EXTREME sports enthusiasts will be taking Thornbury by storm this weekend with the return of the annual Skate Fest.

The event on Saturday at Thornbury Skate Park, which has now been renamed REKRE8, starts from 2pm and will see competitors pulling out all their best tricks on skateboards, BMXs and scooters, with plenty of events to take part in.

The event’s organiser, Dan Potter from StreetSpace, said: "Where else do you have such an entertaining time watching young people take such pride in what they're doing?

“But even if you're not taking part you can come along and watch the action and help support the young people in their fantastic efforts to improve this community facility."

The event follows a special skate workshop held at the skate park on May 31, which saw the rebranding of the park and the first stages of the project to improve the facility go on show to the public.

The workshop, organised by Mr Potter and Penny Baker from youth club Krunch, saw dozens of participants turn out to push their limits and try something new.

With new pedestrian access, a new bench for supervising adults or exhausted skaters and all the ramps given a new coat of paint, older skate park users were able to give pointers to their younger counterparts to improve their skills.

Further plans for the park’s development include proposals for further expansion with new ramps and equipment, as well as a hub for refreshments.

Spectators and competitors heading to the Skate Fest are reminded that it will be cancelled in the event of bad weather, and are asked to go to facebook.com/ThornburySkatepark for up-to-date information.