Camp Bestival is the UK’s perfect family festival, each summer lining up a weekend of music, fun and games for all ages inside the beautiful grounds of Dorset’s Lulworth Castle, including sets from the likes of Clean Bandit, Mark Ronson and Madness in recent years.
Since its inception over ten years ago (way back in 2008), Camp Bestival has gone on to win the Best Family Festival at the UK Festival Awards in no fewer than a remarkable five years.
This incredible achievement is thanks to the huge, diverse programme it lays on each year, including music, comedy, theatre, spoken word, arts and crafts, science shows and circus workshops.
There is also a whole area dedicated entirely to 13-17 year olds called The Den, which showcases music, as well as all kinds of activities that’ll keep the teens entertained for days, or head over to the Kids Gardens if you’re with young children to be greeted by a vintage fairground, face painting and the insect circus.
The theme for 2019’s festival will be Heroes Vs. Superheroes, and according to founder Rob Da Bank, it’s time for “the brave and the perilous, courageous and noble, those with superhuman powers or those simply performing an everyday heroic deed” to step up.
Special Guests The Human League Nile Rodgers & Chic Annie Mac The Wailers Ash Jess Glynne Sister Sledge Big Shaq Rick Witter & Paul Banks (Shed Seven Acoustic) Rak-Su Morcheeba Goldie Black Grape Napalm Death Lewis Capaldi Nina Nesbitt East 17 Vengaboys The Cuban Brothers Goldie Lookin Chain Legends Set Mr Motivator House Gospel Choir The Correspondents Beans On Toast Stanton Warriors Elvana: Elvis Fronted Nirvana Adrian Sherwood Ghetto Funk Allstars Henge Four of Diamonds Junior Jungle Broken Brass Ensemble
DJ Sets from Rob Da Bank & Friends
Grandmaster Flash Sara Cox Melanie C’s 90s Mixtape Father of Daughters vs Mother of Daughters David Rodigan DJ Yoda Greg Wilson Vic Reeves Utah Saints Clint Boon A Guy Called Gerald Big Fish Little Fish Dub Pistols Purple Rave (Prince Tribute with Rob Da Bank & Tayo) Ghetto Funk Allstars A Skillz Rob da Bank Dr DJ
Theatre & Shows
Mr Tumble Mister Maker and The Shapes Mischief and Mystery in Moominvalley Mr Bloom and His Band Sam & Mark Shaun the Sheep’s Vegetable Orchestra CBeebies Bedtime Story Tent Shake it with Shaun Aardman Model Making Workshops and 30th Anniversary of Wallace & Gromit Roald Dahl and The Wurble Gobblers Cirque Bijou The Insect Circus & Museum Bigtopmania Kids Theatre & Circus
Poets, Authors & Talks
Literary Institute Sonic Youth Club The Parenting Programme Teen Debating Society Pelican Posts