The sun shone down on around 10,000 people as they enjoyed the Festival of Leisure this weekend.

Thousands turned out for a weekend of free entertainment at Maurice Lea Memorial Park on Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24 - including thrilling stunt shows and fairground rides.

The annual Church Gresley festival included whip cracking and knife throwing displays as well as what is said to be 'the biggest lasso in the country'.

Visitors enjoyed an appearance from Andrew Van Buren, who known for his magical illusions and has previously featured on Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway TV show.

Luke Edwards Pavey, 8, enjoying an ice cream at the Festival of Leisure

A Royal Air Force took to the skies in a fly-past as part of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight - much to the delight of those on the ground below.

Other acts included: A bubble performer and stilt walker; street dance performers; Tribal Vibes Djembe drumming workshops; contemporary street dance; Japanese Taiko drumming; freestyle mountain bike stunt team and Aldabra giant tortoises.

Malcolm Roseburgh, cultural services manager for South Derbyshire District Council, said: "The weekend has gone really superb.

"The weather has been on our side, so despite the England game being we still managed to draw really good crowds.

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"The giant tortoises were really popular with people of all ages.

"Lots of people have been using park and sitting in the shade enjoying a picnic watching the entertainment from a distance."