The family friendly Camp Bestival which offers a wealth of entertainment alongside the music, returns in 2018 from Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th July at the picturesque setting of Lulworth Castle, set against the backdrop of England's dramatic Jurassic coastline in Dorset.
No acts have been announced for 2018 yet.
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 of music over multiple stages, plus other entertainment including comedy, arts & crafts, spoken word, dance, and more.
Pig's Big Record Club will include:- The Henry Brothers; Vote Pedro; Flashback Photograph; Tom Colborn; Henry Nurse; Paul McCaffrey; Damian Django; Datum Plane; Jimmy Hillbillies.
Announced entertainment includes:- Matthew Bourne's New Adventures & Re:Bourne; Liz Pichon & the Tom Gates Brilliant Bands & Doodle Live Show; Andy and the Odd Socks; Max & Harvey; Raoul & Hectore's disco stupido; Pop Confessional!; Isabella Story Bicycle; Dreamland Margate Characters and more
There will also be a mix of theatre, shows, attractions, activities, poets, authors and talks for all the family.
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.
Early bird tickets are currently on sale, priced as follows:-
Adult Weekend Ticket (inc. camping from Thursday) - £180
Student Weekend Ticket (inc. camping from Thurs) - £175
Age 13 to 17 (on 30/07/2017) Weekend Ticket (inc. camping from Thurs or Fri) - £114
Age 10 to 12 (on 30/07/2017) Weekend Ticket (inc. camping from Thurs or Fri) - £90
Age 5 to 9 (on 30/07/2017) Weekend Ticket (inc. camping from Thurs or Fri) – £31.75
Age 4 & Under (on 30/07/2017) Weekend Ticket (inc. camping from Thurs or Fri) – £10.60
Babes In Arms (1 & Under) - FREE (but ticket required)
The 2018 Weekly Payment Plan is also available over 25 weeks.
NOTE: all tickets will incur a booking fee.
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). These ticket holders must be accompanied by a Ticket holding parent or guardian over the age of 21.
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 will be available at a later date (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 offers 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.
There will be loads of entertainment for kids including Justin Fletcher aka Mr Tumble, the return of Historic Royal Palaces’ Tudors on Tour, TV's Dick & Dom, who will be making an exclusive main stage appearance and hosting the Silent Disco, and DJ BBQ will host The Feast Collective. Plus fun stuff including a Giant Kids’ Disco with the World’s Largest Disco Ball,and the inaugural UK Festival Air Guitar Championships.
The Den is a whole area of Camp Bestival dedicated solely to 13 – 17 year-olds, it’s kind of a festival within a festival, with new and emerging talent, workshops, talks, Q&As, and more.
The Hideaway is the wellness retreat and spa, dedicated to finding a little slice of inner peace in the middle of Camp Bestival’s joyous hullabaloo.
The fancy dress theme for 2018 has not yet been announced.
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
Dorset landmarks and attractions
Dorset’s sttractions, all close enough to Lulworth to make a day or two of it, before you head into space, or even touching down on the way home. Landmarks and attractions include Dinosaurland Fossil Museum, Cerne Abbas Giant, Hambledon Hill, Maiden Castle, Maumbury Rings, Roman Town House, Sturminster Newton Mill, Corfe Castle, Portland Castle, Sherbourne Castle, Highcliffe Castle, Swanage Railway and Dorset County Museum.
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