HMS Camp Bestival 2018

Great big ship ahoy! The Camp Bestival crew are ecstatic to reveal our acclaimed oceanic wonder, HMS Camp Bestival, will make its triumphant landlocked debut at Lulworth Castle this summer.

A mind-blowing sight to behold, you won’t be able to miss our immense, life-sized ship filled with maritime adventure and seafaring frolics. From panto and cabaret to cruise ship entertainment and interactive amusements for all the family, it’s guaranteed to be a huge shipload of fun. Book your berth now and set sail with us this 26thto 29th of July at Lulworth Castle.

Captain of the ship Rob da Bank said: “This is one of the most exciting additions to Camp Bestival in its decade sailing the seven seas… yes, shipmates HMS Camp Bestival, a real life mahoosive ship, is berthing smack in the middle of our site with all manner of mayhem. From family raves with me and my 12-year-old son Arlo going back to back, and Fearne Cotton spinning the wheels of steel, to our very first cabaret shows, the good ship is gonna be off its anchor all weekend!”

Cruising on the crest of a cabaret wave aboard our mega-boat marvel, day one at sea boasts on board shows including an odyssey of camp singalong greats from The Ginger Johnson Experience and buccaneering contemporary pantomime treats thanks to Pirates of Panto. Expect madcap Afternoon Fun with The Bluecoats, whose array of games on the day could include All Hands on Dec, Massage in a Bottle, Man The Poop Deck, Battenberg Down the Hatches, Gurning Through a Life Ring, and the epic Iceberg Lettuce Titanic Game. And Friday’s early evening disco will see family dancing joy with Fearne Cotton on the flex behind the decks.

Saturday at sea adds championship exhibitionism and contests galore to the cabaret fun with myriad sailors, mermaids, sea life and more amazing dressing up high jinks and costumes for the Camp Bestival Fancy Dress Parade! Plus, we’ll have our annual, fiercely fought Pimp My Trolley contest hosted by Sara Cox, the Family Fancy Dress competition and hirsute hilarity with the Beard & Moustache competition. The Ginger Johnson Experience is back with more variety on the ivories, there’s even more Afternoon Fun with The Bluecoats, whose oceanic entertainment may possibly feature shipboard shenanigans such as Anchors A Weigh – Guess the Weight of The Butter, When the Ship Goes Down You Better Be Ready, Mustard Stations, Cruise Ship Talent Contest, Find Your Seat at The Captain’s Table and Rock the Boat. While evening disco action sees the Da Bank Family Rave take centre stage with dancefloor classics guaranteed.

On our final day of sail, pantomime purveyors Pirates of Panto return for more audience interaction and storytelling, plus there’s craft in the cabins courtesy of Hat Decorating with Ellen MacArthur Trust. Sunday’s Afternoon Fun with The Bluecoats may just feature the likes of DILF or No DILF?, Three Sheets to The Wind, Ship Shape and Bristol Fashionista, Shiver Me Timbers, Race for Life – The Seaman’s Mission and The All-Inclusive Eating Competition among its litany of briny delights. And our shipload of cheer wraps up for the weekend with our favourite family rave specialists Big Fish Little Fish, who swap a life on the ocean rave for an all-out Indie Disco!

Don’t forget there are a host of premium camping experiences including Camping PlusBackstage Camping and Hospitality Camping on sale now.

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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 10-week payment plan to purchase your tickets meaning that an adult ticket can now be bought at a payment of £19 per week over 10 consecutive weekly payments following your initial deposit payment. Book online via Ticketline only.


  • Adult Weekend Ticket – £197.50*
  • Student Weekend Ticket – £185*
  • Age 13 to 17 Weekend Ticket – £125*
  • Age 10 to 12 Weekend Ticket – £98.75*
  • Age 5 to 9 Weekend Ticket – £45*
  • Age 4 & Under Weekend Ticket – £15*
  • 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)

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