Wide variety on offer at Camp Bestival
The UK is arguably the festival capital of the world with pretty much something for everyone when it comes to enjoying entertainment of all sorts in the open air over the summer months.
Camp Bestival, which takes place at the end of July and the beginning of August each year on the Dorset coast in the picturesque surrounds of Lulworth Castle, continues to fly the flag as the ultimate family festival, offering an eclectic mixture appealing to adults and children alike.
It might sound like a big claim but is backed up by the fact Camp Bestival claimed the Best Family Festival Award for the second year running at the last UK Festival Awards.
It’s a simple recipe but an eminently successful one which basically revolves around offering something for all ages and tastes.
The overriding feature is a laid-back vibe that means you’ll feel at home as a family whether you’re nursing babes in arms or wanting to keep impatient teenagers entertained.
Both the entertainment and activities aim to cover all bases age-wise, so you can catch everything from a theatrical adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s book The Scarecrows’ Wedding to a performance by Sixties psychedelic legend The Crazy World of Arthur Brown.
The musical headliners might vary but this year’s line-up is impressive to say the least with Clean Bandit, Kaiser Chiefs and Underworld topping the bill over the three nights of music.
It would be impossible to list all the children’s activities available but they can enjoy everything from the thrill of a helter skelter to making their own pottery and a large section of the festival site is devoted to them.
The Upper Kids’ Garden has activities like BigTopMania where you can learn a circus skill, a bouncy castle, bikes and go-carts and a variety of shows in The Greatest Tent On Earth!
The Lower Kids’ Garden concentrates on entertainment for slightly older children, featuring the Insect Circus, Art Town, Kids’ Catwalk, fairground rides, facepainting and a soft play tent and sandpit.
There’s also the Freesports Park and festival organiser Rob da Bank’s Music Club for older kids in the upper Magic Meadow, with the Dingly Dell providing the perfect place for families to take part in activities together.
Meanwhile adults can enjoy the food markets, cafes, bars, talks, comedy and music stages.
Main stage performances offer a line-up including the sort of bands mums and dads love but also a selection of acts that will please kids aged from two to late teens.
Dick and Dom, Mr Tumble and The Cat in the Hat feature while the musical acts include Dubliner Bob Geldof, Professor Green, Wretch 32, Kate Tempest, Soul II Soul, Ella Henderson, Level 42, Ella Eyre, Alison Moyet, 808 State and The Buzzcocks.
Folk and Celtic music lovers are sure to enjoy Eliza Carthy and Ciaran Lavery. Lavery comes from the Armagh village of Aghagallon, a place he says people can drive through in 30 seconds and the singer says his music is inspired by the “characters and genuine people” who live there.
Another Celtic flavoured act is Black Water County. This Bournemouth band five-piece play their own upbeat versions of songs from bands like Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly and the Pogues through to tunes from the Rolling Stones, Avicii and Franz Ferdinand, as well as a smattering of originals.
He might be an Aussie by birth, but comedian Damian Clark first made a name for himself in Ireland, where he was a fixture on TV and radio, before moving to London. His high-octane observational stand-up comedy has won him legions of fans since he made his 2012 debut on the UK circuit.
A culinary element that wouldn’t seem to have an obvious Irish connection is rising streetfood star Zoe Adjoyoh but Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen is certainly a pop-up restaurant/food event that’s going places.
Born and raised in South London to Irish and Ghanaian parents, Zoe started taking the London streetfood by storm four years ago.
Having recently opened her first fixed restaurant space in Brixton she is showcasing her popular streetfood Chop Bar as part of the Feast Collective at Camp Bestival.
* Camp Bestival takes place at Lulworth Castle, Dorset from July 30 until August 2. To find out more and book tickets visit http://www.campbestival.net/.