Kid friendly festivals don’t get much better than family festival Camp Bestival. From 30 July to 2 August 2015 the fields around Lulworth Castle in Dorset, England will be filled with family festival fun. While you get into live acts like Kaiser Chiefs, Bob Geldof and DJ Rob Da Bank, the kids can watch Cat In The Hat or forage in the forest, meet new friends and have an awesome weekend. Here’s everything you need to get ready for Camp Bestival 2015.
Camp Bestival is the ultimate kid friendly festival. It’s a weekend dedicated to live music acts and loads of interactive entertainment for kids. As the sister festival to Bestival, Camp Bestival has managed to create a famously good balance of cool gigs for parents and fun stuff for kids.
But perhaps what makes Camp Bestival one of the best family festivals around is that while you can purchase day tickets, part of the joy of Camp Bestival is that it is a family festival where you can camp on the grounds so you and the kids can mingle with other families and enjoy the festivities late into the night. Whether you choose to pitch a tent or bring along your own campervan, Camp Bestival is fantastic way to combine both a festival atmosphere with camping under the stars (which kids always love).
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With its charming location on the edge of the woodlands, Camp Bestival is a perfect family weekend getaway for family holidays with a difference.
The Attractions at Camp Bestival For Kids
There is an extensive array of live acts at Camp Bestival to cater to parents including headliners such as Underworld and Clean Bandit on the Castle Stage. (The area directly in front of the stage is not suitable for young kids because of the noise level.) And as well as the music, there are more intimate events on throughout Camp Bestival such as author and poet talks, comedy performers like Marcus Brigstock, an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet by Debs Newbold and even a wellness retreat for massages and yoga classes.
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But what makes Camp Bestival such a family friendly festival is the sheer array of kid friendly activities. Apart from the face painting and jumping castle you’d expect from a family festival, Camp Bestival has a huge array of activities for kids. For toddlers there is the tented Soft Play Area with ball pit, slides and lots of music and dance activities. You can park the stroller in front of the Soft Play Area and there are trained staff inside.
For older primary school kids there are several dedicated children’s play areas as well as performers roaming around the grounds (look out for the Gruffalo). There is a stand up comedy club just for kids, a Freesports Park for trying out skateboards and BMXes with demonstrations from professional sports people, a drop in art tent and circus performance skills classes.
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There are even areas for teenagers only (aged 13 to 17) to hang out that exclude parents, giving your biggest kids places to chill and interact with their peer group. Look out for Rob Da Bank’s Music Club where teens can attend street dance workshops or learn the finer skills of DJing in Master Classes with celebrity musicians. Another good event to look out for is the blogging workshop with Teen Vogue.
If the kids prefer, they can have more passive time and watch a performance themselves on the Castle Stage from the likes of Mr Tumble or Dick and Dom.
The Practicalities of Camp Bestival With Kids
As a family festival, there are plenty of amenities for parents at Camp Bestival. There are showers on site, places to charge your electricals, places to fill up water bottles and secure locker storage available for those sleeping in tents.
The entire premises is glass free so don’t bring any packaged baby food in glass bottles with you. There is also a dedicated breastfeeding and baby change tent called Baby Chill Out at the Kids Garden.
Food is available on site (think street food stalls) and some of these do open early to cater to early rising children. Families with kids are also welcome to bring their own food to cook as well in the designated camp site areas.
While kids under 5 are free, they must be carrying a ticket at all times to enter. You can order these at the time you purchase your own tickets. If you are entering Camp Bestival with kids that are not your own, you need to carry a consent form signed by the guardian that you can download here. Don’t forget to pre-purchase carparking when you buy your tickets. Payment plan options are available if the ticket price is too steep for you to pay upfront.
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