DRAGONS prowled the streets of Gloucester Quays as wizards and orcs greeted the crowds on a special night down by the Docks.
It may have been Friday the 13th, but there was no fear factor on fright night as blockbuster The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug launched at the new Cineworld.
The film is the second of three based on the JRR Tolkien classic and the perfect movie to help publicise the new 10-screen cinema that opened to the public last week.
Tyler Davies, from Longlevens, was excited about seeing the film.
“I loved the Lord of the Rings and the first Hobbit film was good so I’m expecting big things,” he said.
Steph Lucas, from Tuffley, said: “I think the costumes are a bit scary for the young ones but it is a great atmosphere. I’m not a big fan of these type of films but I’ll probably go and watch The Hobbit now.
“I prefer the shopping to the cinema, but the Docks look great.”
The special Middle Earth themed parade coincided with the start of the Quays Festive Fayre, with shoppers taking to the streets to grab a bargain from a range of new stores and eateries that opened this week.
And the event was a great opportunity for shoppers to pick up one-off items from craft and art stalls selling bespoke, handmade items.
From didgeridoos, clove and spice seasonal decorations, Hobbit-inspired carvings and sweet and savoury food stalls, there really was something for everyone to enjoy.
Shopper Andrew McNought, from Brockworth, said: “The Quays seems to have sorted out their parking issues, we had no problems finding a spot. It was a good atmosphere, not too busy and there was lots to see. The Hobbit characters were great and added to the excitement, especially with the children.”