1 August 2011

Camp Bestival 2011

This post will hopefully convince anyone who has hummed and hahed over taking their children to a festival. E is currently in bed moaning that she wants to go back & A keeps getting up wondering why he isn't still out having fun in the Castle Field watching live music and having a better time than being at home!

We have not long returned from our second Camp B and I have to say our festival experience gets better & better. This year the camping was opened up a day earlier to allow people to set up and fully enjoy the Friday from opening time and this was a great way to start. We left home at 10a.m & were pitching tents by 1p.m. And this time I remembered the bunting & fairy lights!

The site at Lulworth Castle is absolutely beautiful, blending the historical grounds with modern family fun perfectly, and it's size and layout is ideal for 3 days of exploring.
Now, this is when things can get tricky trying to see everything you want to see, do everything the kiddies want to do & fit in time to eat & drink! We gave E & A the pick in the daytime but then after dinner was grown up time - which basically meant picnic rug out in the Castle Field, kids playing & making huge bubbles whilst the grown ups chilled with a few ciders and dancing like fools to Mark Ronson, Groove Armada & Primal Scream.

The kiddies have a huge area devoted to them - the Kids Garden & A's favourite part of the whole festival? Attacking the blow up blobs:

The Kids Garden is actually great for grown ups too with a range of scrummy eateries from the River Cottage Canteen to the WI Tent. The Little Big Top & craft tents keep the kids busy and a great time to chill is watching the Insect Circus - the other half particularly liking the rather bendy worm charmer!

Saturday is fancy dress day which gives the girlies a valid excuse to don the tutus and fairy wings!

Sunday night sees Camp Bestival's grand finale of fireworks & light display. This year they played out a fairy tale through imagery projected onto the castle, music & fireworks. Amazing!

I could show you 100s more photos but it is almost impossible to show just how amazing a festival can be with kids on one blog post. Yes there were times when paddies were thrown - mostly by the grown ups! - but with a bit of compromise and planning everyone was happy most of the time!

Pack a garden trug - great to carry the kids toys to the tent and then use for your daily bath!
Go with another family & friends - this gives opportunities to split off and do different things.
Take lots of food - snacks, fruit, dried fruit etc. The food is lovely but buying lunch and dinner for a family does get pricey.
Take a sturdy buggy to cart your camping gear from car park to camp site - also good for carting round tired children and secret stashes of grown up drinks!
Take a travel potty - especially useful when the little ones need a wee whilst the grown ups are too busy dancing to trudge off to the loos! And by the way the loos are fine!!!! And even artistic:

And finally...............have FUN!!!!!!!!! Now off you go and find a festival to enjoy!! x x



  1. I had to flick through this really quickly as I am so utterly jealous. Next year defo.

  2. Thanks for your comment Kate. Obviously I highly recommend it, well worth the effort. We are looking for another family friendly festival to try next year. Love them!

  3. this was our 4th year at campbestival and we loved it again thanks for this post

  4. Thanks for your comment Philip. Glad you loved it too!

  5. That looks great. I might give that a go :)

  6. You should, so much to do for kids of all ages & grownups! Thanks for your comment overthehillmum x

  7. wow thanks for sharing this, this year i am going to Reading but am leaving my son behind :-( but next yea we are definetely going to take him to a festival, possibly this one so this has helped in the decision making!! xxx

  8. It is a fantastic family festival missjade21! I may abandon the family next year to do a festival with friends! (But will still do Camp B or something similar!)


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