Four Weeks To Go Until Camp Bestival!

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Camp Bestival 2012

Can you believe that it’s just four weeks until the gates open for our fifth Camp Bestival?

The days are absolutely flying by but we still can’t wait until we’re frolicking on the Jurassic coast in the beautiful surrounds of Lulworth Castle for a whole weekend of festi-holiday fun from July 26-29.

Rob da Bank says: “The nooks and crannies of Camp Bestival are where I always end up…watching magical little theatrical things or a spot of spoken word or finding a new eatery I didn’t even know was on site. So I heartily recommend popping by Classic Album Sundays which is about the most relaxing experience you can have at Camp B, check out our mates the Hurly Burly’s ace new menus and theatrical shenanigans and grab one of the last few bits of luxury boutique camping onsite. Camp Bestival is set to sell out in the next few weeks so get in now...”

As ever, at the ultimate family festival, we’ll have much joy for all, from a stupendous music line-up that will see Hot Chip headlining Friday night, a triple-header of disco legends; the Earth Wind & Fire Experience featuring Al Mackay, Chic featuring Nile Rodgers and Kool & The Gang supplying the Saturday night fever and baggy kings Happy Mondays topping the bill on Sunday and loads more musical manna from Rizzle Kicks to Rolf Harris.  The kids won’t know what’s hit them with Camp Bestival legend Mr. Tumble leading a host of riotous entertainment that includes The Gruffalo live, Fantastic Mr Fox The Opera, Shrek and the irrepressible Dick and Dom, plus they’ll be kept busy with 100s of Free Things for Kids including extreme sport action at the Freesports Park, pirouetting with the masters of the English National Ballet, burning off excess energy on the bouncy castles or being amazed by Silly Science and that doesn’t even scratch the surface. And we still haven’t touched on all the amazing Theatre, Circus, Spoken Word, How To… discussions and Comedy that’s sure to keep you beaming.

Adding to the weekend’s magic, we’re very pleased that Classic Album Sundays, the world’s most popular album listening session, will return to the Castle Playroom at Camp Bestival. They have a great line-up of albums this year including platters by The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Kraftwerk and The Cure all played on an amazing hi-fi from Linn. The hour and a quarter sessions will take place from 11am through to 6pm Friday through Sunday including a Kids Morning Album Session where the young’uns can sit and draw to classics like “Thriller” and “Yellow Submarine”. Happy Listening!

Star of the hit BBC series Outnumbered, Dani’s House and Just William, we are delighted to be welcoming the brilliant young actor Dan Roche to Camp Bestival! He will be having a chat with us in the East Lulworth Literary Institute as well as helping out our wonderful charity friends, Pelican Post, over the weekend. Make sure you catch him!

With all those crazy japes keeping you occupied all day long you might just want to make sure you’re staying in the lap of luxury and there are plenty of boutique camping options on offer to give you just that. You can choose from Hearthworks beautiful Tipis and Yurts which are available to book here or the cosy and lovingly built Podpads which are solar-powered and have a fitted interior light a 12volt auxiliary socket and can be booked here.

Or you could push the boat out and book a spacious 15ft Yurtel that come with an array of delights from a wooden lockable door and a king size (or twin) bed and a real mattress, to power and lights and of course, the magical experience of sleeping in a yurt! Lots more info on Yurtels can be found here.

Eve’s Tipis will be bringing their beautiful Tipis to Camp Bestival 2012. These amazing structures for can be booked here and extra furnishings are available in addition to the hire fee.

There are also Emperor Tents that come fabulously dressed with accessories from their ‘camping with soul’ range. With each tent sleeping between two and six people and different options available all you need to do is choose the package that fits you perfectly.  Find out lots more information here.

If you’re looking for something a little less bucolic there’s Beryl the bespoke bus a luxury three bedroom Cornish cottage on wheels. Upstairs there are three double bedrooms each fitted with lots of mod-cons and a full size double bed. Downstairs there is a kitchenette, seating/entertainment area and toilet. More info here.

And Airstream Facilities are offering a number of luxury Airstream Trailers for hire at Camp Bestival this year. These beautiful vintage silver trailers built between the 1970s and 1990s have been lovingly restored using the best possible materials to include a range of original retro chic interiors to 21st century state of the art lavish interiors. You can find out lost more about Airstream Trailers here.

Finally, we’re very pleased to announce a brand new, delicious culinary experience at Camp Bestival courtesy of The Hurly Burly, who will present a combination of culinary adventures and specially commissioned theatre.  There will be a family focused Grand Tea Party on Friday and Sunday, hosted by the King and Queen of the Animal Kingdom. Join them for this unique adventure, where you will feast upon tall tales, silly surprises and a deliciously extravagant high tea, brimming with sweet and savoury delights! The Hurly Burly's Artillery of Love will be cooking, serving, dancing and getting up to all sorts of naughty nonsense.

Friday and Sunday evenings will have a more grown up feel as a secret feast of theatre, music and exquisite food will await you at the magical Butterfly Ball. There will be goblets of honeyed nectar, edible love letters, tiny performance adventures and a series of culinary surprises again served by The Artillery of Love. The Hurly Burly have created an exquisite 4 course menu of vegetarian, fish and seafood dishes for this unique banqueting experience and there will be a lovingly selected wine list available to order from your table.  Places are very limited and we advise you book early. Booking information, timings and ticket prices are available here.

Published on 27 June 2012 by Wayne Feltham

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