Camp Bestival is the biggest and best fancy dress party that I have ever had the pleasure of attending 🙂
As Camp Bestival newbies we were open minded as to what we might find in the grounds of Lulworth Castle one super sunny weekend… simply put, it was craziness, fun, laughter, colour and magic all rolled into one beautiful Summer adventure – it was without doubt, one of our favourite weekends of 2015.
There was silliness in abundance, excitement everywhere you looked, smiley faces, dancing bodies, decked out trollies, and still, somehow, the space to find a patch of grass to sit back and take it all in.
I think it must have been obvious that we were newbies… for one, we were not wearing fancy dress (foolish), and two, we did not have a pimped out trolley kitted out with cushions, snacks, drinks, sleeping children and fairy lights.
It didn’t matter a jot though as it really did feel like we were at some sort out brilliantly outlandish family reunion with more than its fair share of favourite crazy uncles who always take their shirts off in the middle of the dancefloor 🙂
I know that we missed things, things that maybe had we planned better we would have all enjoyed, but we literally stumbled across so much fun anyway that we didn’t feel under any pressure to make sure that we got to anywhere in particular by a set time.
In just two short days Isabella enjoyed all of the following…
- Big Wheel Ride
- Helter Skelter Ride
- A chat with hello Kitty
- Nature painting
- Story time at the reading corner
- Puppet show
- Mr Tumble live
- The Bug Circus
- Sandcastle building
- Face painting fun
- Ice creams/ Crepes/ Paella/ Nachos/Pizza/noodles
- The Dingy Dell playground
- Lizzie’s way… a woodland walk of beautiful little dens, play kitchens, reading corners & puppet shows
- Exploring the 50 things to do before you are 11 ¾ area
- Witnessing a ‘wedding’ at the gigantic pink and white inflatable chapel
- Making a dreamcatcher
- Bouncy castle fun
- Crafting loveliness
- Wand carving
- Dancing in the Bollywood tent
- Learning circus skills
- And much, much more.
From this you could easily assume that we spent our entire time traipsing after an excitable 4 year old… and you would be right!
She was a whirlwind of happiness bouncing from one magical moment to the next.
I was as intrigued as Bella to explore at will, and Roy ( who was not the designated driver that weekend) was just as happy at every pit stop as he had a beer in hand 🙂
It may be that my memories of Camp Besitval are embedded in a haze of wonderfulness because the day before we set off I found out that I was pregnant with baby number two 🙂
So, in fairness, the chances of anything ruffling my feathers that weekend were pretty slim anyway.
But, considering, we went to Camp Bestival with not really any expectations at all, we left with an absolute truck load full of lovely memories.
We spent two sun drenched days surrounded by happy adults, excitable children, wild & wonderful sights, good music and yummy food.
This, for us at least, will now hopefully become a regular part of our family summer fun every year.
What you need to know about Camp Bestival 2016…
Where: In the grounds of Lulworth castle, Dorset
When: 28th – 31st July 2016 with an intergalactic outer space theme 🙂
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.
* For further information on car parking, campervan tickets and Camp Bestival ticket terms & conditions please see here
They also offer a Camp Bestival weekly payment plan which you can read about here
To name a few….Kids’ Gardens, Bollywood, the Big Top, The Greatest Tent on Earth, the Dingly Dell, the Bestival Inflatable Church, Caravanserai, the Castle Stage, Son et Lumiere fireworks and lots, lots more
As well as the below line up:
I would definitely say that this would be a good weekend to block off in the diary for 2016 🙂
*Out tickets to Camp Bestival were complimentary for the purposes of adding this review and taking some snaps…I think the pictures say it all. A fabbo time was had by all 🙂