An awe inspiring multi award winning family festi-holiday set in the stunning grounds of Lulworth Castle, Dorset every summer.
The sister festival of Bestival, in its first year Camp Bestival was awarded Best New Festival in 2008 at the UK Festival Awards and has since won Best Family Festival four times at the awards in 2014, 2013, 2010 & 2009.
Set in the majestic grounds of Lulworth Castle, on Dorset’s dramatic Jurassic coastline, Camp Bestival is jam-packed with entertainment, from stellar musical morsels and cultural delights to stunning sideshow attractions and lashings of family fun.
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How to get to Camp Bestival?
Located in the very heart of Dorset between Bournemouth, Dorchester, and Weymouth, Lulworth Castle is easily accessible by rail, coach or car...
Lulworth benefits from an excellent rail network linking the midlands, North, Scotland and London Waterloo with Wareham or Wool railway station. With some planning and advance purchase of tickets, it’s possible to make a journey by rail to Wareham or Wool from much of the country making it even more of a holiday experience. Check South West Trains special GroupSave discount (or call 0845 6000 650) where you can save up to 50% when 3 or 4 people travel together off-peak - you can also add up to 4 children for just £1 each!
Local taxis will be available from Wareham and Wool Station to take you to the site, and also available from the site when you need to leave.
To find your best route to Camp Bestival using an online journey planner or your SatNav please enter postcode BH20 5QS. Once you arrive near the site please follow the directions below and as soon as you see Camp Bestival event signage please turn off your SatNav off and follow these signs:
From the East (via/near Bournemouth) - take the A35 towards Dorchester, turning left onto the A351 towards Wareham and then right onto the A352 signposted to Wool. Then follow event signage.
From the West (via/near Dorchester) - From the A35 Dorchester bypass take the A352 signposted for Wool and Wareham. Then follow event signage.
On approach to the event please follow the relevant signage which relates to your ticket type:
General Camping tickets: Follow signs for Camping Car Parks, then enter site via YELLOW GATE
Boutique Campers/Tangerine Fields Campers: Follow signs for Boutique Camping, enter site via YELLOW GATE
Campervans/Caravans/Trailer Tents: Follow signs for Camping Car Parks, then enter site via YELLOW GATE
Camping Plus: Follow signs for Camping Car Parks, then on approach to camping car parks enter site via GREEN GATE
Disability Access Camping: follow signs for Camping car parks, then on approach to site enter via WHITE GATE
NB - Please do not follow your SatNav once you are on the A352 as there will be some road closures in place and please watch your speed as it is a rural location and likely to have heavier traffic than usual.
Leaving Camp Bestival
If you are driving home, bear in mind that it is holiday time down in Dorset so there may be traffic unrelated to the event. The A31 will be busy 8am–11am and 5pm–9pm, so why not delay your departure by visiting one of the hundreds of attractions in Dorset.
Advance Weekend Car Parking: £15 from www.ticketline.co.uk/camp-bestival-tickets (with no postage/booking fees if you add onto your existing order by calling Ticketline)
Non-Advance Weekend Car Parking: £20 (Thurs/Fri arrival). Payable in cash on arrival.
Day Car Parking: £5. Payable in advance or cash on arrival.
NB: Weekend Ticket holders who are not camping should ensure they retain their ticket so it can be used for all 4 days.
If you are going to Camp Bestival by car, please fill it up with people. Even if you only have one space free in your car, please check out both options on Camp Bestival's Car Sharing page and get yourselves signed up. Likewise, of course, to anyone who is looking for a lift. What's more, these services are entirely free to use (you simply share the travel costs).
White Motor Boats operate ferries between Weymouth and Lulworth Cove in the summer months. They land passengers on the beach in the Cove, and then it is a 5-minute taxi ride to the Castle. Arrive in style! Call 07749 732428 for more info.
European and International visitors can benefit from the newly developed Bournemouth and Southampton International Airports.
Disabled Access Information?
Electric wheelchairs can tackle most areas without too much hindrance but the ground can be quite uneven in places and is predominantly on grass. If it rains it may get muddy and access around the site (other than on the paths) may be very difficult. The terrain is predominantly short grass with firm soil so movement around the main arena and other stages is possible for fit wheelchair users in good weather. Your personal assistant will need to assist you if it becomes difficult, which is why they receive a free pass to the festival.
The festival recognise that some, particularly those with specific learning difficulties may need to find a space to step away from the crowds and noise. The organisers do their best to provide this but it is difficult in a festival environment but they always aim to do their best.
Camping - Disability Access Campsite
The Disability Access Camping Area is positioned near to the main Lulworth Castle entrance and to the Main Stage. It is a few minutes from here to the main arena on relatively flat ground and is one of the quietest and closest to the arenas. It is the best location we can achieve for all of the needs of people who the festival try to accommodate.
Please note that you should prepare to bring a tent or campervan that will fit in 7m x 5m space as that is very likely to be your allocation. Of course, those who require a little more space will be helped if there is space available.
NB: Your family and friends can camp with you in the Accessibility camping area but your group including the person with a disability, a personal assistant and children can be a maximum of 6 people. Other people with disabilities who are your friends and family should apply separately.
Those in the Accessibility campsite will need to follow signs for Accessibility Camping - this is accessed via the Main Lulworth Castle Gates. Only vehicles with a blue badge (or similar) can park in the disability access camping area if there is available space and if your tent and car fit in the 7m x 5m space. If not, you will be asked to park in the nearby car park. Only one vehicle is allowed in the camping area and this includes motorhomes.
If you are in General Admission Camping, Boutique camping, Campervan Field or camping Plus, they have separate car parks for you to use and there are no special allowances for Blue Badge holders as the car parks are first-come, first-served.
A car park for the day visiting persons with a disability without a blue badge is close by and accessible throughout the weekend. Friends will have to park in the main car park, however. Day parking is also available.
Please note that the festival is in a field where normal home-type levels of facilities are just not possible. The organisers do their absolute best but sometimes vehicles get stuck in traffic, things break or don't work and we'll be doing our best to fix it, and of course look to improve each year with newer available facilities.
* Please note that facilities for those with mobility difficulties such as showers and toilets should NOT be used by your other guests. It's very important that we keep these facilities for those who need them most. Those with disabilities are our priority in this campsite.
- Charging points for electric wheelchairs are available - these are undercover but outdoors so can be affected by damp conditions so chargers are left at users risk
- Certain medical support is available from the on-site medical centre but any specific medical needs should be discussed before purchasing a ticket.
- On-site hospital. We have a hospital on site but it is NOT a residential hospital. No-one should be left in our on-site hospital overnight, or be left unattended by a personal assistant if in this environment.
- Accessible lavatories will be positioned at various places around the festival and we aim to protect them from public use. Please check out where they are on site so you know where to go when you need to go.
- In the Accessibility campsite, showers and toilets are provided
- Stewards will be on hand to help with any issues that may arise during the weekend
- We do not supply motability buggies or any other form of onsite transport so you will need to bring your own if it is needed
- We do not supply medical equipment or essential medical supplies so you will need to bring these yourself or arrange delivery to Lulworth castle.
- At the time of writing, we do not have viewing platforms at Camp Bestival as there are elevated positions for viewing
If you have any pressing questions that are not answered here above, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
When is Camp Bestival?
Camp Bestival takes place on 28th - 30th July 2022.
What happens If I bought a ticket and cannot attend?
Unfortunately we can’t issue you with a refund if you can’t make the event due to work commitments or your mates have dropped out. In these circumstances, we advise passing on your tickets privately to avoid losing out on the money spent.
Refunds can only be offered if the event is cancelled or postponed, as agreed upon purchase.
Where is Camp Bestival?
Camp Bestival is located in Dorset.
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The history of Camp Bestival Dorset
Hello and welcome to the wonderful world of Camp Bestival - the baby sister festival to the multi award winning Bestival ('Best Medium-Sized Festival' UK Festival Awards 2005/6/7/9) and now a double award winner in its own right:
'Best New Festival' (UK Festival Awards 2008)
'Best Family Festival' (UK Festival Awards 2009)
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