Hat Fair returned with a bang on Friday as thousands flocked to Winchester to enjoy all manor of entertainment.

The 47th annual celebration got underway at midday with a carnival procession filling the High Street with colour, music and dance.

A mix of performers, volunteers and local schools were cheered on as they made their way around the cathedral before eventually finishing in Abbey Gardens.

EKO the Giant, a colossal sea monster puppet controlled by members of Autin Dance Theatre, stunned onlookers as it passed through the city's streets.

As the day unravelled, a vast array of acts from across the globe showcased an eclectic mix of talents.

A host of further free performances are set to take place throughout Friday evening and Saturday, including a UK exclusive showing from Irish company Fidget Feet, who will present A Handful of Dreams at Busket Yard - an outdoor production which combines aerial and circus arts with live Irish traditional music and dance.

Sunday will see the return of a ticketed event at North Walls Recreation Ground which will combine 'exclusive' entertainment with a selection of food and drink offerings.

For tickets and further information, visit: hatfair.co.uk/