Exciting bucket list news

As you may (or may not) know, while I am a tent enthusiast, my teen daughter is less so. For years she has craved a camper van, but at over £10,000 for even a tiny second hand one they were never an option for me. After all, I'm a 'grab a second hand tent for under £30 on eBay' kind of girl normally. (i.e. cheap)

But then last year it rained at Camp Bestival and we spent more time in the tent and were wetter and colder and muddier than normal.

Now don't get me wrong, a festival in the rain is still a festival and still awesome. I still loved the bands and the drinking and the mooching about. Even the mud is a fun experience, but as I am getting older I need to sit more and to sit comfortably and while we did have the 'sofa' I sometimes crave a 'proper seat'...if only it had been drier the Caravanserai would have been perfect!


Last year I had actually had a hunt around for a camper van, but most companies wanted you to rent for at least a week, and also they had set changeover days (which is fine of course and makes perfect sense for a holiday business) this is useless for a festival, many festivals start midweek or near the end of a week and yet finish on a Monday, so a Saturday - Saturday rule would mean hiring for two weeks! and some charged £800 a week...so...back to then tent.

And then I found Leisure Rentals Direct, a bit like AirBnB but for camper vans. A perfect place for camper van owners to make a little money renting out vans that might otherwise sit idle, and a great place for me to hire a camper!

Not all of the vans are privately owned, but many are and most have really flexible hiring terms, with minimums often only a couple of days and totally flexible start dates. They are listed all over the country so that you can choose one near you, or drive to your chosen start point and collect the camper there! (a brilliant idea if collection and drop off times are tight, as you can collect near to the festival) There are all sorts of rules along with the hire of course, being over 25, having been driving for over 2 years etc etc (ah finally a perk to being old!) But these rules rather reassured me that the whole thing had been thought through.

And so this year, for Camp Bestival, DDs dream has come true and I can cross 'driving and camping in a VW camper van' from my bucket list.

Introducing ...Molly, a cute pink VW camper! Watch out for plenty of photos!


Big Fish Little Fish take raves on tour with Camp Bestival

New Year new festivals! Well yes, but some old favourites too of course. And this year to whet our appetites Camp Bestival are touring around with Big Fish Little Fish the family rave experts in a series of fun (and very reasonably priced) events.

Even if you can't be at Camp Bestival (and there is still time to sign up to the ticket plan) you can pop along to a rave! (or go to one as a festival taster?)


THE CAMP BESTIVAL & BIG FISH LITTLE FISH TOUR RETURNS FOR 2018
AROUND THE WORLD IN 18 RAVES!
DON’T MISS THE LIFE ON THE OCEAN RAVE

MOORING AT A VENUE NEAR YOU SOON:
VAUXHALL / READING / BRIGHTON / FARNHAM / BRISTOL / HACKNEY / EXETER
CHIPPENHAM / SOUTHEND-ON-SEA / GRAYS / SOUTHAMPTON / MARGATE / BATH
HIGH WYCOMBE / TUNBRIDGE WELLS / PLYMOUTH BOURNEMOUTH / KINGSTON 


Long-term Camp Bestival consorts, Big Fish Little Fish are finest purveyors of quality raves for all the family. Enlisting big name DJs that mums and dads love from days of yore and mixing them up with fabulous fun and games for all the family, they’re everyone's kind of party people and the perfect hands of decks for Camp Bestival's ‘…sets sail’ theme.  So why not join in and get jigging in the rigging with amazing DJs including 2 Bad Mice, Chad Jackson Aphrodite, Slipmatt, Alex Paterson (The Orb) and many big names, with Big Fish Little Fish residents and classic Camp Bestival family entertainment galore for kids of all ages.

With ticket prices ranging from free for babes in arms to £13 for adults, check the tour dates, and don’t miss out on the combined magic of Big Fish Little Fish and Camp Bestival and our life on the ocean rave.
 
Tickets and more information via www.bigfishlittlefishevents.co.uk and on facebook at  www.facebook.com/bigfishlittlefishevents


  
Camp Bestival with Big Fish Little Fish Tour Dates:

Vauxhall                      Fire & Light Box                                  27 January
Reading                       Hexagon                                             04 February
Brighton                       Proud Stanmer House                        18 February
Farnham                     The Maltings                                       24 February
Bristol                          Lakota                                                 25 February
Hackney                     The Hangar                                         25 February
Exeter                         Phoenix                                               04 March
Southend-on-Sea        Cliffs Pavilion                                       04 March
Chippenham                Neeld Community & Arts                    10 March
Grays                          Civic Hall                                             25 March
Southampton               Engine Rooms                                   25 March
Margate                       Dreamland                                          31 March
Bath                             Komedia                                              15 April
High Wycombe           Old Town Hall/Wycombe Swan          28 April
Tunbridge Wells          Groombridge Place                             12 May
Plymouth                     Venue & Date TBC
Bournemouth              Venue & Date TBC
Kingston                      Venue & Date TBC

And don't forget The Main Event!
Check www.campbestival.net and Facebook and Twitter for all the latest Camp Bestival info.



Camp Bestival Ticket Info:

Camp Bestival 2018 will take place on July 26th - 29th. Early Bird tickets are on sale now. BookTickets here / 0844 888 4410

WEEKLY PAYMENT PLAN
The Camping Bestival 2018 Weekly Payment Plan is on sale now. Use our 30-week payment plan from £5 per week. Book online via Ticketline only.

TICKET EARLY BIRD PRICES
Adult Weekend Ticket - £180*
Student Weekend Ticket - £175*
Age 13 to 17 Weekend Ticket - £111.20*
Age 10 to 12 Weekend Ticket - £84.75*
Age 5 to 9 Weekend Ticket - £31.75*
Age 4 & Under Weekend Ticket - £10.60*
Babes in Arms (1 & Under) - FREE (but ticket required)*

*All weekend tickets include camping from Thursday
*Please refer to the Camp Bestival Ticket Terms & Conditions


Car Parking - £20 in advance 

Campervan Ticket (Field A) - £90 - please read Campervan T&Cs here before booking 

Caravan / Trailer Tent Ticket (Field A) - £100 - please read Caravan / Trailer Tent T&Cs here before booking 

Festival Programme Pack - £10 (reserve your festival programme pack to collect on site at the festival)

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