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Literary Institute


The Literary Institute is Camp Bestival’s oasis of enlightenment. In daylight hours kids can find a whole world of inspirational fun including workshops, games, and interactive learning, while the more mature can enjoy a relaxing realm of rumination, taking in a host of talks, conversation, and Q&As. But as the flamboyance sounds its crepuscule chorus and twilight sends the wee ones to their beds, the space reorientates to become The Pink Flamingo, where intellect and wisdom is served on a hotbed of adult-themed entertainment.

Our learned leader Rob da Bank says: “The Literary institute is one of the most amazing things at Camp Bestival. Giving the grown-ups a relaxing retreat while the kids have a ball, there’s tons of inspirational stuff from talks and quizzes to some of the best poets around. I always learn something new and amazing whenever I head in there!”
Talks, conversation, Q&As and book signings across the weekend include fascinating insights from clubland legend Fat Tony, Chris Packham In Conversation, Man vs Baby - Trolls and Tribulations and Fearne Cotton in conversation with Rob da Bank. And don’t miss Gentle Guidance With Children’s Behavioural Expert Marie GentlesElle Mace, Matt Coyne & Linda Street, Cass Pennant - Football, Front Lines And Non Fiction, Model & Author Munroe Bergdorf, and the WWF.
Education, workshops, Interactive Learning and lashings of fun include Horrible Histories 30th Anniversary with illustrator Martin Brown, Festival Of The Girl,  ‘Take The Jump’, Animation Workshop with Rainbow Collective, Faith & Philosophy For Families With Rae Duke, Drawing With Lottie Brooks Author Katie Kirby, a series of ‘How To’ talks from Dr Maryhan, Dr Oscar Duke, Elle Mace, and Jane Anderson & Holly Tuppen, comedy and illustration from Olaf Falafel and Linda Street presents  Sex & Relationship Education For All Ages and Sex & Relationship Education For Teenagers.
And there is entertainment, quizzes and storytelling from Sequins, Bingo and Breakfast with Dress Like a Mum, the Faery Den Interactive Theatre With Teatro Vivo, Surreal - Animated Theatre from Scott Turnbull, quests with the Marvellous Myth Hunter, The Great Camp Bestival Pop Quiz With John Harris, and The Big Bingo Show with Timberlina & Auntie Maureen. Plus there is Drag Storytime from Timeberlina & Den de la Motte and UK Drag Race’s Vanity Milan and Drag King Storytime With Dorset's Dandy Issues.


Animals in fancy dress with Mark Wright

Cass Pennant

Chris Packham

Dave Fulton

Dr Oscar

Elle Mace

Faith and Philosophy for Families with Rae Duke

Fearne Cotton

Festival of the Girl

Finlay Christie

Horrible Histories with illustrator Martin Brown

Jarred Christmas

Kate Lucas

Kate Pankhurst

Katie Kirby

Literary Institute

Marie Gentles


Munroe Bergdorf

Olaf Falafel

Paul McCaffery

Paul Zerdin

Pelican Post

Rave New World: Acid House Storytelling.

Scott Turnbull

Sharon Wanjohi

Stephen Grant

Take the Jump to a world of ‘less stuff and more joy’

The Great Camp Bestival Pop Quiz with John Harris

The Woodland Trust

Thomas Green

Vanity Milan