Camp Bestival 2017

It’s March and we’re closer to summer than winter! With that pleasant thought in mind I want to talk about Camp Bestival 2017. We’ve been to Camp Bestival every year for the last three years and it’s always a hit with the whole family.  This years festival runs from 28th to the 30th of July.

I’ve gathered all the information you need right here, so read on for a complete guide to Camp Bestival 2017.


Every year Camp Bestival has a dressing up theme. Last year we rocked Star Trek uniforms for the space theme. This year the theme is Pop Stars & Rock Stars. 

I think this is an awesome theme, so much inspiration. Do I spray my hair red, paint my face and go full on Ziggy Stardust, or am I brave enough to don some gold hot pants Ala Kylie? Is my husband up to rocking Mick Jagger’s leather trousers or is he more Mumford and Sons?

Whatever we decide it’s so much fun checking out all the costumes and guessing who is who. So definitely embrace the festival feel and start thinking about your inner rock or pop star ready for July.

Line Up

To be honest, to us ,the line up is secondary to the festival experience, but there are some great acts performing this year and I’m confident we’ll be thoroughly entertained.

I’m looking forward to Madness and have no doubt that Leftfield will be perfect in the pre fireworks slot (the Camp Bestival fireworks are legendary).

For the children I picked out Mr Maker for six year old Wonder Girl. The older boys, Super Kid (10) and Robo Boy (eight) will enjoy School Of Rock – The Musical and Dick and Dom.

For more information on the line up click here.


It’s our wedding anniversary during Camp Bestival this year so we might book a wedding at the inflatable church where you can hold a wedding, complete with costumes, a wedding certificate and photo.

Last year we had a blast bouncing on The World’s Biggest Bouncy Castle. Check out our video

We have also loved making pirate ships, tutu’s, printing and staff making in Spiney Hollow, Camp Bestival’s traditional craft area. My top tip is to book a slot as a first priority on Friday morning as they fill up fast.

My boys thoroughly enjoyed coding, making rocket ships and taking part in a vegetable orchestra at the science tent last year.

Don’t forget a spin on the carousel,  a whizz down the helter skelter, a visit to the face painting tent and a slightly terrifying show at the edge of the Wall of Death to complete your festival experience.


This is not a festival where you can expect limp burgers and soggy noodles, oh no, the food at Camp Festival is first rate!

The Feast Collective is a tent full of culinary yumminess. Here’s my blog post about last years Feast Collective’s offerings, there may be some changes this year but I’ve no doubt the selection will be extremely tempting.

In addition to The Feast Collective we have enjoyed some real treats from stalls around the festival. Highlights include posh fish finger sandwiches, macaroni cheese, thali and churros. You can get fresh fruit, baked goods, cheeses, and more from the local farmers market. Plus don’t forget a visit to The Jam Jar Bar for exquisite cocktails which are way too easy to drink!


There are multiple camping options at Camp Festival. Check out this page to make your choice between pre pitched tents, tipis,  backstage camping and more.


All ticket related information, including how to book visit this page. 

For more practical tips about your visit to Camp Festival check out my blog post from last year on the topic.

Now what are you waiting for? Get booking and we’ll see you there in July. To get in the mood I’ll leave you with our video from 2015.