Revellers will be heading to Ambergate next month – as the village hosts its 30th anniversary carnival.
This year’s event, on Saturday, July 9, will have an animal theme.
A procession of people in fancy dress will parade through the village at 1.30pm to the recreation ground, led by this year’s carnival royalty – king George Sutton and queen Amy Blackwell, who are pupils at Ambergate Primary School.
The official opening ceremony will take place on the recreation ground at 2pm by a Captain Jack Sparrow look-alike.
The afternoon will include a packed programme of family fun with activities, archery lessons and a climbing wall available.
Dance troupe Folk Friendzy will be performing and stalls will be on offer.
The event will also include a chance to get up close and personal with exotic animals such as racoons, meerkats, snakes lizards and creepy crawlies and a falconry display will be taking place.
Vice-chairman Kate Pierce said: “We are hoping for a good turn out and keeping our fingers crossed for nice weather on the day.”
In the run up to the carnival a family sports event will be taking place on Sunday, July 3, at the recreation ground from 2pm to 4pm.
On Thursday, July 7, a general knowledge quiz will be taking place at St Anne’s Church Hall, from 7.30pm.
Teams are invited to come along on the night.
Wine and beer will be served.