Monday, 18 August 2014

Camp Bestival - the event...

So we finally made it to Camp Bestival. The weather played pretty fair (except for Saturday morning when even Rob da Bank agreed that gin was acceptable for breakfast)
But apart from some brief rain the festival was awesome fun (as usual.

My brother learned circus skills in the 'Kids' Field (he's in his 40s)

Man plate spinning

I dressed up!

Ringmaster and tiger costumes at a festival

We listed to music, drank cocktails, lurked in the woods and generally had a rather fine time. I even managed to just about keep tweeting for the whole 5 days I was away from a power source thanks to the Sun Bell light/charger (more on this later).

band on stage at a festival camp bestival
bloody mary cocktail at a festival camp bestival
bright festival colours
inside a bright coloured festival tent camp bestival

One thing that Camp Bestival seems let down on is fabulous loos. The loos are adequate, but never restocked with paper or hand gel, and while there are nicer compost loo at the main site, the campsite area portaloos are a bit basic. A shame at a family festival where little kids need to be coaxed into using the loos! (the mini kids compost loos are very cute though)

The food onsite was all delicious and it was nice to have such a great choice of cultures etc at the Fest Collective.

the fest collective tent
Despite the initial excitement about the teen arena, when my teen saw what was on offer (I quote 'it's all fashion and rapping') she wasn't interested, and didn't visit it! She did love the random pianos though, and the lovely feel of just wandering among the noise and colour of the festival.

I think Camp Bestival is still the best family festival, especially if you have children under 12. The little kids we saw were all manic with excitement and having great fun.

Main stage at camp bestival
If you are thinking of going next year, check out the payment plans, you can spread the cost over the year.


fireworks over the castle at camp bestival festival

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