Camp Bestival music festival canceled after being battered by storms

The main family festival arena at Lulworth Castle in Dorset has been closed after being battered by wind and rain

The festival was closed early after being hit by bad weather

The Camp Bestival family event was canceled after summer storms hit the site, knocking tents flying.

High winds and driving rain meant many camper tents were flooded while bosses closed all stages due to health and safety fears.

The festival was to be closed tonight by Scottish rock band Simple Minds.

A member of staff at the event said it was blocked off and all areas were “closed”.

He also said the weather had been so harsh that trees had fallen at the site, while others said hundreds of tents had been destroyed or blown away.

A festival-goer took to social media to report that the toilets “collapsed” as high winds swept through the campsite and a little boy had to be “rescued”.

The Tents and Festivals Twitter account said: “Help! @CampBestival the toilet in Campervan A is collapsing! This is not a drill, we just had to save a little boy!”

Festival organizers released a statement on social media this afternoon saying they were “completely devastated and heartbroken” to close the event, but added that they had “the best three days in the history of the Camp Bestival”.







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Campers have been advised they can stay on site if they wish
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A festival-goer walks in the wind and rain at Camp Bestival
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Scottish rock band Simple Minds headlined tonight
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They said they were told by the security team that arenas cannot be reopened today.

The campsite will remain open tonight for people who wish to stay.

The full statement on the Camp Bestival Twitter feed reads: “Dear Camp Bestival, we are completely devastated and sorry to say that we have been advised by our security teams that we cannot reopen the arenas today in due to inclement weather and forecasts of high winds and continued rain today.

“We had the best 3 days ever at Camp Bestival, this was our biggest show with all of our favorite performers, shows, stages and performers that we really enjoyed sharing with you all.

“You are by far the best audience at the festival and we love you very much. It has been such a difficult decision, but the safety of all of you, the families, the children and our staff must be of paramount importance.







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Festival-goers shelter from the rain while watching a show on the main stage at Camp Bestival
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“The campsites will remain open tonight if you wish to continue your stay at Camp Bestival whatever the conditions. Thank you very much for coming and return home safely.”

Prior to canceling the event, Camp Bestival posted a message on Facebook that organizers were reviewing the weather situation and that an update would be provided at 1:30 p.m.

The statement received mixed reactions on social media – with some praising festival staff for taking health and safety so seriously, while others criticized organizers for not making a decision sooner.

Writing on Facebook, Adam Mason said: “Thank you Camp Bestival – I agree that safety is paramount, but I appreciate you not canning it and always trying to keep an event for us.”

Nicola Lloyd added: “Thank you camp bestival, we know you are doing your best!!”.

However, some ticket holders appeared frustrated as they waited for an update from the festival.

Simon Merret said: “Please make a decision one way or the other as soon as possible. Those of us who are still in the campsites need to know what is going on. You can see the same weather forecast than we, so what’s the delay?”

Festival goer Glen Marvell James said on Twitter that his tent was leaking and his seven-year-old son was getting “very restless”.

When he asked if somewhere served tea, the official Camp Bestival Twitter site told him there were stalls available backstage.

But Mr Marvell James replied: “The one in the hospitality business blew up about two hours ago, luckily no one was hurt and the other vendors are either closed or not serving tea/coffee. It’s cold and damp … please make a decision.”

Sarah Mason added: “Beaten by Camp Bestival! High winds and torrential rain destroyed many tents including mine and they have now closed arena operations so I am heading home to dry off. Shame to miss Simple Minds but we’ve had two great nights.”

Bestival organizers are expected to make a decision on the complete closure of the site shortly.

Jan G. Gilbert