High Wycombe will be transformed into a sea of colour, music and dancing next month as a new community carnival looks set to descend on Desborough Road.

The one-day community event, which takes place on August 11, is free to attend and will be “jam packed” with entertainment for all ages – including live music, arts and crafts and a variety of food and drink stalls celebrating cuisine from across the globe.

As well as live musical performances and workshops throughout the day, the event will also include a street parade at 3pm – with visitors, community groups and local businesses encouraged to dress up in their most eye-catching costumes and take part.

Entry is £1 and all proceeds go to Oasis Partnership. Prizes will be on offer for those judged to have the ‘best costume’.

Festivities will kick off at 11am at Wycombe Arts Centre in Desborough Road.

The new festival comes amid major efforts to regenerate the Desborough Road area.

Hundreds of new homes are being built in the area and a new temporary accommodation building to replace the "isolated" one at Saunderton Lodge was given the go-ahead in April.

Meanwhile, the Baker Street area renewal project championed by the council has seen a new Aldi superstore and DesBox, a hub for artists and craftspeople, open up.

The carnival is the brainchild of High Wycombe BID company – organisers of the town’s annual Christmas Lights Switch on and FrogFest, High Wycombe’s music festival.

The event is also supported by Wycombe Arts Centre, community groups and businesses.