Dates: 26th - 29th July 2018
Location: Lulworth Castle, Dorset
You may have heard of Bestival, the mega festival that began life on the Isle of Wight, which attracts over 55,000 people a year – but you may know less of its ‘little sister’; one that is specifically catered to families with young children, and draws almost as many people (admittedly most of them of a smaller stature). With unbelievable displays, performances and activities, as well as fantastic musical line-ups for the growns, this is a brilliant event to come to – with or without your children!
Camp Bestival was set up in 2008, by BBC Radio 1 DJ Rob da Bank and his wife Josie (also the masterminds behind the original). It has won multiple awards and has a capacity of up to 30,000 people, held in the grounds of the magnificent Lulworth Castle in Dorset. Musically it involves a four-day line-up that usually includes big names of the moment as well as the not too distant past, on top of performances by comedians, theatre groups and literary workshops.
For the children, there are even more enchanting attractions on offer; every facet of their imagination and amusement is tailored to. Strolling through the festival, one might pass a wondering group of acrobats performing feats high amongst the crowd, or see a giant padded bear meandering over the grass – there are surprise delights at every corner.
There are countless stalls and shows where they are able to expand both their ideas and their knowledge. They might choose to learn a bit of carpentry and create a wooden pirate sword from scratch (thankfully with supervised utilization of the heavy duty machinery) or have their face painted in exquisite detail. Alternatively, they might watch a play or just go rolling down a really big hill. Building dens, climbing trees, storytelling, circus performers, fancy dress, singing, dancing, in fact too much to go on; this is a children’s utopia.
You can also be sure to find all manner of scrumptious sustenance; The Feast Collective will provide you with the best street food from all the around the country – whatever you’re looking for – from late night grease fix to early morning breakfast with hyper children. There is also a local farmers’ market, a WI tea tent, not to mention the fabulous Jam Jar Bar for cocktails or of course the famous BestivAle – come try some for yourself.
Lulworth Castle, on the superb Dorset Jurassic coast, had its foundations laid in 1588, and claims a colourful account in England’s history. Lulworth Park, surrounding the castle, is a wildlife conservation area, supporting ancient woodlands and other culturally significant architecture. There are a range of camping options on offer; but of course the wisest, most comfortable choice is the Boutique Camping area. Here you can be sure of space, privacy and all the mod cons – not to mention your very stylish canvas boudoir and its well thought-out interiors. Going to festivals can be a tiring undertaking – so what better way to make the most of the experience than to be sure you have somewhere secure and luxurious to retreat to when you need?