The family friendly Camp Bestival which offers a wealth of entertainment alongside the music, returns in 2014 from Thursday 31st July to Sunday 3rd August, at the picturesque setting of Lulworth Castle, set against the backdrop of England's dramatic Jurassic coastline in Dorset.
Latest additions are Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, Kitty Daisy & Lewis, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Wild Smiles, Sean McGowan, Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer, The Lovely Eggs, Reeps One, Oliver Thompson, No Limit Street Band, Rogue Elements, Lips Choir, Funky Little Choir, and Ladies of the Lawn.
Friday bill toppers James, Saturday headliner De La Soul, and Sunday night headliners Basement Jaxx, will be joined by Johnny Marr, Sinead O' Connor, Laura Mvula, Steve Mason, Skatalites, Peter Hook and the Light, The Cuban Brothers, Chas & Dave, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, The Wedding Present, Public Service Broadcasting, Charlotte Church, Nick Mulvey, BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Denai Moore, Jaipur Brass Band, The Fabulous Lounge Swingers, Fe, Musafir, Joanne Joanne, and Mdou Moctar.
DJs include Boy George & VG Records co-founder Marc Vedo, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (DJ set), David Rodigan, Awesome Tapes From Africa, Rob da Bank, The Shellac Collective, Coley, Venum Sound, Shepdog, Big Swing Sound System, John Kennedy, and Silent Disco DJs.
he line-up has also been revealed for the brand new arena, the Travelling Barn which will host The Nightcaps, Concrete Mountain, DJ Chris Tofu, Stompin Dave Allen, Cut a Shine, Flats & Sharps, Penny Metal, and Toucan Uke Singing & Ukulele Workshops with penguin songs, jungle climbing, magical toyshops, racks of local real ale to sup and raucous, toe-tappin' hoe-downs in the evening.
For the line-up details, and day splits as available click here.
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.
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 (inc. camping from Thursday) is priced at £195, a student weekend ticket (inc. camping from Thursday) is priced at £180, a youth (age 15 to 17) weekend ticket (inc. camping from Thursday) is priced at £113, A teen (age 11 to 14) weekend ticket (inc. camping from Thursday) is priced at £88. A child (Age 5 to 10) weekend ticket (inc. camping) is priced at £20, and a toddler (age 4 and Under) weekend ticket (inc. camping) is FREE (but ticket still required).
A Campervan Ticket is priced at £72 per vehicle and a caravan/trailer tent ticket (includes a car parking space) is priced at £83, and a car parking pas is £11 in advance.
Note: 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 26)
There is also a Payment Plan to purchase tickets, enabling an adult ticket to be bought at a payment of just £7.80 per week over 25 consecutive weekly payments. Once you have signed up to the payment plan, which basically means giving your agreement by ticking the bank mandate form on Ticketline’s website, we will automatically debit your card on a weekly basis.
Camping Plus offers a reserved camping plot sized 5m x 7m pitch and has its own dedicated car park and entrance, with very easy access to showers, loos and a café. Camping Plus plots cost £125 (max of 2 adults and 4 children per plot).
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.
As ever, The music line-up is not nearly the half of it, Camp Bestival will also host Horrible Histories performing their new show, 'Barmy Britain: Part II'! Justin Fletcher aka Mr Tumble on the Castle Stage, elf and fairy duo Ben and Holly, hosting the main stage with Preston Nyman and Sian Taylor, a wild and interactive journey of snakes, sharks, elephants and whales with Michaela Strachan's Really Wild Adventures, festival regulars The Insect Circus, and Kawa Circus, and the Royal Albert Hall who are returning with Albert’s Band for a Circus themed orchestral extravaganza.
There will also be a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 50th Birthday Takeover on Saturday, including a pop-up exhibition, a Charlie Craftathon and lively storytelling sessions courtesy of the Roald Dahl Museum, a Bedtime-Story special, with Jo Whiley, Howard Marks, and Rob da Bank reading the entire book over the three evenings of the festival. And Lucy Mangan will be talking about her new book ‘Inside Charlie’s Chocolate Factory’.
Camp Bestival will also be host to new venues including The Greatest Tent on Earth! full of circus shows, astonishing extravaganzas, tremendous theatre performances and delightful characters galore. Sat at the top of the Kids Garden it will offer a brand new, specially commissioned evening performance; Gandini Juggling Remixed by Rob da Bank; new theatre show Hugless Douglas making its festival debut; plus Marawa the Amazing; Funk da Cirque; BRIT School with a Circus themed performance; West End Kids; Christian Lee’s new miming comedy show POP!; Catherine Bennett; Cowboy Max; Funky Little Choir; and many more.
As well as The Greatest Tent On Earth, Camp Bestival, will offer theThe Feast Collective, Caravanserai, Oberon's Observatory, TeenArena and Travelling Barn - news of which will follow when the Saturday headliner, more acts, and festi-holiday frolics aplenty will be revealed.
Other new venues include Caravan Cocktail Booths, Immersive Theatre Fun, Barn Dances, Hoe Downs and a Project Wild Thing Hub plus Pig’s Big Ballroom.
A packed programe that includes How To Be A Polar Bear Dentist With Michaela Strachan, How To Garden With Matt James, How To Rule The Word With Kate Tempest, How To Run Away With The Circus With Marawa The Amazing, How To Have A Natural Birth With Caroline Flint, How To Get Back To Nature With David Bond. Plus talks with Martin Creed, Viv Albertine, Jodi-Ann Bickley & Scroobius Pip, Battle Of The Beers Debate Hosted By Andy Hamilton, Knackered Mother's Wine Club, What’s In A Game? with Jemima Kiss and Keith Stuart, Beat The Banks with Brett Scott, Live Well For Life with Duncan Williamson, Scummy Mummies with comedians Ellie Gibson and Helen Thorn, The RSA Hour with Dr Ben Ambridge, Kevin Fong - Is The Space Race Over?There are also Charlie And The Chocolate Factory themed activities including readings from Jo Whiley,Howard Marks, Rob da Bank, and Lucy Mangan discusses her book ‘Inside Charlie’s Chocolate Factory’ with Amelia Foster, Director of the Roald Dahl Museum.
Spoken Word comes from Tongue Fu Poets In The Satin Lizard Lounge (Featuring Howard Marks, Malcolm Head, Femi Martin, Chris Redmond), Scroobius Pip In The Satin Lizard Lounge (featuring Kate Tempest and Polar Bear), Chill Pill In The Satin Lizard Lounge (featuring Mr Gee, Raymond Antrobus, Sabrina Mahfouz, Adam Kammerling, and Simon Mole), Roundhouse Poets, Soapbox Poets.
Plus The Guardian hosts a wake up session featuring Guardian Journalists: Lucy Mangan, John Harris And Jemima Kiss, and quizzes like the World Famous Television Quiz Hosted by Sam Wollaston, and The Big 'Years Ending In 4' Quiz.
Classic Album Sundays return to Camp Bestival offering classic vinyl listening sessions with Joe Boyd discussing Fairport Convention’s ‘Liege & Lief’ and Nick Drake’s ‘Five Leaves Left’. There will also be a Kids Session on Saturday morning with a drawing contest featuring The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’. Laura Mvula and Steve Mason will also be presenting a favourite album each.
Skylanders will also be returning with a chance to try out Skylanders Trap Team™ before it hits the shops in October, and tthe Skylanders arena will also be hosting a range of fun interactive Skylanders Trap Team related activities.
Disney will be back promoting their summer movie Planes 2: Fire & Rescue, as well as a revamped fire truck, and fun activities for all the family.
To go with this year's theme the Big Top hosts Albert’s Travelling Circus Band, plus The Fabulous Lounge Swingers, Macamu, Mrs H and Her Singalong Band, and Shlomo’s Beatbox Adventure for Kids. From the creators of ‘Gorrid the Horrid’ and ‘The Pirate Adventure’ comes Al Start and the Beastie Band.
Camp Bestival will also host Bach to Baby, a concert series for featuring world-class performances by musicians steeped in the classical tradition.
Rach morning the Big Top offers Cinema Sessions and a selection of family-friendly films, and short film experts Director’s Notes curate a varied daily family programme of bite-size cinema for all ages.
On Friday there's a screening of the Project Wild Thing film. On Saturday there's a pre-release screening of Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted. And on Sunday, a Wallace & Gromit triple bill!
The Bigtopmania Kids Theatre & Circus in the Upper Kids Garden, promises a full-on play experience brimming with activities, experiences, random entertainment and a full programme of theatre shows and crafts.
50 things to do before you’re 11¾
As part of Camp Bestival’s passion to get everyone connected with the great outdoors, the National Trust will be bringing the 50 things meadow to Lulworth Castle, giving kids a brilliant taster of their amazing ’50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ initiative. As part of the wider Project Wild Thing Camp Bestival takeover, the meadow will introduce kids to the kind of exciting challenges and carefree adventures they can have throughout the summer holidays. Getting them involved with nature in a big way, having a total blast discovering the natural world, with the National Trust helping to get them started on their 50 things adventure.
Camp Bestival's fancy dress theme for this year is the Circus!
Camp Bestival will be bringing an array of spectacular attractions and awesome shows and the thrill of both the traditional and the modern circus to their four-day festi-holiday paradise. They want all attendees to get involved too, from moustachioed musclemen, lion tamers and high wire trapeze artists to performing seals, ringmasters and clowns, there’s a whole universe of possibilities to dress up and join in the fun.
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.
The Feast Coolective
The Feast Collective will feature Martin Morales, Jack Monroe, The Cake Shop Bakery, Rola Wala, Crayfish Bob, Small Batch Coffee, Breddos, Wholefood Heaven, Knackered Mothers Wine Club, and exhibi the wealth of food fare that Dorset has to offerat the Farmers’ Market.
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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