Dorchester is set to come alive with colour, music and laughter and a whole lot of craziness this weekend.

The revamped Dorchester Carnival - Midsummer Madness - takes place this Saturday and organisers are keeping their fingers crossed that the warm and dry weather continues.

Town crier, Alistair Chisholm, has had a major involvement in the organisation and is hoping the whole community come out and support the event.

A main alteration to this year's carnival is that there will be walking procession only. No vehicles will be allowed, but bicycles and mobility scooters and the alike will be.

The procession will leave the Borough Gardens at 4.30pm, through to the marketplace and across to Brewery Square and South Street - and it's not too late to enter.

Usually the procession marks the end of the day - but not this year. Midsummer Madness will continue until 10pm in the Borough Gardens where the headline act will be the Unravelling Wilburys.

Brewery Square will be hosting a programme of free live entertainment and music from 12pm on Saturday.

The line-up for the day includes Juggling Jake from 12pm until 4pm; Elijah Wood from 4pm until 5pm; Nina Garcia from 5.30pm until 6.30pm, Danny Adams from 7pm until 8pm and a Silent Disco with Jay Rees from 8pm until 9pm.

Charlotte Spracklen, centre manager at Brewery Square, said: “We have really enjoyed being a part of the Midsummer Madness at Dorchester Carnival and we can’t wait for the event. There’s lots happening and programmes are available from our concierge office on Copper Street as well as stores in Dorchester.”

The Casterbridge Male Voice Choir will be entertaining the public outside Barclays Bank on South Street Dorchester at 12.30pm as part of the festivities of Midsummer Madness.

The choir will be performing a wide-ranging selection of music, both classic and contemporary, in the spirit of the weekend’s carnival atmosphere.

Beforehand, from 11am until 12pm, the choir will be hosting a taster session in the United Church on South Street.

There will also be funfair rides and activities at Fairfield car park.

Currently the weather is expected to be cloudy and breezy with sunny intervals - but there could be a chance of rain.

For more information, to volunteer as a marshal or to enter the procession, visit