27th July - 30th July 2017
Location: Lulworth Castle, Dorset
Camp Bestival is a long-weekend jam-packed with fun and frolics for all the family. Family is top of the Camp Bestival agenda. Expect a massive Kids Area filled with an abundance of treats for lil’uns of all ages. At Camp Bestival, pretty much everything has been designed with families in mind. There is a fair amount of branding (Boden, etc) and kid’s TV characters with plenty of activities all weekend included in the price to keep the kids busy.
With at least seven stages featuring predominantly music, as well as numerous smaller areas, it’s possible to find something that takes anyone’s fancy. Musicians come from a wide variety of genres, so most if not all tastes are satisfied.
For 2017, the Camp Bestival theme is pop stars and rock stars. Everyone has at least one favourite musician they’ve always wanted to be, right? There are plenty of iconic stars to emulate and families at Camp Bestival go to huge lengths on their fancy dress efforts with many families also ‘pimping’ their festival carts or buggies in theme. We’ll be digging out those flares and stocking up on hairspray. Can’t wait!
There are so many activities for kids of all ages, it’s hard to list them all. You will find specific areas for babies, toddlers, under 5s and more. Live acts include Dick and Dom and festival legend Mr Tumble. Fairground rides, a bouncy castle and a soft play area are also available.
Organisers go to a lot of effort to keep the teenage visitors happy with “The Den”. Here you will find music, spoken word, blogging and parkour workshops as well as late night dancing.
Everywhere is gorgeously decorated and named to conjure up magical fairytale visions. You can chill and relax in the Soul Park which has a range of varied and calming workshops. Yoga, mediation, Tai Chi and Camp Spa which are currently taking bookings for indulgent spa treatments through the Camp Bestival website.
Foodies young and old alike can enjoy a wealth of options, including the Feast Collective, the Jam Jar Bar, DJ BBQ and Coffee Camper. It’s a celebration of exceptional, artisan food producers from across the UK. Our favourite is the Women’s Institite Tea Tent where you can pick up a lovely cup of tea, sandwiches and cakes for bargain prices.
Arts and crafts, merry-go-rounds, comedy, theatre, the WI, Bollywood, a farmers market, fireworks, storytelling, campfires… With so much variety on the bill, you won’t be stuck for something to do!
Here is the 2016 Review
Lisa R visited with her family in 2015.
And here’s a nice video from the Wagamama’s Lounge which gives a flavour of the festival fun:
The Camp Bestival website is an excellent and comprehensive source of information, as are the popular Camp Bestival forums (access via the website).
Camp Bestival has 4 different types of camping field available, as well as campervan and caravan areas. This includes the main camping area, camping plus which allows you to reserve a pitch, boutique camping and Tangerine Fields. They have now also introduced VIP backstage camping (if you really want to splash out), which includes extra exceptional facilities.
An array of glamping options are available. Tipis, Yurts, Cloudhouses, Podpads, Bell Tents and Gypsy Caravans.
The accessible camping area is provided for festival goers with disabilities. Gernally flat space located near the bottom of the children’s field. There was a new system in place for 2016 accessibility camping applications. This is being continued after its success, but is constantly moderated. Apply for the carer’s assistant pass first before ticket purchase. DLA higher/middle, PIP, recognised assistant dog card, severe sight impairment, or Credibility Access Card with +1. When the application is successful, you will then be instructed on how to apply for a spot in the accessible camping area.