VILLAGERS came together for plenty of fun in the sun at the Hursley Summer Fete.

The annual event saw more than a thousand people head to the grounds of John Keble C of E Primary School for a day of donkey rides, sand castles, and sweet treats.

This year, the fete’s theme was ‘Beside the Sea’ which saw more than a hundred volunteers transform the school field into an idyllic seaside resort, complete with a pop-up beach including a huge sand pit for families to build their own sandcastles, numerous fairground rides and a bouncy castle.

All that was missing was the sea, but that was more than 25 miles away and unavailable.

Attendees also took part in a candyfloss eating competition, ukulele workshops and the fete’s first ever Bake Off competition.

Ann Ramsdale, who has helped to organise the long-running event, which was originally a church fete, for the past six years, said: “It went really well. The theme was bedside the sea so we were really lucky to have the lovely weather as well.”

“It’s the biggest fundraising event of the year for both All Saints church and John Keble School and this year we managed to raise £7,500 in total.”