Families flocked to Poundbury at the weekend for the annual Summer Funday.

The event, held on the Great Field, saw crowds come out to enjoy a whole host of entertainment including live music, gymnastics, a dog show and even a falconry display put on by Kingston Maurward College.

The funday was in aid of Dorchester Community Nursery School.

Head of the nursery school, Helen Christopher said she had been concerned there would be a poor turnout as the event clashed with the World Cup quarter final but the sun had brought families out in their droves.

At the event, she said: “We’re really pleased - it’s doing really well. Lots of people have turned up and more and more people are coming.

Funds raised at the event will be used to refurbish the nursery’s bathrooms.

“The building has been there for more than 40 years so we thought it was about time we updated it,” Mrs Christopher said. “We are really grateful to everyone who has supported the event so we can create better facilities for the children.”

As well as live entertainment, there were an array of craft stalls, food and drink, a bouncy castle and games to keep the family entertained.

Samantha Cuff, from Poundbury, came to the event with her two children James, aged five and Natalie, aged eight.

She said the event brought local people together and added her children had particularly enjoyed the bouncy castle.

Dorset Police’s ‘Robocrop’ police tractor even made an appearance and Dorchester town crier, Alistair Chisholm popped along to judge a very special ‘town crier competition’.

Lou Sams, of Zumba Heat, who put on a zumba display, said: “The event has been amazing. We were here last year as well - which was another hot one - and this year’s even better. It’s a fantastic area for all the family to come and enjoy. Hopefully we can build on it every year.”

Abby McCulloch, from Dorchester, brought her children to the event with friends.

“They always put on a good event,” she said. “It brings out lots of people and there’s loads going on. Things like this really bring the community together and the kids love it - there’s loads to keep them entertained.”