GIN lovers are invited to enjoy a selection of gins from across Britain - infused with a host of ingredients including dandelions and heather - during an 18-day festival at two Oldham pubs.

The Up Steps Inn, in High Street, Oldham and The Shay Wake, in Milnrow Road, Shaw, will each be serving up to 15 gins not previously available in the venues from February 14 to March 3.

There will be a number of flavoured gins with ingredients including heather, dandelion, juniper, raspberries, vanilla, damsons, blackberries and rose petal.

The festival gins include Aber Falls Orange Marmalade Gin, Adnams Copper House Pink Gin, Didsbury Gin Raspberry & Elderflower, Eden Mill Love Gin Liqueur, Greenall's Wild Berry Gin and The Lakes Damson Gin Liqueur.

All of the gins will be served in a Copa de Balon glass, which is bulbous in shape, like a balloon, and is perfect for drinking gin and tonic.

The Up Steps Inn manager, Benjamin Murray, said: "The festival will showcase some wonderful gins from across Britain.

"They have not previously been available in the pub and I am sure that our customers will enjoy drinking them."

The gins will range in price from £2.75 to £3.75 (single measure) and include a free mixer.

Tasting notes on all of the gins plus guidance on the best mixers for each gin will be available in the pubs.

During the festival, the pubs will continue to serve their regular range of up to 12 gins.