A GIN festival is being held at pubs in Weymouth, Dorchester and Bridport..

Lovers of the spirit can enjoy a selection from the UK and overseas at The Swan on St. Thomas Street and The William Henry on Frederick Place in Weymouth and the Royal Oak on High West Street in Dorchester.

A wide variety of flavoured gins, such as ginger and cinnamon, fresh strawberry, rhubarb and marmalade, will be on offer, as well as gin-based liqueurs and distilled non-alcoholic options.

Among the UK gins are Aber Falls Gingerbread Gin Liqueur, Didsbury Gin Strawberry and Sicilian Lemon, Slingsby Marmalade Gin, Whitley Neill Blackberry Gin and Hawthorn's London Dry Gin.

The gins from abroad include the Italian Malfy Gin Rose and Mor Irish Gin.

Kim Newstead, manager of The Swan, said: "We have sourced an excellent range of gins, a number of which have not previously been available in the pub. We are confident that our customers will enjoy the different gins which each have their own unique appeal."

The spirits can be enjoyed with a range of mixers, including flavoured tonics, apple juice and fizzy rhubarb.