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What Is Camp Bestival?


Hello and welcome to the magical realm of Camp Bestival. One of the UK’s best-loved and most successful festivals, it combines action-packed festival adventures with a fantastic family camping holiday; something that we like to call a Festi-Holiday! 


In its first year Camp Bestival was awarded Best New Festival in 2008 at the UK Festival Awards and has since won the awards’ Best Family Festival accolade six times, in 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2017, and most recently in 2019.. Camp Bestival also won Best Family Festival at the Family Traveller Awards in 2015 & 2017, and won their Pure Fun award in 2019, taking home the special Kids Vote, too, as voted for by a panel of children. 


Set in the majestic grounds of Lulworth Castle, on Dorset’s dramatic Jurassic coastline, Camp Bestival is jam-packed with entertainment, from stellar musical morsels and cultural delights to stunning sideshow attractions and lashings of family fun.


Featuring truly enormous kids’ gardens your little ones will be utterly spoilt for choice. There are a host of thrilling activities and family fun from soft play and circus skills to bush-craft and the world’s biggest bouncy castle, and much more excitement for kids of all ages spread across the spacious grounds of Lulworth Castle. Plus, there are kids’ shows and performances on the Castle Stage and in the Big Top, daring antics and crafty delights to be had at Wild Tribe, and fairy-tale escapism in the Dingly Dell.


Camp Bestival’s amazing music line-up is curated by renowned music specialist Rob da Bank whose penchant for eclecticism has seen the legendary likes of Chuck Berry, De la Soul, Brian Wilson, Madness & Fatboy Slim playing alongside hordes of up and coming acts who we’ve given a nurturing nudge on their way to stardom, including Florence & the Machine, Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, London Grammar, Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne, among many others. From folk and dub to drumstep and jazz jungle, there’s guaranteed to be something to get you and the kids throwing shapes long into the summer evenings. 


With a consummate arts programme that offers the best in contemporary theatre, performance, spoken word and discussions, there is a wealth of entertaining wonder and intellectual nourishment for all ages to get stuck into. Add to that amazing street eats and gourmet treats, fantastic campsite facilities (we pioneered reserved camping plots with Camping Plus, and have always been at the forefront of fantastic Boutique Camping options), all sprinkled liberally with Camp Bestival’s own inimitable brand of magic and you have a unique start to the summer holidays and the ultimate family festival experience. 


Featuring dazzling creative flare and an all-embracing music programme curated respectively by Josie and Rob da Bank, Camp Bestival is the realisation of an artistic vision that channels years of experience at the peak of the party scene into a genuine eye-popping, mind-expanding, and unforgettable festival experience created especially for the whole family. And now that vision has expanded to encompass Camp Bestival Shropshire, a stellar sister event that takes all the unique and essential elements of Camp Bestival to the heart of England.


So, have a good look around this site for lots more info... if you still can't find what you are after please feel free to contact us


Lots of love,


x The Camp Bestival Team


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