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Bringing the festival experience to National Star

Students smiling enjoying their Bradstock festival experience, including tentsánd festival party themed banners

Coronavirus may have put a dampener on attending organised outdoor events and activities. But that didn’t stop students and long-term residents from getting creative to bring the festival experience to residences. 

Bradstock at Bradbury Gardens

Residents helped plan and organise ‘Bradstock’. With a colourful 1980s theme, the festival included activities such as hula-hooping, flag making, boccia, poetry readings, a staff and student fashion show and dancing to some classic tunes. A mindfulness area was set up in the sunshine for pebble painting, colouring, face painting and arts and crafts. Students shielding at home were able to join in the fun remotely via video calls. One of them, Jason Felce, wrote and performed a lockdown rap for the day – watch Jason’s lockdown rap on Facebook

Lizzie Fest at Elizabeth House

‘Lizzie Fest’ was organised to coincide with the Glastonbury Festival weekend. Residents voted on the name, made posters to promote the event and rehearsed for solo and group performances. As well as magic and music acts, the festival featured games of hook the duck and face painting while residents enjoyed a range of tasty mocktails.

Glostonbury at Elmscroft Community Centre

Skills for Work students took advantage of the summertime weather to hold ‘Glostonbury’ at Elmscroft Community Centre in Gloucester. Spanning three days, the festival offered learners opportunities to get involved in games of music bingo, face painting, karaoke, stone and flower pot painting, comedy performances and dancing.

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