THIS WEEKEND sees Halton's annual two-day spectacular of fun and entertainment and thousands of visitors descending on Spike Island.
On Saturday and Sunday the Widnes site plays host to the Halton Show, which promises to be a weekend of actionpacked thrills and breathtaking sights, alongside the traditional tents offering arts, crafts, music and information on community schemes.
Visitors can take in a variety of fun displays and performances, from enjoying German circus performer Jean Monti's breathtaking feats on the high wire and sway pole, to seeing horses work together in the Radford Heavy Horse Display Team.
And an explosive show during the weekend event is the Jumpin' Jake Semtex and Flyin' Ryan Griffiths motorcycle pyrotechnics display - Jake and world motorcross champion Ryan will use their motorbikes to fly through the air and over blazing obstacles in what promises to be a high-powered, smoke-billowing treat.
For those craving a further rush of adrenaline, the Utterly Butterly aerobatic display team will wow the crowds with a exciting display of astounding wing-walking aboard 1940s airplanes, while the Wall of Death sees motorcyclists take on one of the most difficult challenges for any rider.
And visitors wishing to see more sedate attractions can enjoy the John and Alex Whitely Sheepdog Display and the 'Luminarium', a giant sculpture which radiates light and music.
The Halton Show's arts and crafts village will once again be providing more hands-on entertainment, some of the activities on offer this year include cartoons, abstract painting, origami and circus skills.
And the Performance Marquee will feature some of the borough's top up and coming musicians, including a Big Ballistic Acoustic session and a top-billed performance by popular Halton band Zen Baseball Bat.
Councillor Rob Polhill, Halton Borough Council's executive board member for development, planning and transportation, said: 'The Halton Show team have brought together acts from across Europe, including the only original Wall of Death, shire horse displays, an amazing stunt team, aerobatic displays, open air magic and animals who seem to be as clever as their trainers!
'All this and an amazing firework dis-play to close the show on Sunday.
'Last year we attracted more than 90,000 visitors, of which 30,000 visitors came from outside the borough.
'This goes to show how much of an attraction the show is. We even have visitors from Scotland and Europe who come just for this major event!'