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:

DINOSAUR WORLD LIVE

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!

ZSL GRUESOME NATURE

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.

INSECT CIRCUS

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.

THE MAKE SPACE

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!!

MEETING HEY DUGGEE

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!

LIZZIE’S WAY

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.

SPINNEY HOLLOW

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!!

DANCING TO CLEAN BANDIT

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.

AND…..OUR ULTIMATE BEST BIT – ANDY AND THE ODD SOCKS

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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A couple of months ago, we were really excited to see a post on Facebook about a new mud trail that was opening up close to Corfe Castle.

The Dorset Mud Trail, which opened to the public at the end of March, is based in the grounds of the Dorset Water Park and claims to be “the best active family adventure in Dorset, in any weather!”

We decided to visit the Mud Trail during the Easter holiday and chose one of the rare days that it wasn’t raining.

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A cycle ride at Moors Valley Country Park

After spending the days since Christmas Day eating leftovers and having relatives to visit, we decided that it was time for some fresh air.

After a quick check of the weather yesterday morning to see that Friday was going to be a washout, we decided to get wrapped up in our new scarves and gloves to take TJ for a spin on his new bike around Moors Valley Country Park.

When we got there, the car park was full of people with the same idea as us. We headed straight for the cycle hire to get bikes for us so that we could cycle round with TJ – something we’ve never done before.

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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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When we lived in London and saw photos on social media of TJ’s godmother out kayaking or paddle boarding, we couldn’t help but get pangs of jealousy. We both lived by the sea as children and really missed it during our time in the Big Smoke.

When we moved to Dorset a couple of years ago, we were determined that TJ would enjoy living by the sea the same as we did and that he would also get the opportunity to try a range of water sports.

We are lucky to live pretty close to Weymouth Watersports on Ferrybridge which hires kayaks and paddle boards for very reasonable prices. TJ’s first experience in a kayak came when he was just 3 years old. We hired a 2 man kayak and paddled around with him in the front for almost an hour! He absolutely loved it and so did we. There’s such a sense of freedom and calmness being out on the water.

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