Last year was our first time at Camp Bestival and we were a little overwhelmed with the amount of fabulous stuff going on; So much so that there were a few areas that we didn’t really make the most of, with the Slow Motion area being one of them.
Last year was all about the kids for us really and all our activities were planned around them. What would have been fabulous would be to get a little break from the excitement and take a little time out for ourselves.
Slow Motion has a range of massage treatments from sports massage to reflexology, Reiki sessions that you can go along to on your own or with your children or a relaxing and revitalising Shiatsu massage that will help you restore the calm and leave you ready to enjoy the rest of the festival.
The indulgence doesn’t stop there though. The Transformation Station allows you to get away from the communal showers and hop into a solar power shower and treat yourself to the use of a hairdryer and straighteners which I know is something missed by a lot of people when camping!
From here you can head over and enjoy getting your hair braided, some nail art done or get really festival ready with some super cool body and glitter art by the talented Jingo.
I know that after a few days of one to many G&Ts and lots of indulgent food my body was craving something a little healthier and this is the perfect place to grab some healthy and nutritious food and drink.
Something my husband was keen to try last year was the nature run. It’s a perfect way to set yourself up for the day and allows you to step off site for a while and take in the beauty that surrounds Lulworth Castle with the chance to clear your head and slip in some peaceful meditation too.
I know this is a must for us this year and I’m sure something that would be a big pull for many busy parents.
A whole year is a pretty long time to wait in between festivals so thankfully Camp Bestival and Big Fish Little Fish have got together this year to create a tour that allows everyone to experience the fun of festival for a few hours before the summer and get ready for this years festival theme of ‘pop stars and rock stars’.
Last year we spend a lot of time next to the BFLF stage at Camp Bestival and the boys absolutely loved dancing around and jumping on and of the stage to all the great music they put on.
We were lucky enough to go along to the tour at Dreamland in Margate last week which is one of my favourite seaside attractions.
The cool, retro theme of Dreamland was the perfect setting for a children’s rave with lots of open space around the roller disco area that had been transformed into a super cool dance floor for the kids…well the adults too!
The dance floor was packed with people dancing playing with the tents and tunnels that were set out and eagerly awaiting the bubble machine and glitter cannons to go off!
For the really tiny ones there were quieter areas set up away from the hustle and bustle of it all.
It wouldn’t have that festival feel without face painting and even though my guys weren’t interest there were some very impressive faces walking around.
The boys spent a lot of time over at the craft station getting tattoos, making superheroes masks and creating masterpieces with the play dough.
In addition to all this fun families had the opportunity to grab some ‘pop stars and rock stars’ themed props and take a photo at the booth that gave them the chance to win one of three family tickets to Camp Bestival 17 which would make for the most fantastic prize!
The next event is in Hackney on 23rd April and if is set to be another cracker if you can get along to it.
If not please take a look at everything Camp Bestival has to offer. I can’t put into words what a mind blowing experience we had last year and this years is set to top it!
The acts for Camp Bestival this year have been coming thick and fast. I have already told you a little about the fantastic music line up, and the kind of things you can expect to see for the kids.
Now it’s time to let you know who is going to be bring the belly laughs to the Big Top on Sunday night with the comedy acts.
The witty and extremely funny Reginald D Hunter and Gary Delaney will be taking to the stage as well as Kerry Goodman who is a personal favourite of mine.
I first saw her on the hit comedy Derek written by Ricky Gervis where she played a care home manager in charge of some very temperamental patients and staff!
The comedy isn’t just for the adults as there will be the Kidocracy interactive theatre that will allow the children to rule an island, leaving absolutely everything down to them…can you imagine!
To find out more about this or tickets for Camp Bestival then take a look HERE.
Every few weeks new acts get announced for Camp Bestival and my excitement grows even more with each announcement.
This year is set to be one of the best ones yet and with the Lightning Seeds, Julian Clary and many more acts being added to the already fabulous line up it really will be an event not to be missed.
With a very big family I know all to well about the costs of events such as this and having to find the funds to pay it all in one go could be a little daunting.
This is why Camp Bestival have a payment plan that make it an affordable event for everyone by spreading the costs across fifteen weeks and making an adult ticket an average of £12 a week.
Simply sacrificing your morning coffee could have you well on the way to getting a ticket to a truly memorable break that will create memories that are going to last a lot longer than that latte!
“You can go your own way”
These words are just a few of many from Fleetwood Mac’s Greatest Hits album that will always spark off nostalgia from my childhood.
Singing along in the car with my family on trips to the seaside will always spring to the forefront of my mind the minute I hear the first few notes of this song.
I don’t know what it is with music that immediately transports you to a time of situation the minute you hear it, but it’s a powerful thing and is the same in all of us be the memories good or bad.
Years after certain events can seem like yesterday through the power of music and it’s a huge reason why I love to share a variety of genres with my children to open their minds to the sheer wonder of music.
Last year when we attended Camp Bestival it was wonderful to be able to stand their and enjoy artists from my youth such as Bananarama and share with my little ones the memories their songs bought back to me; which were mainly playing their album over and over again on my stacking system in my bedroom whilst driving my Mum and Dad mad!
It was not only blasts from the past for me that evoked old memories that I enjoyed sharing it was also creating new ones with my children like my daughter bundling me to the front of the stage to see her favourite Jess Glynne.
The moment she starting singing ‘Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself’ my daughter’s face instantly lit up and it is a moment that will stay with me forever.
With Madness set to take to the stage this year who were another favourite of my Dad’s and Anne Marie a new fav of my daughter’s I’m sure their will be plenty more tunes that are going to be firmly etched in our memory banks for years to come!
If you fancy taking a trip to the best family festival around and enjoy an endless list of fantastic artists then take a look ‘here’.
Last summer we were at Camp Bestival getting our grove on to hits from my teens from Bananarama, jumping around to Reggie and Bollie and in awe of a spectacular performance put on by Fatboy Slim.
This years line up for 2017 Pop Stars And Rock Stars is beginning to take shape and looks like it is set to top lasts years acts if that could be possible!
All Saints will be gracing the stage and this is another group that bring back many memories of my carefree youth.
The infamous Mark Ronson is set to headline on Friday night and is one not to be missed.
Mr Tumble will be making a very welcome return of the hoards of people that were there to see him last year are anything to go by!
Something that my daughter would absolutely love to see if the UK festivals exclusive – School Of Rock from the cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s fabulous new musical.
This is just a taster of things to come and these acts mixed with the hundreds of activities to keep busy kids amused and delicious food around every corner then this years festival is definitely worth checking out.
Pop over ‘here’ to get your tickets booked and get your summer off to a cracking start.
Our summer holidays got off to the most fantastic start ever this year with a fabulous few days at Camp Bestival.
I never thought staying in the middle of a muddy field under canvas with four little ones would have left us with such wonderful memories and made such an impact on us as a family.
I couldn’t recommend a trip to Camp Bestival enough and with their 10th festival coming up this year I’m sure it will be even bigger and better than ever!
As with every year there is a theme to the weekend and this year it’s time to dig out the leather and get your air guitars at the ready for Pop Stars And Rock Stars.
I’m sure that you are all gearing up to Christmas now and lots of pressies are being bought.
What better present could you get than one that would create a lifetime of memories for years to come, and this is exactly what you would get from giving the gift of Camp Bestival tickets.
You can expect outstanding music, superb theatrical acts, hilarious comedy, all the fun of the fair with numerous fairground attractions, mouth watering food round every corner, the chance to really get into your natural surrounding with plenty of outdoor activities and so much more!
If you grab the early bird tickets before the 9th December they will come with an exclusive souvenir Camp Bestival Christmas card. These are limited so you will need to get in quick.
Whilst we are on the subject of Christmas there will be the Camp Bestival Advent Calender coming in the next few days where you have the chance to win some great prizes and activity sheets, so something well worth entering.
Lastly if you fancy a little bit of luxury with your stay then Camping Plus, Backstage VIP and Hospitality Camping are all open for booking now and are limited on spaces so don’t miss out if this is for you!