What's On In Oxfordshire & Berkshire
Camp Bestival 2018
26 July - 29 July
Camp Bestival is the family friendly festival that gets the most recommendations when you ask around on what are the best festivals to take kids to.
Camp Bestival is a multi-award winning festival that combines an all-encompassing family festival experience with an action packed camping holiday; something that they like to call a Festi-Holiday!
The sister festival of Bestival, in its first year Camp Bestival was awarded Best New Festival in 2008 at the UK Festival Awards and has since won Best Family Festival five times at the awards in 2017, 2014, 2013, 2010 & 2009. Camp Bestival also won Best Family Festival at the Family Traveller Awards in 2017 & 2015.
Set in the majestic grounds of Lulworth Castle, on Dorset’s dramatic Jurassic coastline, Camp Bestival is jam-packed with entertainment, from stellar musical morsels and cultural delights to stunning sideshow attractions and lashings of family fun.
Featuring a truly enormous Kids’ Garden your little’uns will be utterly spoilt for choice. With a host of thrilling activities from soft play and circus skills to go-carts and glitter, there’s plenty of excitement for kids of all ages. Plus, there are kids’ shows and performances on the Castle Stage and in the Big Top, daring antics to be had at the Sports Park, and fairytale escapism in the Dingly Dell.Camp Bestival’s amazing music line-up is curated by renowned music specialist Rob da Bank whose penchant for eclecticism has seen the legendary likes of Chuck Berry, Basement Jaxx, Madness & Blondie playing alongside hordes of up and coming acts that we’ve given a nurturing nudge on their way to stardom, including Florence & the Machine, Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, Mumford & Sons, London Grammar, Clean Bandit and Gabrielle Aplin, amongst many others.
From folk and dub to drumstep and jazz jungle, there’s guaranteed to be something to get you and the kids throwing shapes long into the summer evenings. With a consummate arts programme that offers the best in contemporary theatre, performance, spoken word and discussions, there is a wealth of entertaining wonder and intellectual nourishment for all ages to get stuck into. Add to that amazing street eats and gourmet treats, fantastic campsite facilities (we’re the first ever festival to offer reserved camping plots at a festival with Camping Plus, and the option to indulge in an array of fantastic Boutique Camping options), all sprinkled liberally with Camp Bestival’s own inimitable brand of magic and you have a unique start to the summer holidays and the ultimate family festival experience.
If you’re looking for something to keep the kids entertained then you’ve found the perfect place! They’ve got activities and attractions galore with everything from the craft-tastic Art Town (bigger and better than ever before!), freestyle action at the newly designed Sports Park, a dedicated arts line-up and hang out area exclusively for teenagers, daring feats with The Insect Circus and so much more. We’ve got a brand new giant cruiseliner HMS Camp Bestival which will be hosted by their Blue Coats, and vintage fun, music and 78’s spinning DJs in Pig’s Big Record Club in an amazing Spiegletent! You’d need weeks to work your way through everything on offer.
For more great ideas, check out the Red Kite Days guide to the top family friendly festivals this summer.