My Camp Bestival with Rob da Bank image


My Camp Bestival with Rob da Bank


Welcome to My Camp Bestival, please tell us who you are and what you do at the festival?
I'm Rob da Bank and im the co-founder and co-promoter of Camp Bestival with my lovely wife Josie! We all like to multitask at Camp HQ so i'll book the music, arts and literary stuff but also help curate the food offerings, wellness space and occasionally whack a tent peg in the ground or help bud a structure onsite to keep my eye in.


Can you describe a Camp Bestival weekend in three words (remember we are a family show!)
Fun, family, freedom.

Please can you share one (or your top 3) Camp Bestival highlights from over the years?

Chuck Berry doing the duck walk across stage whilst playing guitar in about his 80th year being a rock n roll legend, me and Josie crying our eyes out to Bon Iver playing in the Big Top and escorting a very young and virtually unknown Ed Sheehan into the woods to play to about 30 people.


What top 3 tips do you have for a new festival going family?
Pack everything - everyone else does… then unpack all the electronics and devices - kids wont need them or use them
Pace yourself -  it's a long day at Camp Bestival with so many amazing things to do so dont try and do it all on the first day… use the Thursday to get your camp really comfy and set up and then enjoy the next 3 days exploring
Let your kids do things they wouldn’t normally do (tree climbing, sword carving, covering themselves in mud) - they’ll thank you for the rest of the summer.


What are the top 3 must have items that you can’t live without at a Camp Bestival?
A trolley by the looks of the fields - good for Dad/Mums beer and blankets in the day and a handy bed for a small person later on
A binbag - our audience constantly amaze us by being the tidiest bunch out here so a beanbag makes a great emergency rain poncho but also a useful umm..bin bag!
New friends - be brave and make some new friends - our abidance are so friendly and I love meeting new people every year and often welcoming them back the year and year after that.


Where do you like to hang out when you’re not working if you ever get a moment!? (favourite stage/ area/ secret hideout?)
Definitely in Rimskis yard at Caravanserai….possibly my favourite place in the world. Watching Rimski and his lady Handkerchief in their alternate universe playing with stuffed cats on gramophones and sewing and playing a moving piano with wheels is a one off experience.


What are you most excited about for 2022?
For Dorset the disco extravaganza of Earth Wind and Fire, Kool and The Gang and Sister Sledge and for Shropshire me old mate Fatboy Slim - I first went to interview him when I was in my early 20s in Brighton and he was just about to become a megastar and we’ve been raving politely together ever since.


Proudest CB achievement or moment to date?
Josie turning up with our fourth child 6 days after having an emergency C section and helping run the show like normal. Shes a warrior!


What’s your favourite (family friendly) conversation overheard at Camp Bestival?
A lovely kid telling his Mum that ‘Camp Bestival is better than Christmas' in the queue for an ice cream about 5 years ago.


Who would you most like to book for the Castle Stage that you haven’t managed to already?
Dolly Parton naturally.

Introducing The Explorer’s Passport

Give the gift of CB this Christmas

Announcing our new children's festival food offer - The Camp Kids Extra Pass

Camp Bestival partner with Tickets for Good

Camp Bestival Monopoly board game is here

2024 Theme announced as we journey through Space!

Thank you all so much! See you in 2024

The Official Camp Bestival App is here

Bluey, Bingo and Hey Duggee are coming to Lulworth

Comedy Headliner Announced

Our Fireworks Finale is going into Overdrive

Pig's Big Ballroom Unleash Ageless Audio Entertainment

Announcing Our New Year-Round, Sustainable Lifestyle Range

The CBeebies Bedtime Story Tent is Coming to Camp Bestival Dorset

Go Deep with the All You Need Is Love Festival Retreat

The Speed of Contentment is Slow Motion

Call out for Makers & Creatives of Beautiful Products

More than 100 free things to do at Camp Bestival!

Roll up roll up for the Camp Bestival Da Bank Knees-up!

Day Tickets are here!

Literary Institute Line Up announced!

Caravanserai Unleashes This Year’s Line-Up

Big Fish Little Fish CB2023 Tour! Get Ready to Rave!

HMS Camp Bestival is the Quay to our 15th Birthday Celebrations at Lulworth Castle!

Even More Amazing Acts Join Our Animal Snap-Themed Jamboree

The Big Camp Bestival Festive-all

The Line-up for our 15th Birthday Bash is here!

New Limited Edition ‘Magical Nights’ Family Gift Experience

Our 2023 Theme Unveiled!

Thank you so much! See you in 2023 for our 15th Birthday

My Camp Bestival with Jessica Jones AKA The Fat Funny One

Camp Bestival's Festival Guide - Emmas Top 5 Things to Bring!

Camp Bestival's Festival Guide - Stress Free Festival with Kids!

My Camp Bestival with Audrey & Rex

Camp Bestival's Festival Guide - Camping with Kids!

My Camp Bestival with Dick & Dom

My Camp Bestival with Rob da Bank

A Guide To Your Camping Options

What Tickets do I Need To Buy?

Introducing Camp Bestival Shropshire

Best Family Festival Winner

We Won An Award!

Tips for your first time at Camp Bestival by My Two Mums

Camp Bestival From One Mum to Another