Applications for Camp Bestival 2021 accessibility provisions will open in mid-April.
If you've applied for 2020 Accessibility provisions and are transferring your 2020 festival tickets over to 2021 then please note we have your 2020 applications and will contact you with details about Camp Bestival 2021 Accessibility provisions in early 2021.
IMPORTANT ACCESSIBLE CAMPSITE UPDATE - PLEASE READ
We’ve proven to be very popular over the last few years and are pleased to announce that we’ll be moving to a new home in 2021.
We understand you’ll have questions about the new campsite however, please bear with us as we will be talking more about our new home early next year.
Camp Bestival is committed to making our festival as accessible as possible for all our customers. In working with Attitude is Everything we are always looking to make our Festival an inclusive space for everyone.
Please read all the information below before attending Camp Bestival.
Camp Bestival is an outdoor event utilising the Lulworth Castle grounds. The majority of the grounds are flat and are serviced by a network of paths, however mobility problems are posed on grass areas, particularly in bad weather conditions. If it rains it may get muddy and access around the site (other than on paths) may be very difficult. Electric wheelchairs can tackle most areas without too much trouble but the ground can be uneven in places.
There are some pathways located in the Castle Field, and Magic Meadow areas, but the majority of the festival is on short grass with firm soil. Your personal assistant will need to assist you if it becomes difficult.
We do not offer any internal transport due to the limitations of moving around the site.
There are around 15 different stages and performance areas, which are located in the main arenas.
BOOKABLE ACCESS FACILITIES
All of our Access Facilities can be booked online through the Camp Bestival Accessibility Application form. This will be available soon. Please feel free to go ahead and purchase your ticket for Camp Bestival and check back here soon for information on how to apply for our facilities.
2 FOR 1 – ONE FREE PERSONAL ASSISTANT PASS
Customers requiring assistance throughout the festival are entitled to apply for one free pass for their Personal Assistant/Support worker. Please note that the customer requiring assistance must have a ticket before applying. Once you have purchased your ticket please complete our application form and send it back to us with proof of disability. Here are a few of the documents are accept:
• Middle or Higher rate DLA for care and/or mobility
• Receipt of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
• Evidence of being severely sight impaired
• CredAbility Access Card – + 1 category requirement
• A recognised Assistance Dog ID Card.
HOW TO APPLY
A link to our application form will be posted here soon. Within the form you can apply for a PA ticket, Access camping and car parking.
The ONE FREE pass will be collected at Camp Bestival when you present your matching ID upon arrival and are with your personal assistant. This will not be sent to you in advance, and we will not issue any PA passes without matching ID (Passport or Driving License), so please remember to bring this with you to avoid disappointment! Personal Assistants will also be able to access the viewing platform if there is space available at the time.
If you feel you require a PA at the festival but do not have any of the above evidence, please contact us explaining your requirements, with any evidence you do have, and we will consider it on a case-by-case basis.
Everyone wishing to camp in the Accessible Campsite will need to apply via the Camp Bestival Accessibility Application form.
There are accessible toilets, accessible showers and charging points for electric wheelchair users all located in this campsite. There are also dedicated members of staff located in this field, so please approach them if you have any access requirements or questions.
Please note that a maximum of 6 people (including yourself and your Personal Assistant) may camp in one pitch. Cars are not permitted to stay in the campsite, once unloaded cars need to be parked in the access car park close by.
Due to limited space in the Accessible Campsite field, we need to be strict on how much space each group is allocated. This is set at a 5 x 7m pitch per group/family.
All groups are asked to abide by this so that we can fit as many people in the campsite as possible. Please be considerate of others - if you exceed the pitch size, you are taking space away from others!
Viewing Platforms & areas are located at the following;
The Castle Stage – The viewing platform is located at the back of The Castle Field, located to the right of the Lulworth Castle (When facing the castle from the Castle Stage. This can be accessed from the back of the viewing platform.
All viewing platforms & areas are only accessible to those with the correct passes. There are accessible toilets located on the viewing platforms.
In 2019 the campsite experienced a change in which no cars are allowed to park next to their camping pitches. Instead, cars were parked opposite the campsite just a short walk away. This will be the same system when we move to our new home.
Everyone wishing to park in the accessible car park will need to apply via the Camp Bestival Accessibility Application form.
All those approved to camp in the Accessible Campsite will automatically have space to camp in the Accessible Car Park.
If you are a day ticket holder and have a Blue Badge, you can apply to park in the Accessible Car Park via our online Application Form. Only Blue Badge holders, or those in the Accessible Campsite will be able to use the accessibility car park.
If you are camping in a different campsite to the accessibility campsite, it is not recommended for you to park in the accessible car park, as this is a further distance away. For all other campsites, we recommend you use either the general car park or campsite specific car parks (e.g. Camping Plus Car Park, Backstage Camping Car Park, etc). For yellow camping park in yellow and for green park in green, both of these are the closest to each campsite.
Because of the hills at Camp Bestival and the distance from the entrance to the camping areas, we recommend that you arrive by car.
ARRIVING BY CAR
If you are camping in the Accessible Campsite or need to access the Accessible Carpark, please follow the directions to the Camp Bestival site. Once you are close by you will pick up the dedicated road signs which take you to the accessibility campsite and car park.
For all other campsites, please follow the information on our Travel Info page.
Please always use festival directions when you see them, and turn off SAT NAVs as these are not always up-to-date and may change due to event situations.
Your parking pass for the Accessible Campsite/Car Park will be collected at the festival where it will be allocated to one vehicle only (this also includes a campervan)
ARRIVING BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT
If you are arriving by any bus service, you’ll enter at White gate, which is a very short distance to the Accessible Campsite.
Please contact us directly if you are travelling any other way.
OPENING & CLOSING TIMES
All car parks and campsites will open at 9am on Thursday 29th July 2021.
All campsites close at 12pm on Monday 2nd August 2021 (car parks close at 2pm).
Music and entertainment generally runs from roughly 09:00am – 03:00am each day (The Castle Stage featuring the event headliners finishes at about midnight on Sunday).
No entrance will be granted to Camp Bestival after midnight on any night
Our dedicated Accessibility on-site team will be on site all weekend. They are based at the Accessible Campsite and also have a presence at the viewing platform at The Castle Stage.
Accessible toilets will be provided across site. We will provide further info on their location closer to the festival.
There are accessible toilets at both the Main Stage and Big Top viewing platforms.
MEDICAL AND WELFARE PROVISIONS
If you have any medication that needs to be kept cool, we have fridges available for you to use in the medical tent and also in the access campsite office. The medical tent is open 24 hours a day however the campsite office is only open during the daytime.
The medical tent is located in the Magic Meadow field.
If you would like to bring an Assistance Dog to the festival, please contact us directly first. We will usually request proof that the dog is registered with an organisation that is a member of Assistance Dogs UK.
We would like to advise all customers that flicker, laser, strobe and other lighting effects may be in use at the festival site.
Distances involved around the site will be updated here later in the year.
We recognise that some, particularly those with specific learning difficulties may need to find a space to step away from the crowds and noise. We do our best to provide this but it is difficult in a festival environment.
You will receive a full information pack before the festival detailing arrival information and other FAQs.
Our Access Officer Ellie is responsible for all access-related enquiries and applications. If the information above does not answer your query or you require our information on PDF format you can contact her on the following;
Email – email@example.com
Postal – Camp Bestival, Live Nation, 30 St John Street, London, EC1M 4AY
You should receive a response within roughly 5 working days. This may be longer when nearer the time of the festival, so please do try to be as patient as possible.