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Rick Astley announces Forest Live shows

Rick Astley is the first artist to announce dates for 2017 as part of Forest Live, the summer concert series promoted by the Forestry Commission where acts perform in spectacular woodland locations around the country.

Soulful-voiced pop icon and multi-million selling artist, Rick Astley has had a lot to celebrate. With his first No 1 album in twenty-nine years, titled ‘50’ the Brit Award winning singer has pulled off one of pop’s most remarkable comebacks. ‘50’ has gone gold and has been well received by fans and critics alike, with singles ‘Keep Singing’ and ‘Angels On My Side’ dominating the airwaves and raking in nearly 1.8m views on VEVO and over 600,000 streams on Spotify.

Astley was just twenty-one years old when he unleashed the iconic ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ - few debut singles have had the same impact. It became the UK’s biggest selling single of the year, going on to hit No 1 in 16 countries. The song became the centrepiece of debut album ‘Whenever You Need Somebody’, which sold an astonishing 15 million copies worldwide, cracking the US Top 10 in the process. Holding the distinction of being the first male solo artist to see his first eight singles reach the UK Top Ten, the hits continued with ‘Together Forever’; ‘She Wants To Dance With Me’; ‘Take Me To Your Heart’; ‘Hold Me In Your Arms’ and ‘Cry For Help’.

Following on from a run of sold out indoor spring ’17 tour dates, at the Forest Live gigs fans can look forward to seeing Rick perform a set of songs from his latest album and greatest hits.

Forest Live is an independent programme organised by the Forestry Commission to bring forests to new audiences. Income generated from ticket sales is spent on protecting, improving and expanding England’s forests and woodlands and increasing their value to people and wildlife. Over Forest Live’s 16 years history, money raised has contributed to a wide range of projects, from wildlife conservation to making improvements for visitors. With everything required for a great night out, including full catering and bar facilities, the gigs are renowned for their relaxed atmosphere.

Commenting on the concerts, Rick Astley said “2017 sees me celebrating 30 years in the music business since my first No 1 hit. I can’t wait to perform as a part of Forest Live and I really hope you can make one of the dates to enjoy the experience with me.”
Rick Astley plus guests

Friday 16 June: Bedgebury Pinetum, near Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Saturday 17 June: Westonbirt Arboretum, near Tetbury, Glos
Friday 23 June: Dalby Forest, near Pickering, North Yorks
Saturday 1 July: Thetford Forest, near Brandon, Suffolk
Sunday 2 July: Delamere Forest, near Northwich, Cheshire
Saturday 8 July: Cannock Chase Forest, near Rugeley, Staffs

Forestry Commission Live - Ts&Cs

1. This event will continue regardless of weather except in the case of extreme weather conditions affecting the venue.

2. Tickets will only be refunded if the event is cancelled by the organiser and the ticket is returned within 28 days of the concert date. The booking fee is not refundable under any circumstances.

3. Tickets which are lost or not delivered due to the fault of the consumer will not be replaced.

4. Seating is not provided in the arena - folding chairs are permitted.

5. Umbrellas, tables, glass, cans, metal and breakable crockery are prohibited. No more than total 2 litres soft and/or alcoholic drink permitted per person.

6. Naked flames (including fireworks, BBQs, sparklers), laser pens, banners, flagpoles, parasols, gazebos, tents and dogs (apart from registered assistance dogs) are prohibited.

7. Admission is by physical ticket only, no other proof of purchase will be accepted.

8. We reserve the right to search all persons and all personal property and to prohibit any other items considered to be a potential hazard.

9. Professional photography is prohibited.

10. Under 16s must be accompanied by a parent/guardian (18 or over) and supervised at a maximum ratio of 1 adult to 8 children. The Forestry Commission may refuse entry without valid proof of age. Children aged 5 and under do not require a ticket.

11. The Forestry Commission will not be responsible for damage or injury caused or that caused by third parties or for loss of personal property on site or left in vehicles. Damages will not be paid in any circumstances.

12. Any person who fails or refuses to comply with instructions from any persons acting for the Forestry Commission may be removed from the venue.

13. We reserves the right to refuse admission. No person considered drunk or under the influence of drugs will be admitted.

14. Ticket holders consent to recording, filming, CCTV and photography that may be used for promotional purposes, by artists as a live product or for security purposes.

15. Customers purchasing over 8 tickets* must adhere to the group booking policy (see below). Tickets are not permitted for resale in the course of business or for a profit. Purchases suspected of being made with the intention of resale for profit will be cancelled.

16. The Forestry Commission reserves the right to change these terms and conditions at any time.

17. The purchase and use of this ticket shall constitute an acceptance of these conditions by the purchaser and holder.

Forestry Commission Live - ACCESS POLICY

Forest Live - Access Information 2016

Buying Tickets and Concessions for Carers/ Companions

Standard tickets are available to purchase on line or over the telephone.
Telephone 03000 680400

Customers who have a health condition or disability that meet the requirements for proof of disability, as detailed below, will be able to purchase a ticket for themselves at standard price, plus booking fees and also receive a free carer/companion ticket.

Customers wishing to purchase a ticket for a person with a health condition or disability along with a complimentary ticket for a carer/ companion should make an online purchase for only the number of standard full price tickets required and should then contact the box office on 03000 680400 or email  to arrange for the additional free carer/companion ticket to be added to the booking.

Alternatively bookings can be made entirely by telephone however in peak booking periods / on-sale days, the online booking route detailed above is recommended, to avoid disappointment.

Where an adult or child requires assistance to attend a concert because of a health condition or disability and is in receipt of any of the following benefits, they will qualify for a free carer/companion ticket:

  • Middle or Higher rate of Disability Living Allowance (mobility or care component);
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Enhanced rate of Personal Independence Payment (daily living or mobility component)

Unfortunately, a Blue Badge cannot be accepted as proof of a health condition or disability.

If you have a temporary health condition or disability and require a carer/ companion in order to be able to attend the concert please telephone the box office to discuss your requirements.

Carers must be capable of supporting the disabled person’s needs in the events of an emergency or evacuation of the arena. Carers should be aged 16 plus.

About our Venues
Forest Live events are held outdoors in clearings in forests. There are no covered areas in the arena. Please ensure you have sufficient warm and waterproof clothing as umbrellas are not permitted.

Folding chairs and rugs may be brought into the arena as seating is not provided. Some items including cans, glass, non-plastic crockery and cutlery etc are not permitted in the arena – please see terms and conditions for full list of prohibited items.

Early entry to the arena (e.g. before the main gates open) is not available for anyone.

Car Parking
Sufficient on site car parking is provided at all our venues. Car parking is included in the ticket price.

Priority parking is allocated nearest to the arena for disabled customers. Parking spaces cannot be reserved. At some venues disabled parking is limited and therefore limited to blue badge holders.
We regret that we are not able provide assistance from the car park to the arena.

Please see venue information for specific details of disabled car parking.

Getting to the arena
The distance and details of the path surface between the arena and the car parks varies. Please see venue information for specific details of distances and path surfaces.

Accessible toilets
Accessible toilets are provided next to the viewing platform and also in the main block of temporary toilets in the arena.

Other accessible toilets may be available outside the arena, for example at the visitor centre or café – please see venue information sheets for full details.

Inside the arena
Crowd conditions can vary dependant on artists.  For your safety and the safety of others, any instruction from a steward must be followed (see item 12 of terms and conditions).

Viewing platform
Viewing area for disabled revellers at a live music event in Theford ForestA viewing platform is available. It is intended for customers who are wheelchair users, or who have health conditions or other disabilities where they have to remain seated for long periods of time.

Use of the viewing platform is not limited to people who qualify for carer/companion tickets, however customers using the viewing platform must give priority to disabled customers and in particular wheelchair users. Places on the platform cannot be guaranteed or reserved.

One carer or companion or family member is welcome to accompany the disabled person on the viewing platform. As with the rest of the arena no seating is provided so carers may wish to bring folding chairs.

The viewing platform is accessed by a ramp, assistance negotiating the slope is available from the steward at the viewing platform, please ask.

Assistance dogs
Assistance dogs are welcome but please be aware that higher levels of live music noise encountered at outdoor concerts may frighten the animal.

Please pick up after your assistance dog and as there are no specific dog bins please use the general rubbish bins.

Laser and Strobe Lighting

Laser and strobe lighting may be used at some events, full details will only be available near to the time of the event – please enquire to box office.

All our information sheets are available in large print, please contact us on 03000 680400 or

Forestry Commission Live Music Dates & Tickets



16 Jun


Rick Astley - Forest Live

Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest

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17 Jun


Rick Astley - Forest Live

National Arboretum Westonbirt

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23 Jun


Rick Astley - Forest Live

Dalby Forest

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01 Jul


Rick Astley - Forest Live

Thetford Forest High Lodge

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02 Jul


Rick Astley - Forest Live

Delamere Forest

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08 Jul


Rick Astley - Forest Live

Cannock Chase Forest

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