CUMBRIA'S annual celebration of guitars will take over Rheged once again this August.

The Cumbria Guitar Show will return to the visitor centre near Penrith, with dozens of stands in the three exhibition halls, stacked full of new, used and vintage guitars, and accessories to try or buy.

There is an array of artists set to perform, demonstrating their skills and the capabilities of the instruments.

Performers this year include: young acoustic guitar wizard Connor Thomas; the North East’s swing guitarist Anthony Purdy; show debutants the South Lakes Rock School Band; plus show regular Ken Nicol of Fylde Guitars will play tunes from his new album. Ken has previously toured with The Albion Band and Steeleye Span.

All performances will take place in the 200-seat theatre, which is the centre-piece of Rheged, and the interactive workshops will be held in the popular Pennine Suite. There will also be demo rooms to hear the latest equipment.

The event has become a major fixture over the past 22 years, giving visitors the chance to put the latest state-of-the-art gear to the test.

In the early years, Malcolm White and The Fender Club ran the show at The Hired Lad, in Penrith, before moving to its present regular venue at the Rheged Centre, near Penrith, 10 years ago.

It continues to attract guitar players from all over England and Scotland.

Trade stands at the event also include basses, acoustics, mandolins, banjos, ukuleles, amplifiers and pedals.

Cumbria Guitar Show takes place at Rheged on Sunday August 26, from 10am to 4pm, and entrance is payable on the day.