Once camp was set up we chilled for a bit, made some plans from the programme and later explored the site. The Magic Meadow is open on the Thursday evening with plenty of eateries, bars and entertainment going on to whet your appetite for the three day weekend to come.
Across the long weekend we struck a good balance of things for us to do as a family, as one parent with the children and as a solo adult. This post is going to concentrate on just a fraction of the things that we experienced at Camp Bestival for the children and as a family.
Rarely will you leave Camp Bestival without something that has been crafted by your child. This year the boy was desperate to make a sword in the gorgeous area that is the Spinney Hollow. Here you have to be quite organised as a parent as workshops fill up quick with bookings taken on Friday morning at 9am for the whole weekend - sword making cost £10. My children were lucky that I was up ready for a run on Friday morning which meant I could get in the queue ready for them to take over and book a slot for the following morning. Here the boy made a sword with the lovely Kate, from the Woodland Workshop, who was brilliant with my quiet and shy boy.
THE DINGLY DELL!
This is a much loved area for children that is open from 11am through to the depths of darkness where it completely transforms. We headed over a few times in the daytime and both children enjoyed the Woodland Warriors area within the National Trust's 50 things meadow. Here, for a £1 donation, the children borrowed a saw, hammer and nails and set about adding to the marvellous wooden creation that had been constructed across the weekend. They learnt the art of getting the right angle to saw, holding the hammer at the correct point to get some power in the strike against the nail and that, with a bit of brute force, nails can be removed from pieces of wood.
THE KID'S FIELD!
As Camp Bestival is really all about the children there clearly needs to be a Kid's Field and what a field it is. This is a huge area full of activities, food and entertainment for all ages from babies to big kid adults. This year it included the world's biggest bouncy castle - although my queue phobic boy didn't want to wait to go on! Instead we rode the carousel, played with bubbles, cartwheeled on the grass and made Energizer space head bands.
You cannot go to Camp Bestival without sampling some of the food it has to offer. To try and budget a bit we had breakfasts and a few light lunches at the tent but we enjoyed the onsite culinary delights across the weekend consuming Churros and chocolate sauce (£5), Wood fired pizza (£10), Mac and cheese (£6.50 / £4), Burger and fries (£7), Crepes (£4), my favourite of the weekend - a mix of vegan and chicken Rendang (£8), Duck fat fried chips (£3) and a special mention for the happiest stall holders on site - Grilled Cheese toasties (£2.50/£5)
And finally, you can't go to Camp Bestival without taking in some of the music. The girl really wanted to see Jess Glynne so we left the boys and got a good spot on the edge towards the front of the Castle Stage. She did a great set and the girl enjoyed some more live music.
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