Stratton Festival kicks off again this year, a family festival with a varied line-up of music featuring local artists such as Charlie Ann, pictured.

There are two stages on Saturday, July 16 at Grange Leisure Centre, Stratton St Margaret. The main stage begins at 1.30pm with Splat the Rat, a folk rock outfit, the Ukey Dukes liven up the afternoon with some bouncy ukelele tunes from 3pm. Other acts on the main stage are Down and Dirty, Paunch, Spida Sense and bringing the evening to a close is the popular Get Carter.

Joining Charlie Ann on the acoustic stage from 1pm are Elliott James, George Wilding, Little Miss Dynamite, Sloe Train and Lost and Found.

Sunday it is the turn of the Blue Majorettes to begin proceedings from noon at Grange Leisure followed by the Swindon Young Musicians.

On site for the weekend will be a funfair and on Saturday Circus Sensible will open up the Big Top at noon. There is also a dog show run by Drove Vets and a fitness programme showcasing various activities, a car boot and craft fair.

The festival would not be complete without the Stratton Stroll which this year has bands performing in the Kingsdown, The Crown, The New Inn, The Rat Trap. Wheatsheaf and the Grange Bar where Charlie Ann is again strutting her stuff.

Kingsdown has a line-up including Aural Candy, The Crown features Ells & Southern Wild, Nick Weaver weaves his magic at the New Inn, Slagarij is at The Rat Trap, Wrestless Wrestler is up against the ropes in The Wheatsheaf and many more artists can be found on the pub crawl. the festival is raising funds for CALM. For more details visit - Flicky Harrison