CAMP Bestival has been forced to shut its arenas due to the severe weather and forecasts of high winds and rain.

The likes of Simple Minds were due to play the festival in Lulworth tonight.

In a statement, organisers said on Facebook: "We have had the best 3 days in Camp Bestival’s history, it’s been our greatest ever show with all our favourite performers, shows, stages and artists which we have thoroughly enjoyed sharing with you all.

"You are by far the best festival audience and we love you dearly. This has been such a tough decision, but the safety of all you guys, the families, kids, and our working staff has to be of paramount importance.

"The campsites will remain open tonight if you want to continue with your Camp Bestival stay regardless of the conditions.

"Thank you so much for coming and please get home safely.

"Lots of love Robby, Josie and all the Camp Bestival family…”

Camp Bestival said it would issue its ticket refunds policy as soon as possible.