A festival celebrating the swinging sixties is back with a bang.

Now in its seventh year, the Rossendale 60s festival has become a staple in the valley's event calendar as it attempts to include the whole of Rossendale Valley by encouraging communities and businesses to get involved and engage with one another, while enjoying art, music and culture.

Taking place at various venues across the first full weekend in September, it promises to provide a fun-packed schedule celebrating the decade that shook the world.

There'll be plenty of competitions, live music, and fancy dress, with events taking place in pubs such as The Crown, The Hare and Hounds, The Rose and Crown, and The Shepherd's Inn.

Organiser, Barry Hyde said: "The Rossendale 60’s Festival has now been running for seven years and is organised by myself and Pete Sweetmore.

"It has an enthusiastic following at a number of the venues who really look forward to the festival for its ability to bring communities together and celebrate the 60’s era.

"It is the only Festival in Rossendale that is truly Valley-wide and brings thousands of visitors into the Valley every year.

"This year we have for the first time a whole town event organised by Bacup Now and supported by Rossendale Borough Council in Bacup.

"The town centre will have entertainment and attractions on Irwell Terrace along with a hippie-style market on the Bacup market site on the Saturday, with a chilled Sunday jazz event at St John’ Church.

"There is something for everyone and all ages."