A HARRY Potter-themed workshop was held at a college to mark the 20th anniversary of the iconic book series.

Blackburn College, which is a partner of Blackburn’s Children’s University, works with nine local primary schools to provide seven to 11-year-olds with innovative learning activities and experiences outside of school.

The Harry Potter event was one of many creative workshops that was organised for the Children’s University, including a Gripping Yarns woollen workshop, A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream to commemorate 400 years since the death of Shakespeare and Narratives of Transformation which commemorated the start of the First World War.

This year’s event was well attended by staff, friends and family, alumni, and representatives from Lancaster University, and raised £51 for the homeless charity, Nightsafe Blackburn.

Children took part in a number of magical activities such as creating wands, hats, crystal balls, collages and individual spell books.

“The children had a fantastic day and great fun was had by all involved.” said Dr Valerie Jessop, programme leader for BA (Hons) English Language and Literary Studies at the University Centre at Blackburn College.

“Third year BA (Hons) English Language and Literary Studies have also hosted a ‘poetry slam’ to celebrate and perform a range of poetry, some of which ranged from deeply moving and personal, to the humorous and downright daft.

“Staff and students have also donated hand-made items for sale at the University centre at Blackburn College festive fair.

“These were produced during our Gripping Yarns creative extra-curricular workshops which introduce students to craft skills.

“Not only do these events raise money and offer support to incredibly worthwhile causes but they also benefit our students immensely.”

“It is these further enrichment activities that help to increase our students’ confidence and employability skills, which is why nine out of 10 of our graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduating.”

Blackburn College have a number of courses starting in January 2018, including a variety of degrees, apprenticeship and traineeship programmes.