Popular music festival Bestival makes its return to the Lulworth Estate for 2018 on the earlier dates of the 2nd to the 5th August after popular demand for the event to be moved to the height of the summer season. Bestival always adopts a new magical and vibrant theme and its latest – ‘Bestival Runs Away to the Circus’ – gives revellers plenty of scope to show their true colours while celebrating the 250th birthday of the circus.
Events and attractions announced to date include the At Car Night Circus Parade, Caravanserai flying trapeze, fire eating and knife throwing artistes, a curious Insect Circus Museum, circus workshops and free haircuts (!), with performer line-ups and other festival highlights to be announced as summer approaches.
If you weren’t quite ready to shake off that summer feeling come the start of September 2017, there was still one more big-name event on the festival circuit to go and this one was right on our doorstep. Bestival, at Lulworth Castle, is a big name on the world festival circuit attracting big names, emerging musical talent, artists, poets, comedians and more, keen to share their gifts with the assembled masses with the most striking festival backdrop, Dorset’s breath-taking Jurassic Coast. It has had world success on the Isle of Wight but made Dorset’s spectacular Lulworth Castle its new permanent home in September 2017.
2017’s line-up was a cracking medley of present-day talent and creative legends who showcased their craft across The Castle Stage, The Box, Temple, Bollywood, Reggae Roots, HMS Bestival, Invaders of the Future, Stacey’s, Club Dada, Jaegerhaus, Caravanserai, Desperados Clubhouse, Ambient Forest and Pig’s Big Record Club.
The main Castle Stage hosted headliners The XX plus A Tribe Called Quest, Petshop Boys, Soulwax, Dizzee Rascal and more across the weekend while hundreds of other big names and intriguing acts included Jamie T, Blossoms, (THE) Charlotte Church’s Late Night Pop Dungeon (Really!) and a BBC Radio 1 Bestival Takeover including Annie Mac, Circa Waves and Toddla T. Plus Roots Manuva, DJ Luck & MC Neat, Oxide & Neutrino, Mr Scruff, (The one and only) Craig Charles with his Funk n Soul Club.
Other attractions included countless fitness, body beautiful, healthy living and wellbeing providers and a whole world’s worth of dining and drinking establishments in The Feast Collective, the biggest ever confetti canon, a giant bouncy castle and the world’s largest glitterball. Revellers could opt for a day ticket to catch all their favourite acts and entertainers across the festival’s collection of landmark venues or grab their tent, tipi, yurt, etc and make a wonderful, unforgettable weekend of it.