I am so chuffed to announce that we are going to Camp Bestival this year as official Camp Bestival crew.
I have wanted to go to Camp Bestival for so many years now! It has always looked so amazing. But, every year that we’ve gone to book tickets, something has stopped us. Last year, my best friends wedding fell on that weekend, the year before there was a work event I couldn’t get out of and the year before that I wasn’t sure if Evie was old enough.
This year I have been determined to go and I’ve officially blacked out the date in my calendar and cannot wait to finally experience this awesome festival.
If you’ve not heard of Camp Bestival before, it’s basically the Coachella for families. By that I mean it is truly a must add to your calendar.
A Brief Intro To Camp Bestival.
Camp Bestival is held at the beautiful Lulworth Castle in Dorset. This year the event falls between the 26th-29th July.
One thing I love about ‘Camp Bestival is that every year the festival sets a ‘theme’. This years theme is “Set Sail!”. Apparently lots of attendees make such a huge effort to match the theme. So, we’re going to go all out and get some really cool ‘sea themed’ decorations for our tent and some fancy dress party costumes to wear over the weekend. Basically this means I have an excuse to go festival shopping, to buy clothes and homewares. It’s safe to say I am very excited.
Here’s a little bit more about Camp Bestival and what’s happening this year!
Is it odd that I’m not even going to the Festival for the music? I am going purely for everything else the festival has to offer. But, the line-up does look pretty good. Clean Bandit and Rick Astley as headliners will make for a very interesting festival.
I don’t think I’ve previously shared with readers of Life Unexpected, that I actually have a degree in Music Industry Management. Between the ages of 17 and 22 I saw way over 600 bands live and went to more gigs and festivals than I can even remember. I’ve always absolutely adored festivals and now I get to take my daughter to her first major festival, I cannot contain my excitement.
So, What Is There For The Kids At Camp Bestival
Camp Bestival is an award winning family festival for one huge reason. There is so much to do at Camp Bestival for kids! It is this entertainment that is making me so excited that we are going to Camp Bestival this year.
Firstly their is the kiddy entertainment. Think ‘Mr Tumble’, Dick and Dom, ‘Mister Maker’ and so much more.
Then there is all the sections of the festival that are purely devoted to our little ones. There is a spot called the Upper Kids’ Garden that I can’t wait to explore with Evie.
Here there is a big space for kids to explore and they have activities such as the ‘BigTopMania‘ where you can learn circus skills. We’ve done this with Evie at a local festival before and she loved it, so we can’t wait to try it again.
Camp Bestival is also home to The World’s Biggest Bouncy Castle, which I’m sure Evie will be desperate to try out. There is also bikes and go-carts, a separate Toddlers’ Area and a very intriguing tent called The Greatest Tent On Earth!
But That’s Not All…
There is also the Lower Kids’ Garden, which, is packed full of entertainment for slightly older kids. Apparently this year you’ll find the Insect Circus here, which I can’t wait to find out more about. There is also a spot called Art Town where you can find lots of paint, glitter and arty activities.
Evie is arts and crafts mad so I have a feeling we’ll be spending most of our time here. Then there is the Kids’ Catwalk, fairground rides, face painting, a Soft Play Tent and a Sandpit. But, the thing I am most excited about discovering (and the thing I’ve heard the most about) is the ‘Dingly Dell’. This is a spot hidden in a woodland area where as a family you can have a ‘wilderness’ experience.
Here you can learn how to make fires, you can learn how to carve a wand or build a home for fairies, you can find out how to identify trees and you can even meet some animals such as owls and falcons.
I think I just about got everything covered. Doesn’t that all sound amazing?
Oh and in amongst all of this there are also plenty of delicious eateries in the food markets, cafes, bars, shops, talks, music, comedians and so much more.
I have to admit, I am very excited about the idea of camping at Camp Bestival, but I’m also a bit nervous as well. I have camped many, many times before. Both at loads of festivals myself and also on family holidays when I was younger. But, Evie has never been camping and it’s been quite a few years for me.
One incredible things about Camp Bestival though, is the sheer amount of choice when it comes to camping. You can camp in regular tents or you can get pre-pitched tents, so you don’t have to do any of the work. Then there is the glamping. Do you fancy a bell tent? Or maybe a tipi, a yurt, a cloudhouse, a podpad, or even a Gypsy Bowtop Caravan? If those don’t take your fancy, how about a pop up hotel or a ‘royal indian shikar tent’.
There is so much choice of where to stay at Camp Bestival and as of yet we haven’t picked which one we’re going to go for! Basic? Or super luxury?
I personally love the sound of a podpad or a tipi.
Have You Got Your Tickets Yet?
You can book your ‘Camp Bestival’ tickets via their website here. Camp Bestival also have a ‘Weekly Paymennt Plan’ in place, so you don’t have to pay for your tickets straight away.
They have a 10-week payment plan where you can purchase your tickets and pay for it in installments over time.
Prices for tickets are as follows:
Adult Weekend Ticket – £197.50*
Student Weekend Ticket – £185*
Age 13 to 17 Weekend Ticket – £125*
Aged 10 to 12 Weekend Ticket – £98.75*
Age 5 to 9 Weekend Ticket – £45*
Aged 4 & Under Weekend Ticket – £15*
Babes In Arms (1 & Under) – FREE (but ticket required)*
*Please refer to the Camp Bestival Ticket Terms & Conditions below
So, we’re very excited that we are going to Camp Bestival. Now I just need to start shopping for our festival gear. We’re seriously going big or we’re going home.
Are you going to Camp Bestival this year? Have you been before (if yes please post tips for us)? If you aren’t going, would you love to go to this festival? Let me know in the comments below.