A military aircraft flypast is scheduled to take place this weekend as part of a festival.

People will have the chance to spot a Spitfire and a Lancaster Bomber as the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) takes to the skies over Rickmansworth.

The Spitfire is due to fly over at 3.35pm on Saturday (May 21) with the Lancaster scheduled for 11.20am the following day.

The Royal Air Force BBMF regularly takes place between May and September to celebrate and commemorate public and military events.

Watford Observer: Lancaster Bomber. Credit: PixabayLancaster Bomber. Credit: Pixabay

The flypast forms part of the entertainment at Rickmansworth Festival, which returns for the first time since 2019.

The festival at Batchworth Lock always happens on the third weekend of May and celebrates canals, the community and the environment.

Run by the Rickmansworth Waterways Trust, the top attraction for many is the array of canal boats from across the country, with at least 100 craft of many types and histories moored along the towpath up to four deep.

The festival occupies part of Rickmansworth Aquadrome, the towpath between Stockers Lock and Batchworth, and the area round Batchworth Lock. 

Along with the canal boats and flypasts, a host of other entertainment is planned.

This includes a wide range of live music and a DJ. There will also be displays and stalls, along with food and drink.

Events over Saturday May 21 and May 22 run from 11am into the evening with a host of community groups, schools, and dignitaries set to take part.

Affinity Water, which has a base in Batchworth, is sponsoring the event and will be providing a comedy show and bringing its giant bath tub as part of its campaign to get residents to save water. 

Admission to the festival, which is in its 27th year, is free and thousands of people are expected.

To find out more visit http://www.rwt.org.uk/festival