PENARTH'S Summer Festival returns on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 July.

Based on Penarth’s seaside Esplanade, Saturday features the thrills of the Downhill Derby soapbox race, with plenty of entertainment, street-food, games and live music before the day's events are brought to a close with fireworks from the pier.

Sunday is Penarth’s traditional carnival day, with a host of free activities to engage all the family, in front of a water ski championship offshore.

Last year’s event attracted 20,000 over two days and this year in promised to be better than ever.

The line-up is as follows:

Saturday, July 13

10am to 4pm Alexandra Park Family Bear Hunt

12pm to 2pm Teddy Bear's Picnic in Alexandra Park

12pm Esplanade site opens - with stage entertainment until 10pm

2pm to 4pm Downhill Derby

4.30pm DJ Hoarez

5.30pm Funk Soul Band

6.15pm DJ Hoarez

7pm Funk Soul Band

7.45pm DJ Hoarez and Mor o Goffi

10.15pm Fireworks

Sunday, July 14

10am to 4pm Alexandra Park Family Bear Hunt

12pm to 2pm Teddy Bear's Picnic in Alexandra Park

12pm Esplanade site opens, with stage entertainment until 6pm

12.15pm Sway Dance Performance

3pm Water Ski Championship

5.30pm St Louis Express live on Stage

7pm Close

From July 4 to July 14, the popular Open Air Art Exhibition returns to The Cliff Walk. It's a chance for visitors to view and purchase unique individual pieces of art.

Artists will be present from noon to 7pm every day, weather permitting.

In line with the town’s plastic free status, the festival will be plastic free!

As with recent festivals and Picnic Penarths, traders will be using veg ware containers and non-plastic cutlery.

This year, drinking containers will be fully biodegradable and no plastic water bottles will be sold.

Festival goers are encouraged to use their own cups and bottles, with free drinking water provided from refillable stations.

The downhill derby will once again see gravity-powered soapboxes raced against the clock down Cliff Hill in a bid to be crowned ‘King/Queen of the Hill’.

Racers travel down a tricky course, with a finish line outside the yacht club.

Karts battle against chicanes, water hazards and ramp jumps against the vibrant backdrop of the festival.

As well as the race itself, creativity will also be rewarded, with the brightest and craziest karts – as well as the fastest – earning points as well.

Prizes include a Lego cup for the under-16s, the title of “Most Spectacular Kart” up for grabs, and the ultimate achievement, the 2019 King of the Hill.

Co-founder of the Downhill Derby Elliot Penn said: “This competition is a real labour of love for our volunteers.

“We’re very proud of how Penarth has embraced the event.

“Every year gets bigger and better and 2019 is sure to bring thrills and surprises.

“We welcome all entrants, whether they’re regular racers or new to the Derby.”

Last year, more than 20,000 people flocked to Penarth over the weekend to enjoy the summer festival and downhill derby.

With carousels, inflatables, the classic hook-a-duck game and a host of other festival activities, there was plenty of entertainment.

Last year there were crashes and some carts didn’t make it down the hill, but with helping hands from race officials, every cart crossed the finish line and received support and cheers from the crowds.

A couple of notable designs as picked out then by the volunteer race officials included Not So Noo Noo - a big blue fluffy vacuum cleaner loosely modelled on the Teletubbies vacuum cleaner. Last year’s winners were Rapido Burrito, whose team were all in Mexican fancy dress.

More information about the event can be found on social media and