ORGANISERS say a popular annual waterside event will be even better when it comes to Burnham later this month.

Quay Day will be returning on Bank Holiday Monday, August 26 from noon to 5pm. The free event will be taking place during Burnham Week Regatta and promises to showcase the best of the town.

Organisers say this year it is going to be bigger than ever with music, stalls and attractions running along the quay and into Millfields Park.

Spokesman Fiona Clegg said: “I am delighted we have attracted so many stalls and attractions to the event. The support from local businesses, groups and the town, district and county councils means we should have a great fun-filled family day to remember and a day with something for everyone – young or old or in between.

“Millfields Park is going to be very busy this year. There is a car show with American cars and vintage vehicles. For the children, there are go-carts, bungees, trampolines and zorb balls.

“Pick up a picnic in the park and listen to music from Rich Clifford and the Young Once and the Real Swing.

“The theme of the day is pirates and Captain Jack Sparrow is on his way and will arrive by boat at 1pm to join in the festivities. He will decide who the best-dressed pirates in the park are at 2pm at the fancy dress judging.

“Pop into Priors Boatyard – they are joining in the day and are planning something special, so don’t miss that.”

Rail works on the day mean Greater Anglia has set up a bus replacement service for visitors.

Busses will go from Wickford at 11.36am or South Woodham Ferrers at 11.44am, going directly to Burnham without stopping at other stations. The return trips will go at 5.15pm.

There will also be a park and ride service running from Ormiston Rivers Academy and visitors can also park at the Marina Car Park or railway station.