The carnival spirit arrived in Blacon with the return of a fun-filled community festival.

The Blacon Festival, organised by local social enterprise Avenue Services, is now in its 23rd year and remains the biggest community-led annual festival in Chester.

This year’s circus-themed event took place in the sunshine at Queen Elizabeth Fields on Blacon Avenue on Saturday. There were all the thrills and spills of the big top, with acrobats, jugglers and much more.

Dressed in an array of colourful costumes, local primary schoolchildren got the party started in style with a parade from The Arches Community Primary School, on Saughall Road.

The summer spectacular was officially opened by Chester MP Chris Matheson, kicking off a packed day of activities and entertainment including a fun fair, more than 30 stalls, balloon modelling, music, dance and theatre performances.