BURLEY-IN-WHARFEDALE is all set to stage an attractions-packed tenth anniversary Summer Festival.

This year's event runs from Saturday, August 18 to Monday, August 27 and will feature everything from a scarecrow trail to a Singalong Sound of Music evening at St Mary’s Parish Church.

There will also be a variety of walks, literary, sports, wildlife, lifestyle and music events along with festival favourites like the Fun Dog Show, Classic Vehicle Show and a food and drink market.

The busy opening day - which includes a 7.30pm performance by Wharfedale Chamber Ensemble at the Methodist Church - will conclude with a special, tenth anniversary celebration party in the Queens Hall.

Running from 8pm, with doors opening half an hour earlier, the party will feature a buffet, cash bar and live music from Mirage.

It will also, due to popular demand, be open to children.

Festival Chair Sylvia Tilford said: "Dust off your glad rags, get out your party shoes, invite your friends and come along to celebrate in style.

"But the party is only the start of what promises to be a week of activities and fun to suit everyone.

"The scarecrow competition kicks off the week with scarecrows to be dotted all around the village and Saturday, August 18 sees the Burley Fun Dog Show taking place on the Recreational Ground with ten classes catering for all types of dogs, and owners.

"The first Sunday of the festival is usually one of the most popular days with the Classic Show on Burley Cricket Field, a Food Market in the Grange car park, a Craft and Vintage Fair in the Queens Hall and plenty of music and activities in Grange Park throughout the day, to keep everyone entertained.

"Throughout the week the festival will provide a variety of activities with most either costing little or absolutely free.

"With school holidays now in full swing there are plenty of events for kids of all ages including play in the park, with games and a craft tent, and Lego workshops, on the Wednesday.

"On Thursday there will be singing, dance and gymnastic classes, and also drama workshops, while on Friday there is angling for young people and on Saturday, August 25 we have skateboarding and scooter lessons together with a family sports morning.

"There are also plenty of organised walks, quiz evenings, a drink festival at the Social club and live music throughout the week."

To find out more about the more than 80 events taking place - some need to be booked - visit www.burleyfestival.org .

*The festival relies on volunteers and the committee would welcome help from anyone who can spare some time to assist with anything from putting up a gazebo to litter picking. For further details send an e-mail to Sylvia Tilford on s.tilford@btinternet.com .