The Gruffalo comes to Sunderland

youngsters sporting Gruffalo character masks during an activities day at Sunderland College's Bede Campus
youngsters sporting Gruffalo character masks during an activities day at Sunderland College's Bede Campus
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THERE’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – unless you visit Sunderland College’s Bede Campus, where there are loads of them.

The college’s Easter Holiday Family Fun Day featured face-painting, Gruffalo adventure trails, mask-making, street dance lessons and Disney ballet classes, while teenagers and adults could choose from photography, dance, music, radio show, computer games design, and art taster workshops.

youngsters take part in a performance of the Gruffalo during activities day at Sunderland College's Bede Campus

youngsters take part in a performance of the Gruffalo during activities day at Sunderland College's Bede Campus

Head of visual and performing arts Jane Reed said: “Our Easter Family Fun Day was jam-packed with lots of entertaining activities for children, as well as educational sessions for adults who fancied trying something new or want to brush up on their skills.” Visitors were given the chance to find out more about the visual and performing arts short part-time courses on offer to adults, which begin after the Easter holidays.

The 10-week evening courses include digital imaging, painting and drawing, pattern cutting, photography for beginners, sewing techniques, dance techniques for beginners and music band for beginners.

“The adult workshops gave people an insight into the short courses available as well as demonstrating the type of content covered within the various programmes,” said Jane Reed.

“We will be launching a full-time computer games design course in September, and we held taster sessions at the fun day so people could get a preview of what this exciting new course will entail.

youngsters take part in a street dance workshop during activities day at Sunderland College's Bede Campus

youngsters take part in a street dance workshop during activities day at Sunderland College's Bede Campus

“We have been looking forward to welcoming the public to the fun day and giving people the chance to see our wonderful facilities. The Visual and Performing Arts building is very much a community venue and we want the people of Sunderland and surrounding areas to make full use of it.”