The May The Toys Be With You exhibition is set to thrill both young and adult Star Wars fans alike.

The exhibition will show off a collection of vintage Star Wars toys and original cinema posters.

The event opens at The Beacon Museum, Whitehaven, on Saturday, April 27.

In 1977, when the first Star Wars film shattered box office records, no one anticipated that the merchandise would gross significantly more than the movie itself.

The Star Wars toys became fan favourites instantaneously, allowing children to immerse themselves in the exhilarating adventures of renowned characters, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo.

A colossal 300 million action figures are estimated to have sold between 1977 and 1985.

The exhibition encapsulates both the celebration of the collectable vintage toy line and the emblematic design work and art from the Star Wars movies.

Councillor Anne Quilter, Cumberland Council’s executive member for vibrant and healthy places said: "For little kids and ‘big kids’ alike this is an unmissable opportunity to view many rarely seen Star Wars treasures.

"This exhibition has broken visitor attendance records at a host of museums around the country, and we’re excited for its first ever visit to Cumbria."

Adding more excitement, the West Cumbria Cosplayers will be joining on the exhibition's opening day, followed by the 501st Garrison scheduled to visit on Tuesday, May 28.

As cosplay groups, they'll give visitors a remarkable chance to interact with characters from this far-away galaxy.

The Beacon Museum is open daily from 10am to 4.30pm during school holidays.

During term time the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10am to 4.30pm, and Sundays from 11am to 4pm.

It holds a 'quiet hour' during the first Sunday of each month from 11am to 12pm.

The exhibition will be open for public viewing from Saturday, April 27, until Saturday, July 13.