Showing posts with label comedy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label comedy. Show all posts

Looking forward to Camp Bestival 2019


Regular readers will know that I'm a regular at Camp Bestival, the fun, family, festival held in Dorset each year.

Last year the fun was slightly dampened by such dreadful storms on the last day that the festival had to be closed early. But better safe than sorry! 

Seeing Mary Berry on the TV the other week brought back all the memories of the sunny days before the last day! And totally made me crave cider and feasting in the sunshine while watching other people doing energetic stuff! (there was a high wire trapeze and people could have a go! madness, and yet it was booked out early everyday!)

One of my daughter's favourite bit's of any festival is the comedy. So I was pleased to read about Camp Bestival's comedy line up. 
"We're excited to reveal the 2019 belly-busting comedy headliners heading to Camp Bestival’s Big Top at Lulworth Castle, July 25th - 28th. Leading the laughs will be award-winning comedian and actor Omid Djalili who joins the inter-stellar festival bill taking over this summer, as well as funny-man Boothby Graffoe and comedy compere Andre Vincent, ensuring the best of British stand-up for all the family throughout the weekend."
Andre Vincent is just hilarious (based on previous years) and I cannot wait to see Omid Djalili live. It seems Boothby Graffoe  is particularly known for his surreal sense of humour and work with Canadian band Barenaked Ladies, so he should be fun too!

Some of my daughter's best memories of Camp Bestival have been the bizarre comedy moments, such as hearing some pretty raunchy 'adult' jokes., and seeing a comedian stop his act to dance with a  small boy in a sleeping bag (the child was in the bag, not the comedian).

This year there is even a special 'Parenting Program' for ...well, for the parents!
“Josie and I are so blimmin' excited about launching the Parenting Programme at Camp Bestival. Nearly everyone who comes to Camp, who isn’t a child, is a parent so there’s a lot of us and a lot to learn! But this isn’t some fuddy-duddy university of boring! These are the hottest potatoes in the parenting oven - funny, irreverent, stylish and occasionally musical. From Mother of Daughters vs. Father of Daughters DJ Set, to Clemmie Telford’s Lists Live and the amazing Pizzup we wanted to recruit the damn finest from the Instagram parenting community to help bring their stories and experiences to the festival. See you there parenting types!" Rob Da Bank

So if you like camping, love music and a bit of a giggle. Grab a ticket! And we'll see you there.

and until 22nd April 2019 get a taste of the fun with Camp Bestival at Margate Dreamland!

My daughter and I hope to be attending the festival again this year as guests in exchange for telling you what we get up to! Any questions? Just ask!

Laugh and the world laughs with you

Well well, poor old Ed Sheeran took a lot of abuse over on social media last night. Actually he didn't because he wasn't on social media, he was busy headlining Glastonbury, but he came back to it this morning, and he even felt the need to wade in to confirm that his set was live, there was not backing track, it was all about the loop pedal.

And that made me remember a comedian that DD and I loved at Camp Bestival in 2015. Rob Deering is a comedian that used the loop pedal to the max! Explaining it to us, the innocent audience, and then using it, and his guitar to keep us in metaphorical stitches for half an hour or so. So when I thought loop pedal, I though COFFEEEE!

I can't wait to see what the comedy lineup will bring this year. As with music at festivals, where there are big names and well known bands, comedy too has plenty of 'must see' and 'famous' comedians, but often it's the ones I haven't heard of that make me laugh the most, maybe as the sets are so fresh and new (at least to me) maybe they truly are secret comedy gold, but whatever, I can't wait to hear some hilarious favourites along with finding some new rib tickling chuckles this year at Camp Bestival.

Camp Bestival comedy curator, Get Comedy’s Brett Vincent says:
 “I love booking the comedy for Camp Bestival, each year just gets better and better. From our headliner Reginald D. Hunter who’s been on nearly every major TV show in the UK and the States pushing his laid back social commentary and acute observations of the British psyche, to Gary Delaney who’s possibly one of the best joke writers in the country (and has awards to prove it) this year is no exception! “
At Camp Bestival were always proud to find you the stars of the future and this year we have a plethora of amazing talent from all over the world. Australian Ray Badran is one to catch if you like the surreal ramblings of Ross Noble.
Jenny Bede who is already an internet star with over 50million views on social networks is one not to miss.
Nico Yearwood from Barbados, Chris Betts from Canada, Yuriko Kotani from Japan, and Jake Lambert (Maidenhead) are definitely ones to watch, as well as Andy Field and Tom Ward, all of whom you will be seeing a lot more of on TV in the coming years. “
Add in the true professionals Phil Nichol, Kerry Godliman & Pat Monahan and you’re in for a real treat this festival. Laugh hard and laugh long! - Nanu Nanu!" 

Performing in the dedicated comedy tent in the Magic Meadow, there will be tales of media-storm madness from fast-rising Aussie comedy star Ray Badran who has been making a huge name for himself down under. Plus, enjoy gut-busting good times with acclaimed actor, award winning comedian, producer, presenter, writer and musician Phil Nichol. And of course even more hoopla and hilarity from Yuriko Kotani, Jenny Bede, Andy Field, Tom Lucy, Nico Yearwood, Patrick Monahan, Chris Betts, Jake Lambert, Tom Ward and Prince Abdi.

And, don’t forget, just for the kids Camp Bestival have new hit show Kidocracy, an interactive theatre show for children aged 6+. Featuring Keith Farnan (Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow) giving children an island to rule and asking them to elect leaders, write anthems, and come up with rules, it’s a definite must-see. Everyone might just learn something!

Ticket Info:

Camp Bestival 2017 Weekend Tickets are on sale now via: Ticketline / 0844 888 4410

Adult Weekend Ticket -  £197.50*
Student Weekend Ticket - £185* / Age 13 to 17 Weekend Ticket - £125*
Age 10 to 12 Weekend Ticket - £98.75* / Age 5 to 9 Weekend Ticket - £45*
Age 4 & Under Weekend Ticket - £15*
Babes in Arms (1 & Under) - FREE (but ticket required)*

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

Car Parking - £20 in advance / Campervan Ticket (Field A) - £95
Caravan / Trailer Tent Ticket (Field A) - £105
 Please read T&Cs here before booking
 Keep checking and our Facebook and Twitter for all the latest info.
Disclosure : As an official Camp Bestival Blogger I will be attending the festival as Camp Bestival's guest, but everything I say about it on the blog is 100% true :-)  I've been attending the festival for the last 9 years so I know what's what.

An Exciting Festival in the Heart of the Gorgeous Ashdown Forest

I have been sent tickets to a new festival for this summer! I am really excited as it sounds fabulous and so I felt the need to share it with you in case you were free, and in possession of a tent, on first weekend in June to come along to Byline Festival 

Actually you don't even need to have a tent, as like many festivals these days there are pre-pitched tent and glamping options which mean you can rock up and have all the hard work done for you! I quite like pitching my own tent, it always feels like I deserve the beer then, but each to their own and I guess it is pretty sweet to just be able to stroll away from a festival on the last day without a backward glance, and with nothing to stuff into the car for the return journey except the faint whiff of herbal cigarettes and the memories of brief love affairs...wait..where was I?

Ah yes! A festival. This will be my first of the season and while it has music, it is not primarily a music festival, much like the literary festival I went to last year in The New Forest. Though Curious Arts is a bookish festival and this one, Byline looks more news and comedy based (and if you don't laugh at the news right now, you'd cry, so it seemed appropriate.)

Byline Festival is described as "A riot of free speech, a protest against fake news and alternative facts", and I have browsed the acts and the shows that were promised and have decided it is right up my street! Right up DD's too as you will recall that we like the comedy tents best at most of the festivals we attend.

Tickets are from £110 for the weekend, including camping, Under 4s are free and older kids are £12. Huge Discount for students too. Check out the Byline Ticket Prices here. 
60 Live Music Acts Including Dj Nihal, The Blow Monkeys, Department S, The Members, John Ellis (The Vibrators) And The Priscillas
Topical Comedy From John Cleese, Lenny Henry, Hardeep Singh Kohli And Others. Workshops. Screenings. Activism.
Speakers Include Frances Barber, Heather Brooke, Catherine Mayer, Hugh Grant, Bonnie Greer, Luke Harding, A.L Kennedy, Tom Watson, Martin Bell, June Sarpong. 
BylineFest brings together a riot of journalists, bloggers, commentators, satirists, analysts, lawyers, musicians, actors and activists to mix and chat. Here are a few.
BylineFest brings together a riot of journalists, bloggers, commentators, satirists, analysts, lawyers, musicians, actors, activists, and you.

I'm really looking forward to the 2nd June, grabbing the tent and heading down to Pippingford Park for a weekend of thoughtful but funny festival fun. There will also be wine. I'll let you know afterwards what it was like - do drop a note into the comments if you are planning to attend.

Disclosure : I am on the festival guest list so that I can review the festival - stay tuned!

My list of 5 'Must Sees' at Camp Bestival this year

Every year I plan lots of things to see at Camp Bestival and we usually manage about 50%. Mainly because the festival is large, we are easily distracted and extremely lazy.

So I'm making a list this year of just 5 things that I absolutely MUST see.

Camp Bestival News - The Chuckle Brothers!

I'm almost too excited to type - so excuse any errors. If I said "to me, to you" what would you think? You'd think OMG The Chuckle Brothers of course! and today's news that The Chuckle Brothers will be at Camp Bestival has really cheered up my Thursday!

Rob da Bank says: “I’m not sure if there’s an emoji for ‘wetting yourself laughing’ yet but we need one for the Chuckle Brothers. I booked them as a bit of a laugh last year but they drew one of the biggest crowds of the weekend and had to do about 1000 selfies afterwards for some rabid fans. I’m still not sure I understand it all but i do love ‘em, and had to get them for all of our shows this year!”
Paul Chuckle says: “Thanks for this great tribute but I have to say our time at Bestival last September was one of the best days we've ever had. We've done and appeared in many things including the Children's Royal Variety show, but can honestly say this matched anything. The day was amazing and we can't wait to do it all again this year. Great crowd, great guys to work with all round, and memories that will last for ever. See you all soon. “PS. Can't wait”.

Chuckle brothers
One of the country’s best loved double acts, The Chuckle Brothers are the premier slapstick team that kept generations of kids entertained with perfectly timed pratfalls in 22 series of their acclaimed ChuckleVision television show. 
Launching the catchphrases “to me, to you” and “oh dear, oh dear” into common parlance, their influence on youth culture shouldn’t be underestimated.
They’re a canny pair too, as well as getting in on the current grime revival right from the word go with ‘To Me, To You (Bruv)’ their collaboration with Tinchy Stryder, last year also saw the pair make their festival debut at Bestival in front of 14,000 people.

The Festival team like to think they know a thing or two about festivals after 12 years out in the fields, but they said that the crowd reaction to the Chuckle Brothers at Bestival 2015 was utterly astonishing, to say the least.
What can only be described as unbridled joy filled the Big Top and a huge outpouring of emotion from the capacity crowd turned their 15-minute slot into one of the highlights of any Bestival. Ever.
And so, in celebration of their much-anticipated appearances this year, at not only Bestival but also Camp Bestival and Common People, 5th May is declared Chuckle Brothers’ Day. 
Join in a gleeful celebration of a truly influential comedy duo who are criminally unsung.
Take to the streets proclaiming ‘TO ME, TO YOU’ with all your heart, and make sure you honour Chuckle Brothers’ Day with some DIY slapstick fun.

The Chuckle Brothers will appear at: 

Common People – Southampton & Oxford 28th & 29th May
Camp Bestival – Lulworth Castle Dorset – 28th – 31st July
Bestival - Robin Hill, Isle of Wight – 8th-11th September

Curious Arts Festival

This year I am off to the Curious Arts Festival again with DD. We went last year and found it an oasis of joy. This year we will be 'official' bloggers and so I need to make plans to review everything and not just snooze in the sun like a lazy warm dog.

Curious Arts is a festival unlike others I go to. There is camping but many people choose to come only for the day, or stay nearby, as it's in the New Forest there are plenty of places to stay, but I imagine you would need to get booking now to ensure your spot. I camp of course. If pitching your own tent is not your thing, or you don't have a tent, you can still camp onsite using the ready pitched glamping option of Bluebell tents. Or try Tangerine Fields for a ready made festival tent experience. You can even take your camper van at no extra charge!

Curious Arts seems more relaxed and has a more summer fete feel to it that a drunken music festival, but that is not a criticism! It's rather nice to know no one will piss on you tent in the night, and to have ice cream and deckchairs during the afternoon. It's an excellent festival for festival lovers and those that dislike festivals!

During the day there is lots to do, from wandering down to the lake, eating ice cream, or watching snail racing (I think lazy is a theme) to listening to author talks and interviews, comedy shows, movies in the film tent, or crafting. Last year we did spend a lot of time reading and snoozing and I am determined to discover more new authors this year. I'm very excited that Carol Ann Duffy will be there, along with so many others! See the full 'bookish' line up here. Musically there is a lot to look forward to as well of course, not least Billy Bragg. Check out all the acts here. I'm hoping to stumble across some new music to enjoy.

At every festival DD and I love the comedy. And Curious Arts crams in a lot. be sure to arrive early to get a seat - last year the tent was packed! With very good reason. It really is very funny. I'm looking forward to The Noise Next Door embarrassing someone else this year, rather than me! Though it did cause DD near pant wetting hilarity!

And for kids? Yep stuff for those small people too - DD is a bit old for the kids stuff now but it looked very popular.

If you fancy spending a day or a weekend there, you can grab tickets here

Ticket Prices:
Child 13 and under - all festival - FREE
14yrs and over (adult) - all festival - £120
Day or evening only tickets from £20

The festival site will be open for Weekend Ticket holders from 10am on Friday 22 July until noon on Monday 24 July 2015. 
Day tickets are valid from 10am until midnight.
Evening tickets are valid from 5.30pm until midnight.
Car Parking is free
 Disclosure : I have been given tickets to attend the festival free of charge but all words etc are my own

Camp Bestival - my review of 2015

I’ve been quiet on the blog lately. It’s summer time (yes really, despite the weird weather) and so it is my favourite time, Festival Season. I started in May of course, then there was a long gap  (picture my sad face here) but then it was July and at the end of it there was Camp Bestival!

Yippee! This year the headliners were the Kaiser Chiefs so with a huge dose of over excitement I had bought my tickets as soon as they were available. I once thought DD had grown too old for Camp Bestival, after all it’s Bestival’s younger sibling; a festival that caters for breastfeeding mums, tiny babies, toddlers, and over excited 4 year old Mr Tumble fans. But since the arrival of the Den and this year a really excellent lineup (my teen demanded a T shirt with the band list on the back this year, a sure fire way to check if your festival is ‘cool’) we are both back in love again, in fact DD has declared it once again has the top slot in her ‘favourite festivals’.

We arrived on Thursday and pitched up on a rapidly filling camp site. I love the main camping fields, the boutique and glamping fields always look a bit regimented to me. I love to look at the various tent styles, the mix of colours and shapes, the way everyone squeezes their tents into each gap, I imagine from the air it would resemble a vast game of Tetris as we all set up.

The weather was perfect, I suspect Rob Da Bank is in league with mysterious powers as he seems to always have perfect weather for this amazing festival. DD enjoyed just roaming the site, meeting up with one of her teachers (what are the chances!?) who was leading nature walks down to the lake, of course we had to go, and it was lovely. I wore my ballgown (of course) and rabbit ears…and now DD is dreading the next parents evening.

We really enjoyed the comedy which was back this year. Plenty of vulgar jokes, swearing and general rudeness, totally unsuitable for children, as the signs outside the tent demonstrated. It was a little strange therefore to find it in the Lower Kid’s Field…(best part was one of the comedians asking a ten year old what the worst swear he knew was, so we could know how rude to be, after checking it was OK to answer with his mum, he blurted out C*NT into the microphone and the tent erupted! hilarious)

We watched movies (Madagascar, yes I've seen it before - I still cried) in the morning in the Big Top, while eating bacon sandwiches and drinking cranberry and vodka, my festival breakfast drink of choice.

We also enjoyed watching the stunt riding at the jousting arena, this year 'Cossack' themed, excellent riding and stunning horses.

One of my highlights was The Jam Jar Cocktail bar again, not just the bearded guy mixing my drink, but the drinks themselves, a delicious margarita and a suitable spicy Bloody Mary, complete with celery (two of my 5 a day right there!)

Talking of food, I was able to lose my Nandos virginity this year at Camp Bestival, I opted for a ‘hot’ wrap while DD went for ‘no sauce, milder than mild’. I rather enjoyed it too, cheeky.

The Insect Circus had some new acts and was as much fun as always. Listening to The Kings Parade at the bandstand in glorious sunshine, while I lay on my blanket (I was just resting my eyes!) was so lovely and relaxing and Dd loved hearing Ella Henderson on the main stage, though a set change meant we missed a food talk I had hoped to attend.

A surprise favourite for me was a band I had previously never heard of (spookily we heard their latest track on Radio 1 as we drove to Camp Bestival!) Slaves, very fun and punk, and energetic, I still think that’s one of the best things about festivals, the random discoveries.

The Kaiser Chiefs were excellent, despite a packed field so we didn’t have a great view it was fun to join in the massed sing-along with Ruby Ruby Ruby Ruby! (ahaaaaaahahaaahaaa) And the fireworks that close the whole thing were as good as always.

So much more to see and do than I've mentioned here - a real 'week's holiday in 4 days' - do check out the slide show below.

Can't wait for next year now - the countdown has begun.

Grab you tickets at where you can sign up for a weekly payment plan to spread the cost at no extra cost to you!

*PS yes I can say and write the word, I just favour not having the blog found via it as a search term! I'm not a prude, honest!

Camp Bestival News

And I thought the long wait for festivals would be boring over the winter. Not So!!

Because I had forgotten the excitement of hearing about who will be at the festivals I'll be going to.

Imagine my overwhelming excitement at finding out that (award winning) duo Dick and Dom will be returning to Camp Bestival in 2015. They were absolutely hilarious last time, encouraging misbehaviour and mayhem, causing the entire campsite to play 'Bogeys' well into the night... I simply can't wait! (my dubious claim to fame? Dick spat on me in the literary tent at Camp Bestival)

And then there is the Cat in the Hat! How do I love Dr Seuss? Well lets just say I love him here and there, in fact I love him anywhere! And the cat in the hat knows how to have fun, look at him! Look at him! Look at him now! It is fun to have fun but you have to know how....(Camp Bestival can help with that if you are stuck!)

And could there be anything I would like more than being in a field with Ricky Wilson singing "RUBY RUBY RUBY RUBY!" at the top of my lungs? well I don't think there could be! (I predict a riot if they don't sing Ruby - see what I did there!) So the Kaiser Chiefs at Camp B? Well I don't mind if I do! I also predict DD will be most excited as she is a Ricky Wilson fan since watching him on the BBC show 'The Voice'.

Other acts announced that I'm less familiar with (but have been listening to and am keen to hear more!) Include Clean Bandit and Underworld (who's music appeared in the film 'Trainspotting' among other things)

I'm filled with Camp Bestival Fever! It's going to be WILD!!

It might be cold outside but things are really hotting up at Camp Bestival HQ! It’s all coming together for what is destined to be the wildest Camp Bestival yet, and boy do we have a gargantuan line-up announcement planned for early January. But because we’re just a bit too excited, and because it’s Christmas, we want to give you a tempting taster of what’s to come announcing two pretty special headliners and just some arts fun that will be gracing Camp Bestival Goes Wild this 30th July – 2nd August at Lulworth Castle on Dorset’s stunning Jurassic coast.

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

You can use our 30 week payment plan to purchase your tickets meaning that an adult ticket can now be bought at a payment of around £5 per week over 29 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: 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.

HOSPITALITY CAMPING: Hospitality Camping offers luxurious creature comforts in a beautifully designed, spacious campsite with fast access to the heart of the main Castle Stage arena. With premium toilets, hot showers, free yoga sessions, private parking and a meet and greet concierge service, Hospitality Camping is the place to stay for the ultimate high-end family festival experience. Head here for more info

Camp Bestival - Disney (and Firefighters)

The last movie that DD and I saw at the cinema was Maleficent. It was a Disney movie and we loved it. In April we even went to the home of Disney, in California.

We may not be fans of the princesses , DD favours Belle - as (and I quote DD from a few years back) "She is not a princess and she doesn't need rescuing, she rescues the Beast" , but we love a bit of Disney, who doesn't?!, some escapism, some fun animation and some comedy, a smattering of morals....

And while we haven't really got into the Planes movie I'm still a teensy bit excited to tell you that there will be a Disney area at Camp Bestival. With an interactive Fire Engine! (there may be firefighters...I'm saying nothing and this has no bearing on my excitement*) Because the new Disney movie is Planes 2: Fire and Rescue

When Dusty learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he joins forces with fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his team, The Smokejumpers, to battle a massive wildfire....


*There will be real firefighters, and games, fancy dress, and all sorts of amazing shenanigans and fun! If you are at Camp Bestival make sure you pop along!!

Planes 2: Fire & Rescue blazes ahead with innovative virtual reality experience touring the UK this summer!

Disney’s highly anticipated new comedy adventure Planes 2: Fire & Rescue flies into cinemas in Scotland on August 1st and across the rest of the country on August 8th - and to celebrate the release, Disney is giving fans the incredible opportunity to ‘Save The Day’ and experience the thrill of being a member of the Piston Peak Air Attack Team. 

The ‘Save The Day’ virtual reality game uses Microsoft’s ground breaking Kinect for Windows v2 technology to put fans right in the middle of the airborne action by becoming firefighting characters Dusty and Dipper, as they race to protect the Piston Peak National Park. Players can take off and enter the heroic world of aerial firefighting as they scout the Park for signs of fire. 

Fans will get an exclusive insider look at all the action of the upcoming film by performing the vital manoeuvers necessary to extinguish blazes, including daring water collection and exciting drops! 

And even if you won't be at Camp Bestival you can join in the fun at other limited venues across the UK -

The ‘Save The Day’ virtual reality game will be placed in foyers of selected ODEON Cinemas and Disney Stores across the country. 

It will also be touring the UK this summer in a special Planes 2: Fire & Rescue fully interactive fire engine which will be visiting airshows and festivals, educating children on the importance of fire safety and featuring a host of fun games and activities for fans to take part in. 

The ‘Save The Day’ Virtual Reality Game will appear in the following locations: 
ODEON CINEMAS (from 21st July): Kingston, Southampton, MetroCentre (Newcastle), Braehead, Trafford (Manchester), LiverpoolOne 
AIRSHOWS & FESTIVALS:: Sunderland international Airshow (26th- 27th July), 
Camp Bestival (1st–3rd Aug) 
Bristol Balloon Fiesta (9th Aug) 
Blackpool Airshow (10th Aug)

Mr Tumble at Camp Bestival

mr tumble surrounded by bouncers at a festival
Yes he had bouncers on his walk-a-bout, yes I got past them.
For some years now Mr Tumble has wowed audiences at Camp Bestival. As Camp Bestival is family festival there are many acts and activities for littleones, and Mr Tumble has proved to be a huge hit!

It seems many of the mums on twitter have secret desires on Mr Tumble too! Maybe it's the fact that he gives them some peace while the children watch him, maybe it's his cuddliness, maybe it's the fact he doesn't really speak much! But whatever, he's surprisingly popular with the ladies(and anyone that tells you that I once pushed to the front of a group of small children and grabbed Mr Tumble's hand is a liar! A big fat Liar*)

He's back again this year of course, and I'm sure he'll be just as much fun as on previous years.

*actually there may be a shred of truth....ok ok it's true...what of it?!

Festivals - planning what to see

So you arrive excitedly at you festival. Now what? You are pitched up, you have checked where the loos are and which is the best place to get breakfast, you have cold beer in hand...

Buy a programme, sometimes you are given one, or at least a basic one (or there may be an app) but buy the best one you can. Then find a comfy spot and start your planning.

You might already have a rough idea of acts you just can't miss, find them and circle them. Clashes? Yikes, you'll have to make some tough choices.

If you have kids let them join in, pick a few of their 'must see' things.  Don't plan too much! I tend to plan a morning act, an afternoon and an evening, I add in some that would be nice but not essential. Leave some 'wandering and discovering' time.

Remember that you don't have a teleporter! It takes time to get from one stage to another, especially in crowds (at Glastonbury it can actually take hours! HOURS!). Also remember you need to eat and drink, and so do children they may also need toilet stops! Factor some in!

How do you plan and what is your number one MUST SEE act at a festival this year?

Camp Bestival - Comedy

It's not all music at Camp Bestival - one of DDs favourite things is the (often sweary) comedy. We have seen many memorable acts, with jokes ranging from Irish dancing themes to masturbating in a tiny tent(!)

We have seen and enjoyed the family humour of Ben Norris. When I say 'family' I don't mean suitable for the family, I mean that he takes hilariously mocks his own family life. Including coping with triplets...

I shall look forward to hearing how that is going for him, this year...and wonder if he's got greyer since last year. Kids do that to you.

Warning - Contains swears.

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