We have had an awesome summer, one of our highlights being Camp Bestival. Our first festival will stay in our hearts forever, it was an incredible experience for us all, and here is why, if you only choose one festival to go to, it should be Camp Bestival.
Mummy was a little nervous about going to Camp Bestival, having never been to a festival before. We had never even camped properly before either! I was just so excited to be going away in a tent! We arrived in the rain at lunchtime on the Thursday, and felt a little more nervous. The roads leading to Camp Bestival were clearly signed with staff everywhere showing us where to go, though and we found our way easily. We parked up, and couldn’t believe the amount of people that were arriving too!
We got our wrist bands quickly, and Mummy and I set off to find a place for our tent. This was daunting, as we didn’t really know what to look for. As we climbed a hill, we spotted one at the bottom of the next hill and grabbed it. Lea and Luke brought the tent – it just about squeezed into the space – Mummy was sweating a bit! The rain eased and it brightened up. Our neighbours lent us their trolley and we brought everything else from the car. The sun was shining now, Mummy had found great coffee and we relaxed.
We wandered up to the festival, and just stood in awe at the sight of the flags, the stands, the lights – the atmosphere was incredible. We walked around, finding hot chocolate and more coffee, before heading back to our tent and eventually sleep.
We woke to sunshine and the comforting noise of everyone waking around us. Mummy and Lea headed for the showers and Luke and I relaxed in our beds! Mummy brought us back choc au pains from the shower cafe and told us that the showers were awesome. She was given a free ticket, and just waited for her number to be called. The cafe – in a cute caravan served great coffee and pastries while she waited.
The loos were ok too – individual portaloos which were quite well looked after. One thing about the festival itself was that there were loos everywhere. Some were compost ones, which we all actually preferred. They were bigger, and you threw a cup of earth on top of your deposit (LOL!) which actually limited the smell too!
We spent the next three days exploring, eating and seeing some amazing entertainment. We went back to the tent mid afternoon, then headed out again until dark.
We had the most perfect weather. Hot, sunny, even clouding over a little when it was getting a little too hot!
We saw Jess Glynne, the highlight of the whole weekend – Mr Tumble, The Chuckle Brothers, Dick and Dom, and many more. My teen sis and bro were SUPER excited that Rat Boy was playing as they had discovered his music a couple of months ago. Lea bought a Rat Boy T Shirt too! Mummy and I went back to the tent, as he was the very last artist playing on the Sunday night.
Mummy even sneaked off for a little champagne with some other bloggers!
We had cheesy chips, pizzas, milkshakes, toasties, delicious pasta and were super impressed with the range of food on offer – every kind of street food, fish, meat and veggie dishes, wraps, baguettes,
We found the little festival shop at the beginning, and every morning headed straight there to buy a big 1.75l ice cold bottle of pop for £3. Mummy took plastic cups with us and it lasted us all day and kept cool in the shade. This saved a small fortune as 500ml bottles were £2 everywhere! ( I only drink water mind you, never pop!)The shop sold all the essential foods – bread, milk, biscuits etc – but it was expensive. Handy in an emergency though.
On the Friday we came across the Dingly Dell – nestled among trees and bushes, it had been transformed into a magical paradise for children. The highlight was Lizzies Way, an area with mini teepees, little tea party seats, and best of all, a mud kitchen! There were pots and pans, bowls and spoons and chef hats and aprons. It was awesome! Further along there was a National Trust area and for £1 Lea and Luke borrowed a hammer each and got stuck into making a piece to add to a giant abstract wooden which had children – and a fair few dad’s working on it. There were harnesses to climb some tall trees too, but you had to over 6 and under 11, and we heard that the slots got booked up straight away. I am not sure if you can book ahead online.
You cannot believe just how much there is to do at Camp Bestival – we didn’t find the kids area until the Sunday! Filled with huge tents with crafts, demonstrations, shows and more as well as some fairground rides, food and drink stands and a fab science marquee. It was a festival in itself!
We know we missed loads, but we enjoyed every second of what we did do and see. We were both really busy, and really relaxed and chilled which was just perfect. We were right in the thick of the noise and buzz in front of the Castle stage, then sat having a picnic in a quieter spot soaking up the sun, the smells, the sounds of the festival.
You may be looking at going to a festival next summer with your children, and unsure which one to book. We all say, with no hesitation whatsoever, you MUST look at Camp Bestival. It was an awesome, unforgettable few days for us all.
We were invited to Camp Bestival as an Official Camp Bestival Blogger and received free tickets. We paid for all our food, drink, and extras. All photos and words are ours.