FAMILIES will be able to experience an interactive retelling of the Nativity in Weymouth.

Nativity in the Gardens will be held in Radipole Park and Gardens on Thursday, December 12.

The event invites families on a journey through the gardens, while the timeless story is retold.

Visitors will be able to meet a Roman centurion, a donkey, and several sheep, as well as the main characters of the Nativity story, during the festive event.

It is being organised by St Aldhelm’s Church in partnership with the Friends of Radipole Park and Gardens.

Revd Nick Clarke of St Aldhelm’s Church said: “Like last year, we will bring the Nativity story and its different themes to Radipole Gardens.

“It will include a Roman centurion, a donkey and sheep. People will also be able to see the main characters of the nativity story.

“This is the second year we are doing it. We were astonished by last year’s event, which saw 350 people turn up.

“It’s about community engagement but is also an example of a great partnership between two community organisations, St Aldhelm’s Church and the Friends of Radipole Park and Gardens.

“I think it’s exciting to tell the story outdoors, it gives it some atmosphere.

“We are taking people on a journey through the Christmas story rather than them being sat on their chairs.

“It’s lovely to see all the natural scenery.”

The event will start at 6pm and last for about an hour.

Revd Clarke said: “I’d like to give a huge thank you to certain key people. The President of Radipole Park and Gardens, Mike Goulden, he’s a key player, and Sue Hogben, she’s heavily involved too. I would also like to thank Jacqui and Laura from St Aldhelm’s Church.”

The event will start from the tennis court car park and families are reminded to pick up a carol sheet, as there will be plenty of singing.

Revd Clarke added: “It’s very much a family event but anyone is welcome to come along.”

The event is free to attend.