A borough festival is returning this weekend with a host of family fun on show and hopes it will be "bigger and better" than before.

Prestwich Carnival will take place on Saturday and Sunday at St Mary's Park, starting from 10am both days and free for people to enter.

The Joseph Holt Grand Parade, featuring an array of community groups, will set off at 12pm on Sunday in a one-and-a-half mile route, which will include Heywood Road, Fairfax Road and Bury New Road, returning to the park field at around 1.15pm.

Among the entertainment will be a George Michael tribute act at around 4pm on Saturday, while Lionel Richie and Bob Marley acts will perform on Sunday.

There will be a funfair, a number of theatre groups showcasing their talent, a dog show, children's football tournaments and plenty of stalls among other attractions.

A previous Prestwich Carnival eventA previous Prestwich Carnival event (Image: Prestwich Carnival)

Peter Roberts, carnival chairman for the last five years, said it has been estimated that around 10,000 people usually go to the event over the course of the weekend and he is expecting a similar number this time around.

He said: "The carnival is getting bigger and better and we always look forward to it.

"We get a great reaction from the community and the parade is really fun, especially seeing the amount of people on Bury New Road.

"If it's nice and sunny people can come along and take a picnic with them too."

The carnival will come to a close at around 6pm on Saturday and approximately 7pm on Sunday.

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A previous Prestwich Carnival eventA previous Prestwich Carnival event (Image: Prestwich Carnival)

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Mr Roberts added: "Hopefully the people of Prestwich and the rest of the borough will come out and support us once again."

Efforts are also being made to reduce the impact of some parts of the park, which have been in a boggy condition, made worse by the wet weather in recent months.

The event's main sponsor is Muse, which is involved in regeneration plans to transform the town.