Driving to Camp Bestival Lulworth Castle: Route, Parking and Breakdown Tips

Going to a festival can be both exciting and stressful – here’s what you need to know to make getting to Camp Bestival a breeze.

According to new data from LV = Britannia Rescuecar trouble is one of the most common festival accidents in the country, along with phone running out of battery, sunburn, getting stuck in mud and a flooded tent.

The convenience store says that more than three out of five festival-goers (62%) will travel by car this summer, but 35% say they do not check their car before traveling.

To help festival-goers prepare for practice this weekend, they share their tips for tackling common motor calamities.


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Access map to Camp Bestival

Taking place at Lulworth Castle, East Lulworth, advice for motorists is not to follow the sat nav instructions, but use the driving directions detailed below and then follow Camp Bestival event signage as the festival approaches.

With the festival located in the heart of Dorset, whichever direction you’re coming from, here are the roads you should take:

From the East (via/near Bournemouth)

Follow the M27/A31 through Ringwood to Bere Regis. Follow signs to Wool, then follow event signage.

From the west (via/near Dorchester)

From the A35 ring road in Dorchester, take the A352 towards Wool and Wareham. Then follow the event signage.

Parking at Camp Bestival

Buy your Camp Bestival parking packages in advance is cheaper, but if you can’t make it, you can also pay for camping on arrival – but note that they only accept cashless payments.

If purchased in advance weekend parking is £20 and daytime parking is £10. At the door they cost £25 and £15 respectively.

Expert tips for getting to Camp Bestival

After identifying the main automotive concerns experienced by festival-goers, LV = Britannia Rescue offered the following advice to motorists heading to Camp Bestival this weekend.

One in five festival-goers (22%) say they missed their favorite act due to car trouble, and 65% of those who broke down at a festival said it ruined their whole experience. A common cause is not checking tire pressure.

Before embarking on a long trip, it is important to check the tires to ensure that everything is in working order.

Almost half (47%) of Britons admit to overloading their car for festivals, with the same percentage saying they are guilty of playing ‘Car Tetris’ when it comes to trying to pack their belongings personal. Often the tire pressure will need to be adjusted to account for this extra weight.

While breaking down is never fun – especially if it’s for the first time – it’s a common problem for festival-goers, with 15% saying they broke down along the way.

In the event of a breakdown, the first thing to do is to put the car in a safe place as soon as the warning signs appear. If you break down on a highway with a hard shoulder, park there, get out of the car, and wait behind the guardrail if there is one. If there is no shoulder on the freeway, find an emergency shelter area to park in and do the same.

Once stopped, remember to turn on the hazard warning lights and, if necessary, place a warning triangle about 45 meters from the car. Then call the troubleshooters and use What3Words or a GPS location from a mobile phone to let them know your location.

Even if you make it all the way to the festival without a hitch, according to research by LV=, 29% of festival-goers got their wheels stuck in the mud.

To get unstuck, reduce the weight of the car by asking passengers to get out and stand safely away from the car. Accelerate slowly without the wheel spinning, as this could cause the car to sink deeper.

Having a shovel handy to dig out the wheels will be very helpful, as laying car mats in front of your wheels can help get the traction needed to get unstuck – just make sure the engine is off first.

Henry Topham, Managing Director of LV= Britannia Rescue, said: “The ongoing rail strikes have left many Britons relying on their cars to get to their favorite festivals this summer.

“From breakdowns along the way to lost keys and getting stuck in the mud, no one wants car drama to ruin their festival experience, so it’s important to make sure you’ve taken the necessary precautions before heading out for a long trip.

“This includes checking your tyres, oil and water pressure and making sure you know what to do if you start having car trouble.”

Jan G. Gilbert