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Camp Bestival 2011

Lisa Ward


Set at Lulworth Castle, Camp Bestival  is set to bring it’s combination of music, comedy and spoken word to Dorset this summer. Just one look at the website makes me wish I were a child again, with various fields aimed at the youngsters and the ‘House Of Fairy Tales’ circus it’s clear there’s an emphasis on fun. Meanwhile for those over 3 foot, the site boasts a Big Top, Freestyle sports village and a pamper lounge and sauna.

With arts & crafts, a giant kaleidoscope, the English National Ballet and jousting it’s clear that there’s enough to please everyone regardless of age and this variety extends to the music, with the likes of Laura Marling sharing the stage with Blondie, Primal Scream and Katy B. Meanwhile there’s also space for newer artists already making headlines, with Ed Sheeran and Sound Of Rum both on the bill.

Though we’ve never been to Camp Bestival, if it’s half as much fun as their website, we’re pretty sure it’s going to be a bundle of laughs and with the added bonus of a medieval fancy dress theme and a family talent show, it’s pretty clear that this is the place for young at heart adults to embrace their inner child. No wonder then that last year they once again won a Best Family Festival Award.

For those planning on attending with kids aged 2-8 there’s also a boutique babysitting service at an additional cost, as well as The Sooty Show, Singstar booths, Shrek The Musical and Maypole Dancing. At the other end of the spectrum there’s a WI tea tent, a Tate Watercolour exhibition and a variety of ‘How To Sessions’.

Taking place on the 28th-31st July, tickets are £170 (including camping) for adults, and just £85 for children aged 11-17 and there are a selection of day tickets for £70 (£35 for children). For more information visit www.campbestival.net