EXTRA-terrestrial visitors beamed down to a West Oxfordshire village to join the celebrations at a space-themed festival.

UFOs, rockets and a Tardis were the preferred modes of transport as the Stanton Harcourt and Sutton Summer Festival marked 50 years since the moon landings.

After a huge spaceship landed on the village green ahead of the event, more mysterious decorations popped up in the area before the main festival day on June 22.

A host of less unusual events also took place in the village, near Witney, from June 15 to 23, including open gardens, a classic car show and a concert from the Sutton singers.

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Residents were also treated to cream teas and a flower festival at St Michael's Church, with all events raising money for a collection of Oxfordshire organisations and charities.

A galaxy of space-themed floats paraded through the village at 1.30pm to kick off festival day, followed by a fete on the Stanton Harcourt Primary School field.

Attractions on the day included rides, stalls, barbecue, teas and cakes, while performances by children from the village primary school and the Stanton Harcourt drama group provided a glimpse of the stars of the future.

The space ship and village decorations were designed and created by resident, Dan Barton.

July 21 marks half a century since Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on the moon.