Magic & Adventure in the Dingly Dell
Taking time to do something different with your family is one of the greatest wonders of Camp Bestival. And making memories with the little ones doesn’t get more magical than in the Dingly Dell. From storytelling and campfire songs to creative play, physical fun and even interactive fun with world renowned mycological experts from Kew Gardens, it’s a woodland refuge filled with fairy tale and adventure. So be sure to gather your clan and head beneath the enchanting canopy of old English trees this July at Lulworth Castle. Journey deep into nature’s playground and discover intriguing facts with Grow Wild the national outreach initiative of Kew Gardens, as they illuminate the wonder of fungi in a dynamic and interactive installation. Fact-filled scientists from the Grow Wild team will take you curious nature explorers on sensory Nature Quests deep through the Dingly Dell to discover how to spot fungi in the wild and how to grow and nurture this amazing and evolving organism when you’re back at home. Help build your own adventure playground with the award winning Woodland Tribe. Grab some tools and some wood and create a castle, a den, a boat, a swing, whatever you like! And then enjoy some time with the musicians, storytellers and firekeepers of the glorious Magic Teapot and join in with a song, a story and a listening ear at the beautiful and lovingly handmade wooden micro-venue. Fuel your imagination and love for the outdoors at Lizzie’s Way. A woodland wonderland within our magical realm, you can make a mud pie, at the Mud Café, create a magic spell in the colourful Potions Lab, dress up for some Woodland Snaps, perform your own show at the Puppet Theatre and curl up for a story with your parents in our Story Den. And if you love creating things with your hands then workshops and activities in the Crafty Corner include tie-dye, postcard making and jewellery making. On Friday, don’t miss the chance to catch author and illustrator David Litchfield as he returns to read his award-winning book, The Bear & The Piano accompanied by live music. Following the reading you can join in with David as he creates a piece of animal themed artwork. Travel further still and find the magic of adventure deep in the heart of the Dingly Dell. Especially for daredevils aged six or over, Wild Tree Climbing is back by popular demand. Don’t miss the chance to learn from highly skilled instructors how to use ropes, knots, carabineers and harnesses and climb to the top of the tree. And the Outdoor Zipline is back too for mini adventurer's aged between four and eight. Be sure to take the chance to fly down from the highest tree canopy and feel the wind in your hair and excitement in your chest. Ensuring all bases are covered when it comes to magical wonderlands, this year the Dingly Dell will also be home to the Frozen Mole. Giving adults their own little patch of perfection in the boscage, the Frozen Mole is a bijou bar with cosy seating and enticing décor, offering mum and dad somewhere lush to hang out while the kids commune with nature.