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Bestival organisers relocating event but say 'committed to supporting the Isle of Wight'

The organisers of the Bestival music festival say they remain committed to supporting the Isle of Wight through music and charity - despite announcing the festival is to leave the island.

Bestival has been held at the Robin Hill Country Park, near Newport, for the last 13 years. Next September it will move to the Lulworth Estate in Dorset - the site of its sister, family-friendly event 'Camp Bestival'. The organisers say they are planning a new event to take place on the Isle of Wight. We spoke to Rob da Bank who runs the festival; and David Thornton from 'Visit Isle of Wight'.


Rick Astley is coming to Kent as part of Forest Live

Credit: PA

Rick Astley has announced he will be playing at Bedgebury Pinetum in Kent as part of a Forest Live summer concert series.

He was just 21-years-old when he released ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’, which became the UK’s biggest selling single of the year.

Forest Live is an independent programme organised by the Forestry Commission to bring forests to new audiences.

Income generated from ticket sales is spent on protecting, improving and expanding England’s forests and woodlands and increasing their value to people and wildlife.

He will be appearing at Bedgebury on Friday, June 16.


Mayflower Theatre celebrates win at Beautiful South Awards

Gold award for Mayflower Theatre Credit: Mayflower Theatre

Mayflower Theatre in Southampton has been awarded a coveted Gold at the Beautiful South Awards 2016.

Held at the Hilton at the Ageas Bowl, the ceremony celebrated the visitor experiences available across the South and South East of England.

Established over 20 years ago, the Beautiful South Awards recognise excellence, quality, innovation and customer service.

We are delighted to be recognised once again for our commitment to making Mayflower Theatre an accessible venue for all. It is a team effort across the company to excel in being accessible.

– Michael Ockwell, Mayflower Theatre Chief Executive
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