THE sun shone down to ensure the annual Cropthorne Walkabout was another big success.

Thousands of people descended on the picturesque village to enjoy a host of activities and enjoy a stroll around some striking private gardens.

The event has been running for more than 30 years and has established itself as a firm favourite in the local calendar, attracting visitors from near and far.

The event took place on Sunday (May 4) and Bank Holiday Monday (May 5) and attractions this year included a local producers' market, boat trips on the river Avon, a flower festival in Cropthorne's famous Norman church, art exhibitions and a display of classic cars and motorcycles.

A fun dog show was also a big hit with participants and visitors alike.

Organisers estimate takings over the weekend exceeded £20,000, meaning once the sums have been done there should be a good amount of proceeds to donate to local causes.

James Maughan, Walkabout committee secretary, said: "The Walkabout was a great success, thanks to the sun shining and the generosity of all our helpers and visitors.

"Our visitors are always gracious, offering many kind comments and making the whole event worthwhile.

"Financially, although we are still counting the proceeds it does look as if we shall, again, be able to support all the good causes in the village and the church."

He added: "The fun dog show attracted many people and there were lots of happy children wearing the winners rosettes and medals.

"As always, the local bands were especially popular, as were many of the stalls."