ANNUAL community festival Love Stourbridge is taking place once again this weekend and organisers expect it to be bigger than ever.

Run by Chawn Hill Church and the other Stourbridge churches - the free event which is open to all will be held in Mary Stevens Park, Norton, Stourbridge, on Saturday July 22 and Sunday July 23.

Events and activities on Saturday will run from 11am to 5pm and will include a free climbing wall, craft activities, fair games, kite making, sports, facepainting and hair braiding.

Then from 7pm to 9pm, there will be a big community barbecue plus live music from Madness tribute act Prone 2 Madness.

The event is free although organisers are inviting donations towards the cost of the barbecue food.

On Sunday, from 11am there will be church in the park, featuring a drumming circle, Messy Church activities, and live music, followed by a community picnic at 12.30pm, and a performance at 2.30pm by the BJ Concert Band - playing classic tunes from the movies and West End shows.

Danny Brierley, operations minister co-ordinating the event, said: “We have run these community fun days for several years now and each time we have made them bigger and better. The last few months have been tough for us a country.

"We want this weekend of free activities in our much improved park to be a gift to Stourbridge, bringing people together.

"If the weather behaves, we’re hoping this years’ Love Stourbridge weekend will create a great summer vibe.”