Family friendly fun with live acts, DJs, comedy, theatre, arts and more
Set in the grounds of a real English castle, Camp Bestival is the award-winning, family-friendly festival that offers as much for children as it does for adults.
With a fantastic array of the live acts and DJs taking care of the musical side of things, there’s comedy, theatre, art, children’s shows, workshops, poetry, authors, talks, medieval jousting and much more elsewhere.
The Dorset event draws a lot from the British holiday camps that were popular in the 1960s but brings their influence bang up to date.
Where else can you go go-karting in the morning, parade through fields in fancy dress and watch Mr Tumble in the afternoon, and rave with Rob da Bank until the early hours? Camp Bestival is not to be missed.
Every year there is a special theme and 2014 welcomes The Circus! Try no to escape with all the fun and colours!
STAGE TBC: Shamus Oblivion and the Megadeath Morrismen
MAIN CASTLE STAGE: James
DJS: David Rodigan, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
STAGE TO BE CONFIRMED: Courtney Pine, Johnny Marr, Mnek, Peter Hook and the Light, Steve Mason, The Cuban Brothers
MAIN CASTLE STAGE: De La Soul, Justin Fletcher aka Mr Tumble
STAGE TO BE CONFIRMED: Charlotte Church, D:Ream, Denai Moore, Laura Mvula, Pop Will Eat Itself, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, The Wedding Present
MAIN CASTLE STAGE: Basement Jaxx
CLOWNS (COMEDY): Milton Jones, The Pajama Men
DJS: Awesome Tapes From Africa, Boy George, DJ Yoda, Marc Vedo, Wilkinson
STAGE TO BE CONFIRMED: Beans On Toast, Chas & Dave, Nick Mulvey, Sinead O' Connor, Skatalites, The Radiophonic Workshop, Too Many T's
THE FOLLOWING ACTS HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED BUT THE DATE HAS NOT YET BEEN CONFIRMED:
TRAVELLING BARN: Concrete Mountain, Cut A Shrine, DJ Chris Tofu, Flats & Sharps, Penny Metal, Stompin Dave Allen, The Nightcaps, Toucan Uke Singing & Ukelele Workshops
GUARDIAN LITERARY INSTITUTE: Howard Marks, Jo Whiley, Kate Tempest, Lucy Mangan, Martin Creed, Matt James, Michaela Strachan, Scroobius Pip, Viv Albertine
THE DEN: Ali Gauld, Animal House, Antosh Wojcik, Belinda Zhawi, Christen Kwame, CoCo and the Butterfirleds, DJ Lukey, Erol Sabadosh, Fran Lobo, Hadda, Karyma Ellis, Laurie Bolger, Marawa The Amazing, Medina Ukulele Orchestra, Nathan Ball, Pharaod K & Absynth, Rats In Me Kitchen. SGI DJs, Shadow, Stanley Hood, The Roundhouse Brass Ensemble, Too Many T's, Tyler Rix
CLOWNS (COMEDY): Ben Norris, Colin Hoult, Comedy Club 4 Kids, George Egg, Jim Smallman, Markus Birdman, Matt Reed, Nat Luurtsema, Sarah Bennetto
DJS: Big Fish Little Fish, Big Swing Sound System, Cholombian, Coley, David Rodigan, John Kennedy, Rob Da Bank, Shepdog, Silent Disco DJs, Tayo & Rob Da Bank, The Shellac Collective, Venum Sound
STAGE TO BE CONFIRMED: Ady Suleiman, Bo Saris, Brushy One Strig, Catfish & The Bottlemen, CoCo and the Butterfirelds, Cut a Shine, Dan le Sav vs Scroobius Pip, Dream Themes, Fe, Feskless, Funky Little Chori, Hot 8 Brass Band, Howard Marks, Indiana, Jaipur Brass Band, Jo Whiley, Joanne Joanne, Kate Tempest, Kitty Daisy & Lewis, Ladies Of The Lawn, Lips Choir, Lucky Elephant, Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer, Musafir, No Limit Street Band, Oliver Thompson, Public Service Broadcasting, Reeps One, Rogue Elements, Rory McLeod Sean McGown, The Fabulous Lounge Swingers, The Lovely Eggs, Wild Smiles
FESTICKET'S CHOSEN HIGHLIGHTS TO CHECK OUT:
- COMEDY: Comedy Club 4 Kids, Milton Jones
- THEATRE & SHOWS: Charlie & The Chocolate Factory 50th Birthday Takeover, Funk Da Cirque, Horrible Histories
- FOOD: Chapati Man, Crayfish Bob, Fine Burger Company
- ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITES : Brit School Dance Workshop, Art Town, Circus Theme
- TALKS, POETS & AUTHORS: Scroobius Pip, Howard Marks, How To Run Away With The Circus With Marawa The Amazing
Near the south coast of England, Lulworth Castle is located in the very heart of Dorset between Bournemouth, Dorchester and Weymouth, and is easily accessible by rail, coach, car and air.
Lulworth Castle, East Lulworth, BH20 5QS, United Kingdom
The theme for the overall event including the fancy dress is The Circus.
They do need a ticket, however their tickets are free and can be ordered at the same time as when you buy your tickets.
Any ticket holder under the age of 18 can only enter the festival with a parent, legal guardian or nominated guardian of a certain age.
A few things have to be booked in advance, so it’s good to pop by the tents and see the people running workshops and classes to put your name down to attend. Most entertainment and shows on site are all free and you can simply turn up, get yourself a nice spot, relax and enjoy! However it is advisable to arrive nice and early so you have plenty of time to find a good spot and don’t have to rush around.
If you haven’t already bought your car parking tickets in advance (available from your point of purchase priced £11), Car Parking is also payable when you arrive in cash at a cost of £15 (Thursday/Friday arrival) or £10 (Saturday/Sunday arrival). You only need to buy a ticket once and it will be valid for the whole weekend, no matter how many times you come and go. Day Car Parking Tickets are also available priced £5 per day, payable in cash on arrival.
Yes, you can bring in a reasonable amount of alcohol per person into the campsites for your own personal consumption. No re-entry into the festival site with more alcohol supplies after midnight on Friday night. You’ll be asked to leave any excess alcohol outside the event. Alcohol cannot be brought into any of the main arenas/fields from the campsites but there are fully licensed bars available for you. Please remember that glass is not allowed anywhere at Camp Bestival so please make sure to decant anything you are planning to bring into the campsites into plastic containers before you arrive.
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