Beaconsfield’s annual donkey derby will gallop back into the town for the 18th year with a seaside theme.

Brave “jockettes” will take centre stage as six bareback donkey races get underway at St Mary and All Saints School on June 24.

Aside from the star attraction, there will be donkey rides, fairground swing boats, a tug of war, bouncy castle and a beach assault course.

Continuing the beach theme, there will be seaside fairground attractions for children including a coconut shy, tidal pool drunk, Finding Nemo, Seashore Score, seaside penalty shootout and summer surprise cups.

After working up a sweat with a string of exciting activities, there will be a chance to cool down at the bar tent, soft drinks and cake stall and barbecue.

There will be plenty of donkey-themed games including donkey splash, donkey pat, donkey hunt and a find the donkey competition along with a tombola and raffle.

The yearly event, which is supported by Hamptons International this year, is organised jointly by St Mary and All Saints School PTA and the Beaconsfield Lions Club, with all proceeds going to the school and the Lions Club charities.

Last year, the day managed to raise more than £6,000 for good causes.

The donkey races are expected to run every half an hour starting from 12.30pm. Entry is £2, including a programme of races – children go free.