Iceland - My Favourite Day

My daughter and I had an amazing time in Iceland last year.

My highlight of the trip though was not the northern lights (we went in September - right at the start of the season and we were too lazy to go out late at night to search for them) and it was not the Blue Lagoon (neither of us are spa fans, and the price and the man made aspect of the place put us off - I'll never make it as an instagrammer)

No, the thing that I loved the most was the ice.

Iceland is mostly green and Greenland is mostly ice, that's just one of those odd things. But there is ice in Iceland, even in the warmth of the late summer.

Somewhat scarily the glaciers are shrinking though, far too quickly. But for now, we can still visit them and marvel at the chunks of ice falling into the sea and washing back up onto the black volcanic sandy beach at Jokulsarlon.

You can even watch for yourself via a live webcam! 

The day was long, up early and then a long coach trip - but lovely to be able to just sit and gaze from the window, to see the lava fields, the steam leaking from the earth, the cliffs and the seabirds. Then lastly the gorgeous ice lagoon itself. I could have stayed all day. Watching the seals, the ducks, the creaking ice...

I can't wait to go back.

Cornbury Festival 2019

Last year I discovered a new festival and it was great. I don't know why I have only just found out about Cornbury as this will be its 16th Year! I love a grown up feel to a festival, neither a kids's festival (though I do love those for being silly, it's also nice to sip a glass of chardonnay in a deckchair while listening to something 'mummy likes' once in a while), nor a teen festival (I'm all for the odd late night rave and drunken stagger back to the tent at 4am occasionally but sometimes I like to be more...refined) The Cornbury Festival at the Great Tew Park turned out to be just lovely.

The flat ground meant that we could easily get all the tent things to our pitch. There were comedy tents, a vintage cinema, a helter skelter, even a 2p arcade, candy floss, a WI tent and local children performing on the smaller stages. The whole glorious relaxed vibe was ably assisted by perfect English weather.

I can recommend Cornbury festival to older couples and families, maybe not those with very small children, but children are welcome and there was a funfair.

The best things about Cornbury were the food choices, the excellent lineup, the weather*, and the location.

This year's lineup has just been announced and like last year it doesn't disappoint.

I'm looking forward to The Specials, on Friday of course, and Keane on Saturday (claim to fame, I once worked with Tim's mum)

and then the sound of the summer with The Beach Boys on the Sunday. Start your summer with a glorious festival in the Oxfordshire countryside.

Tickets are available with or without camping. Prices for adults start at £35 for children including camping, and £215 for adults with camping for the weekend. But you can also buy day tickets. Find out all the prices and buy tickets here

I was gifted tickets to attend and review the festival in 2018

*I can't promise the weather will be as perfect in 2019

Camp Bestival 2019 - What's On?

#AdGifted What's that about? As you know each year I'm an ambassador for Camp Bestival and 2019 will be no different. I am here to tell you all you've ever wanted to know about Camp Bestival and share my past photos and fun stories from past years in exchange for gifted tickets to the main event.

I've been attending Camp Bestival since my daughter was little and she's grown up in the embrace of one of the safest festivals I know. Over the years she has braved climbing walls, made sticker models and flower crowns, eaten pies in fields and watched brave wasp tamers. I'm hoping that 2019 at Camp Bestival will bring more of the same. This year the festival is being held over the weekend of the 25th -28th July.

Camp Bestival is family festival. I cannot stress that enough. It is the perfect festival for the 'new to festivals' type and still excellent fun for the festival fan. Safe to bring the entire family, including babes in arms, and an excellent festival to allow young teens some freedom while knowing they will be safe. Going to Camp Bestival is one of the reasons I'm now happy for my daughter to attend festivals alone, she knows how they work. 

Camp Bestival is a mix of all things British and fun. Camping, beer, fancy-dress, tea tents, and organised games. Circuses, barbecues, and holiday camp Blue Coats...and of course music.

This years acts are still being announced (Camp Bestival like many festivals, keeps adding new stars to the enormous lineup almost until the day of the festival!) but the main headliners for Friday are The Human League, a huge blast from the past for me! Saturday sees Jess Glynne on the main stage, my daughter is very happy about this, while Sunday headliners closing the festival are yet to be revealed! Who could it be? 

I'm going to confess right now that I'm pretty excited to see some of the other acts, Mr Motivator is excellent (even though I spilled my beer during his set in 2017 I still love him) The Cuban Brothers are always hilarious and of course there is the chance to hear Napalm Death, yes that's right, Napalm Death and Mr Tumble on the same stage (maybe not at the same time...although last year saw Mary Berry drumming for Rick Astley so anything is possible)

If you think a weekend of merriment involving dressing up as a superhero, climbing a giant tree and bouncing on a bouncy castle (this is also available for the children to do) then Camp Bestival may very well be the place for you.

You can find out more on the Camp Bestival website and grab tickets here.

Adult Weekend Ticket - £180*
Student Weekend Ticket - £175*
Age 13 to 17 Weekend Ticket - £114*
Age 10 to 12 Weekend Ticket - £90*
Age 5 to 9 Weekend Ticket - £31.50*
Age 4 & Under Weekend Ticket - £11*
Babes In Arms (1 & Under) - FREE (but ticket required)*
*All weekend tickets include access to the general campsites from Thursday to Monday

Car Parking - £20 in advance
Campervan Ticket (Field A) - £90
Caravan / Trailer Tent Ticket (Field A) - £100
Festival Programme Pack - £10 (reserve your festival programme pack to collect on site at the festival)

Next Camp Bestival post - we'll talk Fancy Dress!

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