The “devastated” organiser of Camp Bestival was forced to shut down the main arenas of the event yesterday, its last day, due to poor weather conditions.

Thunderstorms, high winds and rain caused many tents to flood, while all stages were shut down due to health and safety concerns. The organiser stated that they had been advised by the safety team that the arenas could not be re-opened, although the camp site remained open for festivalgoers wishing to stay the night.

The full statement released by Camp Bestival yesterday said: “Dear Camp Bestival, we are utterly devastated and heartbroken to say that we have been advised by our safety teams that we can not re-open arenas again today due to the severe weather and the forecasting of continual high winds and rain today.

“We have had the best three 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.”