PURITON will be home to its first Party in the Park on August 21 and will be packed with lots of family friendly fun.

Supporting various village organisations, the event will see live music and entertainment along with hands-on games and plenty to keep children occupied.

The North Devon Pipe Band will walk through the village from the church to the village hall before ex-Somerset County Cricket player Andy Caddick opens the festivities at 2pm.

Filling the village hall and surrounding areas will be more than 30 craft stalls, a beer tent, hog roast and cream teas.

Entertainment includes bouncy castles, fair rides, a dog show, Young Farmers tug-of-war, along with numerous games such as Play Your Cards Right, tombolas, face painting, paintballing and deal or no deal.

In the evening, the field next to the hall will come alive with lots of top live music from talented local people.

The Ovation Brothers, Voodoo Seven, The Bailertwines, Toni Antony, Ben Filler and Lizzy Hardy and Eye to Eye will all be performing live to their captive audiences from 6pm onwards.

Alan Scott, part of the organising committee, said: “It's taken over a year to get this organised. We were going to have a normal village fete, but then we decided to make it bigger and better. Any money we make will be ploughed back into the village, and if it's a success, we hope to make it an annual thing.”

The event, which is free to enter, will be raising money for the Brownies, the playgroup, the village hall and the church.