It’s usually around this time of year that I start thinking about our summer plans..where we will go and what we will do. Every year for the past four that plan has always included Camp Bestival. You can read lots about what we have thought of previous years and posts about packing tips of going to festivals with babies here.
So what can we expect from this years festival??
Well the theme is:
Yes Camp Bestivalers..Lulworth Castle becomes Spacecamp Dorset so I imagine there will be rocket ships, shining stars and astronomical …fun.
I think this theme may be my favourite yet, Izzy is just starting to love the idea of astronauts and talking about the planets so I think she will just be in awe of it all whilst Chloe who was just 19 months at last years CB will be much more adventurous and loving the festival/space vibe!
Enough about the theme..who will be there??
Lets start with the music:
Fatboy Slim, Jess Glynne and Tears For Fears are the ahhhmazing headliners we have to enjoy this year!
I’m most excited for Tears For Fears!! Everybody wants to rule the world….
As well as the headliners we have:
Katy B, KT Tunstall, festival favourites The Cuban Brothers, Bananarama and Brand New Heavies are just a few of the many and varied musical acts to choose from. As I type I am listening to Love In The First Degree ( anyone remember the lyrics – yeh you do! I stand accused of … ) .. will be great to hear these 80’s classics live!! If you don’t know any Banarama tunes get googling! I wasn’t born until 1983 but older brothers and sisters meant I knew all of these songs at a very young age.
For the kids:
To be honest I am not sure who enjoys Mr Tumble more… the girls or us. I mean this in a way most parents will understand – seeing their faces as they see the king of CBeebies is an absolute treat! They were even lucky enough to get a handshake from him last year!
Dick & Dom:
Camp Bestival wouldn’t be the same without these two. The crowds, kids and parents alike love them. They are also super friendly and we spotted them strolling around the festival chatting to everyone as they went.
This is like a dreamworld to any painting/craft lovers and lets face it what kids aren’t?? We spent so many enjoyable hours there last year and in previous years.
But Camp Bestival really isn’t just about the planned events, the timeslots you plan to go to on the weekends programme – its the steel band you happen to catch playing Uptown Funk as you stroll across the field and the dinosaur who wanders past as you eat your lunch. Its the various stalls and areas run by brands/organisations and charities where the kids can get their face painted, play games, create create create or just listen to stories or puppet shows. It entrances you in a way not many festivals can. You walk to get somewhere and suddenly you stop as something exciting catches your eye and then you are there for a few hours but you don’t care. Its the unplanned that excites your children and as soppy as it seems it captures your heart. Something about seeing utter glee and shock on your childs face reflected into your own is just special.
There is so much more for me to tell you about Camp Bestival..the art, the literature and my very favourite part – THE FEAST COLLECTIVE but thats for another post.. I won’t keep you waiting too long. One thing I will say is that Camp Bestival really isn’t just a music festival or a family festival but its a holiday. Not a lie on the beach drinking cocktails one of course but an experience which I guarantee your children will talk about all year around – our eldest likes to say well.. when I went to the festival …at least once a fortnight.
For now..go buy yourself a ticket:
Camp Bestival 2016 Weekend Tickets are on sale now via: Ticketline / 0844 888 4410
Camp Bestival 2016 Weekend Ticket Prices:
Adult Weekend Ticket – £197.50*
Student Weekend Ticket – £185*
Age 13 to 17 Weekend Ticket – £118*
Age 10 to 12 Weekend Ticket – £93*
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 or Friday.
*NB: please refer to the Camp Bestival Ticket Terms & Conditions
*We have been Official Bloggers for Camp Bestival for the past four years and have previously received tickets to review.
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