FUNNY business is set to welcome festivalgoers this summer as the comedy line up for this year’s Camp Bestival is announced.
The popular, family-orientated festival, which takes place at Lulworth Castle from July 31 to August 3, will also have a circus fancy dress theme and four days of fabulous music and DJ-ing, family fun, arts, crafts, literature, theatre and much more.
Comedian Milton Jones, a regular star of TV comedy show Mock the Week, will be leading a side-splitting line up of clowns.
There will also be funny business throughout the weekend with comedy sets from The Pajama Men, Nat Luurtsema, Ben Norris, Markus Birdman, Colin Hoult, Matt Reed, Jim Smallman, George Egg and Sarah Bennetto.
Camp Bestival ringmaster Rob da Bank said: “The Camp Bestival comedy department have been slaving over a hot keyboard bringing in some of the funniest names on the scene at the moment.
“Personally, I can’t wait to see The Pajama Men but we're also teasing out some more great musical names - from Pop Will Eat Itself to D:Ream and DJ Yoda, we can’t be accused of not mixing it up in our usual style.
“Something for everyone is our unspoken motto, so I hope you like what you're seeing so far and there’s more to come.”
Another highlight of the festival will be a celebration to mark 50 years since Roald Dahl wrote his best-loved tale Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
There will be a Charlie And The Chocolate Factory 50th Birthday Takeover on Saturday, with a super pop-up exhibition, a Charlie Craftathon and lively storytelling sessions courtesy of the Roald Dahl Museum.
There’s also a Bedtime-Story special, with Jo Whiley, Howard Marks and Rob da Bank reading the entire book over the three evenings of the festival.
And Lucy Mangan will be talking about her new book ‘Inside Charlie’s Chocolate Factory’. Also performing will be Johnny Marr, Sinéad O’Connor, Sophie Ellis Bextor, The Wedding Present, former Beta Band kingpin Steve Mason, Jamaica’s greatest band The Skatalites, bass hero Peter Hook & the Light, mythical funksters, los hermanos Cubanos, The Cuban Brothers and knees-up specialists Chas & Dave.
The team behind Horrible Histories will be back by extraordinarily popular demand performing their new show, Barmy Britain: Part II, a grisly spectacle reviving a whole host of ghastly characters.
Mr Tumble will also be back and in keeping with the Circus theme, there will also be a brand new venue - The Greatest Tent on Earth – which will host a festival’s-worth of jaw-dropping circus shows, astonishing extravaganzas, tremendous theatre performances and delightful characters galore.
For full details and tickets, go to campbestival.net.