During the day, families will have a taster of the animal experience days held regularly at Broomfield – handling some of the animals and learning about their care and natural habitat from snakes, lizards and spiders to the donkeys, pigs, alpacas and meerkats.
There will also be demonstrations on dog grooming, raffles, quizzes and competitions.
Festive favourites include a Santa’s grotto and the campus’ Plant Centre will be selling a range of Christmas trees and decorated wreathes.
Entry for the open day costs £3 for adults and £1 and students will also be raising money for a work experience trip in Africa next summer.
Derby College Head of Faculty Eileen Swan explained: “This is a great opportunity for visitors to learn more about the wide range of species that we have at Broomfield and to handle some of the animals and reptiles themselves.
“The students work with the species here on a daily basis to gain the skills in animal care and management and prepare them for careers in animal care.
“I know they are looking forward to sharing their knowledge and love for the residents here with visitors during the open day.
“We organise animal experience days here on a regular basis either for individuals or groups of children and vouchers for these will be available on the day which make great Christmas presents.”
For more information about the open day, the animal experience days and all the full and part time and short courses available at Broomfield Hall, please visit www.derby-college.ac.uk or call 0800 028 0289.