BOURNEMOUTH'S popular gin festival will return to the town in 2018.

The event will be held at the BIC from Friday May 4 until Sunday May 6.

It is the third year the festival will take place in the town.

There will be different zones, organisers promise, with bars, a brand room, cocktail bar and more.

Four different time sessions will be held over the course of the weekend.

Guests will be given their own glass on arrival and a brochure of all the different gins on offer.

From small craft distilleries using locally foraged botanicals, through to exotic examples of contemporary gins in fantastic flavours, there's something for every palate.

Tickets go on sale on Thursday (Jan4).