TWO of Halton's biggest music events have teamed up stage an action-packed feast of fun and family entertainment.

The first annual combined RECD family fun day and music festival takes place in Widnes on Saturday, July 21.

This special event sees the organisers of two of Halton’s staple entertainment events come together to bring one, day long extravaganza to the borough.

The family fun day starts at midday and the music festival begins at 6pm.

Halton Rocks has been running for seven years and RECD All Day for much longer.

Since both events promote a family friendly ethos and both offer up their profits to charity, organisers decided that it made sense to merge in an ambitious drive to make the entertainment bigger, better and wider in scope. This year, the fun kicks off at The Hammer and Pincers pub in Hough Green with an afternoon family fun day. Live performers include Jenny Colquitt, Gareth Heesom, Catherine Hardman, Sarah Whitfield and The Naughty Corner,

There will also be a wide-ranging variety of family entertainment.

Attractions include characters from Star Wars, bouncy castles, BBQ food, stars of the Widnes Vikings, characters from The Brindley theatre’s Beauty and the Beast, ice cream, classic cars, book stalls, cake stalls

A sponsored walk will then be held from The Hammer to St. Basil’s club to arrive for the start of the RECD annual music festival.

Performers will include Take Phat, The Riders, Doyler, Isaac Holian, The Lemorines, Sarah Whitfield and Greg Oldfield.

All of the proceeds from the two combined events will be shared between Claire House and the Heswall Disabled Children’s Holiday Fund.

Claire House Children’s Hospice helps seriously and terminally ill children live life to the full by creating wonderful experiences and bringing back a sense of normality to family life.

By providing specialist nursing care and emotional support, they help families to smile again when life couldn’t get any tougher.

The Heswall Disabled Children’s Holiday Fund provides free holidays to disabled children aged 9-15 in the North West of England for up to 30 children per year.

Treats include day trips to Blackpool, Chester Zoo, Southport, theme parks, flying at Liverpool John Lennon Airport and swimming.