The summer fun is set to continue this weekend as Highworth’s WrdeUp festival returns on Saturday.

The festival, which began as a celebration of the town’s youth football club six years ago, is a one-day showpiece that last year attracted 1,300 people.

This year, organisers are hoping to break that figure.

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“Ticket sales have been exceptional,” said Steve Peacey, one of the eight organisers of the festival.

“This year the growth has continued and we’re looking at around 1,500 people, a 10 per cent increase on last year.”

Designed to showcase the local talent, charities and shops, WrdeUp will be headlined by Not The Rolling Stones and features a variety of other acts, such as Rob Glenn and The Casual Ties.

“Gates open at 2pm, where Rough Cut Rebels will be performing on the beer tent stage, before the main stage opens with Sloe Train at 3pm,” Steve added.

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“Our hopes are to provide a great family event, to get families out after the bad weather we had recently and to be able to help local causes.”

Speaking about the weather, Steve said: “We’re hoping it stays exactly how it is this week.

“Not too hot, around 22C would be ideal.

“We basically want a nice Swindon summer’s day to get everyone out the house.”

As well as local performers, there will be a funfair, a silent disco and children’s entertainment, making WrdeUp suitable for the whole family.

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Advance ticket sales have now closed, with organisers focused on getting the arena and equipment ready, but can be bought on the day itself.

When asked about what advice he had for the festivalgoers, Steve said: “Come along to have a really good, fun day and have a great time.

“Bring sun tan lotion, your dancing shoes and be ready for some satisfaction.”

Local food and drink will be available, including ice cream from Rays, meat from Gurt Wings Chicken Wings as well as alcohol provided by Arkell’s.

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Gary Laken, another organiser, said: “We like to call it Highworth’s biggest garden party as it’s right in our front garden at the Rec centre.

“It’s become part of the calendar and people always look out for the date.”

The event takes place at the Highworth Recreation Centre from 2pm until 11pm.

Adult tickets are available on the day for £19, with accompanied under-16s allowed to enter free of charge.