Family fun on offer as college’s popular Spring Show returns

It’s time for another fun-filled family day out as East Durham College’s Houghall campus, situated in the heart of Durham, once again opens its doors for its highly-popular annual Spring Show.

The annual event regularly attracts thousands of people from around the North East, who visit Houghall to tour the facilities and take part in a range of family-friendly activities which will be set up during the show.

The 2019 Spring Show will take place on Sunday 19th May from 10am to 4pm. Entry to the event is just £3 per adult and £2 per child (under 1s go free), with free parking available on site.

This year, families will be able to tour the college’s multi-million-pound animal care centre to see exotic animals such as lizards and snakes, as well as small mammals such as rabbits, guinea pigs and chinchillas. Attendees can also visit Houghall’s working farm, where they can see cows, calves, pigs, piglets, sheep and lambs.

The college will also be hosting several other activities, including the Durham Falconry birds of prey, a free zip line hosted by our tree surgery team, Punch and Judy Shows, face painting and balloon modelling from and other free children’s activities too.

For an extra charge, there’ll also be charity and trade stands to browse, fairground rides, a Diggerland game and refreshments and ice cream are available on-site.

This marks the second year where the college will also be including its popular Houghall bear trail, where kids can learn exciting facts about the animals around the Houghall site.

The event is also a great opportunity for potential students interested in land-based courses to tour the site and learn more about courses and apprenticeships they may be interested in.

East Durham College events manager Dianne Howe said: “The Houghall Spring Show is one of our main events of the year and it just continues to grow every year.

“There will be loads to see and do on the day and it’s a great opportunity to see what all of our areas do at the Houghall campus.

“The show is a great family day out and it always seems to bring fantastic weather with it too; fingers crossed that tradition continues this year!”

East Durham College’s Houghall campus offers a wide range of land-based courses in subjects including agriculture, animal care, arboriculture & forestry, horse care, floristry, dog grooming, craft and horticulture.

You can learn more about The Spring Show at Houghall by visiting the East Durham College website or can RSVP on the college’s Facebook page.

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