The Camp Bestival crew are excited to announce Wildlife as the fancy dress theme for Weston Park this summer. Following the fancy dress free-for-all that marked our inaugural outing, we’ve heard the calls for us to bring one of our famous themes to the heart of the country. So, we’re doing what comes naturally and swapping the anything goes ethos for a bit more focus in our fancy dressing.
From badgers, owls, or farmyard frolickers, right through to sea creatures, jungle dwellers and even insects, Camp Bestival is letting campers go wild at Weston Park this summer with fantastic, fauna-themed fun times galore. And, adding even more excitement to proceedings, radio legend and long-time friend of the festival Sara Cox will return to judge the family fancy dress competition on Saturday 19th August.
“Hello campers! I can’t believe it’s nearly time to be venturing out into the fields of Weston Park once more for Camp Bestival Shropshire… I’m beyond excited.
“You’d better start planning your outfits because if this year’s Fancy Dress Saturday is anything like last time, then it’s going to be tough competition! You’re a brilliantly inventive bunch and I can’t wait to clap eyes on all your wild creations.” – Sara Cox
Camp Bestival curators Josie & Rob da Bank worked closely with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to finalise the Wildlife theme. The charity will also be an official partner for the 2023 edition of the festival.
“OK so we’ll be straight up. We weren’t sure if we were going to have a theme for dressing up at Camp Bestival Shropshire this year (as you all made such a brilliant effort and seemed to nail it in our first year!) but you spoke, and we listened! So many of you have been in touch asking what the theme is, so we had a think and chatted with our lovely friends over at WWF and can reveal that our theme for 2023 is… WILDLIFE! Yes, that’s the animal kingdom covered and some great options for you to choose and get inspired from the millions of species on this planet! We want you to think laterally too and a bit off the beaten track, so think about being wild and living a wild-life or think about where else you might discover wildlife… or just come back to good old animals and birds. We love your adventurousness, ingenuity and creativity and can’t wait to see what you come up with!” – Josie & Rob da Bank
“Across the world, and in the UK, nature is on its knees. Half of all UK native species are in decline, and population sizes of global wildlife have plummeted by 69% on average since 1970.
“But it isn’t too late to turn things around. With this year’s ‘Wildlife’ theme, WWF is delighted to be working with Camp Bestival to share our work with festivalgoers and get vital support to bring our world back to life by protecting and restoring species and habitats for the benefit of future generations.” - Louise Oakley, Director of Events and Community Fundraising at WWF
So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your outfits now and be ready for some outrageously wild times this summer at Weston Park.