Camp Bestival has officially been cancelled. The festival organisers told devastated families at just after 13.30 this afternoon.
A representative for Camp Bestival told Express.co.uk the refund policy for tickets will be published ASAP.
UPDATE: 15.30, 29 July 2018
A Camp Bestival representative told a Twitter user: “Hi, we will issue our ticket refunds policy as quickly as possible x.”
Earlier they said: “We have been advised by our safety teams that we can not re-open arenas again today due to the severe weather and the forecasting of continual high winds and rain today. This has been the toughest decision we’ve ever had to make. x”
UPDATE: 14.56, 29 July 2018
One camper has told of the ‘tent tsunami’ he and his family were rescued from, describing it as “the most frightening experience of my life to date”.
Howard Tingay posted on the Camp Bestival Facebook page: “I would like to thank those that rescued myself and two little girls from our tent in Camping plus green area.Most frightening experience of my life to date.
“It was like a tent tsunami which took us all unaware. I had to dig my 4year old daughter out and my friends daughter.
“I am so grateful to the kindness and help of the people passing. I would like you to know that we only haveminor injuries and still can’t believe it.. we are alive and well and in the car, safe and sound whilst friends surf through the wreckage. Thank you from the bottom of my [heart] sarah and family xxxx”
UDPATE: 14.27, 29 July 2018
A woman camping at Camp Bestival last night commented on Facebook that she didn’t think the campsites were safe. Emma Routen said: “What a hard decision to make. I think the campsites are pretty unsafe too and didn’t feel safe being told to stay there so left this morning.
“Great news about a refund being issued as I am in the market for a new tent.”
Jon Tinning added: ” Tough decision. But well done for making it.
“A very large tree split and came down near the backstage camping. With the amount of large trees around the site, that could happen and cause serious injury.”
UPDATE: 14.16, 29 July 2018
Bex Welch commented on the Facebook post announcing the cancellation describing the general camping area as “like the walking dead”.
She said: “The scene in the general camping area is a bit like the walking dead with abandoned tents though which is a bit sad as the clean up will be even harder for staff!”
On Twitter, Susan said: “Outrageous. Never before heard of a festival called off. No contingency. Why not open the big top even!!!!!”
Camp Bestival: The festival has been cancelled after advice from the safety team
We can not re-open arenas again today due to the severe weather
UPDATE: 13.35, 29 July 2018
Camp Bestival has been cancelled.
A message on the Camp Bestival website reads: “Dear Camp Bestival, we are utterly devastated and heartbroken to say that we have been advised by our safety teams that we can not re-open arenas again today due to the severe weather and the forecasting of continual high winds and rain today.
“We have had the best 3 days in Camp Bestival’s history, it’s been our greatest ever show with all our favourite performers, shows, stages and artists which we have thoroughly enjoyed sharing with you all. You are by far the best festival audience and we love you dearly.
“This has been such a tough decision, but the safety of all you guys, the families, kids, and our working staff has to be of paramount importance.
“The campsites will remain open tonight if you want to continue with your Camp Bestival stay regardless of the conditions. Thank you so much for coming and please get home safely. Lots of love Robby, Josie and all the Camp Bestival family…”
- We will issue our ticket refunds policy as quickly as possible
- Taxis are now available from Green Gate
- You are welcome to stay in the campsites which are open until 2pm on Monday
- Traders will remain open in campsites
People who have been at the festival this weekend are taking to Twitter to thank the organisers for keeping them safe.
Mel Brolly said: “Loved my time at #CampBestival but an early escape was essential. Wow, what a weekend, what a storm.”
Camp Bestival: Pictures coming from the site show how wet and windy it really is
Camp Bestival: People are taking to social media to say their tents have been destroyed by the rain
Another added: “We saw the weather warning late last night at #campbestival so packed up the tent and kids and slept in the car (our tent was already struggling in the wind).
“One of the kids was sick in the night so we drove home at 6am. Think we made right choice.”
Two hours ago the festival organisers posted to Twitter: “We’re currently reviewing the weather situation with your safety as our absolute priority.
“Campsites and traders are still open with food and drink available. Next update at 1.30pm. Thanks for your patience.”
And last night they told campers to make sure all guy ropes are secured.
It tweeted: “With the wind incoming don’t forget to close up all your tent flaps, make sure your pegs & guy ropes are secured, remove any objects lying on top of your tent or ropes, and do a little sun dance for tomorrow.”