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Thousands flock to Bishop Burton for family fun day Spring Live

28 Mar 2023 | College

Bishop Burton College was delighted to welcome thousands onto campus for their fun filled family day out Spring Live.

The event which was launched in 2022 is a build on the college’s hugely successful Lambing Sunday, which was a firm favourite at Bishop Burton for many years. Once again, the event was incredibly popular with four and a half thousand people heading to the college to enjoy a fun packed day of activities and entertainment.

There was something on offer for all ages, from demonstrations of Bishop Burton’s precision agriculture robotics and technologies to mini-tractor driving, participating in a murder mystery to handling snakes and stick insects and riding mechanical horses Bertie and Horatio.

Beki Hoyle, from Selby, who attended in 2022 commented “We had such a great time last year we had to come back again – it’s brilliant! My son has had a fantastic time having a go at archery, bricklaying and slime making.”

Visitors were also treated to an exciting programme of entertainment in the Bishop Burton Arena. Professional stunt rider Kat Pickering headlined with an awe-inspiring performance. Kat who has performed all over the world in live stunt shows and in productions including Wonder Woman 1984, Peaky Blinders and House of the Dragon, wowed the audience with an amazing display of trick riding, art of liberty and bridleless riding. Equine students had the audience cheering with a high-energy showjumping relay competition and father and son singers Una Voce treated onlookers to some classical cross-over numbers.

Corin, 11 from Beverley said of his experience “I’ve had a great time – I’ve had a go at virtual welding and tractor driving! The stunt rider was amazing, I can’t believe she was riding upside down!”

The main attraction however, were the newly arrived four-legged bundles of joy. Visitors were able to visit the Lambing Shed and see lambs with their mothers. Some were only hours old having been born on the morning of the event. Several visitors were incredibly lucky and got to witness the live birth of triplets. Georgina Langley from Driffield, said “The lambs are so gorgeous! It’s wonderful to be able to see them so close up.”

For those who wanted to grab some local produce and indulge in a little retail therapy, a number of trade stands were also selling a range of products for visitors to enjoy.

Principal and Chief Executive, Bill Meredith, said: “Spring Live is a fantastic occasion and it’s

wonderful to be able to welcome the community onto campus again, to showcase all that is great about Bishop Burton College. It’s been a splendid day, packed full of fun, laughter and excitement and I can see how much visitors have enjoyed themselves by the smiles on their faces.”

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