A MUSIC and ale festival returns this weekend, with proceeds going to support Leuchie House.

After a successful debut last year, Hops in the Garden is back, featuring all kinds of live music, family entertainment and food and drink.

The festival, which takes place in Archerfield Walled Garden on Saturday (August 19), promises an exciting mix of national and local musical talent.

All profits from the festival will go to support Leuchie House's work in providing essential respite breaks for people with MS, Parkinson's, cerebral palsy, stroke and many other long term conditions.

Topping this year’s bill is acclaimed singer Fiona Kennedy, whose set will include a great mix of well-loved favourites and a sneak preview of some songs from her soon-to-be-released new album.

She will be joined by acts including The Prov Johnstone Band, The Retrophones, Spirit of Skiffle, Esk Valley Swing and blues singer/songwriter Hugh Kelly who’s widely tipped to be a rising star of the future.

It is not just about music though, with food and drink a big part of the festival too.

An eclectic selection of street food stalls will include Pizza Geeks, Senior Street Food, Beacon Burgers, Aye Love Real Foods, and African fusion cooking from Knights Kitchen.

On the drinks front, real ales and craft beers from the Knops Beer Company, cider from Thistly Cross, cocktails by North Berwick’s Herringbone and the Archerfield Walled Garden Bar should cover all the bases!

The youngest festival-goers will have lots to keep them amused too, with children's entertainment from Mr Boom, face painting by Fantoosh Face Art and local ices from the Archerfield Walled Garden ice cream bike which will be doing the rounds.

Lana Bambridge, Leuchie’s fundraising development manager, said: “We’ve been looking forward to this year’s Hops in the Garden since the last one finished!

"Last year’s event was a huge success and clearly showed the wide appeal of a family-friendly festival that caters for all kinds of musical tastes, and offers great food and drink too.

"The support Hops generated for Leuchie House in 2016 was wonderful, both in terms of the money it brought in and the awareness it raised of Leuchie’s unique service.

"It’s a fun and innovative way to offer support to charity and, with the fantastic line-up appearing this year, we know it’s going to be even bigger and better this time round!”