THE final countdown is on for the 2010 ‘Big Fest’ – the borough’s annual street festival.

The event is being held in Uxbridge High Street on Sunday, October 24, and there is going to be a distinctly surreal twist this year.

Anyone making their way out of Uxbridge Station is likely to bump into a host of fairytale characters, including a knight in shining armour, Humpty Dumpty and Sleeping Beauty.

The High Street is also getting a temporary new building on the same theme – a gingerbread house, which passers-by will be invited to help decorate.

Big Fest has two main areas of focus – the main stage outside the Civic Centre at one end of the High Street, and a specially installed dance arena half way down near the Mall Pavilions.

DJ Penny Metal will be hosting events on the main stage, introducing acts including gypsy punk band, Mano De Dios, who created quite a stir at Glastonbury; The King’s Cross Hot Club, playing jazz punk; dance reggae artists Black Cherry Jam, and a touch of contemporary folk with Pig Earth.

Funtunity UK, Movement Academy will be performing in the dance arena, and there will also be some traditional Indian dance from the Shrishti school, who will perform a modern Bharatanatyam version of Cinderella.

Apart from the main events, visitors can also enjoy various street performers, arts, crafts, face-painting, and all sorts of food and refreshments along the way.