Festivals: Camp Bestival

Festival season is just around the corner and there if there is one we look out for every year it’s Camp Bestival. This year’s event is coming up at Lulworth Castle in Dorset from July 31st to August 3rd, guaranteeing you a festi-holiday experience like no other at a castle campsite by the sea. If you have got little kiddies this is absolute must do as quite simply the greatest family festival there is! If you think Dorset is too far to travel with the kids to a festival, keep reading and you won’t be able to resist buying tickets!

With the first announcement, Camp Bestival ringmaster Rob da Bank says, “I always pay close attention to the Camp Besti forum and social media to see what people want, so I’ve followed orders and booked two of your most requested acts, and coincidentally, two of my favourite bands ever, James and Basement Jaxx. Two huge internationally renowned acts with massive back catalogues who are going to slay the crowd at Camp Bestival, topping a line-up boasting the best fun for kids, a brand new area for teens and so much more… Hope to see you in July… and August!”

The event at Lulworth Castle, will see dynamic dance duo Basement Jaxx as Sunday night headliners. Getting the crowd whipped up for a firework finale, Felix Buxton & Simon Ratcliffe have a plethora of globally-tested dancefloor smashers and an incendiary live show that is going to bring untold joy to all at the Castle Stage on Sunday evening, so don’t miss out.

Basement Jaxx may be wrapping things up, but the job of getting the party well and truly started falls to indie giants James! A perennially requested act by the Camp Besti faithful, the man like da Bank has only gone and landed the magnificent Manchester dons and we couldn’t be more excited! With a singalong catalogue that’s the envy of the entire pop world, James will effortlessly have you bellowing choruses from Sit Down and Come Home to Born of Frustration, She’s A Star and beyond! This one has legendary headline performance written all over it.

There will also be live music from the amazing Johnny Marr, fabulous chanteuse Sinéad O’Connor, Mercury Prize nominee & soul sensation Laura Mvula, former Beta Band kingpin Steve Mason, Jamaica’s greatest band The Skatalites, bass hero Peter Hook & the Light, mythical funksters, los hermanos Cubanos, The Cuban Brothers, knees-up specialists Chas & Dave, pop powerhouse (and snappy dancer) Sophie Ellis-Bextor, indie stalwarts The Wedding Present, sample geniuses Public Service Broadcasting, the newly experimental voice of an angel Charlotte Church, erstwhile Portico Quartet member and the most hotly tipped man alive Nick Mulvey and legendary knob-twiddling noise conductors The Radiophonic Workshop. Plus there will be performances from Denai Moore, Jaipur Brass Band, The Fabulous Lounge Swingers, Fé, Musafir, Joanne Joanne and Mdou Moctar, with many more still to be announced.

Camp Bestival

As ever, for our Lulworth Castle jamboree, that’s not nearly the half of it…

As we said earlier, this is the best family festival there is, and The Camp Bestival roustabouts have spent many a month scouring the globe for the very best in family fun, gathering a host of spectaculars and shows guaranteed to enchant every single one of you. You can expect to see Horrible Histories back by extraordinarily popular demand performing their new show, Barmy Britain: Part II! A grisly spectacle reviving a whole host of ghastly characters, so you can enjoy a horrible history of Britain with all the nasty bits left in! And, of course, the utterly legendary Mr Tumble will be clowning his way to the Castle Stage once again, causing unrivalled excitement amongst Camp Bestival’s discerning tots.

Helping to celebrate a phenomenal 50 years of Roald Dahl’s best-loved tale in 2014, we are hosting a Charlie And The Chocolate Factory 50th Birthday Takeover on Saturday, with a whipple-scrumptious selection of exclusive treats, including a super pop-up exhibition, a Charlie Craftathon and lively storytelling sessions courtesy of the Roald Dahl Museum. There’s also a Bedtime-Story special, with Jo Whiley, Howard Marks and our very own Rob da Bank reading the ENTIRE book over the three evenings of the festival. And Lucy Mangan will be talking about her new book ‘Inside Charlie’s Chocolate Factory’.

And, don’t miss our favourite elf and fairy duo Ben And Holly, hosting the Main Stage with, for the first time ever, the actual voiceover actors from the television series, Preston Nyman and Sian Taylor, providing live voices for these life-size characters. Plus there will be a wild and interactive journey of snakes, sharks, elephants and whales with Michaela Strachan’s Really Wild Adventures, our most-beloved circus troupe The Insect Circus, who have a brand new show called Grand Tour, Camp Bestival favourites Kawa Circus spreading their happiness and joy, and our friends at the Royal Albert Hall who are returning with Albert’s Band for an exciting Circus themed orchestral extravaganza.

On top of all of that you can expect a feast of circus delights in The Greatest Tent On Earth, and the Camp Bestival team will be keeping you on your toes adding even more ace new areas and attractions to this year’s Camp Bestival, so keep an eye out for news of The Feast Collective, Caravanserai, Oberon’s Observatory, TeenArena and Travelling Barn coming soon!

Phew! How can you not be scrambling for tickets after reading that??

Tickets are priced at £195 for adults with a range of different options and price bands for your little ones. All ticket info can be found HERE.