THE clock is ticking down to one of the highlights of the calendar this weekend - Leyland Festival.

There will be something for everyone as the fun-filled extravaganza takes place at Worden Park on Saturday from 11am.

One of the organisers, Holly Wignall, said: “We started planning this one as soon as last year’s finished.

“Preparations have been going well and we are all really looking forward to it.

“There are a few new things this year to make it even better for visitors.

“We have got a bit of a World Book theme going on and we have had an author coming to schools to run a competition and the winners will be invited to read their poem on stage at 4pm on Saturday.

“There is the car show and we are expecting quite a lot of cars there due to the interest we have had by people wanting to do that part.”

More than 12,000 people turned out to the scorcher of an event last year, with festival-goers this time around being encouraged to dress as characters from their favourite books. It is hoped that the likes of Harry Potter, Horrid Henry and Disney princesses will be in appearance.

As always, the impressive festival parade will start on Hough Lane – making its way down Towngate and ending in the park, where the main activities take place.

And old favourites, including the parade, dog show and car show, are all set to return alongside the main stage, sports, games, stalls, music, funfair, food, drink – and much more.

The event is being jointly organised by the Leyland Festival Committee, South Ribble Borough Council, and Events Live.

Cllr Phil Smith, cabinet member for Regeneration and Leisure, said: “Leyland Festival is the standout event of our summer and that’s why we work so hard to make sure it’s a huge success. Planning is already well underway and now we need everyone to help spread the word, and for local businesses and charities to contact us to be involved. Make sure you’re free on June 16.”