A west Dorset open gardens event returns this weekend with a twist.

As well as being able to see eight beautiful village gardens during Whitchurch Canonicorum Open Gardens event, local artists have been invited to show their creations in the gardens and church this Sunday.

Sculptures will be on display, as well as arts and crafts in St Candida and Holy Cross church.

Alan Woodbridge, open gardens and arts coordinator, said: “After the success of the open gardens in 2017, we are delighted to be offering both gardens that have never been opened to the public before and an artistic twist on some that have.”

Artists include Brendan Murless, Jo Sadler, Colleen du Pon, Kit Benwell, Jackie Savage, Liz Somerville and Barbara Green.

Garden entry will be £6 per adult and bacon sandwiches and cream teas will be served in the church.

The event is being sponsored by Symonds and Sampson in aid of the Friends of St Candida, with residential partner Steve Allen and his wife Gigi showing their garden for the first time.

Steve said: “It will be a proud moment to show the fruits of all my wife’s labours over the last two and a half years and my firm is delighted to be able to support such a worthy cause.”