Santa’s elves teamed up with Mrs Claus to run the grotto at Blackpool and The Fylde College’s festive fair.

The college’s University Centre transformed into a winter wonderland, featuring a Christmas market, snowboarding experience, face painting and festive bouncy castle.

The event, expected to have raised more than £1,000 for Brian House Children’s Hospice, included seasonal gift and craft stalls from local businesses as well as musical entertainment from learners.

College staff, who took on the role of Santa’s little elves, were also on hand to give course advice to prospective students.

Andy Iredale, director of marketing, said: “Our first ever festive fair was a huge success. We brought staff, students and the local community together for a healthy sprinkling of Christmas cheer which saw more than 800 people through the doors at our University Centre.”

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