Camp Bestival News

I am off to Camp Bestival in the summer and I think each time I open my email there is new and exciting news about what is going on there!

I have been a regular there since 2010 and there hasn't been a year I've managed to do or see (or eat) everything I wanted to. But at least I've never been bored! Luckily Camp Bestival seems to have grown with my daughter and they now have a dedicated teen area. If you have never been to a festival and have kids this is a great place to start. i really feel now I won't worry when Dd decided to go to festivals on her own or with mates, she really will be an old hand at festival life!

Anyway, on to the news! There are newly announced acts some of which I have heard of and some I have yet to discover (another great thing about festivals is discovering fab new bands without the risk of having bought tickets to a concert! You like them, you stay and listen, you don't and you can find something else!)

And in our favourite tent (The Guardian Literary tent - ooh aren't we middle class darlings!) there are some great names presenting interesting subjects, from book signing, to bed time stories to feminism! Again I shall complain - how can we fit it all in!!!

So if you are now drooling at the thought I have the info you need - grab tickets and start getting excited!

Tickets for Camp Bestival 2015 (July 30th to Aug 2nd) are on sale now via: Ticketline, 0844 888 4410

You can use our 10 week payment plan to purchase your tickets meaning that an adult ticket can now be bought at a payment of around £19 per week over 9 consecutive weekly payments following an initial deposit payment. Book online via Ticketline only: select 'Camp Bestival 2015 - Weekend Payment Plan'.
Once you have signed up to the payment plan, which basically means giving your agreement by ticking the bank mandate form on Ticketline’s website, they will automatically debit your card on a weekly basis. More info here.
NB: Booking fees and a deposit (£25 per adult ticket) will be charged with your initial transaction.

Adult Weekend Ticket (inc. camping from Thurs or Fri) - £195*
Student Weekend Ticket (inc. camping from Thurs or Fri) - £180*
Age 15 to 17 Weekend Ticket (inc. camping from Thurs or Fri) - £113*
Age 11 to 14 Weekend Ticket (inc. camping from Thurs or Fri) - £88*
Age 5 to 10 Weekend Ticket (inc. camping from Thurs or Fri) - £20*
Age 4 & Under Weekend Ticket (inc. camping from Thurs or Fri) – FREE (but ticket required)*
*NB: please refer to the Camp Bestival Ticket Terms & Conditions
Car Parking - £15 advance
Campervan Ticket - £72 per vehicle - please read Campervan T&Cs here before booking
Caravan, Trailer Tent Ticket – £83 (One car only per caravan/trailer tent – no exceptions) (available via Ticketline only) - please read Caravan, Trailer Tent T&Cs here before booking
All Tickets - will incur a booking fee.

Camping Plus plots cost £125.00 (max of 2 adults and 4 children per plot) and are perfect, not only if you know you won’t be arriving as soon as the gates open, but also if you just want the comfort of knowing that you’ve got your camping space sorted. Book now.

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Nature on your doorstep

A small post today. I don’t seem to be out and about much despite the lovely spring weather. But I have had the joy of a lot of wildlife in the garden. We have regular visitors of the usual small birds to the bird feeders, robins (we have one that has learned to hover to get at the seeds), green finches, a variety of tits and also more sparrows than I’ve seen in a while. The ‘less than neat’ borders in the garden attract the ‘rummagers’ of the bird world, so we have blackbirds and the occasional thrush.

The robin gets into the undergrowth too, and some plump wood pigeons patrol our lawn. The bid baths (various odd water filled objects, with and without stones in for the smaller birds to perch on) have been popular with even a large crow having a splashy bath in the week. I have seen fewer magpies around lately, but they may be nesting. We have two or three jays visiting regularly though so we are still a popular garden with the corvids.

 The squirrels are still enjoying their allocated feeder and seem happy to leave the bird feeders alone as long as we keep their feeder (next to the kitchen window) full of peanuts. The way the squirrels press their little hands and faces to the window when the peanuts run out is hilarious, it’s as though they are both checking we are OK while also being slightly annoyed, I can almost hear the “hello!? Anyone there? The nuts have run out!”

We also have a variety of foxes that turn up for table scraps and food that DH puts out each night. They used to visit even when we had the dogs but now that the terriers are gone the foxes are even bolder. They are happy to come right up to the back door for food, sitting waiting in the middle of the lawn watching my husband fill the bowl. You can see how quickly canines could be tamed. I realise many people see foxes as vermin, but I have to admire their tenacity and flexibility in a world taken over by humans, roads and buildings.

So not many nature walks recently – but quite a lot of wildlife watching while doing the washing up! I’m hoping to go and look at the bluebells in the local woods this weekend, though it will feel strange to be up there without the dogs.

For Sale : One much loved, hand painted tent

Some time ago when bidding on tents on Ebay I 'accidentally' bought two.

As one was sort of a spare DD and I decided to try our hand at decorating him (we named him Barry - he is a Bari3) We thought that if disaster struck and it all went wrong...well he was sort of expendable.

As it turned out painting him went brilliantly, he looked very swanky in his new livery and quickly became our festival tent of choice. He came with us to a fairy festival in Sussex, to Camp Bestival every year since 2010, to Wilderness 3 times, to Wadfest (where his groundsheet was nibbled by a vole! fixed with Duck tape) ...And every time he was admired, commented on and generally loved.

As DD and I had signed him (with our twitter handles) we even sometimes came back at the end of the day to find friendly notes slipped in under his flaps...

He stood up to the wind and the rain and the sunshine. He put up with me erecting him while I was tipsy on beer and being take down when I was in a hurry to get home.

When his pole got a bit wobbly I fixed it...and when the rubber stopper that stopped the pole puncturing the groundsheet fell off I fixed it with beer bottle cap and Duck tape (again). He has some sewing and tape repairs on his roof, he has repairs to the rain guard above the door, but he doesn't leak, he doesn't complain.

Barry has been with us through all manner of excitement but we have recently bought a new tent and now, sad as we are, we must make room in the tent stable and Barry must find a new home.

I have decided to list him on Ebay, it seems fitting as my tents usually come from there, and I will sell him with the added bonus that if I see him at a festival I will pop a can of beer under his flaps, and say hello if I see his new owner.

So watch out - I'll add a link here when I list him, if you need a festival tent you could do worse that Barry. He has festival life in his canvassy soul.

Update - Sold - went to Glastonbury - no idea if he survived, but a nice way to go if not.

Throwback Thursday

I thought I'd join in with Throwback Thursday today. Sparked mainly as DD and I were poring over some old photos of festivals we'd been to. So it's not a picture of me, but DD, that graces the blog today.

DD declared this her favourite photo of herself at a festival. She was about 6 and it was at Eastern Haze, in 2007, the first festival we attended and the one that got us hooked. A gorgeous summer, with rain and mud, great music, icecreams, drugs (in the air, we didn't partake), light sabres and funfairs.

Isn't she a natural hippy?

hippy child in wellies at a festival eating icecream

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