Camp Bestival 2018 – Our Best Bits!

Although Camp Bestival was cut short this year thanks to the unreliable British weather, we still had an amazing few days there.

Here’s a round up of our best bits:


TJ is a massive dinosaur fan so we made sure we planned to see Dinosaur World Live on the Castle Stage. It didn’t disappoint. He was captivated by the model dinosaurs and listened carefully to all of the facts about them. The show was really good and captured his attention for the whole time.

I think his favourite was the enormous T-Rex!


After visiting ZSL London Zoo a couple of weeks ago to experience their Superhero Academy, TJ was very keen to watch this show. We arrived early and got a space right at the front in the Greatest Tent on Earth. Again, the show was brilliant. We were told lots of gruesome facts about different creatures and the two presenters were hilarious. TJ was literally crying with laughter at some points.


After a spot of lunch courtesy of Anna Maes,  we sat down by the Helter Skelter in the bright sunshine to watch the Insect Circus. This hour long show was full of acrobats dressed as insects performing a range of routines. It was really funny and TJ really enjoyed it. It was lovely sitting out in the sunshine and being entertained by some very talented gymnasts.


TJ absolutely loves “making” so a trip to The Make Space was one of the things he was desperate to do. As the weather was nice on the Saturday, it was actually quite quiet in the tent and TJ was able to choose what he wanted to make and all of the materials were readily available to him. He settled for a cape and crown which he was able to do pretty much by himself. There was also the opportunity to Paint Your Own Rainbow which I may well be stealing to use in school!!


Since becoming a Beaver, TJ has started watching Hey Duggee on CBeebies. We were really lucky to be near to the CBeebies tent just as the main man was getting ready for a ‘Meet and Greet’. TJ was super excited to be able to give him a ‘high 5’ and pose for a photo with him. I love that even though he seems to be growing up really quickly, there’s still a little boy in there!


Last year, the Dingly Dell became a bit of a mud bath so it was really nice to be able to wander through it and to see it in all its glory. Ironically, TJ headed straight to the Mud Kitchen and spent ages making mud pancakes or digging for treasure. He loved it there and was more than happy to get his hands dirty.


One of TJ’s favourite activities has to have been wand spinning at the Spinney Hollow. Last year, he made a pretty awesome sword so decided to make something a bit different this year. He has started to show an interest in Harry Potter so making a wand seemed pretty perfect. We booked this activity early on Friday morning and were lucky enough to get a space that afternoon. The cost was £15 which is incredibly reasonable considering you get about 30 mins of 1:1 tuition. He was very proud of his creation and I’m sure you can see why!!


One of the reasons we love Camp Bestival is that it gives you the opportunity to throw routines out of the window. We loved covering ourselves in glow sticks and dancing away to Clean Bandit until it got dark and TJ ran out of steam. They were absolutely brilliant and really got the crowd going.


After seeing Andy and the Odd Socks perform last year, we made sure that we were in the Big Top in good time to see them again. They were absolutely brilliant. TJ stood right at the front with his friend M (My Two Mums) dancing and singing along to the now well-known songs. The atmosphere inside the Big Top was amazing and Unique is still one of our absolute favourite songs.

As you can see, we had an amazing time at Camp Bestival and made lots of memories together. It really is a brilliant festival and caters for children of all ages equally. I can see that every year, TJ will get to experience different things and we can’t wait to go again.

**Although we were given a family ticket to Camp Bestival, all views and opinions are our own**

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Camp Bestival – 5 reasons why you shouldn’t miss it

Last summer, we were very lucky to get the opportunity to take TJ to Camp Bestival for the first time. Our friends over at My Two Mums have been going for the past few years and have always had an amazing time and it was great this year to get to share the fun with them.

We were very excited last week when this year’s theme – Camp Bestival Sets Sail – was announced and can not wait to see who the headline acts are for this year.

This got us thinking about the top 5 reasons why you should dig out your tents, dust off your sleeping bags and get your tickets booked for 4 days of fantastic family fun.

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Camp Bestival – Day 2 (Soggy Saturday)

After refreshing my weather app about a million times on Friday (and having to buy more data!), there was no escaping the fact that Saturday was going to be……soggy. The wind and rain that we endured on Friday was nothing compared to the rain that was expected but there was no way that it was going to dampen our spirits! (To be honest, we were rather relieved that our tent had lasted the night – quite a few didn’t and we thought that if we can survive that, we can survive anything!)

Saturday morning started off bright and sunny with TJ able to eat his breakfast ‘al fresco’. The theme for this year’s Camp Bestival was Rockstars and Popstars and the boys got kitted out ready to face the day.

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Camp Bestival – the first 24 hours!

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!

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A Hectic Half Term!

As we both work in education, we are very lucky in the fact that we get to spend every school holiday together as a family. Looking back at photos from our half term ‘holiday’, it’s no wonder that we went back to work slightly jaded after a very busy week!

On Monday, it was TJ’s 5th birthday. We had family down from Exeter and went bowling which was great fun. TJ did really well and managed to be pretty patient when waiting for his turn. There was a very amusing moment when he actually tried to kick the ball down the alley like a football! Needless to say, it travelled about a metre before it stopped dead and we needed to call for help. Whoops! We had a lovely lunch in Pizza Express (TJ’s choice) before ending the day with a ‘disco bath’ thanks to a rather awesome lightbulb and a stack of glowsticks.

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Home Life Project – January 2017

One of our New Year Resolutions was to try to keep more of a record of our daily life – the little things that make you smile and the things that sometimes get lost in the hussle and bussle of the daily routines. We have been following Maybush Studio for a while on Twitter and Instagram and have often considered joining in with the Home Life Project but have never quite got round to it.  We decided that this month would be different and hopefully we will be able to continue to link up throughout the year.

If you’ve read our blog before, you’ll know that we love crafting or “making” as TJ calls it. On Saturday morning, we took our trip to the Dorset Scrapstore but due to a birthday party, we didn’t have time to look at our haul and promised TJ that we would look at it on Sunday morning. Our 5:55am wake up call meant that he must have been dreaming about “making” all night  so that was the first activity of the day.

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Home Made Christmas Gifts for Teachers

As a teacher, it’s always nice at Christmas to receive gifts and cards from your pupils. They become a token of appreciation for all the hard work you put in over the term and  let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a cheeky bottle of red or box of chocolates to put you in the festive spirit.

More recently though, there has been an increase in home-made gifts and cards being handed out to teachers and I have to say that it means a lot to know that time and effort has been put into making something special for you.

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Butterfly Suncatcher

On the days when TJ doesn’t have pre-school, we like to have some form of creative play organised for him.

This week, we decided to make a Butterfly Suncatcher to finally use up the sweet wrappers we have been saving since Christmas!

After printing off a template, the first job was to cut the butterfly out from a piece of black paper with a craft knife – obviously not something TJ was allowed to do!!

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