A SELECTION of up to 20 British and Irish real ales will be available at nine Wetherspoon pubs across the region as part of their 12-day real-ale festival.

The pubs will each be hosting the festival from Wednesday, October 20 to Sunday, October 31.

The beers include; Black Sheep Monty Python's Dead Parrot, Wolf Lazy Dog, Rooster's Long Shadow, Thornbridge Shelby, Exmoor Wicked Wolf, Salopian Hop Twister, Bath Queen of Hearts, Bru Brewery Bru Brown Ale and Wadworth Sweet Molly.

Beers will cost £1.99 a pint throughout the 12-day festival.

Among the beers are those suitable for vegans and vegetarians, as well as two gluten-free beers. There will also be a number of beers not previously served in the pub.

The participating pubs are; The Moon in the Square in Exeter Road, The Mary Shelley in The Quadrant Centre and The Christopher Creeke in Holdenhurst Road, The Nightjar in Victoria Road, Ferndown, The Parkstone and Heatherlands in Wimborne Road, Winton, The Man in the Wall in West Borough, Wimborne Minster, The Blackwater Stream in Lower Blandford Road, Broadstone, The Lord Wimborne in Lagland Street and The Quay in The Quay, both in Poole.

The Moon in the Square manager, Terri Balloni, said: "The festival is a great celebration of British and Irish ales.

"It will allow us to showcase an excellent choice of beers over a 12 day period at great value for money prices."

Tasting notes on all of the beers will be available in the pubs and on the Wetherspoon app.

Third-of-a pint glasses will be available, allowing customers to sample three beers (one third-of-a pint each) for the price of a pint.