Fun and fantastic music as Camp Bestival in the West Midlands kicks off for the first time

At Camp Bestival: Alice (nine) and Seb Kettle (five), and Ashlee and Graham Kettle from Manchester.

Thousands of people are expected to descend on Weston Park over the next few days to enjoy everything from music and entertainment to spa treatments and fancy dress.

Campers have already set up at the site on the Shropshire/Staffordshire border, with people of all ages gathering for the fun.

Weston Park prepares to welcome festival-goers

The festival, held for the first time in the Midlands, will be a sister event to the existing Camp Bestival at Lulworth Castle, Dorset, which was held last month.

The Dorset event has been run by former Radio 1 DJ Rob da Bank and his wife Josie since 2008.

There will be exciting performances from music industry talent including DJ Fatboy Slim, Rag’n’Bone Man, Self Esteem and Example.

Weston Park prepares to welcome festival-goers

Bewdley’s Becky Hill will headline the program tonight after rising to fame on The Voice.

She will be joined by Scottish party favorites The Proclaimers, global dance music maestro Sasha and M People singer Heather Small.

Weston Park prepares to welcome festival-goers

Audiences tonight will also experience DJ sets from TV star Gok Wan and drag queen Jodie Harsh, as well as a unique performance from pop group Scouting for Girls.

The Beaumont family of West Yorkshire: Lucy (two), Thomas (five), Amy and Jason

However, music is just one aspect of Camp Bestival, which provides excitement and thrills for people of all ages.

Those over 18 can book a Wim Hof-style ice bath, while anyone aged four or over can bathe in a Swedish hot tub.

History buffs can delve into the Stone Age and learn how to create vivid paintings, natural brushwork and beautiful rock art; craft simple stone tools to turn them into arrows; turn the clay into a large lamp; alongside many other primitive crafts.

Mylie Harlow, five, Molly Davies, seven, Tilley Davies, nine and Leyla Harlow, nine, from Tamworth

There is also ax throwing; African drums, dances and arts; circus activities for children; and silent yoga.

For those who love the outdoors, there’s a zipline; wild tree climbing; and bushcraft.

Jan G. Gilbert