LULWORTH Castle's younger sibling of Bestival was devised as the ultimate family-friendly festival, writes Tony Glynn.
No surprise then that entertainment for all ages is the priority, and so this year's lineup had to make room for the rock'n'roll superstars of kiddies TV alongside the more usual bookings of a festival.
On Saturday afternoon, the Cbeebies favourite Mr Tumble packed a bigger crowd than any other act.
Daytimes saw appearances by other kiddie icons such as Dick and Dom and Horrible Histories, and puppet shows, pantomimes and storytelling.
But what was quite clever was the inclusion of acts that appeal to both children and adults in equal measure. I'm talking about The Wurzels and The Proclaimers.
The highlight for me was perhaps Friday afternoon, when The Farm, Ash and The Proclaimers brought some well-earned nostalgia to parents feeling the pinch of backache, earache and perhaps heartache after a quick look into the wallet.
The Farm's Peter Hooton regaled us with scouse wit and "dad dancing" advice to the strains of Groovy Train and All Together Now – a song which deserves a bigger place in history and should be played to anyone about to start a fight, bully someone or merely moan about not having their own way all the time.
Of course, the inbetweeners (as in those too old for Tumble and too young for Ash, not the TV programme) had their share too with Gabrielle Aplin, DJ Fresh, Labrinth and Too Many T's. And others.
But other highlights were certainly The Polyphonic Spree's rendition of The Rocky Horror Show's soundtrack, Musical Youth performing soul and ska classics, Richard Hawley, The Levellers, Kid Creole And The Coconuts, Grandmaster Flash, The Cuban Brothers, Heaven 17, Nik Kershaw and Skinny Lister.
Add to this non-musical sets by John Cooper Clarke (who was drowned out by a nearby tent but trooped on nonetheless), Alan Davies and others, and there was enough to keep revellers busy.
Particularly if limited by family constraints. Camp Bestival certainly has a packed schedule, but not so packed that you will miss countless other treats if you indulge in one. Not only is it a Glastonbury for the full family, but (and perhaps more importantly) a Glastonbury for those who haven't got the time – or energy – to take in a fair portion of it.