Don’t miss all the high flying fun from South West Birdman on Ilfracombe Pier this Saturday (August 5)

Get set for South West Birdman 2017 in Ilfracombe. Picture: Andrew PetteyGet set for South West Birdman 2017 in Ilfracombe. Picture: Andrew Pettey

Avian-imitating aviators will soar - or plummet - from Ilfracombe pier this Saturday as the popular South West Birdman returns.

With an assortment of wacky 'flying machines', costumes and no aversion to water, contestants will join the annual Ilfracombe Round Table event to help raise money for local good causes.

Entry is free and gates open at 11.30am, with live music from the off and a total of seven live bands including Lionstar, Yazzy, Bicycle Repair Man, Majestic Blue, Las Rancheros, Anchors A-weigh and Minehead Street Choir.

The actual jumping takes place around mid to late afternoon when the tide is high enough, but there is plenty to see and do throughout the day.

Get set for South West Birdman 2017 in Ilfracombe. Picture: Andrew PetteyGet set for South West Birdman 2017 in Ilfracombe. Picture: Andrew Pettey

There is a spectacular finale around 10pm, plus stalls, a real ale and cider festival, plus barbecue, a trade village of over 30 stands, showcasing artisanal handmade goods and plus bouncy castles, free circus workshops and craft activities for children.

Round Table spokesman Leo Cooper said this year's Birdman was shaping up to be the biggest and best yet.

He said: "Birdman has grown into a huge event and it is now a whole day of fun for all the family. Entry will once again be totally free, and we've done this to encourage as any people as possible to come along and enjoy the event.

"It certainly worked last year as the pier was flooded with people and that created a fantastic atmosphere.

Crowds gather to watch Birdman in Ilfracombe. Picture: Andrew PetteyCrowds gather to watch Birdman in Ilfracombe. Picture: Andrew Pettey

"We saw more than 14,000 people come through the gates, which was incredible. People in the town were telling us it was the busiest they have ever seen Ilfracombe in their lifetime, and that is brilliant for local economy."

For those wishing to enter Birdman with your own flying craft, entries must be submitted online at www.Birdman2017.eventbrite.co.uk.

There will be a stunning firework finale at the end of South West Birdman 2017 in Ilfracombe on Saturday (August 5). Picture: Ilfracombe Round TableThere will be a stunning firework finale at the end of South West Birdman 2017 in Ilfracombe on Saturday (August 5). Picture: Ilfracombe Round Table