BRIDGWATER was bursting with colour, music and entertainment as the Quayside Festival returned on Saturday (July 20).

Taking place from 11am to 5pm, the festival was the biggest yet, with more than 100 national and local performers and musicians performing across the centre of Bridgwater in Blake Garden, Eastover, West Quay, Blakes Statue, Angel Place and King Square.

Some of the highlights from the free event included Dakar Audio Club, Rimski playing on his bicycle piano and Ocho the Giant Octopus travelling through the festival.

The festival celebrated both the traditional cultural roots of the town, presented a programme of diverse and popular live music and performances and offer a selection of local food and drink.

In the Bridgwater Arts Centre, there was an arts and craft market, in the Library a range of engaging activities celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing and there was be a Doodle Party at the Engine Room.

In Blake Gardens there was traditional games, Punch and Judy, circus workshops, with live music throughout the day and funk, jazz, ska, pop and rock music all coming from the bandstand.

And in King Square there was Changing Places, an outdoor exhibition which is the result of a collaboration between Bridgwater Arts Centre and the Kulturring in our twin town of Homberg, as well as living statues, storytelling and more.

The Quayside Festival is organised by Fuse Somerset Outdoor Arts supported and funded by Arts Council England and commissioned on behalf of Sedgemoor District Council.

It is also supported by The Bridgwater Town Council and and the Bridgwater Cultural Partnership.