A CHRISTIAN festival that aims to create a sense of community and family is taking place at Himley Hall and Park this Saturday (July 9).

The free event will run from 1pm to 7pm at the country park and will include live music, street food and children's entertainment.

Hosted by Christian networking organisation Love Black Country, it will feature a children's fun fair, family fun zone with crafts and games, a creatives area for local artists, a youth zone with gaming bus, sports activities, an Explore Zone with more than 30 exhibitors, and a main stage for live performances.

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, said: “It is great news that Himley Hall will be playing host to this wonderful festival over the weekend.

"Our churches and communities of faith are absolutely integral to our region and their servant leadership during the pandemic underlined their critical importance to people across the West Midlands.

“I commend the work of Love Black Country in bringing so many people together."

Tickets are free, but people must register to gain access to the festival.

For details go to the togetherfestival22.com.

The event will also include a two tonne challenge - encouraging people to bring food donations on the day which will go to help the Black Country Food Bank in its work to help families struggling with the cost of living crisis.

The aim is to collect over two tonnes of provision for local people across the many distribution centres in the area.

More than 100 local churches, many local/national charities and local businesses will be involved in the event, including the Black Country Foodbank.