ADVENTURE Island is set to host its first ever music and arts festival this year, bosses have announced.

The popular Southend theme park announced plans for Island Fest to welcome bands, singers, dancers, actors, artists, comedians and fashion designers to join together for the new celebration.

Families will not have to wait too long for the big day of fun as the festival is set to take place on September 4.

The theme park was recently lauded as one of the best amusement parks in the world - and the third best in the UK.

Adventure Island beat the likes of Alton Towers, Thorpe Park and Legoland in TripAdvisor’s Travellers Choice Awards.

The seafront hotspot made it as 24 in the best of the best list, with only two UK parks finishing above it.

The park celebrated Southend Pride last weekend with a performance from TV drag queen star, Crystal.

Adventure Island bosses can’t wait to welcome families to the big new seafront festival at the theme park.

Announcing the exciting news of its first festival, bosses said: “On Saturday September 4 we will be celebrating our first ever festival.

“It will be a festival like no other that will be showcasing a variety of talent from in, and around, Southend.The day will include performances and displays from a variety of bands, singers, dancers, actors, artists, comedians and fashion designers.

“That’s right - we want to celebrate all the talent Southend has to offer.

“Join us for Island Fest. There will be more information on this leading up to the event so be sure to keep an eye out.”

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