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The Tudor's are coming to Camp Bestival

Posted on
March 6, 2016

Camp Bestival has already announced a universally joyous array of astronutters including Fatboy Slim, Tears for Fears, Jess Glynne, Katy B, KT Tunstall, Squeeze, Arrested Development, Dick and Dom, Mr Tumble and many more who will be joining them at Space Camp Lulworth this July 28-31. And with a whole galaxy of space-based high jinx and cosmological fun on offer all weekend long, Team CB’s ever imaginative arts crew thought it would be a curious delight to look in the other direction and spend some historic times working with Historic Royal Palaces to get to know one of Britain’s most intriguing royal dynasties,the Tudors. Plus, they’ve got a stellar line-up of daytrip suggestions to make the most of Dorset’s rich historical heritage around your festi-holiday frolics this summer.
Camp Bestival’s own celestial sovereign, Rob da Bank says: “So, this has nothing to do with Outer Space but everything to do with the glorious and sometimes a bit bloody and gory history of the United Kingdom. Bizarrely, having DJed at a few Royal Palaces lately, we felt it would be good to bring some of that history to Lulworth Castle, a location not exactly lacking in stories itself. So from Tudor crossbow to cookery and a good old fashioned dressing up tent, naturally, I’m looking forward to unleashing my inner Henry VIII and whizzing back in time”.
Yes, indeed. This summer, celebrate Henry VIII’s arrival at Camp Bestival from Hampton Court Palace with the unmissable Tudors on Tour. Presented by independent charity Historic Royal Palaces, this ‘festival within a festival’ will allow you to step into a living Tudor world. Bringing to life the magnificence and splendour of the Tudor court through a spectacular mix of theatre, games, and live craft demonstrations.
With something for the whole family, you’ll be able to demonstrate your importance and strut your stuff in the height of 16th century fashion in the Tudor Costume Tent. You can wield a deadly weapon and test your aim as you have a go with a cross-bow; and travel back to 1540 and meet Henry VIII in The King’s Pavilion. Plus, you can find out what the Tudors knew about space, learn how to be the perfect courtier and see what you think of his new Queen (and fifth wife) Catherine Howard.
You’ll also be able to see the skills of the master crafts-people and stonemasons who built and maintained palaces as magnificent as Hampton Court and the Tower of London (and a little bit later, our own wonderland, Lulworth Castle) and dip your own candle to help bring light to the palace. Check out the Great Harry Theatre Show and discover how Henry VIII came to be King in a hilarious play for the whole family. Join in a Tudor Scratch Performance and take your chance to tread the boards. Or sit back and relax while you hear some of the King’s favourite stories.
Come and join the team who have brought the Hampton Court Palace kitchen to life and marvel at Tudor cooking as they roast beef for the King in front of their roaring fire and discover what life was like cooking for King Henry VIII. And don’t miss the chance to find out about Tudor games and play them yourself. See how high you can get on the leader board!
And, while we’re on an enjoying antiquity tip, they’ve put together a list of Dorset’s own historical highs, all close enough to Lulworth to make a day or two of it, before you head into space with us, or even when you’re touching down on the way home. There’s almost an eternity full of landmarks and attractions to keep you busy including Dinosaurland Fossil Museum, Cerne Abbas Giant, Hambledon Hill, Maiden Castle, Maumbury Rings, Roman Town House, Sturminster Newton Mill, Corfe Castle, Portland Castle, Sherbourne Castle, Highcliffe Castle, Swanage Railway and Dorset County Museum. And they’ve put a handy little map together of them all for you too, which you can find by following this link.
We’re still counting down to lift-off at Camp Bestival 2016, with so much more interstellar fun and games to be announced, so keep an eye on our website, Facebook and Twitter for all the latest sub space communications.

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    March 7, 2016

    Bestival sounds like a great experience to have as a family. Interesting about Tudors in tour would be fab with children’s learning.

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    Deborah Nicholas

    March 7, 2016

    This looks amazing! We have said this summer we are going to do a lot more days out at heritage sites and learn more instead of the usual kiddy parks and beach etc!

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    Cathy ( MummyTravels )

    March 7, 2016

    This sounds so much fun – I do quite fancy the idea of a crossbow myself. History and space are two things which fascinate me, unusual to have them together.

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    Melanie Chadd

    March 8, 2016

    Thats quite a line up. Arrested Development! Eeeeeeek – no there are some memories *goes off to YouTube to reminisce*
    Sounds like you are going to have a ball

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    Sonya Cisco

    March 8, 2016

    I think the Tudors will be great – Max will really enjoy it as he loves history!

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    March 8, 2016

    Camp Bestival is the absolute best isn’t it? Love the sound of the line up!

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    March 8, 2016

    This really sounds like a great family event. Will be taking my son when he gets a bit older I think

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