Diversity and wellbeing festival will become annual event as 800 students enjoy inaugural celebration

AN INAUGURAL college event celebrating inclusion and diversity will return next year after being visited by more than 800 learners.

CambriaFest was organised by the Student Voice team at Coleg Cambria, who plan to make it an annual occurrence.

The two-day programme featured live music, attractions and activities and was held at Cambria’s sites in Deeside and Yale, Wrexham.

“Rather than an expensive prom or traditional ceremony to mark the end of the academic year the students suggested something more inclusive, which is where the idea for CambriaFest came from,” said Student Voice Engagement Officer, Mark-Ryan Hughes.

“It was a free festival with appearances by college musicians and Wrexham band Break the Record, who were absolutely brilliant.

“Students came from Deeside, Wrexham, Northop and Llysfasi and we also had lots of entertainment including a fire eater, stilt walker and circus skills workshops, as well as a wellbeing zone, inflatable assault course, food and drink vans, Big Ideas Wales mentors and much more.”

He added: “In the following days we sent a questionnaire to the students who attended, and feedback revealed that more than 80% of them enjoyed CambriaFest.

“Responses also found 50% said it had a positive impact on their mental health and 75% felt it raised their spirits after the exam period, which can be stressful for many.

“As a result of this and other praise for the event we definitely plan on bringing it back next year with even more activities and a packed programme with continued emphasis on the health, wellbeing and happiness of Cambria’s learners.”

For more information, email studentvoice@cambria.ac.uk

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