Last year we visited Camp Bestival for the first time, J was 3 and we weren’t sure if it would be a good weekend for her or not. It was – she loved every part of it – the camping, the music, the kids activities and the rides – she was a festival convert and has since spent the year asking when she could go back
This year we planned on going from Friday to Sunday, having just returned from Florida the previous Sunday. In hindsight we probably should have missed it and not purchased tickets due to jetlag and the mountain of washing but after the previous year we didn’t want to miss out
Friday morning we arrived with a brand new tent which went up easily, however soon the rain started and we realised our waterproof tent was not actually waterproof and had sprung a leak. That didn’t deter us and we head out to see the offerings of Camp Bestival 2017
The biggest disco ball in the world, the love bot and the classic Camp Bestival sign were all there as we walked past and we knew we’d made the right decision to go along. J enjoyed the helter skelter and playing with the circus activities – she bounced on the giant ball they had there (the hubster tried too!) – as I watched on and tried with a diablo. It was perfect…
Perfect until we returned to the tent and the rain and wind picked up further. I’ve been to a lot of festivals come rain or shine and the weather wasn’t something that would normally deter me but a leaky tent is something that can make or break it for you. We sat there getting colder and wetter as more leaks appeared and we decided that as we only live an hour down the road we would head home for the night and return with our smaller old faithful tent the next day
We packed, went to the car with a sleepy J and the hubster advised he’d pack up the tent but as he was doing so the tent broke and collapsed on him(!) with him a broken man on returning to the car after several helpful people helped him up the paths
Saturday morning came and with fresh heads and after a night in a warm house we packed up and went again (this time with our super thick waterproofs on). We pitched our small tent in record time and went out to the festival once more. A trip on the Ferris wheel, a visit to Kidfornia for some craft and hammock time, and some dancing to music returned us to happy campers – who needs sunshine?
We stayed out to see Madness, danced in the upper and lower kid’s garden and despite the constant rain and mud we had the best time. J enjoyed running in the mud, spinning in the mud and just generally being in the mud – she completely lapped it up!
Sunday arrived with clear skies which saw so many happy faces in return. We all donned our shorts and t-shirts and explored again, this time we visited The Dingly Dell. We stopped at Lizzies Way for a sing and play, Longdown Activity Farm to see the animals and the Zip Wire
My oh my that girl is fearless and held her arms out as she was pulled up the tree for the zip wire and I stood there open mouthed in shock. The bubble show had us captivated, the science show made us laugh and we watched J bounce on the Worlds Biggest Bouncy Castle before having a rave with Big Fish Little Fish and danced to Right Said Fred in the Castle Field
We all had work and nursery on the Monday so didn’t stay for the fireworks but we left Camp Bestival in the sun and returned home with the best memories. It wasn’t perfect at times but it’s a weekend we’ll definitely remember!
We’re going again next year for sure and I’d definitely recommend it to any family with young children as it’s got so much to do, I still don’t feel like we saw it all! J has once again continued to ask when we can go back and we’ve since spent a few evenings camping with her. The success of it all has paid off and we’re now planning on a weeks camping holiday next year too!