This year held in August, the family friendly Camp Bestival which offers a wealth of entertainment alongside the music, returns in 2013 from Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th August, at the picturesque setting of Lulworth Castle, set against the backdrop of England's dramatic Jurassic coastline in Dorset.
Latest additions are Valerie June, The Skimmity Hitchers, Cherishport, Red River Hogs, Phil & Tilley, The Nextman, David Rodigan, Venum Sound, MC Wrec, Russ Cuban, Jstar, Dick Kurtaine, Rev Milo Speedwagon, Rowan Chernin, In Light of Aquarius, and Shepdog.
Richard Hawley heads up Friday night's entertainment, Levellers topping the bill on Saturday, and Labrinth headlines Sunday night's finale. Plus Ash, DJ Fresh, Toots and the Maytals, Gabrielle Aplin, The Polyphonic Spree who will be performing a Rocky Horror Show set, Tom Odell, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, I Am Kloot, Billy Bragg, Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, The Cuban Brothers, DJ Yoda live AV show feat. The Tootsie Rollers, John Cooper Clarke, Lissie, The Farm, Musical Youth, Beardyman, The Correspondents, The Wurzels, Mad Professor, Clean Bandit, London Grammar, Mikill Pane, The 1975, Fleetwood Bac, Introducing recreate 'Discovery' Live - A Daft Undertaking, Howard Marks, Lucky Elephant, Sexy Sushi, Ben Waters, Moulettes, Filthy Boy, Fake Bush, Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer, Craig Charles, Lewis Watson, Jaws, Jaipur Brass Band, Kawa Circus, The J-Cats, and Folk Idol is back with 'Folk From Around The World'.
Whilst joining host Rob da Bank on the wheels of steel over the weekend will be Grandmaster Flash, Sasha, David Rodigan's Ram Jam, A Love from Outer Space :Andrew Weatherall & Sean Johnston, Fabio & Grooverider, Jon More, Barry Ashworth, John Kennedy, Balearic Brothers, Feeling Gloomy, Tythe, DJ Coley, and Sombrero Sound System.
For the line-up details, day and stage splits, as available please click here.
Alan Davies (Jonathan Creek, QI) is headlining The Big Top, while the Pig's Big Ballroom is filled to the brim with comedy talent from around the country, including Boothby Graffoe, Comedy Club 4 Kids, Ian Stone, Jason John Whitehead, Jim Smallman, Joel Dommett, Katherine Ryan, Matt Reed, Pat Burtscher, Stephen Carlin, Tiffany Stevenson, and Wayne Deakin.
Guardian Literary Institute
Camp Bestival's literary programme includes over 50 speakers, authors, poets, journalists, scientists, philosophers, kids' writers, illustrators and foodies in the Guardian Literary Institute including Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards, Howard Marks, Scroobius Pip, Kate Tempest, Polarbear, Adele Parks, Lisa Jewell, Emily Barr, Anna Maxted, Joanna Kavenna, Ben Markovits, Ross Raisin, Lily Vanilli, Mr Gee, Simon Hattenstone, John Harris, Kevin Fong, Bidisha, Sam Lloyd, Laua Dockrill, Jonny Duddle, Martin Brown, Angela Clarke, as well as 'How To' Interviews with Jo Whiley, Trevor Phillips, Charlie Brooks, Simon Hattenstone, Sam Lee will, Jules Evans, Marek Kakula, and Rob & Leo.
Plus the Camp Bestival Bake-Off, readings and author events, the 'Wake Up with the Guardian' sessions each morning with a live commentary of the papers and a roundup of the day ahead with Simon Hattenstone, Catherine Shoard and John Harris, joined by some familiar festival faces.
This festival is hugely suited to families, far more so than for those without kids. Camp Bestival is all about bringing back the British Holiday Camp... Bestival style! A place where Hi de Hi camping capers meet the spirit of early festivals and as well as entertainment, comedy, and literature.
There will be a full programme music over multiple stages, plus other entertainment including comedy, arts & crafts, spoken word, dance, and more.
World record attempt
Camp Bestival and Disney, are going to be attempting to break the Guiness World Record for paper aeroplanes launched ever! In conjunction with Disney's release of 'Planes', several countries including Germany, Holland and Spain will be launching thousands of paper aeroplanes simultaneously to break the world record. It will take place at 10:30 am on Saturday 3rd August in the main arena; just after a sing-along screening of 'Jungle Book'.
There will be a silence on site from 6.15 - 7.15pm on the Saturday ... sound systems all go quiet for an hour. The reason for this is there is a church service that has taken place at Lulworth Castle for hundreds of years. Loads of stuff still happens during this period though, like spoken word, theatre stuff and kids garden happenings, and no-one needs to keep quiet themselves.
An adult weekend ticket with camping is priced at £180 or £190 if camping from Thursday, a weekend with camping child ticket for those aged 15 to 17 years (on 01/08/2013) is priced at £113 with camping on Thursday. A weekend with camping child ticket for those children aged 11 to 14 years (on 01/08/2013) is priced at £98.
All teens (aged 11 to 17) MUST camp in the same area as their families with a maximum of 2 teens per adult (over the age of 30). All children aged under-11 years (on 01/08/2013) can attend for free (but MUST HAVE a ticket). These ticket holders must be accompanied by a Ticket holding parent or guardian over the age of 21.
An advance car parking pass is priced £11 per car (or £15 cash on arrival), and campervan ticket is £72 per vehicle.
Adult day tickets will cost £60 per day, Age 15-17 day tickets are £35 per day, Age 11-14 day tickets are £30 per day and Age 10 and under day tickets are free (but you must obtain a ticket).
To buy tickets now, click here.
Cars will not be allowed into the Campervan area at any time so consequentially Caravans, Trailer Tents etc are not permitted.
Camp Bestival offered various payment plans in the run up to the event.
Spread across the Castle Field, Kids Garden, Big Top, Bollywood, Black Dahlia, East Lulworth Literary Institute, the festival offes family entertainment, sideshow attractions and more. There's a huge Kids Area filled with things to keep little ones of all ages entertained all day long. Plus Lulworth Castle has its very own Animal Farm where the kids can get up close to their super-friendly animals.
This year's other attractions
There's also comedy from Alan Davies. A whole world of fun with Over 100 Free Things for Kids to Do including arts, shows, workshops, funfair and so much more. Horrible Histories performing 'Barmy Britain' as a festival exclusive. Justin Fletcher aka Mr Tumble, 'Let It Be' performing a selection of The Beatles' greatest hits, Black Eagles Circus, The Royal Albert Hall Ginornmous Percussion Orchestra, Shlomo's Beatbox Adventure for Kids, London Lucumi Choir, Cando2, The Roundhouse with 'Gloria and the Explorers', Little Sunshine and Little Rainfall present Japanese musical theatre show, Camp Bestival 'Alice in Wonderland' Panto, Insect Circus, a Dance Space with Matthew Bourne's New Adventures, Trinity Laban, Candoco, and the BRIT School.
The site will also host Young British Foodies tent, a Kids Disco in Bollywood every day, workshops from the Tate, BFI Film Club, Freestyle Sports Park, Four Corners Treasure Trail, Lost & Found hosting '80 Games Around the World' and the Junior Binocular Football World Cup Championship, Morris Dancing, Jousting, Maypole dancing, and Bigtopmania Kids Theatre and Circus.
The Dingly Dell
The year The Dingly Dell has been transformed with new attractions in the day, with nature, craft and wilderness skills workshops and at night when the woods come alive with fire and sculptural creations from Mechanical Menagerie, fantastical tales by Gideon Reeling, and dancing shadow puppets.
Camping Plus offers campers larger reserved camping spaces of 5m x 7m, with its own dedicated car park and entrance. Divided into lettered rows and coloured blocks to help you easily identify your pitch when you arrive (with Red & Orange closer to the entrance and Indigo & Violet closer to the arena), Pitches can be booked side-by-side for especially big tents, to camp with friends, or to give extra space for a gazebo. Camping Plus also has easy access to exclusive showers, flushing loos and a top notch cafe so your all-important breakfast will be close at hand.
There's also luxury tents, tipis, yurts, bivouacs, airstreams, and gypsy caravans available to hire, or bring your own outdoor living.
In festival has incomparable family facilities and a large campsite, but it does get a bit crowded with large family tents.
The Dingly Dell Trail will offer an interactive performance area for kids and adults by day, with a darker edge late night with new site specific performances that have been commissioned exclusively for Camp Bestival. The Time For Tease which fuses the tradition of British afternoon tea with the decadent world of burlesque cabaret will also return with Burlesque performances, cabaret singers and of course the Time For Tease Gateaux Vivants. Plus daytime dance classes, and much more besides.
There's plenty more music, comedy and spoken word to be announced soon as well as plentiful activities for the young and old including Arts & Crafts workshops, Dance lessons, 100 free things for kids to do, the Freestyle Sports Park including Mountain Bike, Skate And Parkour displays, madcap merriment from the Bestival Bluecoats.
Camp Bestival's fancy dress theme for this year is Around The World. A truly global, magical mystery tour of faraway lands from Indian circuses to Italian pop-up restaurants and Belgian ska bands. Roll up roll up for the Greatest Show On Earth.
Bestival's Dressing Up Area will be on hand to help the adults get dressed up and there will also be a separate Kid's Dressing Up Area (& Catwalk) so the little'uns can get involved too.
Camp Bestival's organisers are committed to making the festival as accessible as possible and great efforts are being been made to achieve this. The Lulworth Castle Grounds are predominantly flat and are partially serviced by a network of paths. However, Camp Bestival is an outdoor event utilising fields and farm land that could pose problems, particularly in wet weather. With a little help here and there though it should definitely be manageable even in adverse weather. Carers can apply for a free carers ticket and a disabled pass. The Disabled Camping Area is positioned near to the main Lulworth Castle entrance and to the Main Stage. Vehicles with a blue badge (or similar) can park in the disabled camping area. Friends will have to park in the main car park, however. There are charging points for electric wheelchairs available upon request and disabled toilets onsite. Contact the organisers if you have further questions.
To access the online disabled pass application form, click here
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