A town centre church will once again be filled with Christmas trees as the much-loved annual festival returns next week.

Bridport United Church’s popular Christmas tree festival will take place from December 3 to 15, with thousands of people walking through the doors to admire the spectacle of more than 50 decorated trees.

Each tree has been decorated by charities, groups, organisations and schools.

On Tuesday, December 3, there will be a dedication service at 7pm by the Rev’d Peter Clark when Bridport Mayor, Cllr Barry Irvine, will switch on the Christmas tree lights.

For Bridport Christmas Cheer on December 4, the Mountjoy School Handbell Ringers and Children’s choirs will perform in the church at 2pm and 4pm respectively, surrounded by the trees, and the church will be open to the public.

On December 5 and 6, visitors will be able to look around the festival from 10am to 5pm.

A Action for Children coffee morning will be held at the church on Saturday, December 7 from 10.30am, with the Christmas tree festival also open until 3.30pm.

On Sunday, December 8, the church will be open from 2pm to 3pm, following a toy service at 10.30am and before a taize service at 3.30pm.

From December 9 to 12 The Christmas tree festival will be open from 10am to 5pm, 10am to 4.30pm on December 13 and 14 and on the final day of December 15, 2pm to 3.30pm. There will also be a morning service at 10.30am and the annual carol service at 4.30pm.