Carlisle Hockey Club are set to stage their annual HockeyFest event.

Taking place on September 1 at Austin Friars School, the event allows the club to open its doors to new members, as well as showcasing the skills of current players.

The Mayor of Carlisle, Cllr Marilyn Bowman, will open the event again this year, having also supported it last year.

Throughout the day, there will be opportunities for anyone who wants to have a go to give hockey a try. The club, which can cater for men and women who are eight years old or older, has spare sticks and would like to encourage anyone who is interested in giving hockey a go to come along, meet the members and see what the sport is all about.

Kicking the activities on the day off, Carlisle will start with their “have a go” session which will begin at 11am.

Then, from 12.30pm, the men’s section will play a game in memory of former member Bill Hughes. This game is played between the current men’s first-team and a team of former Carlisle player.

At 3pm, the women’s section will be showing their skills with a game, with one side made up of players over 25 and the other team made up of players under 25.

“There will be various refreshments available to purchase throughout the day, as well as other fun activities,” said Carlisle men’s captain Mark Nixon.

“This event is free to attend and open to all ages.”