Camp Bestival announces The House of Fairy Tales for kids

plus a new premium camping service

published: Tue 4th May 2010

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Friday 30th July to Sunday 1st August 2010
Lulworth Castle, Dorset, BH20 5QS, England MAP
adult weekend camping £155, child age 11-17 £77.50, under 10s free - SOLD OUT
last updated: Wed 28th Jul 2010

Camp Bestival have announced a plethora of new activities for kids at The House of Fairy Tales, a festival within a festival, who are throwing their biggest party yet at Camp Bestival this year, and a special new premium camping service for families with big tents.

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The House of Fairy Tales was established by artists Deborah Curtis and Gavin Turk, and is a child-centred artist led project which draws on an extensive team of creatives who have hatched magical, parallel worlds where learning is play and play is directed learning.

House of Fairy Tales founder Gavin Turk said, "It's a family festival within a family festival, don't miss the House of Fairy Tales at Camp Bestival."

The House of Fairy Tales will have its own area at Camp Bestival within which there will be a fun mini-worlds to explore, interact with and learn from. Children visiting the area will receive a passport filled with games, puzzles and tasks for the different areas at Passport Control. When a child successfully completes a task or workshop they will be given a stamp in their passport, stamps lead to badges and badges lead to a special medal.

Activities to explore at The House of Fairy Tales including The Grange a games room & lookout point, Pegasus the museum of lost stories, Clay Story Mountain the creepy tower of stories told in clay, The Library and Cinema, a storytelling area and kids cinema, God's Workshop featuring puppet theatre & puppetry, Giant's Kitchen, offering adventures in food, Heath Robinson Studio offering sculpture workshops, Boxbot with its robots with attitude, the Bubble Dome where science and maths is made fun, the Apothecary exploring nature, herbs and remedies and The House of Fairy Tales Examiner a broadcast, publishing and multimedia studio where contributions could end up on HoFT's first newspaper and TV channel which will be launched later this year.

There will also be the Drawing House, life drawing and theatre by day and a banqueting hall by night, Navarac with a carnival side show and painted face theatre, Dressing Room 1 with costumes and freak show, Dressing Room 2 where you can refashion textiles, a custom built Travelling Garden which takes natures photosynthesis on the road, The House of Fairy Tales Theatre with lots of music, theatre, comedy and improvised storytelling, an Art Trail where a strange cast of characters from Wizard of Oz to Dr Who via the Contemporary Art World's finest imaginations challenge kids to do tasks, Dreams and Nightmares where children can draw their worst nightmare and their most magical dream to hang in the cave, the Camouflage Village where Eco politics meets the Marines, Chopin's Salon showcasing classical music in a new way, master of disguise Mark Hammond DrAuDio who makes sounds from drawing and the Solarium an ice cream van from the future!

House of Fairy Tales will also feature appearances from one of the UKs most successful comedians, Charlie Higson. Co-creator of the Fast Show, the man behind Swiss Toni & Bob Fleming and the author of the 'Young Bond' novels.

Camp Bestival has also today announced Camping Plus, a new initiative for those that want to guarantee themselves a large amount of reserved camping space - enough for one of those epically large family-sized tents. Camping Plus offers a guaranteed plot less than 50 metres away from the car park entrance and all the plots can be individually booked so the festival goers can ensure ensure the whole of their party are camping side by side in adjacent plots. Plus access to the area's dedicated showers, flushing loos and a cafe. There are only 500 plots up for grabs though.

Festival organiser, Rob da Bank, said of the latest additions, "The House of Fairy Tales are throwing their biggest party yet at Camp Bestival this year and in terms of an inspirational interactive art, music, kids and fun factory it doesn't get any better. They are bringing so many fantastic mini happenings I can't wait to give it all a whirl. On the camping side we've listened to your feedback and for all of you who said after travelling long distances it would be great if you could have the peace of mind of having a guaranteed space, we've come up with Camping Plus for a good nights sleep all round."!"

One of the best festivals in the country for families with young children, Bestival's sister festival - Camp Bestival - returns in 2010 from Friday 30th July to Sunday 1st August, the first week of the school summer holidays, at the picturesque setting of Lulworth Castle, set against the backdrop of England's dramatic Jurassic coastline in Dorset.


Saturday headliners Madness and Sunday headliner Friendly Fires, lead a line-up of acts that includes The Human League, George Clinton And Funkadelic/Parliament, Marc Almond, Billy Bragg, The Blockheads, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Icebreaker feat BJ Cole, Chas And His Band, Example, The Wurzels, Calvin Harris, Chipmunk, Lee Scratch Perry, The Cuban Brothers, Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick, James Yorkston, Stornoway, Beth Jeans Houghton, Gold Panda, and Countryside Alliance.

The DJ line-up includes Jaguar Shills, DJ Yoda, Rob Da Bank, Annie Mac, Mr Scruff, William Orbit, Jack Beats, Mark Lamarr, Nigel Godrich, Joy Orbison, Jakwob, Mistajam, Greg Wilson, Ragga Twins, The Nextmen feat MC Wrec & Zarif, DJ Derek, DJ Joker, Cooly G, L-Vis 1990, Boy 8 Bit, Jonny Trunk, and Gregs Greats.

Comedy next year will come from a range of comedians including Harry Hill, Rufus Hound, Andrew Maxwell, Jim Jeffries, and Marcus Brigstocke, and Andre Vincent who will be performing The Early Edition.

Making a return for 2010 is 2009's surprise smash hit with the kids Justin Fletcher aka Mr Tumble this time he'll be at the festival for the whole three days.

For the line-up details as available please click here.

An adult weekend ticket with camping is priced at £155, a weekend with camping child ticket for those 11 to 17 (on 30/07/2010) are priced at £77.50. These ticket holders must be accompanied by a Ticket holding parent or guardian over the age of 21. All children under-11 can attend for free (but MUST HAVE a ticket), and campervans cost £60 per vehicle.

At a later date tickets will be available without camping, and 'Family Deals' are expected too.

Cars will not be allowed into the Campervan area at any time so consequentially Caravans, Trailer Tents etc are not permitted.

To buy tickets, click here.

Friday 30th July to Sunday 1st August 2010
Lulworth Castle, Dorset, BH20 5QS, England MAP
adult weekend camping £155, child age 11-17 £77.50, under 10s free - SOLD OUT
last updated: Wed 28th Jul 2010

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