One of the country’s best family-friendly festivals drops anchor in Dorset for another glorious year. With musical highlights from Simple Minds, Rick Astley and Clean Bandit, and plenty for little ones to get excited about from Mr Tumble to Dinosaur World Live.
“Ahoy there shipmates and anchors aweigh! HMS Camp Bestival is ready to set sail. Expect the unexpected from rock giants Simple Minds and Shed Seven to dance gurus Orbital and Basement Jaxx and a cheeky bit of Rick Astley too… and that’s just the music. From River Cottage feasts and animatronic dinosaurs, to Insect Circuses, pantomimes and a gin festival, it’s full steam ahead for 2018. All aboard!” – Rob da Bank
Mainstage headline sets this year come from Simple Minds, Rick Astley and Clean Bandit, with Orbital and Basement Jaxx topping the Big Top bill. Other highlights will include Sara Cox presents Just Can’t Get Enough 80, Shed Seven, Jaguar Skills, Fearne Cotton (DJ set) and Big Fish Little Fish.
Family shows and entertainment highlights include Mr Tumble, Dick and Dom, Mister Maker & the Shapes, Dinosaur World Live, Ballet with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Pirates of Penzance – The Musical and Royal Albert Hall’s Seafaring Symphony & Workshops. Head to the Upper Kids’ Garden on the lawn behind the castle to find the world’s biggest bouncy castle and keep your eyes peeled for visits from Peter Rabbit, Peppa Pig and Paddington.
You should also check out HMS Camp Bestival hosted by the Blue Coats, Pirate Sandpit, the Dingly Dell featuring Den Building & Tree Climbing, Crafty Cabin with Katie Jones’ Knit & Lizzie King’s Tie-Dye and the Insect Circus & Museum. This year sees a bigger and better Art Town, Bigtopmania Kids Theatre & Circus, Spinney Hollow Woodland Crafts, Sports Park & Skate Ramps, Nautical Gorilla Circus Show & Flying Trapeze School, ZSL London Zoo: Gruesome Nature Live! (UK Festival Exclusive), Andy Day & The Odd Socks and The Whale – The Pirates Misadventure.
Food and drinks offerings will include The Feast Collective hosted by DJ BBQ, River Cottage presents Family Feasting & Culinary Workshop, Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen’s Kente Kala-Bash Supper Club, and Rob & Josie’s Gin Festival.
Camp Bestival 2018 will take place on July 26th – 29th. Early Bird tickets and Weekly Payment Plan are on sale now. Book Tickets here / 0844 888 4410
Check out www.campbestival.net for all the latest info.