May 14, 2015, by Genelva Meikle
May Fest 2015: Our annual community event
Last Saturday saw the annual May Fest celebrations take place across the University Park campus. The event is an opportunity for the University to open its doors to the local community and alumni, to showcase what we do and promote higher education. The programme of events consisted of a range of interactive activities and competitions for all members of the family to take part in. From explosive demonstrations by our Chemistry department; taking on the chopstick challenge at the Chinese Studies stand, to following the Impact Campaign trail, whilst learning more about the University campaign and collecting stickers and prizes along the way.
As part of the celebrations, alumni were invited to two exclusive events, Elevenses and Afternoon Tea, which took place at the Hemsley. We greeted alumni and their family at the start of the day, finding out their plans for the day, over tea and scrumptious pastries.
In time for Afternoon Tea, the sun made its appearance and families enjoyed garden games on the lawn, face painting and the tastiest ice cream provided by Newlyns Ice Cream Tricycles. With amazing flavours from Caramel and Honeycomb, Strawberries and Cream and Elderflower and Gooseberry, they were too tempting to miss and thanks to a subsidy from the Alumni Relations department they were a bargain at only £1 each! Guests relaxed with a selection of sandwiches, cakes and scones, whilst listening to visiting alumni band, acoustic duo Miss 600, who performed songs from their new album.
Our aim was to create to a relaxing space for all the family to take some time out from the hustle and bustle of May Fest as well as space for alumni to reunite with old friends, and judging by the overwhelmingly positive feedback we have received, we managed it.
An account of one reunion that took place during the day, written by alumna Jane Wemyss-Holden (Biology, 1979) can be found here.
Thank you to everyone who attended and helped make the day such a success!