THEY may have been the perfect Christmas present for a loved one in the last few years.

But this festive season you will have to look elsewhere for outdoor summer gig tickets as Delamere Forest has announced there will be no Forest Live concerts in 2020.

After acts including Tears for Fears, Paul Weller and Sir Tom Jones have graced the stage in the Cheshire forest, organisers have announced they are taking a break next year.

A statement on their website adds: "Delamere Forest is taking a break from Forest Live in 2020.

"Forestry England are working on an exciting project to develop the Delamere Forest visitor hub and improve facilities for all our visitors. This is part of a wider plan for the whole forest.

"We look forward to welcoming Forest Live fans back in 2021 to showcase some fantastic live music in our beautiful forest setting.

"We will be hosting Forest Live concerts at six other forests around the country in 2020, the closest to Delamere Forest being Cannock Chase Forest in Staffordshire."

Work includes a multi-million pound project to create a bew visitor hub and gateway to the forest which currently welcomes 750,000 visitors annually.

Plans for the UK's second busiest forest also include:

• A new visitor welcome area with a larger café

• Improved toilet facilities

• Significant landscaping improvements

• New and improved trails and bridleways

• A multi-use health and well-being trail

• A new visitor hub car park and improved overflow parking

• 67 Forest Holidays cabins

A spokesman added: "Forestry England have partnered with Forest Holidays to create this sustainable vision for Delamere Forest.

"This will benefit all the forest’s visitors with improved facilities and will create new experiences for people wishing to enjoy a peaceful getaway in the forest."

The forest, including the current toilets and cafe, remains open during the work although visitors have been warned there may be some temporary route diversions in place from time to time.