It's not long now until Camp Bestival, July 31st to August 3rd at Lulworth Castle in Dorset, and this year sees not only a great music lineup but also, as per usual, a wonderful array of ways to entertain children. We are started to get really excited now, last year Kitty and Ozzy had such a blast and this year we're keeping it all a big secret from them until the morning we head off, tent packed and ready to roll!
With just under a fortnight till show time, weekend tickets are about to sell out, so if you want to come along you’re going to have to grab your tickets now, while you still can. And if you aren't already tempted - here's information on what's on for children...
The National Trust at Camp Bestival
As part of Camp Bestival’s passion to get everyone connected with Mother Nature and the wonders of the great outdoors, we’re delighted to announce that the National Trust will be bringing the 50 things meadow to Lulworth Castle, giving kids a brilliant taster of their amazing ’50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ initiative. As part of the wider Project Wild Thing Camp Bestival takeover*, the meadow will introduce kids to the kind of exciting challenges and carefree adventures they can have throughout the summer holidays. Make sure the 50 things meadow is top of your Camp Bestival to do list, and get involved with nature in a big way, having a total blast discovering the natural world, with the National Trust helping to get you started on your 50 things adventure.
Skylanders, Disney and Family Bands
Skylanders will be returning to Camp Bestival this year, giving festivalgoers the chance to be amongst the first in the UK to play new game Skylanders Trap Team™ before it hits the shops in October. Not only can gaming fans and families play the new game before it goes in store, the Skylanders arena at Camp Bestival will also be hosting a range of fun interactive Skylanders Trap Team related activities, too.
Promoting their summer movie Planes 2: Fire & Rescue, Disney will be keeping kids entertained with their revamped fire truck, and fun activities for all the family.
There will be a whole host of bands for all the family to enjoy in the Big Top this year including the world renowned Royal Albert Hall presents Albert’s Travelling Circus Band featuring a colourful troupe of musicians with an exciting circus themed musical extravaganza. Macamu who specialise in music for children will introduce children to a range of musical styles. Mrs H and Her Singalong Band is an Exmouth Market legend and a must-see for all the family. And Shlomo’s Beatbox Adventure for Kids will be a dynamic world of funny sound effects, brilliant noises and cool music will make you smile, whether you're aged one or 101.
The Upper and Lower Kid's Gardens
Two large areas full of fun for kids of all ages. The Upper Kid's Garden on the lawn behind the castle, is for younger chidlren, giving them a bit of freedom to play and explore. Activities there include the likes of Bigtopmania Kids Theatre & Circus will be in the Upper Kids Garden, which once again promises to be a totally full-on play experience brimming with activities, experiences, random entertainment and a full programme of theatre shows and crafts, where you can See, Play and Make Circus!
There'll also be a Bouncy Castle, bikes and go-carts, a separate Toddlers' Area, pioneering Breastival Mother and Baby Chill Out plus brand and last but not by any means least, The Greatest Tent On Earth!
The Lower Kids Garden, meanwhile, is packed full of entertainment for slightly older children. This year you'll find the Insect Circus, Art Town where paint and glitter was the order of the day, the Kids Catwalk, fairground rides, facepainting and a Soft Play Tent and Sandpit (for under 5's).
The Den - for 13 to 17 year olds
For the first time ever Camp Bestival is very excited to present The Den, an amazing new area dedicated solely to 13 – 17 yr olds. It’s a micro-festival within a festival - showcasing new and emerging talent; from artists to DJs, comedians to authors, talks to techno and much more. Created in conjunction with The Roundhouse, and sitting alongside Rob da Bank’s Music Club, it’s the first area of its kind curated by a team of young festival producers.
The Den’s genre-swerving line-up won’t disappoint, either - whether its contemporary folk, live drum & bass or house that rings your bell, you better come prepared to hear some future stars playing live sets.
Andy Robb, author, actor and all round hero will be talking about his novel, Geekhood, and The Den is lucky enough to be playing host to an award winning selection of Roundhouse Associate Artists including Poetry Slam winner Antosh Wojcik. If you want to hear about Fashion journalism from the Editor in Chief of The Cool Fashion, see 21 Ukuleles play simultaneously or try Yoga with a disco twist, then you’re in luck because The Den’s playing host to a range of bizarre and wonderful things!
To top all that The Amazing Corner will be spreading their positivity over the area; screening films, performing main stage takeovers and hosting open mic performances. And, if that’s not enough, there’s the 10-piece Roundhouse brass band thrown in for good measure.
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From the creators of ‘Gorrid the Horrid’ and ‘The Pirate Adventure’ comes Al Start and the Beastie Band whose songs are catchier than chickenpox and there's Bach to Baby, an innovative and critically acclaimed concert series for featuring world-class performances by musicians steeped in the classical tradition.
If you’re in pursuit of a little cultural downtime, then head to the Big Top Cinema Sessions each morning to catch a wide selection of family-friendly cinematic offerings. For the first time at Camp Bestival, they have invited short film experts Director’s Notes to curate a unique and varied daily family programme. Take a journey through the weird and wonderful world of bite-size cinema as we serve up screenings designed to entertain, enlighten and even educate an audience of all ages.
Friday heralds the much talked about Project Wild Thing film, where you can discover why spending time in nature is currently at the top of our priorities list, and why we have dedicated a whole area to Wild Time at Camp Bestival 2014! On Saturday, catch a very special Camp Bestival pre-release screening of Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted. Join Miss Piggy, Kermit the Frog and the gang as they take on the world in an exciting and hilarious new spy thriller. And on Sunday, kick back for an indulgent Wallace & Gromit triple bill, with our most loved Aardman duo.
Bigtopmania Kids Theatre & Circus will be in the Upper Kids Garden, which once again promises to be a totally full-on play experience brimming with activities, experiences, random entertainment and a full programme of theatre shows and crafts, where you can See, Play and Make Circus!
Limited Day Tickets available now:
Adult Day Ticket - £60 per day
Age 15 to 17 Day Ticket - £35 per day
Age 11-14 Day Ticket - £30 per day
Age 5 - 10 Day Ticket - £15 per day
Age 4 & Under Day Ticket - FREE (but ticket required)
Day Car Parking - £5 cash available in advance or payable on arrival
Adult Weekend Ticket (inc. camping) - £195 Adult Tickets are for anyone aged 18 or over on 31/07/2014
Student Weekend Ticket (inc. camping) - £180 Student Tickets are for Students with valid ID between 31/07/2014
Age 15 to 17 Weekend Ticket (inc. camping) - £113 Age 15 to 17 Weekend Tickets are for anyone aged 15 to 17 on 31/07/2014. These ticket holders must be accompanied by a Ticket holding parent or guardian over the age of 30*
Age 11 to 14 Weekend Ticket (inc. camping) - £88 Age 11 to 14 Weekend Tickets are for anyone aged 11 to 14 on 31/07/2014. These ticket holders must be accompanied by a Ticket holding parent or guardian over the age of 26*
* NB: All teens (aged 11 to 17) MUST camp in the same area as their families with a maximum of 2 teens per adult (over the age of 26)
Age 5 -10 Weekend Ticket (inc. camping) - £20 These ticket holders must be accompanied by a Ticket holding parent or guardian over the age of 21*
Age 4 and Under Weekend Ticket (inc. camping) - FREE (but ticket still required)
Age 4 and Under Weekend Tickets are for anyone aged 4 and under on 31/07/2014. These ticket holders must be accompanied by a Ticket holding parent or guardian over the age of 21*
Camping Plus Plot - £125
Advance Car Parking - £11
Campervan Ticket - £72 per vehicle (sold out)
Caravan/Trailer tent ticket (includes a car parking space) - £83 (sold out)
All Tickets: - will incur a booking fee. - are non-transferable and cannot be re-sold.
You can see my highlights from Camp Bestival 2013 over in my Festivals section