THREE Dorset Festivals have made shortlists in the prestigious national UK Festival Awards 2017.

The Bournemouth 7s, Camp Bestival and Bestival are all in the running for a top accolade when the awards are decided at a plush London ceremony later this month.

Camp Bestival, which has become a favourite at Lulworth Castle, is in the running for both the Best Family Festival and the Best Hospitality awards.

Meanwhile, the larger Bestival event - which took place at Lulworth Castle for the first time this summer after its relocation from the Isle of Wight - has made the shortlist in the Best Festival Production category.

The Daily Echo-backed Bournemouth 7s event, which attracted around 30,000 visitors during its 10th anniversary earlier this year, has been shortlisted in the Best Non-Music Festival category.

A UK Festival Awards 2017 spokesman explained: "Since its inception in 2004, the UK Festival Awards has been dedicated to recognising and celebrating the collective accomplishments of the nation's most beloved industry.

"Across its 21 categories, the awards acknowledge the achievements of organisers and suppliers in the fields of programming, production, innovation, emerging talent, marketing, hospitality, catering and more."

Each category has its shortlist and winner determined via a combination of public vote and industry judges, and for this year award organisers says this process has been "further refined" to ensure the prestige of the accolades continues to increase.

The spokesman added: "Following several years at The Roundhouse in London, the awards’ 14th edition will move to a new home within the capital at Troxy, taking place on November 30.

"It is set to be a revitalised ceremony that’s more inclusive and atmospheric than ever."

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