Calling all fun-loving festival lovers. Clear your calendars! This isn’t your ordinary beach vacay or road trip with your pals.

It’s a four-day fest, jam-packed with exhilarating entertainment, mouth-watering food, and vibin’ tunes from 27th to 30th July 2023. Camp Bestival is turning 15 and it’s throwing the mother of all parties at its home in Lulworth Castle, Dorset.

This iconic summer fest is returning in full swing, and it’s got everything you could wish for. From the powerhouse vocals of Ella Henderson to the indie soundwaves of The Kooks, this is one melting pot of music styles. If you’re like me and you just can’t resist the infectious beats of Confidence Man, prepare to lose yourself in their feel-good party anthems.

No one puts it better than the wizards behind the event, Josie & Rob da Bank: “Just look at what we’ve got for you happy campers – something for everyone… Prepare to make some seriously strong memories at our beautiful castle by the sea.”

The festival doesn’t only cater to music aficionados. If your mini me’s/siblings have tagged along, Camp Bestival has a dedicated kiddie section with Cosmic Kids Yoga, Junior Jungle, and even a chance for them to make some mud pies or learn drum workshops – because why not, right?

Come Saturday, brace yourself for the magic as the HMS Camp Bestival stage anchors in the Magical Meadow. Get ready for a lineup that promises to light the place up. Between the electrifying anthems of Woody Cook (yes, he’s Fatboy Slim’s son) and Jaguar Skills’ 15th birthday mashup, the atmosphere is guaranteed to be electric.

Now, what’s a festival without a theme? It’s time to unleash your wild side because this year’s theme is Animal Snap. You can rock a giraffe onesie or unleash your inner peacock – the choice is yours. There are over 8 million species out there, so go wild. Plus, it’s all for a good cause. Camp Bestival is partnering up with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) for this event.

While you’re there, don’t forget to explore Caravanserai, the festival within the festival. From trapeze artists to brass bands, it’s a guaranteed out-of-this-world experience. And for those who are looking for some enlightenment, the Literary Institute has got you covered with a ton of insightful talks and Q&As.

We’ve saved the best for last – food! Feast Collective, curated by the team behind The Little Gloster, is back to indulge your taste buds. From handpicked traders to daily cocktail hours, it’s every foodie’s dream come true.

Are you ready to create some Insta-worthy memories and experience the summer of your lives? Grab your favourite people and frolic where the wild things are at Camp Bestival Dorset, taking place at Lulworth Castle from 27 to 30 July 2023. Grab your tickets from before they go and the unfortunate wrath of FOMO makes its pesky appearance.

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By Lavina Rose