewe Out Loud, on Saturday 15 June, 11:00-15:00.

If you are interested in studying at Cheshire College – South & West, or for more information, call 01270 654654 (Crewe Campus) 01244 656555 (Ellesmere Port & Chester Campuses) or visit