Camp Bestival is the little sister / brother of Bestival. Organised by Rob Da Bank and his wife Josie and co founders / partners John and Ziggy from Get Involved. Set within the beautiful grounds of Lulworth castle in Dorset it’s a hub of family activity and great music.
Originally starting in 2008 with headliners Chuck Berry, Flaming Lips and Kate Nash. 2009 saw the introduction of the late night silent disco so as not to wake the little ones up, extra bits of entertainment included a barn dance and performance from the English National Ballet school. 2010 things stayed the same size, but for 2011 they introduced the Thursday entry allowing campers more time to get set up before the music started.
2013 saw the removal of the ‘little big top’ which was replaced by a dance space and science tent. It was in 2013 that the world record for the most amount of paper aeroplanes was set during the showing of disney pixars ‘Planes’.
Camp Bestival is one of the friendliest places on earth and great fun for children. With a mahoosive kids’ area “your little’uns will be utterly spoilt for choice”. So many fun filled activities from soft play and circus skills to go-carts and arts & crafts, there’s plenty of excitement for kids of all ages. Plus, there are kids’ shows and performances all weekend, including films, music and live theatre.
Camp Bestival shares the same ethos as Bestival, they support many charities including: The Bestival Foundation, Oxfam, Isle of Wight Youth Trust, The Badge Badgers, Bertie the Book Bus, World Animal Protection,World Land Trust,, The Ehlers Danlos Support Team, The Lumped in with Lymphoma, Volunteer Centre Dorset, The Gunstone Trust, Weldmar Hospice, The RSPB, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Love Specs, Dorset Blind, Bournemouth People First & Poole Forum, Drop4Drop charity,
Like it’s older sibling Camp Bestival has won many titles including: Best New Festival award from the UK Festival Awards in 2008 and Best Family Festival in 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2014.