29 July 2021

Back at Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival is back! And the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust couldn't be happier to once again be a charity partner for the festival, organised by our awesome Ambassador, Rob Da Bank.

A collage of celebrities - Mary Berry, Rick Astley, Hrvy, Fearne Cotton and Sara Cox, wearing the Trust's limited edition Captain hats

After two years away from the majestic grounds of Lulworth Castle in Dorset, Camp Bestival returns this weekend (29 July-1 August) and we will be there!

Camp Bestival is a multi-award winning festival that combines an all-encompassing family festival experience with an action-packed camping holiday.

The wonderful world of Bestival was born out of 10 fun years of pioneering music events and record releases from Rob da Bank's Sunday Best empire. Rob had a dream to create his vision of how the modern-day festival should be. Along with Creative Director and wife Josie that dream was realised with Bestival and then Camp Bestival.

In addition to the raft of safety measures Camp Bestival will have in place to be COVID-compliant, the Trust team will be taking the same care as we are with our sailing and outdoor activities to make sure everyone who comes to see us and takes part in any of our activities can be confident we are doing everything we can to keep them safe.

So what's going on Camp Bestival

Aye aye Cap'n

There will be a range of free activities for children to enjoy with freestyle drawing on sail cloth and postcards and pictures to colour in. Visitors can enter the paper boat competition, creating their own vessels with popsicle sticks and paper.

Sail across the paddling pool to win a lucky dip and be entered into a special prize draw to win a bundle of Musto kit. There will be boards games for chilling out and everyone can get their hands on our limited edition Camp Bestival Captain hats! Everyone loves a Camp Festival Captain hat!

Thomas inspires

Musician and poet, Thomas Kam Meadley, who first sailed with the Trust in 2019 following treatment for leukaemia, will be on stage (day/time TBC) performing his autobiographical one-man show, Dear Lady Death. In this he tells his story, using music, poetry and film created at the time to chart his diagnosis in the jungles of Laos, his treatment in isolation, a terminal diagnosis and miraculous recovery. This performance is about life, as much as death – that by accepting death, we can begin to truly live. Thomas joined us on our Sound Waves 'Life after blood cancer' podcast episode last summer. Take a listen.

Feel like you're there!

The team on site will be keeping everyone up-to-date with all things Camp Bestival over the weekend across social media at @EMCTrust so make sure you're following

Lindsay Nehorai, Trust Fundraising Manager, said: "It's amazing to be heading back to Camp Bestival! Thank you to Rob and the team for inviting us again and we're really looking forward to seeing everyone there and spreading the word about the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust."

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