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27 June 2016

Camp Bestival 2016 ~ A jam-packed guide!

Camp Bestival 2016 ~ A jam-packed guide! // 76sunflowers

The excitement is rising in the house of 76sunflowers as we count down the weeks to our annual trip to the best family festival on earth - Camp Bestival.
My children have grown up with Camp Bestival in their blood, having attended since 2010, and it is their summer highlight every year. I remember that first festival nervously taking a two and four year old not really knowing what to expect but if I had this toddler survival guide I would have been much calmer!

One thing we did get right in 2010 was the fancy dress and I had my little pirate and fairy happily bum shuffling and toddling around that year. Now, fancy dress at Camp Bestival is a huge thing, not essential - my boy has no desire to dress up anymore - but you will see it everywhere. Should you be short of ideas for this year's Space theme then the Fancy Dress Festival Guru herself, aka Tattooed Mummy, has a great post here for inspiration - I'm hoping she goes as one of the Clangers!
Camp Bestival 2016 ~ A jam-packed guide! // 76sunflowers

Over the years we have perfected our packing and preparation, and tweaked our list to suit our family as they grow older, but this list from Penny would have saved us a lot of time and is a great starting point if going to your first festival.
Camp Bestival 2016 ~ A jam-packed guide! // 76sunflowers

Once the packing lists are done it is always a good idea to make some plans about what you all want to try and do across the long weekend. The site is packed full of entertainment for all ages and here is a selection of things that Sarah, from the Parenting Trials, is looking forward to this year including the biggest bouncy castle in the world!Camp Bestival 2016 ~ A jam-packed guide! // 76sunflowers

Some first time festival goers may worry about the toilet situation but this post, will put you at ease, as well as giving you some other essential things to know or do.
Camp Bestival 2016 ~ A jam-packed guide! // 76sunflowers

Food is a hugely positive experience at Camp Bestival with an array of culinary delights to suit everybody's tastebuds. Louise and her Gorgeous Boys are licking their lips in anticipation of this delicious line up!
Camp Bestival 2016 ~ A jam-packed guide! // 76sunflowers

Despite the fantastic array of food on offer it is still useful to bring some food from home for breakfasts in the tent and picnics on site. Polly, from Enchanted Pixie, has some super ideas for feeding a family at a festival to help balance the budget and still enjoy a Mexican Burrito!
Camp Bestival 2016 ~ A jam-packed guide! // 76sunflowers

For some lovely images and a review of last year's festival take a look here and here.

I hope this has whetted your appetite to join us at Camp Bestival 2016!

x x x


25 June 2016

Project 366 2016 #25

Week 25 of Project 366 2016 started with optimism and finished with confusion.

Project 366 2016 day 171 - Woodland canopy // 76sunflowers
Project 366 2016 day 172 - Muddy run // 76sunflowers
Project 366 2016 day 173 - Cosmos // 76sunflowers
Project 366 2016 day 174 - 5k run & buttercups // 76sunflowers
Project 366 2016 day 175 - Yoga sky // 76sunflowers
Project 366 2016 day 176 - 10 mile run // 76sunflowers
Project 366 2016 day 177 - Waitrose bug hotel // 76sunflowers

Day 171
Father's Day and daddy had to work so we all went along for the ride! Afterwards we took a bit of a wet walk on top of the Mendips where we found some shelter, and den building fun, under the woodland canopy.
Day 172
A rather muddy run occurred today! I went out for 7 miles with a good mile and a bit of it being off road through thick mud - I have never laughed so much on my own before, or ran quite so slow!
Day 173
I did a spot of gardening today; cutting back swathes of long grass and nettles and failing to avoid the neighbourhood cat litter tray - my Birkenstocks were not impressed. Amidst the chaos the Cosmos were starting to flower.
Day 174
Last night I ditched running club for an extra yoga class - which was lush - so tonight I headed out for a quick 5k to keep my running legs alive.
Day 175
Referendum day and following a mad rush from work to the polling station and home for dinner I headed out to my usual Thursday evening yoga class. Tonight's yoga sky on the walk home was absolutely stunning and I was really hopeful it was a sign of good things to come.
Day 176
I don't want to get too political but today was a strange day with the Referendum vote going in Brexit's favour. On the plus side I had a day off work so took myself out on a 10 mile run with a heavy heart.
Day 177
A lazy Saturday which included a walk to town to go to the library and pick up some nice tea from Waitrose - which had a lovely bug hotel outside.

x x x 

23 June 2016

Yoga & Festivals {Slow Motion at Camp Bestival 2016}

Tonight I floated home from my yoga class pausing to stand and watch the beautiful sunset. Every week I have witnessed a lush Yoga Sky and I always take a moment to take it all in.

Yoga Sky // 76sunflowers

I recently progressed from front room Yoga to proper classes, having said it would be something I would investigate following a gorgeous yoga session at last year's Camp Bestival, and it has been one of the best things I have done. Every week I have 90 minutes of pure chilled out indulgence for me where I can focus on my yoga practice and channel my thoughts to positivity and some spiritual relaxation. Already I feel more appreciative of the world, particularly apt in this current climate of political upset and human anger, and a bit more connected to it.

Yoga, and all that it stands for, goes hand in hand with festivals and chilling and tonight I counted the days and realised that Camp Bestival 2016 is now just 5 weeks away. Putting a bigger smile on my face was the announcement today that Bestival's holistic zone, Slow Motion, will be debuting at Camp Bestival and bringing with it The Huffington Post UK Yoga Shala with a range of yoga; Pregnancy Yoga, Yoga for all the family, Hip-Hop Yoga and Yoga for stress. Sessions will run from 8a.m. to 7p.m. each day and I feel it will be an area I will be frequenting a few times across the three festival days!

Slow Motion ~ Huffington Post UK Yoga Shala

Yoga is fabulous to participate in at a festival and gives any of you Mamas, or Papas, out there a perfect escape for a little bit of 'me time'. The yoga tent is a great retreat from the noise and crowds and gives you time to reconnect to yourself and, from personal experience, will return you to your family re-energised and calmer!

If this looks like something you would enjoy there is more information on Slow Motion here.

If you haven't purchased your tickets for Camp Bestival yet everything you need is here.

Never been to Camp Bestival before and want to read a little more? Check out my past Camp Bestival posts here.

x x x


20 June 2016

Our little festival dream {YardFest ~ Camp Bestival}

Just over a week ago my husband staged his very own little festival in a hidden away yard in deepest darkest Wiltshire; YardFest was a gathering of friends and families to celebrate life and remember a close friend who left us far too early.
Weeks, possibly months, of planning went into our little festival dream with many things having to feature. We thought about the things we have loved at Camp Bestival and planned them in, albeit on a much smaller scale; we wanted a stage and live music, food and a firepit, a place to camp, an activity for the children, toilets! The list went on.
The husband and his friend did an amazing job getting all the necessary elements in place; booking a band, setting up a stage on the back of a trailer, ordering in the portable loos, buying in beer and cider from a local brewery, building the fire and BBQ, making tables and seating, clearing the field for parking and camping - whilst I hit the Scrapstore for a bag of tulle and netting to make pompoms!
All in all it was a great success with everyone smiling, laughing, chatting, eating, drinking, dancing and chilling with like-minded happy people - definitely my kind of a festival.
Here is just a snippet of the memories we created at YardFest...

Our little festival dream {YardFest ~ Camp Bestival} // 76sunflowers
Our little festival dream {YardFest ~ Camp Bestival} // 76sunflowers
Our little festival dream {YardFest ~ Camp Bestival} // 76sunflowers
Our little festival dream {YardFest ~ Camp Bestival} // 76sunflowers
Our little festival dream {YardFest ~ Camp Bestival} // 76sunflowers
Our little festival dream {YardFest ~ Camp Bestival} // 76sunflowers
Our little festival dream {YardFest ~ Camp Bestival} // 76sunflowers
Our little festival dream {YardFest ~ Camp Bestival} // 76sunflowers
Our little festival dream {YardFest ~ Camp Bestival} // 76sunflowers
Our little festival dream {YardFest ~ Camp Bestival} // 76sunflowers

The word has spread and we have more people interested in coming next year to share in our little festival dream.
Whilst we plan for YardFest 2017 our much loved Camp Bestival team are preparing for this year's Outer Space adventures with Fatboy Slim, Jess Glynne, Dick and Dom and a whole galaxy of astronomical amusements.
And who knows one day we might be running something like this, captured beautifully on film by the Jansch clan...

x x x

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