THE 2018 SO Festival, with over 60 spectacular events over three days, has once again received an official Age-friendly award.

Spectacular Italian vertical acrobats, superb French fire and dance artists and the smallest circus in the world are just some of the fantastic acts at the three-day event.

One of the largest family-friendly outdoor arts and cultural events of its kind in the UK is returning to Mablethorpe and Skegness this summer for an extravaganza of European and home-grown culture – and it is all completely free.

Brought to you once again by the Magna Vitae Trust for Leisure and Culture, the three days start in Mablethorpe on Friday, August 31 before switching over to Skegness on Saturday and Sunday, September 1 and 2.

The ethos of the event has always been family-friendly and inclusive – and organisers are therefore delighted by the official recognition it has received from T.E.D.

The Festival’s status as an Age-friendly business means it has successfully achieved a set of standards that include age-friendly customer service, consumer comfort, clear marketing and communications and accessibility.

“T.E.D.is thrilled to welcome SO Festival as an Age-friendly business,” said Guy Dewsbury, T.E.D. Programme Manager. “It underlines the Festival’s commitment to the community and visitors.”

Magna Vitae Trust for Leisure and Culture is partnered by Arts Council England, East Lindsey District Council, Passage Festival, Helsingor Teater, Without Walls Associate Touring Network, Coasters Touring Network and Lincs FM to stage the festival.

Magna Vitae’s Cultural Project Co-ordinator Katie-Louise Green said: ”There is real excitement around what we are planning. Our focus on the coast means we can concentrate on creating something that is going to be truly spectacular and is for the whole of the area as well as visitors. The T.E.D. award is particularly pleasing, as we pride ourselves on creating something that all the family can enjoy.”

Portfolio Holder for Coastal Economy at East Lindsey District Council, Councillor Steve Kirk, said: “It’s great to see SO Festival returning once again this year. It’s always a fantastically attended event and I’m sure that will continue, as the festival is hugely popular with residents and visitors. The performers and acts that take part always bring something unique and I look forward to seeing them.”

For full details on the acts and timings please see www.sofestival.org

T.E.D. – Ageing Better in East Lindsey is part of the National Lottery funded Ageing Better programme set up by the Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. Ageing Better aims to develop creative ways for older people to be actively involved in their local communities, helping to combat social isolation and loneliness. It is one of five major programmes set up by the Big Lottery Fund to test and learn from new approaches to designing services which aim to make people’s lives healthier and happier. www.tedineastlindsey.co.uk.

The T.E.D. programme is managed by Community Lincs a charity, based in Sleaford, which works throughout Lincolnshire to make a positive difference to the lives of individuals and communities in the region www.communitylincs.com