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Festival fun on the Jurassic Coast

Posted by at 08:12 on Friday 10 June 2011

If you're planning a holiday in the UK this year then why not combine four days of festival fun with one of England's most beautiful stretches of coast.

On the 28th July, Camp Bestival returns to Dorset's dramatic Jurassic Coast with a line up to get the whole family excited, from The National Ballet to Primal Scream, organic delights at River Cottage Cafe to a live jousting show. After discovering that 74% of their festival goers considered Camp Bestival to be a holiday, Rob da Bank's team have come up with even more reasons to pitch up at Lulworth Castle, sit back and be entertained this year. 

Headliners include Blondie, House of Pain, Eliza Doolittle, Katy B, Beardy-man alongside DJs Norman Jay, DJ Yoda and Grove Armada's Red Light. But Camp Bestival isn't just about the music. Comedy, theatre, dance, food, sports and a whole lot more will be spread across numerous entertainment zones; Castle Field, Kids Garden, Big Top, Bollywood, Black Dahlia, East Lulworth Literary Institute and the Freestyle Sports Park. The Gruffulo and Mr Tumble, slapstick extraordinaire, will be on hand with numerous other forms of entertainment for the kids.

For those that aren't keen on pitching a tent there are heaps of comfortable glamping options and stress-relieving touches, including a trolley service, hot showers, picnic areas and free entry for kids under 10. With campsites open from midday on the Thursday there's now plenty of time to settle before the fun starts. 

Sam, the shepherd's hut. Photo: Canopy and StarsSam, the shepherd's hut. Photo: Canopy and Stars

Lulworth Castle is close to some of the most beautiful parts of the West Country so why not enjoy Camp Bestival as part of a longer holiday in the area. Here's our pick of some of the best green places to stay near by: 

1. Soak up some naval history, take a boat trip along the Jurassic Coast or relax on the beach in Weymouth. The Channel Guest House has rooms with sea views for under £100 per night. 
2. Go back in time by booking into Rosie, the 1930s gypsy caravan or Sam the shepherd's hut at The Old Forge near Shaftesbury. Both sleep two people and cost £190 for a two night stay. 
3. Indulge in boutique luxury with an eco conscience at The Bournemouth Hotel, a haven for foodies with a deliciously local 9 course taster menu for £45. 
4. Jump on a ferry from Poole to Guernsey or Poole to Cherbourg for some of The Channel's finest sun, sea, wine and cheese

>> For Camp Bestival ticket information see Ticketline or call 0844 888 4410 and try The Big Green Coach company for a green and stress free way of getting there
>> Check out what other holidays and places to stay Greentraveller has on offer in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset
>> For information on ferries from Poole see our Ferry Planner or book with Brittany Ferries 

Sweeping coastlines and sea air. Photo: Holly TuppenSweeping coastlines and sea air. Photo: Holly Tuppen

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