Friday, 27 January 2012

Family Holidays - Camp Bestival

Morning! I've got that Friday feeling and am getting excited about my trip to London on Monday to visit the trade show, Bubble.  I will be meeting Katie of Les Enfants for some plotting, scheming and inspiring finds.  Now back to work, time for this weeks family holiday post.  Today I want to ask you all, have you ever taken your child to a festival? We haven't but I want to! For the past three years I have suggested to Drew that we pack up the car and head to Camp Bestival.  Sadly he is not so keen and I am still trying to convince him.

Camp Bestival is a family friendly festival in Lulworth Castle, Dorset at the end of July.  For us it has everything we love, music, art, stories, food, comedy and probably much more besides.  I had the email this morning confirming the line up for this years festival and I am impressed.  Where else can you find Kool & The Gang, Mr Tumble, The Gruffalo and the River Cottage all in the same field?  There is also the Young British Foodie Tent for my little and not so little foodies, jousting, a sewing tent, a wall of death, a farmers market and a WI tea tent. I'm there! And so much more besides. 

Obviously this is a festival so camping is compulsory but fear not you can also 'rent' tents of many descriptions for your stay.  I quite fancy a yurt or an airstream caravan for the weekend!  And don't worry if the chidlren get caked in mud there are loads of 'Posh Wash' gas powered shower cubicles.

Early booking offers are available and they even offer a payment paln to help spread out the cost.  Aren't they just fantabulous!


So I'm off now to perusade my reluctant husband, he's already said no when he saw what I was busy writing! This may take some time........

Have a fab weekend everyone

NB This is NOT a sponsored post, just another great idea for a family break.


Anonymous said...

Hi I've been talking my daughter to festivals since she was 2 (she's now 16). A few year's ago I took my nieces (then aged 2 and 5) to Camp Bestival and they loved it, so did my daughter. We decided to stay in a teepee which was great fun for the kids. We did so many things from petting the animals, to face painting, watching insects performing a circus, and playing that we didn't really have time for the music, we watched a few acts and heard the headliners from the tent the first night, before venturing out for the second. I've been to countless festivals over the years and Camp Bestival is one of the best for kids along with Beautiful Days. Hope you enjoy it the Saturday night looks a terrific way to end the evening.

Anonymous said...

Took the kids last year (10, 11, 14) and we had a ball. all ages, all sorts of people there. Kids loved camping (my youngest loved not showering for 5 days!), "normal rules suspended", and all there. daughter made a fabulous pizza at River Cottage restaurant, bought some fab clothes.
We also made flags, swords, recyclable bag, balloon hats and laughed to Dick 'n' Dom and danced at the flash mob. In general campsite not too noisy, not too big queues for the loos (have become a huge fan of compost loos) but BIG queues for the shower.
Should you do Cam Besti. Oh yes yes yes!

Anonymous said...

I took my 12 year old daughter to Camp Bestival last year. It was the first festival either of us had been to and we both had a great time. Apart from the horrible queue in the car park to leave afterwards (4hrs !), it was all wonderful. Put aside any reservations and just go for it. This year, we're both going back along with my younger daughter (10 years old) and my ex-wife ! If I can convince her to come along, you can convince your partner.

Beverley Glock said...

We took our children aged 9, 11 and 14 last year for the first time and it was amazing. 14 year old camped out in the Comedy tent and although she really didn't want to go as she thought she was too old once she found out Jack Whitehall and Milton Jones were there that was it. My 11 year old loved the music and my 9 year old loved the circus skills and insect circus and said the only bad thing was that there was music (!). We all had an amazing time, highly recommend it but take earplugs and eye shades to help you get a good night's sleep. First time not posh camping and it was great.

Festival Kidz said...

I have taken the kids to Camp Bestival (and about 100 other festivals besides!) and it really is great for kids. The stuff they can experience and get involved with in these events is amazing. I happen to think they can be as important educationally as school sometimes (if not more so!).
You should have a browse of our website for advice and tips and a whole lot of reviews and festival ideas - it's by parents for parents!
See you there,
Romany x

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