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Rob Da Bank: My West Country

Rob Da Bank: My West Country

Radio 1 DJ and Bestival and Camp Bestival organiser Rob Da Bank on why he loves to weekend in the country.

How do you relax on a weekend in the country?

We have a house on the Isle of Wight, which is possibly the most relaxing spot in the UK. As soon as we get there I can feel my shoulders relax and with no real neighbours and little traffic it’s a bit like going back in time. I like sailing, windsurfing, bike rides with the kids, sitting in deckchairs and country pubs for the relaxation factor!

Where is your favourite place in the West Country?

Lulworth Cove...and not just because Camp Bestival is up the road! I love that Jurassic coastline and Mrs da Bank and I have walked it many a time. Bats Head, Durdle Door and the Cove are all special places with loads of history from smuggling to dinosaurs. The actual Cove is a classic old school seaside spot for mucking around with the kids, paddling and having ice cream smeared across your face and clothes by the young ones.

Will you tell us about a local hidden gem that you love to frequent?

The Square and Compass in Worth Matravers is a beauty! Hard to locate initially and even harder to leave after a few ales, it’s easily the best pub in the Uk and I cant wait for my next visit!

Which are your favourite West Country festivals and do you get time to go to them?

Obviously Camp Bestival is in my diary each year! I’ve been a devoted fan of the Big Chill in the past, Beautiful Days in Devon is a lovely family festival, the Eden Sessions are a great new addition and I haven’t been but I’ve heard that Beachbreak Live in Cornwall has a great following and atmosphere.

What is it you most love about being in the country?

I grew up in a semi rural village and always valued riding my bike and climbing trees more than playing computer games or lazing in bed. There’s no doubt I’m happier out in the fresh air and countryside than being stuck in the urban jungle, but I do need both. We just need to wait and see which lifestyle wins out in the end!


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