A popular butterfly installation at Kingston's Eden Walk shopping centre is returning this summer.

The visually striking art piece features 41 bespoke butterflies of different colours, hanging above the centre's Summer Garden by wires to appear as if they are flying.

The work was commissioned by Eden Walk’s co-owner, British Land, and hangs above the space's Centre Square which now features some (artificial) lawn and deckchairs in time for the summer.

The return of the butterfly installation comes ahead of the Butterfly Ball, which the Eden Centre is helping host on May 30.

Families attending the event will get the chance to dive into craft activities — including making butterflies and butterfly masks.

Throughout the summer, Eden Walk are hosting a series of free family events every Thursday, with an emphasis on interactive story-telling and crafts.

Ailsa Fraser, Centre Manager at Eden Walk, said: "We are delighted to have the butterflies return for a second year. They proved very popular with our customers and the locals in Kingston upon Thames.

"With the Summer Holidays due to start, we’re expecting our Storybook Summer events to be very popular with local families looking to spend some quality time together. All of our free activities will run on a first come, first served basis, so we’re encouraging people to arrive early to avoid disappointment," she added.

The centre's Storybook Summer project — of which the Butterfly Ball is just one part — is designed "to inspire your little ones to rediscover their favourite books and explore the world of fiction," a spokesperson said.