Motorists heading to an annual food festival in the Ribble Valley are advised that several roads will be closed this weekend until late on Sunday.

The Clitheroe Food Festival, which takes place in Clitheroe town centre, is expecting more than 18,000 visitors and will showcase some some of the best food producers in Lancashire.

The Market car park and New Market Street will be closed and remain closed until Sunday August 11.

Employers and residents on New Market Street are kindly asked to park elsewhere during the festival period.

Vehicles left parked on New Market Street after 2pm on Thursday are parked at their own risk and may be forcibly removed to prevent accidents occurring.

From 6am until 8pm on Saturday August 10, the length of Castle Street in the town centre of Clitheroe will close extending from a point adjacent to its junction with Castlegate to its junction with King Street and King Lane.

Castle Street, New Market Street, Market Place, King Lane, King Street (down to Maxwell's) will be closed to all traffic from 6am to 8pm on Saturday August 10.

Railway View Avenue will be accessible only for residents and blue badge holders.

Access to Wellgate and York Street will be via Church Street.

Railway View car park will be closed on Saturday August 10 to all but blue badge holders and stall holders.

A spokesperson for Ribble Valley Borough Council, who organise the event said: "Traffic from Whalley Road and the Moor Lane direction following the current one way system will be able to proceed up Moor Lane on to Castlegate, turn left along and down Parson Lane, turn right along Station Road and pass Clitheroe Rail/Bus Interchange.

"There will be no alternative routes available for the closure of New Market Street, King Street or King Lane.

"A Park and Ride facility at Clitheroe Auction Market will be in place again to encourage visitors to park out of the town centre.

"This will be signposted from the main access roads in the town and run from 9am and the last bus will be at 5pm."

The Food Festival starts at 9am in Clitheroe on Saturday.

Further details are available from Mark Beveridge, Head of Cultural and Leisure Services, on 01200 425111, or the Clitheroe Food Festival website