Thousands of potential students and their families took advantage of Truro College’s open day to meet with lecturers, tour the campus and to experience college life first-hand.

Doors opened at 10am with a steady stream of eager visitors waiting to tour the Mylor and Tresillian buildings for science and social sciences courses. A different sight could be found in each room with a crime scene and a range of experiments the standout shows.

Apprenticeship talks were well-attended, with employers Tregothnan and Blue Fruit Software as guest speakers.

Visitors also enjoyed photography displays before having a go at a virtual reality experience or testing their skills with remote-controlled robots in robot wars. Interactive activities such as golf and archery gave visitors the chance to get involved, while talks from the lecturers on sport academies gave students an in-depth look at what to expect.

The college’s Helford building was packed with students checking out the state-of-the-art music studios, which recently earned the college third place in the top coolest places to be and be seen in Cornwall, and could also experience an interactive theatre production.

The dedicated art and design building saw one room dedicated to displaying websites and works from the college’s alumni, with alumni Lizzie Loveday, who works with fashion, textiles and illustration, running an art workshop.

Automotive, engineering and construction hopefuls flocked to Seaton, where tutors were overwhelmed with interested students. For those interested in hair and beauty, visitors could see the facilities as well as take a peek at the nail art competition or have some SFX and theatrical make-up done.

Guests also had the chance to discover what university course options are available at the TEF Gold-rated college.

There was also a range of exercise challenges, ring making workshops and Tudor themed archaeology tasting sessions and time to meet some existing students, talk to lecturers, tour the campus and learn more about the outstanding student support and the purpose-built facilities.

Cheryl Mewton, director of studies, said: “Every year we are thrilled to see the huge volume of visitors who come to see our campuses. It’s fantastic to see young people who are eager to meet and talk to lecturers, already with plans in their minds for where and what they want to do.

“It’s so important to provide these open events as it gives students the opportunity to come and meet the staff who will be teaching them, talk to our student ambassadors, while also getting the opportunity to get a feel for the campus.”