Organisers of the popular Melton-by-the-Sea summer extravaganza are hailing this year’s festival as the best ever.
The event in the town centre was enjoyed by hundreds of families from across the borough who sampled the delights of the seaside over four baking hot days.
More than eight tonnes of sand helped make the Market Place look and feel like a beach and visitors also enjoyed Punch and Judy shows, pony rides, giant paddling pools and fairground attractions.
Town centre manager Lisa Brown, who helped organise the event, said: “This year the weather was absolutely spot on and the first time it didn’t rain.
“The event was extended over four days rather than the usual two so this factor, combined with the weather, made Melton-by-the-Sea a great success and probably the most successful yet.”
The festival was organised and paid for by Melton Council, with assistance from the Melton Mowbray BID Company, Melton Promotions and Melton Town Estate. One of the most popular activities this year was the sandcastle competition which included prizes for all the youngsters who took part.
Mrs Brown added: “It was great that people were able to make the most of a longer four day event this time. Next year we may run it over five.”