For the past few years, our friends over at My Two Mums have been going to Camp Bestival. We have seen their amazing photos and read their blog posts wishing that we would get the opportunity to experience this for ourselves one day. Luckily, we were given the chance to be ‘Official Camp Bestival Bloggers’ this year and I have to say, we had the time of our lives!
We arrived on Thursday (straight off a ferry from the Isle of Wight – more about that in a future blog post) to bright sunshine. The walk from the car park to the pitch was quite a trek, mainly due to the fact that we were pitching as close as possible to the festival entrance, but this was definitely the best plan as it meant a short walk each morning into the action. Thanks K and C for saving us a place!
Once the tent was pitched we took a wander around. Only about 1/3 of the stalls are open on the Thursday but it was good to get your bearings before the festival got into full flow. One of the first stalls we visited was the Music Angel Social Power stand to get our power organised. For £25 (or £22 if pre-ordered) you get an unlimited phone charging service – once the power bank is empty, you simply exchange it for a new one. I would say we did this around 10 times over the course of the festival to charge our Iphones, the GoPro and our Fitbits! When compared with other stalls who charged £6 a time to charge a phone, this service represented real value for money and is definitely something we would recommend in the future.
On Thursday evening, we were invited to get a sneaky first look at the Kidifornia Adventure Camp in the Lower Magic Meadow. Unfortunately, they hadn’t quite managed to get the juice bar up and running so the children were restricted to bottles of water while they played in the sand, chilled out in hammocks or climbed the climbing frame. It was a lovely area and the boys enjoyed themselves and wore themselves out for a night under the canvas. We knew the weather was looking ‘dodgy’ for the next couple of days but that wasn’t going to stop us having fun!
On Friday, we headed out early to look around. K and C are Camp Bestival experts and it was really good to be able to have our very own guides to show us the way! The first place we headed to was the Spinney Hollow’s Woodlander’s Roost to book in for the boys to carve a sword. It was very busy and the first available appointment was 11:30 on Sunday so this is something to bear in mind for future visits – try to plan ahead with bookable activities! It was £10 to carve the sword which we didn’t think was too expensive. After that, we went to the fairground part where the boys had a go on the swings which were very reasonably priced at £2 each.
Next, we headed to the Lego Friends Friendship Party in the Lower Kid’s Garden. It had a fantastic silent disco and lots of areas where the boys could make their own Lego creations. As we left, we received a goodie bag containing a Lego Friends magazine and a pack of Lego which TJ enjoyed making while we watched the hilarious Scummy Mummies in the Literary Tent later in the day.
At this point, the heavens really opened and it started pouring with rain so we decided to go to the Art Town tent to do some ‘making’ as TJ calls it. We were really impressed with this area and also visited again on Sunday. There were different activities on each day and TJ got to make a dream catcher, an ‘Access all Areas’ pass, a Camp Bestival badge, a rockstar wristband and a junk model dragon! He was in his element! We also visited the CBeebies tent where the boys made a Go-Jetters mask. Again, as we left, we were given a goodie bag containing a Go-Jetters magazine, a CBeebies magazine and a Go-Jetters DVD which TJ loved.
After some amazing food from Annie Mae’s (Mac ‘n’ Cheese) and DJ BBQ (an incredible burger with dirty onions and pickles) we headed to the Castle Stage to see one of our favourite acts – All Saints. They were absolutely brilliant and took us all back a good few years to when we were singing along to their songs in nightclubs. This time, we were dancing with our boys on our shoulders in the middle of a field in the rain and we couldn’t have been happier!
Our first 24 hours at Camp Bestival were amazing and there were more adventures to come……
**We were provided with a family ticket to attend Camp Bestival this year but all views and opinions are our own.