Summer Open Weekend and Wisteria Festival (May 2009)
Bridgwater College’s Cannington Centre was a hive of activity at the weekend, when it opened its gates to visitors for its annual Open Weekend and Wisteria Festival. There was something for everyone, with children’s activities, pony rides and tractor trailer rides for family fun; and for the more tranquil visitor, the Lazy River Jazz Band were the perfect accompaniment to a leisurely walk around the Walled Gardens - followed by refreshments in the tea rooms and garden marquee.
The beautiful Wisteria in the Walled Gardens was in full flourish, and with such wonderful weather, people flocked to the plant shop to stock up for their own gardens. The Walled Gardens were also home to the Schools Gardening Competition entries, where local primary and secondary schools displayed their finished gardens which they had designed and created themselves. The gold medal winners were: Sedgemoor Manor Community Nursery and Infants Schools (with the Butterfly Garden), Cannington Church of England Primary School (with Dig for Victory), Castle Batch Primary School (with Ugandan Bag Garden), Robert Blake Science College (with Darwin’s Mysterious New World) and Chilton Trinity Technology College (with African Rhino). The Rhino in Chilton Trinity’s garden was made completely of crushed tin cans, and really was a sight to behold. Obviously a great deal of time and effort had gone into the creation of these gardens, and they were very popular with visitors.
Cannington Centre boasts a large acreage of land which includes a dairy farm, animal management centre, golf course with pitch and putt and driving range, livery stables, outdoor activity centre and of course the Walled Gardens of Cannington – all of which were open at the weekend for people to visit. All of these facilities are used by students at the College for their studies and demonstrate just how vast the curriculum is at Bridgwater College.