THOUSANDS enjoyed the sunshine and an array of entertainment as the Poole Harbour Festival drew bumper crowds over the weekend.

From Ray Dorset of 1970s band Mungo Jerry to Britain’s oldest circus show ,Swamp Circus, the established event at Harbourside Park offered something for all ages.

The three-day festival was treated to glorious weather, drawing residents and visitors in, who had either pre-booked tickets or decided to pay on the day.

Festival organiser Ben Dyas said it had been great to see so many people enjoying the wide range of entertainment provided by the event.

“In the past couple of years we had to battle with some difficult weather, but this time we have been fortunate to have three perfect days,” said Mr Dyas. “The circus was quite popular and we had a lot of great acts performing, who were all well-received.”

The festival also featured a plethora of tribute acts, including, The Prodigy tribute Jilted Generation, the Ed Sheeran Experience, Oasiss and also the band Coldplace.

“We have put a lot of different elements into this year’s event and the tribute groups always go down really well,” said Mr Dyas.

“We offer a weekend ticket at the same price some venues could charge for one gig. It is important that we offer good value with the festival. We had 5,000 people visit over the course of Saturday.”