FROM parades to pedaloes, from circus skills to stiltwalkers – this year’s Somerfest had it all.

The festival returned to Taunton town centre on Saturday after last year’s successful opener.

A huge range of events and activities were on offer at a number of locations, including Goodland Gardens, High Street, Castle Green and Somerset Square.

One of the highlights was a parade that started on the River Tone before switching to land at the Town Bridge.

Artist Tim Hill brought in pedaloes, canoes and kayaks on the river and a stiltwalker and dragon on shore.

Live music in Goodlands Gardens, a new feature this year, also proved popular.

A proportion of proceeds from the bar, run by Mambo’s, will be presented to the Think Amy! road safety campaign, in memory of Taunton schoolgirl Amy Hofmeister.

Somerfest was organised by Taunton Deane Council, in partnership with groups including SASP (Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership) and Fuse Performance.

Council leader Mark Edwards said: “The feedback we have had has been so positive.

“The event brings people together to enjoy our top notch open spaces throughout the town and the river which is at its heart.

“It was a fantastic day. Now the hard work starts on planning next year’s event.”