camp bestival 2018 is setting sail!


“Ahoy there shipmates and anchors aweigh! HMS Camp Bestival is ready to set sail with our first wave of salty seadogs to announce. Expect the unexpected from rock giants Simple Minds and Shed Seven to dance gurus Orbital and Basement Jaxx and a cheeky bit of Rick Astley too…  and that’s just the music. From River Cottage feasts and animatronic dinosaurs, to Insect Circuses, pantomimes and a gin festival, it’s full steam ahead for 2018. All aboard!”

Rob da Bank

camp bestival sets sail

Festi-holiday frolics ahoy! The Camp Bestival crew are hitting the slipway to launch the good ship onto the high seas of the summer holiday, brimming with incredible spectacles, joyous music, amazing food, luxury camping and tons of fun for all the family. And what’s more, they like the cut of your jib, so standby to receive the very first wave of shipmates, acts and entertainers cruising into Lulworth Castle from the 26th to the 29th July 2018.

Camp Bestival are delighted to reveal that Simple Minds will be heading leeward-ho on Sunday night topping the bill before the epic fireworks finale. Commenting on their headline performance Simple Minds’ Jim Kerr said: “Simple Minds are delighted to be performing at Camp Bestival next year”.

Effortlessly sailing the rickrolling waves, baritone crooner Rick Astley will be joining to headline Friday night. And Saturday’s chief seafarers are huge Camp Bestival favourites, Clean Bandit.

Keeping the big guns firing there will also be a big top headline appearance from techno trailblazers Orbital on Sunday night and Basement Jaxx will hit the decks in big ol’ blue on Saturday night. But that’s not all, it will be chock-a-block with copper-bottomed good times including Sara Cox presents Just Can’t Get Enough 80s warming up for Rick Astley, Brit pop heroes Shed Seven, BGT winner Tokio Myers, tender troubadour Declan McKenna, YouTuber dodie, Jamaican giants The Skatalites, and turntable wizard Jaguar Skills.

Celebrating 20 years of rocking the sweet soul and b-boy control, all with added risqué action, The Cuban Brothers will present La Familia with a full live band show, there will be DJ sets from Fearne Cotton and Huey Morgan’s NYC Block Party, expect all manner of mum moshing and dad dancing with live sets from Stereo MCs, The Undertones, the mighty Pop Will Eat Itself, psych chanteuse Jane Weaver and Jesus Jones and don’t miss hardcore, jungle, techno and breaks action with Billy Daniel Bunter & Raindance. We’ll also have the return of one of 2017’s biggest hits,  Elvana: Elvis Fronted Nirvana, fiddle-fuelled folk from Chris Wood, and junior rave time with Big Fish Little Fish.

As ever, family shows and entertainment are front and centre on the promenade deck with top billing turns from long time CB legend Mr Tumble and Castle Stage faves Dick and Dom who commented on their return: “We’re back for our seventh year. HUZAAAR!!! Setting sail now in our tiny pink tub. See you in the summer, you nautical sea monkeys!”

There will also be dino-mite fun with Dinosaur World Live, Ballet with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Pirates of Penzance – The Musical, Royal Albert Hall’s Seafaring Symphony & Workshops, the return of ‘Come Dancing’ In Spiegeltent with Karen Hardy Studios,Underwater Carnival Night Parade, Sailing Talks with High Seas Adventurers, Pirate Bedtime Stories, The World of Supersaurs and Now That’s What I Call Sea Shanties.

There will be teen talks and opinions from Gemma Cairney and Katie Thistleton. And don’t miss fun for all the family including HMS Camp Bestival hosted by the Blue Coats,Pirate Sandpit, the Dingly Dell featuring Den Building & Tree Climbing, Crafty Cabin with Katie Jones’ Knit & Lizzie King’s Tie-Dye, the Insect Circus & Museum,The Greatest Tent on Earth!, a bigger and better Art TownBigtopmania Kids Theatre & Circus, Spinney Hollow Woodland Crafts and the Sports Park & Skate Ramps.  

There will be lots of delicious food and drink on offer too including The Feast Collective hosted by DJ BBQ, River Cottage presents Family Feasting & Culinary WorkshopZoe’s Ghana Kitchen’s Kente Kala-Bash Supper Club, and Rob & Josie’s Gin Festival, with lots more to be announced.

It is a handsome complement so far, but it’s not quite all aboard just yet. There are many more hands due on deck so keep a keen eye in your crow’s nest for more maritime beauties coming alongside soon!

With Camp Bestival Setting Sail for 2018, we thought it only right to partner with the greatest sailors we know: the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust! For the first time this year, we’re adding a £1 charity donation on to all Camp Bestival tickets, which will go directly to the Trust (Reg. Charity no. 4597114). This money will be used to fund their amazing work that helps young people rebuild their confidence after being diagnosed with cancer.

“I’ve been an Ambassador for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust for many years now and i can honestly say that sitting on a boat with these young people who have been through such harrowing life changing experiences is one of the most humbling and inspirational things i can do with my time. I hope you’ll understand why we want to help them in every way we can to keep giving hope and a new life experience to all these cool kids and teens.” Rob da Bank

“With the theme of ‘Set Sail’ what better year to have a partnership with Camp Bestival, all of us and the young people at the Ellen MacArhtur Cancer trust are absolutely over the moon to have this relationship, we hope that everyone who visits Camp Bestival has the best time, thank you so much for your support.” Founding Patron Dame Ellen MacArthur

Don’t forget there are a host of premium camping experiences i including Camping PlusBackstage Camping and Hospitality Camping on sale now, and if you buy before 11 th December you’ll receive some special Camp Bestival stocking fillers.

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Camp Bestival Ticket Info:

Camp Bestival 2018 will take place on July 26th – 29th. Early Bird tickets and Weekly Payment Plan are on sale now. Book Tickets here / 0844 888 4410


The Camping Bestival 2018 Weekly Payment Plan is on sale now. Use our 30-week payment plan from £5 per week.  Book online via Ticketline only.


Adult Weekend Ticket – £180*

Student Weekend Ticket – £175*

Age 13 to 17 Weekend Ticket – £111.20*

Age 10 to 12 Weekend Ticket – £84.75*

Age 5 to 9 Weekend Ticket – £31.75*

Age 4 & Under Weekend Ticket – £10.60*

Babes in Arms (1 & Under) – FREE (but ticket required)*

*All weekend tickets include camping from Thursday

*Please refer to the Camp Bestival Ticket Terms & Conditions

Camping Plus,  Boutique, Backstage and Hospitality tickets are available.

Car Parking – £20 in advance

Campervan Ticket (Field A) – £90 – please read Campervan T&Cs here before booking

Caravan / Trailer Tent Ticket (Field A) – £100 – please read Caravan / Trailer Tent T&Cs here before booking

Festival Programme Pack – £10 (reserve your festival programme pack to collect on site at the festival)