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What to expect at Camp Bestival 2017

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January 18, 2017

It is no secret that Camp Bestival is one of the highlights of the year for us.
Based locally here in Dorset at the spectacular Lulworth Castle, Camp Bestival is a true family friendly festival that features entertainment, activities and live performers that will delight guests, young and old.
For the last few years it has had a theme, which has seen us dress up as characters from the Gruffalo, Circus Performers and Space Men. This year is no exception with the theme of Popstars and Rockstars and although we have yet to decide who we are going as, I think Isaac may be ready to channel his inner rock god already!
Camp Bestival
For the kids is the Dingly Dell, home to our favourite area Lizzie’s Way where the kids get to make mud pies, make fairy potions, hang their wishes on a wish tree and dress up and pose behind a giant frame.
Camp Bestival
Here you also learn to do #50things with the National Trust, take a stroll in the woodland arena and discover how to make fires in the wilderness, how to carve a wand or build a home for fairies. I urge you to book the sleeping under the stars evening with Fore Adventure as it was the highlight of our weekend last year.
Camp Bestival
We are also excited to see that our friends Dick n Dom will be back with more madness on stage, including a Dick vs Dom silent disco – sounds like great fun and make sure you listen out for a riotious game of BOGIES that always rings out throughout the campsite.
Camp Bestival
For the little ones, Mr Tumble is back too, voicing some of his favourite characters, singing some infectiously catchy songs and filling the Castle Stage in the morning (normally only packed at night)
Mr Tumble
Isaac is over the moon that the Tudors on Tour are also back this year and he is determined to make a bigger candle than last year!
Tudors On Tour
There is also going to be a kids giant disco, with the world’s biggest disco ball – I cannot wait to see that and the world’s largest bouncy castle will be back too!
Camp Bestival
For us adults, so far, Madness, Mark Ronson, Louisa Johnson, Leftfield, Right Said Fred, Holly Johnson and the Bootleg Beatles have been announced so far and I am also looking forward to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s amazing new musical based on the classic 2003 film School of Rock, who will also be performing.
The star attraction in the culinary fun is The Feast Collective, a food lover’s haven packed with the very best street food from around the country!
Camp Bestival
There is so many more activities I could rave about, including the insect circus, art town, the science zone and of course the pop up shows, but I will be here all day. Do check out my post on things to see in Dorset if you plan on staying longer or leave the site.
Have you been to Camp Bestival before, what are your highlights or are you a newbie and busy trawling the website for ideas?

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    Sarah Ebner

    January 19, 2017

    We still haven’t been, but every year when I read your posts I think it sounds such fun and know that you and your family love it!

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    Lisa Backsnbumps

    January 19, 2017

    I would love to take the kids to Camp Bestival, we only live down the road. Last year I wasn’t well enough to go, now I’m wondering if it’s too late to get tickets.

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    Rosie Corriette

    January 19, 2017

    You’ve explained it really well for someone who’s never been to a festival with children… one day I WILL brave the outdoors with Boo for something like this!

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    January 19, 2017

    What a great review of Camp Bestival, I’d never heard of it. It looks like a time for the family!

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    angela hamilton

    January 19, 2017

    This is something I have always wanted to take my kids to. It looks so much fun!

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    January 19, 2017

    What a great theme for this year. I want to see some 70s costumes and platform shoes from you!

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    January 19, 2017

    I think it’s great to spend time with kids in so many exciting places. That festival looks really family friendly, I’m sure everybody can find something interesting there:)

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    Michelle - The Purple Pumpkin Blog

    January 20, 2017

    Camp Bestival is such a wonderful festival for families! This year’s theme is fab, and I can’t wait to see people’s costumes – including yours!

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    Nayna Kanabar

    January 20, 2017

    This sounds like so much fun, what a great event.

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    JuggleMum, Nadine Hill

    January 20, 2017

    I love Camp Bestival – it just caters for the whole family. There’s plenty for the kids to do and loads of great bands for the parents to listen to!

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    Sarah (theparentingtrials)

    January 20, 2017

    Ohh gosh, looks like so much fun… we loved it last year. There’s so much to do and see. The Insect circus was fantastic… also we got to do morning aerobics with Mr Motivator!! How cool is that lol.

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    Mary@Swimming Pool

    January 20, 2017

    Look like you guys had a lot of fun at Camp Bestival. Thanks for the post. I wish I could take my kids to this :).

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    five little doves

    January 20, 2017

    Every year I tell myself that we will try something like this, but it’s one of those things we never get round to. Looks like so much fun though!!

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    Grant R

    January 22, 2017

    It sounds like a magical day out for kids. Something that they will never forget. I wish we had something like that here.

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    January 22, 2017

    I would love to go! It always falls on the weekend we cannot do. But it looks so magical and totally amazing!

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    Cass Bailey

    January 24, 2017

    One of these days we’ll get there! It looks like so much fun that we’d love to go x x

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    Zena's Suitcase

    January 25, 2017

    I feel like we are ready for Camp Bestival this year. The line up sounds amazing, and the kids are big enough to enjoy it more. We have our fingers crossed we will be joining you that’s for sure

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    Deborah Nicholas

    January 25, 2017

    ooh we have said we will do one of the kiddy festivals this year! Heard so many good things about this last year!

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    January 29, 2017

    Ooooh, it looks like it’s going to be AMAZING!!

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