Camp Bestival will be held for the first time in the West Midlands at Weston Park

One of the UK’s biggest family music festivals is coming to the West Midlands for the first time next year.

The first-ever Camp Bestival Shropshire will arrive at Weston Park between August 18 and 21.

It will be a sister event to the existing Camp Bestival which attracts thousands of visitors a year to Lulworth Castle in Dorset.

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Organizers say Camp Bestival Shropshire will be a new stand-alone event bringing all the unique and essential family elements of the original Camp Bestival to the heart of England.

Festival co-curators Josie and Rob da Bank said: “The House of da Bank is about to explode with excitement that we can finally announce our first new festival in many years as we kick off Camp Bestival Shropshire.

“Located in the heart of England, Josie and I couldn’t be prouder or more delighted to have finally found a site that is not only worthy of a second Camp Bestival, but is also exquisitely beautiful.

“Weston Park has all the elements we love, magical forests and loads of green fields, lakes and a backdrop of a historic stately home.

“Following the success of Camp Bestival in Dorset, we are delighted to add this new event to our family of festivals to meet popular geographic and practical demand.

“We plan to give this festival as much love and attention as our Heritage Festival in Lulworth and we look forward to seeing you all again at one or the other – or perhaps both!”

Camp Bestival Shropshire will host artists from pop, rap, rock, dance, dub skiffle, swing and other genres – spread across their iconic stages including the Big Top, Bollywood, Caravanserai, Pig’s Big Ballroom and more. A full range will come later this year.

It will also include theatre, shows, wellness workshops, circus shows, side entertainment, comedy, and food and drink.

There will be spacious general camping, camping plus, backstage camping, boutique offers, motorhomes, caravans and more.

Tickets for Camp Bestival Shropshire will go on sale from early November, with the full lineup to be announced later this year.

For more information and to register for presales, go to shropshire.campbestival.net.

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Jan G. Gilbert