'Go Beyond The Walls' at Neighbourhood Festival

We are thrilled to be holding our first family-friendly Neighbourhood Festival on Saturday 8th June, 11am-3pm at our Parkwood Road campus. Our free event offers everyone, old and young alike, the chance to discover the fascinating world of health and science right on their doorstep and to learn more about the University College and how we impact on and change the lives of our communities.

The programme for the day is packed with fun, interactive and educational activities and talks for the whole family to enjoy, including AFC Bournemouth’s PowerStrike and coaching sessions delivered by the Premier League club; talks on health and well-being; Back Pain assessments and tips, mind-foldness origami; arts and crafts, tours of our campus, our facilities and Grade II listed historic building; fancy dress; and a scavenger hunt, just to name a few.

There’s even the opportunity to dress your little ones up in robes and mortar boards for their very own special mini-graduation photo-shoot. Local favourites such as Dorset Wildlife Trust, Sobo Wastebusters, The Shine Project, Littledown Runners, Bournemouth Netball, Jimmy’s Iced Coffee and Funky Little Choir will also be there on the day providing information, entertainment and refreshments.

Interim Head of Marketing and Communications, Ryan Grimshaw, commented: "We are looking forward to inviting our community onto campus and for them to 'go beyond the walls' to experience AECC University College. As Bournemouth's specialist health science institution, we have a long history of educating health professionals and our clinical services have played a huge part in transforming lives within the local conurbation. We are excited to share our expertise and inspire families and future generations to delight in health and science. As both a University College and healthcare provider we are in a unique position to help others make healthy decisions, to support others in physically active and mentally healthy lifestyles, and truly make a difference to our communities."

Please note that the event is free, though specific sessions may require pre-booking. For further information on the day, including directions to the University College campus, visit our Neighbourhood Festival page.