THE first ‘northern’ Camp Bestival has received a big thumbs-up from parents – and, just-as-importantly, their kids.
The family-oriented festival – a new sister event to the award-winning Dorset-based fixture – was held last weekend at Weston Park, the former home of V Festival on the Shropshire/Staffs borders.
Around 18,000 revellers saw performances from the likes of DJ Fatboy Slim, the 'Human' singer Rag ‘n’ Bone Man and Becky Hill, breakout star from The Voice.
Also on the bill was Radio 2 DJ Sara Cox, who span 80s’ mega hits and even renewed her wedding vows.
Children’s entertainment on the main stage included Mr Tumble, Mister Maker, Horrible Histories and Brainiac Live.
There was plenty laid on for little ones away from the arena, including numerous circus activities and shows, science shows, wild-water swimming, tree climbing and classic fairground rides.
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Accommodation options included standard camping, boutique tents, campervan sites and even backstage camping, with quick and easy access to the main stage.
“Josie and I are over the moon with the support we’ve received for our very first Camp Bestival Shropshire,” said co-founder Rob da Bank, who co-promotes the events with his wife.
“It’s been such a joy to watch families camping together and experiencing everything we’ve packed up in our magic trunk of delights in such a beautiful setting.”
The festival has received a raft of positive feedback on social media.
“It was incredible,” said Twitter user Jon Hilton.
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“Great line-up, seemingly endless things to do away from the main stage, plus we discovered our six-year-old loves to rave.”
“I can’t even begin to describe how amazing Fatboy Slim was at Camp Bestival,” said Nicola Grantham. “Words just aren’t enough”
Kate Seasman described it as “A weekend of colour, music and beautiful people, smiling everywhere.
"Great for big kids and little kids alike. We had a ball.”
Jennifer Platt said a late-night set from Mercury award-nominee Self Esteem was “a life-changing moment” for her 12-year-old daughter. “She is awestruck.”
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Camp Bestival Shropshire is set to return in 2023, with Super Early Bird tickets on sale at 10am on Friday 26 August.
Details on the Shropshire and Dorset events can be found on the official site.
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