Stevenage Day returns this Sunday with a line-up which is “bigger and better than ever”.

The Comet: Connor Wells will be performing at Stevenage Day. Picture: Danny LooConnor Wells will be performing at Stevenage Day. Picture: Danny Loo (Image: Danny Loo Photography 2016)

This year’s event – the 59th annual town show at King George V playing fields – will include a beach with Victorian seaside activities, a petting farm and birds of prey, and free hot air balloon rides.

There will also be a whole host of stalls and rides which should keep the kids more than entertained.

To celebrate Father’s Day there will be free dads and families photoshoots on offer, and the chance to have a go at electric go-karts and giant Scalextric.

There will also be a food court offering a range of delicious and diverse snacks, along with musical entertainment, and a licensed bar, and the best of our fabulous local talent on show in the main arena.

The popular Rock in the Park music festival is back for 2018, with acts performing on twin stages from 12 noon to 7pm.

Zephyr Rising kicks things off with the opening slot, with 15 further performances in store.

They include four-piece Stevenage band Robyn and The Hoods, 20-year-old Herts-based country singer Georgia Nevada and indie-pop group Space Goat.

There will also be sets by the singer-songwriter and Herts music festivals regular Connor Wells, rock trio Almamor – who hail from the UK, Portugal and Greece – and Stevenage teenager Tai, whose R&B audition impressed Sir Tom Jones and on ITV talent show The Voice.

And the Mark Sullivan Band will bring Rock in the Park to a close, with the award-winning artist performing in his home town.

Stevenage Day 2018 is sponsored by Specialist Cars, and supported by a range of local businesses who have generously donated raffle prizes. These include a Cineworld annual pass, a £50 Rump and Wade voucher, a family ticket for the Gordon Craig Theatre, a free horse riding lesson at Courtlands Riding School and free tickets for Airspace.

Councillor Richard Henry, executive member for children, young people and leisure at Stevenage Borough Council, said: “Excitement is building ahead of this year’s Stevenage Day and the line-up is bigger and better than ever. It’s a great opportunity for local people to come together and have fun in the sunshine – I hope - and support local charities and organisations at the same time.”