A CHURCH will be opening its doors as part of the Bishop Auckland Food Festival this weekend.

St. Anne's Church and their Holy Feast team will be a 'spend-free zone' - a "sanctuary" where the whole family can retreat to.

Free activities for children of all ages will be available as well as a display of palms for local schoolchildren to celebrate Palm Sunday.

Displays will fill the church while a prayer space area will be located at the front of the church.

Shildon Alive and Woodhouse Close Food Bank will be there for the whole weekend and a display from Trade Craft showcasing and promoting their ethical buying choices - with information on where in Bishop Auckland they can be sourced.

On the Saturday, the church cafe is open from 9.45am until 3pm serving homemade snacks, light lunches and refreshments before the doors open at 10am. They will close at 4pm on Saturday.

On Sunday all are welcome at the weekly service at 11am, after which the Holy Feast will continue from 12.15pm until 4pm.

Bishop Auckland's first ever Pay As You Feel Food Waste Cafe will also be available and donations from hotels, restaurants, cafes, supermarkets and eateries are still being taken.

The food will be transformed into dishes with every snack, drink, and dish being pay as you feel.

The money raised from the dishes will then be shared and gifted back to Bishop Auckland Parish Church, Woodhouse Close Food Bank and Shildon Alive.

For more information contact Charlie Scott-King on 07545873872 or alternatively call 01388-662148.