Rides being set up ahead of free Northampton Town Festival at the Racecourse

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Hot air balloons, rides and live music will be the centrepieces of the Northampton Town Festival this weekend.

The event is taking place across the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd of July on the Racecourse in Northampton and opening times are 10.30am to 11pm.

The funfair will be open from 5pm to 10pm on Friday, July 1, and is running a special offer of paying for one ride and a friend rides for free.

Spokeswoman Daniella Paolozzi said: “There’s a tantalising line up of entertainment, live music, local traders, a huge variety of food stalls, bars and we’re even bringing the balloons back to the Racecourse.

“It’s definitely not one to be missed, particularly with the size of the event - it’s going to be huge.”

The event is free to attend and will take place across the Racecourse and there will be up to 60,000 people attending over the course of the weekend.

The event is being hosted by Showtime Events group and is supported by Northampton Borough Council.

What’s on:

Live music stage

Main arena entertainment all weekend

Hot air balloons

Funfair (with rollercoasters)

Food stalls

Bars

Fireworks display

Local trade area & marquees

Local community groups

Reptile show

Glitterbeard fundraistravaganza

On-site cash machines

The Territorial Army

The main arena (entertainment)

Saturday

12.00 Stunt Monkeys stunt show

13.00 Knights of Nottingham jousting

14.00 Shireen belly dancers

15.00 Stunt Monkeys stunt show

16.00 Duston Dogs - dog show

17.00 Knights of Nottingham jousting

18.00 Stunt Monkeys stunt show

Sunday

12.00 Stunt Monkeys stunt show

13.00 Camel racing

14.00 Shireen Belly dancers

15.00 Stunt monkeys stunt show

16.00 Duston dogs - dog show

17.00 Camel racing

18.00 Stunt monkeys stunt show

The music stage (live music)

Saturday

Spotlights - children’s singing & dancing

Das Boaty Mcboatface - folk duo

Yellow Dog - blues band

Rock choir

Repro Jam - funk band

Mowbeck - indie

Jono and the Uke dealers - quirky indie pop

Cool Jazz Collective - cool jazz

Billy Locket & band - local hero

Sunday

Nothing Scientific - inspiration fm

Joe Corkram - singer, songwriter & guitarist

Soul Mo Funk - soul review

Donnybrook Fair - local irish act

Woolford Scott band

Howlin Owls - mellow indie

Real Live Owls - Americana

Kings Gambit - folk

Mystic Crew - local reggae heroes

Balloon arena

Saturday

06.00 Morning ascents

14.00 - 16.00 Balloon tethering

18.30 Evening ascents

22.00 Night glow

Sunday

06.00 Morning ascents

14.00 - 16.00 Balloon tethering

18.30 Evening ascents