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Festival closes with highwire delights

The Brighton Festival draws to a close tomorrow after hundreds of performances attended by tens of thousands of visitors.

One of the highlights of this year's event has been the return of the circus - with artists from across the globe performing in all manner of styles.

Andy Dickenson meets some of the producers and performers including David Bates, producer of La Clique, performers Stephen Williams and Ashley Carr, and Camlle Beaumier of No Fit State.

Icons for Brighton Pride

Pride festival Credit: Press Association

Brighton Pride have announced the theme for this years spectacular celebrations in Preston Park for Saturday 3rd August.

Gay Icons is the theme for 2013 placing emphasis on the vast array of Iconic LGBT campaigners an celebrities that have shaped LGBT culture and equality.

Expect to see a deluge of Gagas, Monroes, Madonnas, and Freddie Mercurys. Other important Icons will be Oscar Wilde and Quentin Crisp. “There are so many important and influential people for us to celebrate as a community" says Paul Kemp of Brighton Pride.

Thousands attend Hops and Harvest Festival in Kent

Thousands of people have been attending the Hops and Harvest Festival in Kent. It's all taking place at the Museum of Kent Life near Maidstone and is a chance for the younger generation to learn about what was once the county's most important industry.

In Victorian times 250,000 people worked on the hops during the four to six week season. Archive pictures in this report are from 'Hop Pickers Holiday' courtesy of Heathwood Studios.

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Air festival hailed a success

Bournemouth’s fifth Air Festival has been declared a triumph, with an estimated 964,000 festival goers across the four days.

More than 125,000 visitors and residents packed Bournemouth beach on launch day Thursday, greeting the arrival of the Red Arrows.

Another 180,000 arrived on Friday and with temperatures soaring on Saturday, crowds of more than 370,000 people thronged onto the beach, followed by 171,700 on Sunday.

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