Camp Bestival in Dorset adds Instagram hits Clemmie and Simon Hooper from Thanet to its line-up

by Lauren Abbott

They have been described as 'the most well-known parents on Instagram' and now husband and wife Simon and Clemmie Hooper from Kent are joining the line-up of one of the country's biggest family festivals.

Camp Bestival takes place at Lulworth Castle in Dorset and attracts thousands and thousands of families to the three-day long event each year.

Alongside a raft of attractions, theatre shows, live acts, talks and comedy performances aimed at both adults and their offspring, headline music acts this year include Jess Glynne, Nile Rogers and Chic and DJ Annie Mac.

But among other names on the bill this year are Thanet couple Simon and Clemmie Hooper - known on Instagram as Mother of Daughters and Father of Daughters where they have more than 1.5 million followers combined.

Camp Bestival: Clemmie and Simon Hopper from Kent (7673101)
Camp Bestival: Clemmie and Simon Hopper from Kent (7673101)

The parents to daughters - Anya, Marnie and three-year-old identical twins Ottilie and Delilah - will be hosting a DJ set in the famous Bollywood Tent, playing their favourite tracks and challenging each other as families dance the afternoon away.

Simon Hooper last year released Forever Outnumbered about his life raising four daughters. Picture courtesy of Philippa James Photography - www.philippajamesphotography.com.
Simon Hooper last year released Forever Outnumbered about his life raising four daughters. Picture courtesy of Philippa James Photography - www.philippajamesphotography.com.

The Hoopers are part of a new and recently-announced part of the festival called the Parenting Programme - which aims to bring together some of the county's most well known and popular parents from the world of social media.

The programme will be offering everything from advice on single parenting, crafting with youngsters, talks and podcasts on maintaining relationships after children and head to head DJ sets.

Camp Bestival curator Rob da Bank said: "Nearly everyone who comes to Camp, who isn’t a child, is a parent so there’s a lot of us and a lot to learn! But this isn’t some fuddy-duddy university of boring. These are the hottest potatoes in the parenting oven - funny, irreverent, stylish and occasionally musical.

"From Mother of Daughters vs. Father of Daughters DJ Set, to Clemmie Telford’s Lists Live and the amazing Pizzup we wanted to recruit the finest from the Instagram parenting community to help bring their stories and experiences to the festival."

Simon and Clemmie Hooper find their names alongside top headline acts like Jess Glynne
Simon and Clemmie Hooper find their names alongside top headline acts like Jess Glynne

Other acts at Camp Bestival this year, which takes place from July 25 to 28, include The Human League, Sister Sledge, Lewis Capaldi and East 17 alongside Mr Tumble, Mr Bloom, Mister Maker, Sam&Mark and the Cbeebies Bedtime Story Tent.

There are also activities for families including the science tent, fancy dress competitions, silent discos, the world's biggest bouncy castle, woodland crafts, circus skills and kids discos.

To learn more and book tickets visit www.campbestival.net

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