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Youngsters 'go wild' as Camp Bestival kicks off

Published 31/07/2015

Rob da Bank, the organiser behind Camp Bestival, which is taking place this weekend in Lulworth Castle, Dorset (Bestival/PA)
Rob da Bank, the organiser behind Camp Bestival, which is taking place this weekend in Lulworth Castle, Dorset (Bestival/PA)

Youngsters of all ages have been "going wild" at family-friendly Camp Bestival which gets under way with chart-toppers Clean Bandit headlining the first night.

Set in the grounds of Lulworth Castle in Dorset, the three-day event is packed full of activities aimed at inspiring both children and their parents.

Headliners for the younger members of the crowd include Mr Tumble, Dick and Dom and The Cat in the Hat while the older ones are set to enjoy shows by Underworld, Kaiser Chiefs, Level 42, Bob Geldof and Alison Moyet.

Topping the bill tonight are Cambridge-based electronic group Clean Bandit who won a Grammy award for their number one hit Rather Be.

Event organiser Rob da Bank said: "I don't know where to start with our typically all encompassing, diverse and pretty wild line-up.

"As Camp veterans know, music is only one part of the adventure and our incredible creative crew have really pulled it out of the bag with some really wild arts and kids shenanigans from The Train Trip to West End Kids and all the amazing workshops and wild activities to boot."

Camp Bestival was launched in 2008 by the former Radio 1 DJ as a sister event to his original event Bestival on the Isle of Wight.

A large section of the festival site is devoted to children ranging from the BigTopMania where they can learn circus skills to the woodland arena where they can take part in nature-inspired activities such as learn how to identify trees and have a close encounter with owls and falcons.

The weekend also has a fancy-dress theme of Go Wild encouraging everyone to use their imagination to dress up as anything from walking shrubs to creepy crawlies.

New this year is ferret racing and there will be horseback displays by the Wild Warriors of the Cossack.

Nausicaa Rufener, who brought her five-year-old daughter Marie to the event, said: "This is our first time here and I can't believe how colourful and fun everything is - it's great for the kids, so much to do."

While thousands of people are pitching their own tents, many have opted for the range of "glamping" options headed by Tangerine Fields which provides pre-erected tents to ensure arrival is as as easy as possible with tipis and yurts also available on site.

Also available is Camping Plus which provides a pre-allocated space in which to pitch your tent.

And for those seeking a moment of relaxation and escape, The Hideaway is a corner of the site dedicated to yoga, massages and the hot tub bus run by Bathing Under The Sky as well as being the starting point for Nature Runs - jogging while keeping in close contact with the natural surroundings.

Music on the main stages also includes shows from emerging acts such as Mercury prize nominee Kate Tempest, Slaves and George The Poet as well as more established acts Wretch 32 and Professor Green.

Children's shows include the Insect Circus, West End Kids, BRIT School, Royal Albert Hall's Albert's Band and the award winning Funky Little Choir with workshops for the youngsters being run as well.

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