THOUSANDS of visitors poured into Nantwich at the weekend to enjoy Reaseheath College’s Family Festival.

Offering hundreds of activities and displays to appeal to all ages, the Sunday festival drew in a festival atmosphere with more than 12,000 in attendance.

Reaseheath Principal Meredydd David said: “Our annual festival continues to amaze all that attend and this was Reaseheath at its very best.

“Our Family Festival gave visitors a fantastic day of activities, demonstrations and displays which were packed with fun and enjoyment and demonstrated some of the skills our fantastic students have.

“Visitors told me they were amazed at the experience. An important part of our mission is to reconnect people with the countryside and food production and to showcase the science and technology involved in our great industry.

“This excellent event certainly achieved that.

“It would be impossible to run this highly successful event without the huge effort and contribution from all staff and students.

“It is this positive and welcoming approach that makes Reaseheath the wonderful college that it is, and I am very proud to be part of the team.”

Headline acts included stunt riders The Company of Horsemen, as well as Team Extreme with their skating acrobatics.

Four-metre tall robot Binbot, made of pink wheelie bins, was also on hand to greet families, and visitors took the chance to try tree climbing, a high ropes course and butter making.

There were also tours of Reaseheath’s progressive technical training resources such as its Centre for Horticulture, the Environment and Sustainable Technology and its European leading Food Centre.

The college is investing £31 million in facilities including a new halls of residence, expansion to the Sports Science and Performance Academy and an Advanced Agricultural Technology and Engineering Centre.