It’s finally here. The week of Camp Bestival. It’s so close I can smell the bacon, feel the bubbles on my face and hear the roar of the crowd as Mr Tumble jumps on stage.
Last year at Camp Bestival was hard for me. I was pregnant and as a family we had a really stressful few months. Looking back I shouldn’t have gone really as I spent the whole time worrying about whether my pregnancy was going as it should or if I would need to dash off to hospital for the 100th time. I went for Izzy and she loved it. Anyway this makes this year all the more special. I have more energy ( even with a teething baby) TWO children to enjoy the magical world of Camp Bestival and we are glamping in a Hotel Bell Tent offering.. Plus this year CB has ALL the food..yes even more than in previous years.
This post is just a quick rundown of a few things we are looking forward to at this years festival:
1. Mr Tumble – he’s the top of the list every year I think and seriously one of the festival highlights for us. He puts on a brilliant show and it’s incredible to watch the children as he comes on stage.
2. Pretending I’m more than just a 30 something mum whilst dancing away to Basement Jaxx.
3. The food… The food.. The food. Smokestak, DJ BBQ, Paellaria along with Los Churros Amigos and some Purbeck icecream to finish up? I think so. Breakfast around the tent some days and hot chocolate while the children sleep blissfully in bed (HA HA HA) and even a frozen cocktail or two.
4. Listening to some comedy..with Milton Jones.
5. Getting back to nature with Project Wild Thing and The National Trust 50 things project.
6. Meeting up with my fellow Camp Bestival bloggers. There has been a real community feel amongst us over the past month and we have been sharing camping tips and discussing the very best non glass alcohol there is.. 🙂 It will be great to catch up with familiar faces and meet new ones as well.
7. We are also hoping to pop into the sneeze free garden hosted by Piriton which looks like a lovely spot for a family picnic.
8. Having toast and watching the crowds go by in the evening sat at The Soup Library:
And just to finish off some final packing tips:
You need to pack as light as possible whilst also ensuring you have EVERYTHING you need for you and your family. It’s hard. Products which do more than one thing always help. Such as:
Johnsons 2in1 shampoo & conditioner:
Great for the kids and we will use it too. We will probably shower twice unless the kids get massively sticky and grubby.
Muddy Puddles 3 in 1 waterproof suit
A waterproof coat which has a removable fleece liner so can be worn in 3 separate ways. Handy for wet days, cold nights or wet and cold nights!
MamaBabyBliss Baby Balm
A balm which can be used on the most sensitive baby skin but also on my skin too. Perfect for when my skin gets a little dry or if Chloe or Izzy get chafed skin.
Frozen cocktail pouches
These frozen pouches act as extra cool packs and taste so good when they begin to defrost. My kind of multi tasking.
Solar Power Buddy from Power On Demand LTD
This clever product can charge mine and my partners phones as well as the Kindle Fire HDX so that if Izzy wakes too early we can perhaps keep her quiet with something fun to watch or read.
Easy Food & Snacks
Yes the food at the festival looks awesome. Unfortunately I’m on a budget so we can’t eat out for every meal.
Snacks are important as I don’t want to be forking out for food everytime Izzy gets a little peckish. We are taking some of the fab new Mamia Fruit pouches from Aldi which are purse friendly and delicious according to my children. Rice cakes, crisps and bags of fruit are also winners. Breakfast biscuits such as Belvita are great on the go breakfast items. Yoghurts for the first day or so when the cool bag is still cool and chunks of cheese and crackers.
Quick and easy meals at the tent include:
Pasta with a little olive oil, garlic and chilli flakes – so simple but so good
We also take things like tinned rice pudding, tinned fruit, baked beans, peanut butter and bread for handy snacks.
I should also point out that food tastes SO much better when eaten outside.
Some final points.
There are a very small amount of tickets left. Do not miss out. Visit the Camp Bestival site for more info.
Why not check out some of my fellow bloggers posts before you go:
Rob Ferrer says
Interesting you recommend a solar charger. I never got on with them (although I didn’t try that one). I found they took too long to charge, and it was a pain having to follow the sun!
I ended up using “battery pack” chargers. Specifically a 14,000mAh version. I now have 3 of them (and three smaller ones). We use them for our phones, and for my camera. It’s great not having to worry about conserving battery.
I’d be interested to hear whether the solar ones have come on since I tried them.
Luisa jeory says
Ah it sounds amazing- it makes me want to go!!!!! can’t wait to hear you posts on the festival and see your images. Hope your family have an amazing time.
Thanks Luisa x
Heehee ‘you need to pack as light as possible’ – I’m trying!!!! Can’t wait now. See you soon 🙂 Oh, thanks for the link 😉