VILLAGERS in Marsden are counting down to Cuckoo Day.
The day-long celebration of the start of spring takes place on Saturday April 24.
And a bigger and better day for the twelfth anniversary event is planned by organisers.
Cuckoo Day chairman Philip Thompson said: "The festival has steadily grown in size and popularity, attracting many visitors from up and down the country.
"We are hoping that the streets of Marsden will be filled with colour and activity culminating in the grand procession led by Marsden Brass Band."
A Cuckoo Ceilidh aims to get the weekend off to a musical start with band The Fusspots back by popular demand.
And a duck race from Mellor Bridge on the Saturday at 4pm also aims to provide fun and entertainment for all ages.
A huge variety of activities are on offer throughout the day, including maypole dancing, morris dancing, clog dancing, street entertainers, floats and a craft fair.
A guided Cuckoo Walk, drumming workshop, family treasure hunt and tea dance are also on offer.
The grand cuckoo procession starts at 2.30pm.
Children can make a cuckoo hat, learn circus skills or ride children's rides at Wessen Court.
The weekend will be brought to a close with a Cuckoo Day service at 10am in St Barth- olomew's Church on Sunday April 25.