It's not all about the music at Camp Bestival. There's plenty of family fun in store at the Lulworth Castle festival from games, crafts and story-telling to musical workshops. Joanna Davis takes a look at what to expect.

AS CAMP Bestival’s 10th birthday bash draws ever closer, organisers have revealed more around the clock family friendly entertainment.

Founder Rob da Bank says: “As ever at Camp Bestival, we have a menagerie of magnificence for all ages.

“From teenage tear ups with the likes of Ronnie Scott’s, Marawa’s Majorettes, Max & Harvey and Crafternoon in The Den, to family fun for everyone down in the Dingly Dell with ATE, Lizzie’s Way Longdown Festival Farm and much, much more, there’s always going to be something to capture your imagination, whether you’re seven, 17 or 70!”

One of the highlights for this year’s festival, which runs from July 27 to 30, is a workshop run by the renowned Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club called Ronnie Scott’s Big Band in a Day.

Tutors from the iconic music club will be helping young musical festival goers to form a jazz big band who will get to play to the masses on the Castle Stage.

There will also be Tie Dye Mayhem with Lizzie, who will be on hand to customize teen’s trainers with tie-dyed shoe laces and there will be a meet and greet with twin pop sensations Max & Harvey Mills who have amassed more than four million fans on music.aly.

Sunday afternoon will ensue with the annual teen quiz, Let’s Get Quiz-ical! hosted by poet Mark Grist and Rob da Bank’s Music Club returns with some new workshops exclusively for 13-17-year-olds.

There's a new Games Tent with Big Potato. Plus, there will be life size versions of the games with Outdoor Games in the Den Garden, including the ridiculously fun Ping Pong Thunderdome!

With the teens well and truly taken care of, the rest of the family can enjoy a whole woodland-based world of wonder including games, riddles & songs in the Dingly Dell.

There will be live storytelling sessions of David Litchfield’s beautifully illustrated winner of 2016’s Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, The Bear and the Piano with craft and musical workshops and more based on the beautiful book and its magical tales. Don’t miss the chance to play, laugh and experiment in mud kitchens, story nooks, puppet theatres and fabulously crafty bespoke outdoor activities.

*Camp Bestival, Lulworth Castle, Dorset, July 27 to 30. See for more information.


STARS will descend on Dorset to help Camp Bestival celebrate its 10th birthday.

Pop deity Brian Wilson will perform the classic Beach Boys album Pet Sounds, re-formed girl band All Saints will take to the stage and there will be another nostalgic return to the 90s with the Lightning Seeds.

Enjoy a set from DJ/producer Mark Ronson and get ready for the incomparable Madness, one of the most successful bands the UK has produced. Holly Johnson, front man of Frankie Goes to Hollywood will entertain, while duo Leftfield, who defined house and techno with a raft of remixes will perform their game changing debut album Leftism.

If that's not enough, Kate Nash will return for a special career spanning set and X Factor winner Louisa Johnson will sing tracks from her debut album.

And for those old enough to remember, turn back the clock with performances from Right Said Fred, T'Pau and The Christians.