We are just back from our 2nd visit to the brilliant Camp Bestival with lots of memories and new favourite things (oh and washing too we have plenty of that!).
There is so much to do at Camp Bestival that it can first of all feel a bit overwhelming. Our first visit two years ago was a haze of entertainment, delicious food and craziness.
This year I promised myself we would relax as well!
An upgrade to VIP camping was essential so that we would be close to the action as well as having proper loos, showers and (the biggest pull for me) less of a walk from car park to pitch.
The layout of Camp Bestival is pretty much the same every year, with a few new additions, which makes it easy to find your bearings when on a return visit. Our campsite was situated behind the Castle stage so the opposite end of the festival to where we were on our last visit.
On the first day Noah tried out “Write a novel in an hour” close to the Arts tent. It cost £5 and the “class” consisted of around 12 children aged 7+ (most were nearer to 11 years in our class). The session was delivered in an informal, fun atmosphere where children were introduced to the biggest secret about novel writing and then encouraged to write their own story based upon a simple structure. Firstly they created their character, likes and dislikes, age, job etc and then went on to define a challenging situation they found themselves in and how they handled it. All of this was created in a booklet which was bound together with ribbon. Noah chose to write his story with a few illustrations. I did notice how some of the older children (particularly boys) created theirs in the format of a comic strip. There were no rules – it was brilliant!
Every festival we have been to, the Firetoys tent has been popular with both boys. They started off with the circus skills toys like plate spinning and then moved onto yoyos and juggling.
This year was all about the diablo. Ethan has had a diablo in the past but never really stuck at it long enough to really grasp it. This year, however, he really embraced it and spent literally hours practicing and practicing the moves.
There were lots of children (and adults) around the edges of the main Castle stage perfecting their diablo skills. A relaxing activity on a sunny day!
We also had lots of divine food, which was eaten before we even got the camera out! There is something about a festival that makes you feel constantly hungry and at Camp Bestival the food on offer is so delicious you just cant stop troughing! Cuisine from all over the world was available and all cooked to perfection. It has to be said it wasn’t cheap and we did bring some snacks to keep us going and eat back at the tent so we didn’t need to remortgage the house! Special mention must be given to The Garlic Farm who did a delicious Family Special for £20 consisting of chilli, garlic mushrooms and garlic bread as well as drinks for the kids.
Being keen archers the boys had to have a go at making their own bow. The Upper Kids Garden is the place to be for all things handmade and rustic. Here we found bow making as well as sword and dagger making and countless other activities. For £10 the boys each made their own bow from hazel wood, under the watchful supervision of tutor Max.
Feeling creative and in keeping with the Space theme of the festival, the Energiser tent provided head torches that could be accessorised to suit.
As well as all this creativity we spent some time in the First Choice Holiday Village which was, seriously, just like being transported to Ibiza or a beach anywhere in the world with holiday tunes pumping out, cocktails, deckchairs and plenty of sand for the kids to play in. They started building a brilliant sandcastle with some other little friends they made!
The boys are more able to cope with late nights so we didn’t feel the need to head back to the tent at 9.30pm as we did on our last visit and could make the most of seeing the festival after the sun had gone down.
They even stayed up to watch the headliner on the Sunday evening – the magnificent Tears for Fears – although we were pushing it – and even saw the fantastic fireworks display at the castle!
We caught up, and made new, friends throughout the weekend and loved every minute of the fun.
Camp Bestival is the perfect way to start the Summer holidays with lots of adventures and laughs. We have so many photographs click here for Part 2!
Tickets for 2017, at an Early Bird price, are on sale now.