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Let the celebrations begin!

The hats are made, costumes created and dance routines perfected. Schoolchildren in Oxfordshire have been gearing up for the fun and excitement that is the Cowley Road Carnival this weekend. Tens of thousands of spectators are expected to line the mile-long route.

Ascot horses enjoy a snooze after a busy few days protecting the Queen

Thames Valley Police horses enjoyed a well earned rest after giving their all protecting HM Queen at Royal Ascot.

Having a snooze after a busy few days at Ascot Credit: TVP Mounted Section


Hottest day of the year enjoyed in the South

It's been hotter in the south than Istanbul and the Canary Islands today - as the region basks in a heatwave that's set to last the rest of the week. The mercury hit - 32 degrees - at Heathrow Airport today. And we saw 30 degrees in parts of Sussex and Hampshire. But the sunshine comes with a health warning. The young, the old, and pregnant women are being warned to avoid the midday sun - and keep hydrated. Mary Stanley reports on how the South has been trying to keep cool.


Temperatures soar in the South East

The South East has basked in the hottest day of the year so far and the scorching sun is set to keep temperatures some 10 degrees above the average for this time of year.

There are concerns about the elderly - and other vulnerable people in the heat and UV levels are reaching as high as Cyprus and Gibraltar.

But this heatwave is great news for the Kent and Sussex tourist trade.

Abigail Bracken visited Margate earlier today.

Hungry pandas call for extra bamboo at zoo

Zoo keepers in Sussex are urgently asking gardeners to give them food for their pandas.

The red pandas, like Mulan, can eat up to two kilograms of bamboo a day - and supplies at Drusillas Park in Alfriston are currently running low.

The animals originate from the Himalayan mountains of China, India and Nepal. Mulan and her partner Anmar's diet consists almost entirely of the plant. We hear from head keeper Mark Kenward.

World record attempt: 80ft sculpture has 7,000 balloons

Sculpture in Winchester depicts man fishing and he's caught one! Credit: Ben Field

An attempt to break the world record for the largest balloon sculpture has been completed at a shopping centre in Winchester.

It's taken sculptor, Ben Field, 10 days and seven thousand balloons to create the 80 foot balloon waterfall at The Brooks shopping centre. It will remain there until the end of the month.

The sculpture decorates a shopping centre in Hampshire
Balloon sculpture shows man with a fishing rod Credit: Ben Field
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