Our Festive Market definitely had the “X-Factor” this weekend, with almost 1000 visitors joining in on the fun!

Saturday 29th November saw the College’s inaugural Festive Market – and it couldn’t have been a bigger success! Visitors flocked to the campus to browse over 60 stalls offering festive treats, trinkets and gifts; plus enjoy a delicious array of food stalls and pampering treats from the Hair and Beauty department.

Whilst enjoying a spot of Christmas shopping, visitors were also able to visit Santa’s grotto, including his Reindeer and enjoy a variety of entertainment, ranging from live music to Pop-Up Panto in a flash mob style! Staff members from across the College, along with student volunteers also put on a range of exciting curriculum activities including a ‘Pick n Mix’ careers shop with the Apprenticeship Team, a forensic crime scene with Science, Social Sciences and Humanities staff, an assault course with PE and Public Services, Christmas card making with Child Care and Creative Arts and building bridges and flying remote controlled aeroplanes with Engineering!

Students who have applied to study at the College next year were also treated to a special VIP experience – meeting X-Factor contestant Jack Walton! Jack visited the College to take part in an exclusive question and answer session, before posing for countless selfies with his adoring fans!

In the afternoon, crowds gathered outside the College’s Farringtons restaurant to watch Jack as he performed a number of tracks to a live audience. Before leaving the College, he also met members of the College’s Student Hub and Roger the reindeer!

College Principal Amanda Melton said, “It was truly an incredible day, enjoyed by the whole community – I don’t think I have ever seen the College so busy! Thanks must go to the traders who visited; from craft makers to food outlets and even pop-up Panto!  It was wonderful to see so many people from all walks of life drop in to enjoy the event and to showcase our new facilities. We’re very close to our local community and today was a celebration of that – proud to be Pendle!”