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Thousands of people flocked to the first West Dean Festival at the weekend.

Held at West Dean Gardens, the event from August 26-29 has been hailed as a success by the organisers.

Campers and visitors enjoyed music, dance, storytelling, film, cooking and eating and other workshops.

Creative director for the festival Robert Pulley said: “Many wonderful people will look back with a smile, in the knowledge they have helped to create something beautiful. In years to come they will be able to say they were at the first West Dean Festival.”

Christine Virginie of West Dean College and Gardens said: “We were very pleased with the festival, especially as it was the first one. Lessons do need to be learned from it. We will need many more workshops because they were inundated.”

The Park Stage featured top musical acts such as Adam Ant’s new band The Good, The Mad and The Lovely Posse who played on Saturday night.

Adam certainly upped the ante when he took to the stage. You could have been mistaken for thinking it was 1982 again looking around the crowds, many with white stripes across their faces.

His new image as the Blueblack Hussar pirate definitely helped in captivating the audience. He got a great reception after playing Stand and Deliver and Ant Music.

Soul singer James Hunter impressed the audience when he headlined the stage on Sunday.

There was also The Garden Stage which hosted a heady mixture of serious music, comedy poets and interesting talkers. On the Picnic Lane were themed workshops where visitors got hold of some art materials and textiles.

Children were kept entertained all weekend with activities designed to get their creative juices flowing, from cooking workshops, decorating butterfly wings and making kites, to making and taking part in a homemade lantern parade and a surrealist Alice in Wonderland-themed tea party up in the Arboretum at West Dean.

Older children were able to take part in rock band workshops, mountain boarding, poetry writing or just chill out and get a taste of festival life in a safe environment.

A bit of theology, Latin and ancient philosophy was also thrown into the mix of the festival.