THE tenth Carnival will be illuminating the streets of Salisbury next week.

Floats, music and walkabout entertainment will be filling the city with a procession on Friday, October 25, between 7.30pm and 9pm, while raising money for the Mayor of Salisbury’s charity - South Wilts Mencap.

Organised by Salisbury City Council, last year the carnival showcased entries from across the Wessex Carnival Circuit and steam entries, as well as local community groups and businesses, and aims to do the same this year.

From 12pm entertainment, food vendors and fair rides will be in the city centre to get residents into the carnival spirit.

And then the evening procession will begin at Central Car Park Coach Park, and will weave itself through the city along Castle Street, Blue Boar Row, Queen Street, New Canal, High Street, Bridge Street, Fisherton Street and then back into Central Car Park.

In the lead up to carnival day, locals will also be able to experience all the fun of the fair in the city centre with the return of the Salisbury Charter Fair – which was first held in 1227.

Taking place from Sunday, the annual four day event will be taking over Market Place and Guildhall Square with a variety of traditional and modern rides, stalls and attractions.

Almost 800 years ago – seven years after the building of Salisbury Cathedral began, King Henry III granted a Charter to the Bishop of Salisbury to hold a fair on the third Monday in October.

A spokesperson for the city council said: "The Charter Fair will bring plenty of fun for all the family with fair favourites including the carousel, dodgems and waltzer as well as other exciting rides for the thrill seekers."

The fair will open from 4pm until 9pm on Sunday, and then 11am until 10pm Monday through to Wednesday.