Christmas will be in full swing at the Costa at Dobbies Garden Centre on Hyde Road – on Halloween.

The event, called a Night before Christmas, is taking place between 6pm and 7.30pm on October 31 and will let customers get an early taste of the coffee chain's new Christmas menu..

Shop manager Lisa Dudek said: “Customers can come and purchase a drink and then sit back and enjoy samples of all the new Christmas range launching on November 1.”

Among the new offerings is a spiced cappuccino, an Irish velvet latte and hot chocolate and a Christmas tea.

Lisa added: “As well as a night full of samples, we will be offering merchandise for purchase including the glitter cup, rose gold water bottle – which makes for a great stocking filler – Christmas decorations and the brand new Christmas ceramic mug.”

A raffle for a Christmas hamper to raise money for the Costa Foundation charity will be held, with the winner being announced on Christmas Eve.