The organisers of the Beltane Fire Festival on Edinburgh's Calton Hill are to hold a family-friendly event.

The Beltane Fire Society said the event, a community open day, has been created to "celebrate the birth of Summer" and allow the chance for younger people to take part in the event.

The event coordinator, Georgia Royes, said: "We wanted a chance for the local community to come along and get a better sense of what Beltane is all about.

"It’s a chance to meet some of the performers, hear more about our story and learn some new skills.

"It doesn’t matter whether you’ve been coming to Beltane for years or you’ve never even heard of the festival, this is a day that everyone can enjoy."

Beltane Fire Festival itself is held on the night of April 30.

This year the event celebrates 30 years of celebrations.

Erin Macdonald, the chair of the Beltane Fire Society, said: "Beltane is always a stunning night, an Edinburgh cultural institution completely unlike anything else, filled with fire, drums, puppets and unbridled joy.

"We are all hugely excited to be a part of the thirtieth Beltane Fire Festival, and to share it with as many people from the wider community as we can.

"We hope that lots of folk will come along to our Open Day for a chance to meet the people involved, and learn more about the narrative and traditions of our event."

The modern Beltane Fire Festival is inspired by the ancient Gaelic festival of Beltane which began on the evening before 1 May and marked the beginning of summer.

The modern festival was started in 1988 by a group including the musical collective Test Dept, with support from the School of Scottish Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

It now involves over 300 voluntary collaborators and performers with the available tickets often selling out