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New date for Great Dorset Steam Fair

Numbers dropped at the Great Dorset Steam Fair in 2015 due to a crackdown on children being taken out of school Credit: PA

The Great Dorset Steam Fair has had to change its dates for 2016 to stop it clashing with the new school year. It will now take place at the showground at Tarrant Hinton over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

The harsh reality of the situation is that school term dates are now a major issue for the GDSF and this year’s show has conclusively proved that the show will be financially unsustainable if we continue to clash on a regular basis with the start of the new school year.

Thousands of families were “prevented” from attending the 2015 event and anyone who was at the GDSF would have seen a noticeable absence of children and families on site, particularly on the first three days (Wednesday, Thursday & Friday). This cannot happen again.

– MARTIN OLIVER, MANAGING DIRECTOR
Organisers say the Great Dorset Steam Fair would be financially unsustainable if it stayed at the same time Credit: PA

To find out more about the decision and this year's plans for the event, from THURSDAY 25th AUGUST TO MONDAY 29th AUGUST 2016 inclusive, click here.

Glastonbury 2016: Coldplay to headline on Sunday

Coldplay singer Chris Martin performs during halftime in Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium. Credit: USA TODAY Sports/SIPA USA/PA Images

Coldplay will officially play Glastonbury Festival 2016 on the Sunday of the event after the band tweeted a picture of the Pyramid Stage.

The picture shows a board with the date June 26 stuck in a Glastonbury Festival field with the Pyramid Stage and Glastonbury Tor in the background.

It will be the fourth time the band have headlined at the festival, and although fans knew they were playing it wasn't known what day Coldplay would be hitting the stage.

It's since been retweeted by organiser Emily Eavis - and the news seems to be going down well with the band's fans on social media:

The news was confirmed on Instagram, with festival founder Michael Eavis pictured smiling beside the sign:

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Sir Tom Jones to play Westonbirt

Legendary singer Sir Tom Jones is to hold a concert at Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire this summer. The show on Sunday June 19th is part of Forest Live, the summer concert series promoted by the Forestry Commission.

Sir Tom Jones, singer Credit: tomjones.com

What a lovely experience this is going to be. I respect and admire the whole idea of Forest Live and hope you can join me to be a part of it.

– Sir Tom Jones

Tom Jones’ remarkable career has gone from strength to strength. Along with sustaining his popularity as a live performer and recording artist for over five decades, he has garnered the best reviews of his career for his recently released albums ‘Spirit In The Room’ and ‘Praise & Blame’. His hits include ‘It’s Not Unusual’, ‘Kiss’, ‘Delilah’, ‘What’s New Pussycat’, ‘I’ll Never Fall In Love Again’ and ‘If I Only Knew’. Tom was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen in 2006 and other highlights of his long career include receiving a BRIT Award for Best Male and Outstanding Contribution to Music, a Silver Clef Award for Lifetime Achievement and the prestigious Music Industry Trust Award.

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Jeff Lynne's ELO announced for Glastonbury 2016

Jeff Lynne’s ELO will be taking to Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage on Sunday 26 June - filling what has become known as "the legend slot".

It's the first major act to be announced on Glastonbury Festival's 2016 bill - organisers welcomed the news on social media this morning:

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