Camp Bestival 2022 - An Outdoor Disco Inferno

Camp Bestival 2022 - An Outdoor Disco Inferno

by jessicajolly / Aug 03, 2022 / 0 comments
Thursday, 28 July 2022 to Sunday, 31 July 2022

Rob Da Bank's family focused festival has not only survived the pandemic, it has exploded into two locations, diversified it's lineup, and broken a world record.

Let's break down the July Dorset offering:

The Lineup
The theme this year was 70s disco, with some of the most iconic acts of the era toping the lineup. Kool and the Gang, Sister Sledge, and the Earth Wind and Fire Experience had all ages boogying as the sun went down. Earlier, highlights for the parents included Razorlight, a beautiful set by The Proclaimers, and a the epic nostalgia fest that is Thrill Collins.

But the biggest celebrity of the weekend was the red nosed tour de force otherwise known as Mr. Tumble. The Cbeebies entertainer enjoyed one of the most packed sets of the weekend and he did not disappoint his young fans, turning in a high-energy, colorful performance that left my 3 year olds spellbound.

The Activities
You don't go to Camp Bestival just for the music. Sprinkled throughout the site are imaginative play areas catering to all ages. Big kids love the science tent. My toddlers couldn't get enough of the giant robot, awaking each morning to climb on top of the impressive play sculpture. There are classic fairground rides on the far side of the festival. These are a lot of fun, but at 3 pounds a pop, it feels a bit overpriced considering what you've shelled out for tickets. My biggest request would be for more free rides or at least several tickets given with admission.

The Location
Summer 2022 has been a scorcher, ossifying the ground and reddening the skin of July revellers (glad we brought a camping mallet and suncream.) Camp Bestival Dorset offered the perfect setting for the heatwave, with a gentle coastal breeze and plenty of shady spaces. What's always been brilliant about the location is the proximity to some of the prettiest coastline in the country, with loads of adventures to be had only a few minutes drive from the site. If you need a break from the festival you can make a quick trip to the Jurassic Coast in 15 minutes which we do around Saturday lunchtime each year. Unlike other festivals, getting back on site is a breeze, which is so important for families. Alternatively, 4 days of Camp Bestival followed by 3 days camping in Dorset makes for a perfect summer holiday, especially in a summer like this.

The Food
One may assume Camp Bestival simply provides kiddy food, an outdoor Brewer's Faire of sorts. While there are plenty of pizza and hot dog stalls to satiate your little one, the more grown up offerings were fantastic, and we were very happy to visit La Grande Boufe as it had been absent at this years Glastonbury.

Once again, we highly recommend Camp Bestival, either Dorset or Shropshire, if you're keen to attend a festival with your little ones. It's the perfect place to enjoy the revelry of summer festivals yet feel relaxed and safe with your young family.

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