FAMILIES made the most of sunny Saturday weather, before the clouds closed in yesterday.

At Coate Water, the youngsters enjoyed all the fun of the fair – while others paddled and played in the splash park newly reopened for the summer season.

But any hopes the fine Saturday weather could continue into the bank holiday Monday are likely to be dashed. The Met Office has forecast sunny spells, showers and highs of just 16C.

None of that was in the minds of the children and their parents at George Scarrott’s fun fair on Saturday afternoon. The technicolour fair, whose owners are based in Royal Wootton Bassett, took over a field a stone’s throw from the café.

Judy Sinclair, 57, told the Swindon Advertiser: “We’ve come here because of the grandchildren. It’s the younger ones’ first time at a fun fair and the older one likes the dodgems.”

Pointing towards a boy whizzing around on the brightly-coloured bumper cars Sarah Shearman, 48, said: “We’ve got the grandchildren for the day. It’s our grandson’s second time on the dodgems.”

Sophie Phillips, 29, said: “We’re here for the kids. They’ve really enjoyed the bouncy castle.”

Lee Matthews, 49, working on the popgun stall, said business hadn’t been too bad with a steady stream of people keen to try their hand at bagging themselves a candy prize.

“I’ve been doing this all my life,” he said. “My dad did it before me and his dad. It’s a good life, but I don’t know much different.”

The Met Office warned temperatures are likely to plunge today, as fresher air spreads from the Atlantic.

Tony Wardle, deputy chief meteorologist, said: “There’ll be frequent showers and some heavy, thundery bursts at times too, although it’ll be drier and brighter in the south at times, with some sunny spells.”