This year saw Camp Bestival, held in the beautiful grounds of Lulworth Castle, celebrate being a whole decade old – wow 10 years of brilliant family festival fun!
Each year it is really interesting to me to see the change in my children as in what they want to do and are drawn to. This year was no exception.
We set up our pitch in the main tent field. Lots of people were talking about the weather forecast and making a decision on where to pitch based on that. We settled on a spot in the dip close to where we were on our first Camp Bestival experience three years ago.
On Thursday evening we were invited along to Kidifornia – a California inspired bar and play area. The idea of this is brilliant – kids play and adults stay in the creche ie bar. It was serving alcoholic drinks that night although I got the impression it would be selling fruit juices and smoothies the rest of the weekend so not sure how that was going to go! The boys had lots of fun and I chatted to some brill fellow bloggers.
Friday dawned grey and dreary. However the festival spirit was in no way dampened and we headed back up the hill to explore the festival site and get our bearings. The layout is pretty much the same each year but some areas had changed location and there were some new brands there too!
We caught T’Pau on the Castle Stage who were stunning with their set of new material as well as the classic 1980’s “China in Your Hand” and “Heart and Soul”. Carol Decker seriously didn’t look as though she had aged!
To dry off we headed to the Literary Institute tent and joined in the Pub Quiz for kids which was good fun and following this we throughly enjoyed the Scummy Mummies Show with hilarious role play and true confessions making all the mums there feel amongst friends.
Mexrrissey were on on the Castle Stage, playing their Morrissey cover versions by Mexico’s leading contemporary musicians. They sounded fab – I never realised that Mexico loved Morrissey so much! Next up were All Saints with a bit of a rock chick vibe still sounding and looking great followed by the headliner the talented Mark Ronson.
The rain didn’t let up and the perfect antedote was Dick and Dom who brought a ray of sunshine with their jokes and games on the main Castle Stage first thing. The boys loved them and their request to get cries of “BOGES” across the campsite for the rest of the weekend certainly was met!
Other highlights for us on Saturday were…
School of Rock – the Musical did an amazing set with their powerful rock songs and now we really have to go see the West End show as the cast are so talented and their stage presence was awesome.
The Bootleg Beatles played a brilliant 30 minute set of early Beatles hits which kept the crowd captivated and singing along. I have heard they change costumes which shows all the different images the fab four had which would be amazing to see.
Holly Johnson was cute and funny and incredible and I can’t say that I was a fan before but he was really entertaining with his new and old hits blasted out.
Madness of course are amazing live and they put on a brilliant show as the Saturday night headliners playing a combination of old classics and new stuff so full of energy and even if this isn’t your taste you had to admire their talent.
Eating at Camp Bestival is pure joy and you are spoilt for choice with so many delicious options! We had North African chilli served in a sour dough bowl, heavenly garlic mushrooms topped with cheese, coriander and garlic bread, scrumptious pasta and pizza (the boys were craving some home comforts with the rain!), fresh and delicious curries and yummy sushi.. the list is endless!
Phew! Stay tuned for more news – when the sun shone and we got even more busy! Here is Part 2!
You can purchase Early Bird tickets for Camp Bestival 2018 and also use the 30 week payment plan to spread the cost. Details are here.