Where is Camp Bestival? How to get there or avoid the festival traffic

Camp Bestival traffic will be a slight annoyance for anyone heading to the amazing family event in Dorset.

But for the locals and everyone else in the area, it might just be a bit more frustrating.

Fortunately there is plenty of information on the roads to take to get there – or to avoid during the few days of the festival if you have nothing to do with it.

READ MORE: Camp Bestival founder Rob da Bank tells Dorset Live what the festival is really about

Here’s a quick guide to getting there – directions, parking information and the roads that will be affected.

Camp Bestival 2021 runs from Thursday July 29 to Sunday August 1.

Where is Camp Bestival?

The festival takes place at Lulworth Castle in East Lulworth which is of course in beautiful Dorset and not far from Lulworth Cove which attracts many beach lovers every summer.

Official advice from festival organizers is NOT to use your SatNav, however.

Instead, the festival fact sheet suggests following the signs along the following routes:

  • From the East (via/near Bournemouth) – Follow the M27/A31 via Ringwood to Bere Regis. Follow signs to Wool. Then follow the 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.

The Camp Bestival traffic plan

Dorset Council and Dorset Police will put in place road closures and one-way systems around the Lulworth Castle site to manage expected traffic to and from the festival.

These will include, at various times before, during and after the event, temporary one-way systems and speed limits for sections of the B3070, B3071, C48, New Buildings Road and Holme Lane.

There will also be a temporary stop to the right of the A352 Wareham Road, East Stoke on the B3070, from 07:00 on 29 July until 17:00 on 1 August.

More information is available from Dorset Council traffic map website.

Or you can call APL Event Ltd on 01661842394 and/or Dorset Highways Traffic Team on 01305 221020 to ask for further details.

How to find your Camp Bestival campsite

The entry you want depends on the type of ticket you have.

The festival travel guide explains: “As you approach the event, please follow the relevant signage that relates to your ticket type:

• General camping tickets – Follow the signs for the camping parking lots, then enter the site through the YELLOW GATE

• Boutique Camping – Follow signs for Boutique Camping, enter the site via YELLOW GATE

• Day tickets – Follow the signs for the car parks, enter the site via the YELLOW GATE

• General Motorhomes/Caravans: follow the signs for the campground parking lots, then enter the site through the YELLOW GATE

• Wild Tribe Tipi Camp – Follow signs for campground parking lots, then enter site via YELLOW GATE

• Camp Pre-Pitch – Follow signs for campground parking lots, then enter site via YELLOW GATE

• Front Row Campervans/Caravans – Follow signs to Front Row Campervan field then enter site via BROWN GATE

• Camping Plus – Follow the signs for the camping car parks, then as you approach the camping car parks, enter the site via GREEN GATE

• Campsite accessibility – follow the signs indicating the campsite car parks, then when approaching the site, enter through the RED DOOR

• Backstage Camping – follow the signs for the campsite car parks, then as you approach the site, enter through WHITE GATE

• Hospitality Camping – follow the signs for the campsite car parks, then as you approach the site, enter through the PORTE BLANCHE

NOTE: Please do not follow your sat nav once you are on the A352 as some roads will be closed.

When do the Camp Bestival car parks and campsites open?

This varies for each day of the event.

The times below will help you plan your arrival – or when to avoid the area if you don’t want to be stuck in queues.

There is no entry to the festival site after midnight on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. This advances to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Don’t forget that Saturday is costume day – complete with themed movies – so it may be one of the busiest days, as it’s a beloved Camp Bestival tradition.

To enter the festival, you must have a genuine barcoded ticket and meet the coronavirus entry requirements.

Thursday July 29

  • Car parks open: 9 a.m.
  • Opening of campsites: 10 a.m. (the accessible campsite opens at 9 a.m.)
  • Opening of motorhomes and caravans: 10:00 a.m.
  • Ticket office: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Upper Magic Meadow: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
  • Upper kindergarten: 4:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
  • Lower kindergarten: 4:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

friday july 30

  • Car parks: 07:00 a.m. – 00:00 a.m.
  • Ticket office: 08:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
  • Pre magic: 08:30 a.m. – 03:00 a.m.
  • Upper Kindergarten: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
  • Lower Kindergarten: 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • Field of the Castle: 10:30 a.m. – 00:00 a.m.

Saturday July 31

  • Car parks: 07:00 a.m. – 00:00 a.m.
  • Ticket office: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Pre magic: 08:30 a.m. – 03:00 a.m.
  • Upper Kindergarten: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
  • Lower Kindergarten: 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • Field of the Castle: 10:30 a.m. – 00:00 a.m.

Sunday August 1

  • Car parks: 7 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Ticket office: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Pre magic: 08:30 a.m. – 01:00 a.m.
  • Upper children’s garden: 8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Lower Kindergarten: 8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • (Kids Gardens closes at 8:00 p.m. for the fireworks display)
  • Field of the Castle: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

monday august 2

  • Closing of campsites: 12:00 p.m.
  • Closing of car parks: 2 p.m.


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How much do Camp Bestival car parks cost?

If you have pre-booked through Ticketmaster, weekend parking is £20 and advance parking is £10.

Turning up is always an option when it comes to parking, but it means the cost can be up to £25 cash, payable on arrival, for a weekend ticket, or £15 per day for day parking .

How to get to Camp Bestival without a car

Wareham and Wool are the nearest stations, but you would need a taxi to and from the festival site.

The Big Green Coach company offers direct journeys to and from the festival from London Victoria coach station.

Departure from the Bestival camp

It might not be easy even if you leave the festival early.

Camp Bestival advice says: “If you are driving home, bear in mind that it is holiday time in Dorset so there may be traffic unrelated to the event. The A31 will be busy from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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