Camp Bestival-The Best Christmas Present EVER

When it comes to Christmas presents I always have a bit of a dilemma with myself. The children compile lists of plastic toys that I know will be discarded before Boxing Day, and every part of me wants to fulfil their wishes…however the sensible side of me thinks all that money would be better spent on experiences that will last a lifetime rather than faddy toys that will last for minutes.

If we look back over our year then one of the experiences that sticks in all our minds the most is certainly Camp Bestival – the family festival that has to be seen to be believed.

This year sees fantastic musical acts taking to the stage such as Rick Astley, Clean Bandit an Simple Minds. Regulars to the festival are Mr Tumble and Dick and Dom will be returning to amuse the children…well and the adults too!

One of the shows that my little ones are most excited to see though is Dinosaur World Live that looks absolutely outstanding.

This really is the kind of gift that I would love to find nestled under the tree on Christmas Day and if it sounds like something your family would love to receive to then there is a great promotion running until 11th December.

If you book your tickets before this time you will receive a whole host of fantastic stocking fillers such as nautical tattoos to go with this years ‘Sets Sail’ theme, character stickers, a hand illustrated Christmas card and a limited edition sew on patch.

If you would like to spread the cost then you can still sign up to the 30 week payment plan and still receive all your goodies!

Take a little look at just a few of the reasons we love Camp Bestival so much:

Scree Free, Quality Time: This for me has to come top of my list as it is something that is so lacking when we are at home. Its a chance to put away those phones, leave the iPads alone and just enjoy spending time together talking, laughing, playing and having fun.
My lot spend a huge time arguing and fighting when we are at home, and don’t get me wrong it is never an argument free trip but we are certainly more drawn together as a family and that bond gets a little tighter.

Good Food: As a family we are often drawn to places with our bellies and I can assure you if you are a foodie like me then Camp Bestival won’t fail to stimulate your taste buds.
From ice cream covered waffles to juicy burgers, scucculent corn on the cob to crispy chips every palate will be catered for and every belly filled.
Th little ones can also get more hands on and prepare their own food which was a big hit for mine last year.

Enjoy The Great Outdoors: The whole trip involves being outside which can seem a little daunting but there is actually nothing better.
From enjoying the hustle and bustle of the main festival to simply chilling out round the tent or hiding away in our favourite place – The Dingly Dell there is a whole host of ways to enjoy the great outdoors.

Late Nights: As a Mum of five bedtimes are pretty strict in this house for the sake of everyones sanity to be honest. Camp Bestival allows us to kick these rules aside and just let them all stay up until they drop. They love being up until way after dark, huddled up in their trailer listening to music and watching Mum and Dad’s silly dancing.
The last night has to be the favourite though with is spectacular firework display that is simply not to be missed.

Learning New Skills And Using Their Imaginations: Camp Bestival isn’t just about the music and acts on stage, it holds so much more and really allows the children how to build skills by trying things they may not have come across before such a circus skills, woodwork and cooking and bundles of activities that allow them to use their imagination and just LET KIDS BE KIDS!

I hope this has given you a little snippet of just some of the fun Camp Bestival can bring and has you wanting to experience it for yourselves next year!

Just A Week To Go:Camp Bestival

My excitement is building by the minute as we get closer and closer to our trip to this years Camp Bestival.
Memories from last year keep flooding back and we are all looking forward to visiting old favourites and trying out lots of new experiences that will create a whole host of new memories for us all.

It may only be a week until the fun begins but there is still a few tickets available if you want to come along and join in the fun.

If you are a visual person like me and are still a little undecided if it’s the kind of thing for you then take a peek at this Camp Bestival video and see what a fabulous place it is to be!

 

Camping In Comfort With Pitch

Many of you may like the ‘roughing it’ side to camping and enjoy the whole process of finding the perfect spot to pitch up in and doing it all for yourselves.

I however find the whole process extremely stressful and with the lack of patience and knowledge my husband and I have pitching a tent is a recipe for disaster.

We had our first experience of this last year at Camp Bestival and let’s just say it wasn’t the best start to our trip away.

Tempers were frayed, there was sweat dripping from us all and the final product wasn’t exactly how it should have been.

It will certainly be something to look back in and laugh about but if this stressful few hours had of been taken out of the equation I think it would have made for a much happier start.

A few weeks ago we had our annual trip to Elderflower Fields and our saviour came in the name of Chris from Pitch.

Chris runs a bell tent hire company with a real difference, and was something that did in fact exceed all my expectation.

Upon arrival at the festival we were greeted with an extremely friendly welcome from Chris and the sight of the stunning tent that we were going to have the pleasure of staying in all weekend.

There was so much attention to detail in everything that had been set up, from the fluffy duvets and pillows to the pretty fairy lights and bunting adorning the tent both inside and out.

It really was a home from home and noting about it felt remotely like our previous experience of staying under canvas.

Another huge plus for me was the amount of headroom we got in this tent.

Trying to get children dressed and undressed is so much easier when you have the room to stand and walk about and the extra space also allowed for us to be more organised which is always a bonus.

For me the tent really came to life at night and certainly stood out from the crowd.

Each night we were cosy and warm and even during a huge thunderstorm not a drip of water came though.

Rolling the sides up during the day  allowed fresh air into the tent and it really felt like we were bringing the outside in.

Instead of rushing down to join in with the festival we were all super relaxed in the comfort off the tent which is always a good sign and a far cry from our previous experience.

There are an array of packages from the basic tent and beds to the whole chibang of cooking equipment and even outdoor games to keep everyone occupied.
I can’t recommend Pitch enough if you want the experience of camping with the comfort of home.

From a busy festival to a secluded beach trip, Pitch is the perfect way to camp in comfort and style and trying them out is a must!

*we were given the hire of this  tent for the purpose of this review and they are all my own, honest opinions.

Peppa Pig Is Coming Back To The Big Screen

Peppa Pig fans are in for a big treat this Easter as all of our favourite characters are set to hit the big screen again this year with ‘Peppa Pig My First Cinema Experience’.

This great new interactive cinematic experience will see Peppa and her friends take a trip to London to take in all the famous sights while the audience can join in with familiar nursery rhymes such as wheels on the bus and row, row your boat.

Next up they jet set across the world to meet up with their old friend Kylie Kangaroo.

The show compromises of nine episodes linked together to create the perfect show for preschoolers.

With all the colourful images, catchy songs and of course plenty of muddy puddles this show will make for the perfect half term treat.

Take a look at the trailer below for a taster of what’s to come!

Saying Goodbye To A Fabulous Summer 

As much as the kids can drive me absolutely up the wall at times I love having them off school for the long break over summer.

We have had countless trips to the park and spent many days eating out of the sandwich bag, a wonderful week in Chichester where we got to explore places we’ve never visited before.

 

We had our wonderful family over from America and got to spend lots of time with them catching up on everything we have missed over the years and getting the chance to join them on the Harry Potter Studio Tour.

One of our favourite annual trips is to the Mayfield Lavender Fields, infact we had more than one trip this year!

What I have to be grateful for this year more than anything though is everything that we have been able to experience though the opportunities that blogging has bought to us.

The lovely ladies Ruth and Katy organised a brilliant day of pizza eating and movie watching with Pizza Express and Fox Studios that was the perfect start to the holidays.

 

We got the chance to visit Shrek Adventure and the London Aquarium. 

We took park in an action packed spy day with the new release of the Project MC2 for Netflix.

We filled out bellies with afternoon tea at sketch and Kerb at Camden Market.

For me though the highlight of our holiday has to be getting made an official blogger for Camp Bestival and having the chance to experience the most wonderful few days ever!

Those six weeks may be over but we have made some stellar memories that will last a lifetime!

What have you all been up too?

Mummascribbles

Fearing The Worst

Quietly sitting on an idilic beach of sweeping sands, calm cool waters and children contently playing.
This sounds like the perfect setting doesn’t it?  And this was our day yesterday until the our hearts sank and we were to experience one of the worst fifteen minutes of our lives!

We were all trying to build some super duper sandcastles and getting quite engrossed with the jobs we each had.

Number four asked to go and get some water for the moat and as there was a little pool that had collected in the sand a couple of metres from where we were sitting we were more than happy for him to fill his bucket and come back.

A couple of minutes later I looked up to realise he was no longer there!

I calmly walked with my husband down to the sea I the hope that he had wandered down there to collect the water.

Both of us separated into different directions to scour the beach and then panic set in as he was nowhere to be seen.

It was like looking for a needle in a haystack with hoards of people covering the beach and hundreds of little boys fitting the same description of our precious little boy.

I’m really not one to panic when the children wander off normally but I have never experienced this sick feeling in the pit of my stomach that I couldn’t shake.

My husband ran off to find a lifeguard while my mind was still wizzing around at one hundred miles an hour. 

With the worry of the five people that had so tragically been taken by the sea in Camber Sands firmly at the forefront I my mind I was lost with what to do.

After about ten minutes the lifeguard’s radio went and he had been found.  

He must have lost his bearings when he went to walk back up the beach and found a lady that kindly bought him back to the lifeguard hut for us.

There he was sitting calmly, without a worry in the world which was a far cry from how I was feeling.

I had burst into tears at the shear relief of seeing his little face, something I feared I had never seen again.

It was a real reminder that we should never get complacent of the huge dangers the sea can bring and how it could have been such a different outcome.

Are you Holiday Ready?

For the majority of people the phrase “are you holiday ready?”means only one thing.  That worry of of how you are going to look when you hit the beach!

 Europa Pharmacy have gatheredsome  staggering statistics that show only 31% of women get excited when they are packing for their holiday and 1 in 3 worry about their bodies everyday they are away.

I for one am one of these statistics and have spent years crash dieting, crying over how I look in bikinis and miss out on  quality family time when I’m away  because I’m to busy stressing about my body image for the entire holiday.

This year I am going to turn things around and focus on all the the wonderful things you have to look forward to when you planning a trip away.

  • A New Wardrobe Who doesn’t love going out and shopping for some beautiful new items to stash away in your case ready for your trip.  I’m going to chose pieces that are bright, flattering and the kind of thing you only get the chance to wear while your abroad due to the lack of good weather you get in the UK.  Plus those all important beauty essentials to get you ready before you go and to emphasise that brilliant tan while your away! 
  • Planning Places To Explore There is nothing more exciting than going to a country that you’ve never been to before and exploring all the exciting new places there are to investigate.  Why waste time fretting in front of the mirror about how you are looking when you can discover new places you may never have the opportunity to see again.
  • Quality Family Time with the hustle and bustle of life at home with work and school, quality time is something that often gets pushed asside.  A holiday is the most perfect time to push all the worries of everyday life to one side and just enjoy each other’s company.

I urge you all this year to banish those negative body images and instead concentrate on all the things they are really important when you go away.

Make the run up to it exciting and hopeful for the fun time you have to come rather than wasting all that energy on focussing on all the things you don’t like about your body. 

Let’s face it do you come back from a week away remembing what all those strangers looked liked on the beach? I’m sure the answer to this is no and nobody else will be worrying about your wobbly bits either!

Enjoy yourself, enjoy your family and create all those every lasting memories to think back to fondly for years to come.

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A Special Camper Van Break in ‘Ladyboy’

We were all booked up to experience our first time camping at Elderflower Fields festival under canvas when panic set in!

All of us in a cramped tent, the threat of the great British weather and a mud fearing husband did not seem the best combination for our first time camping.

With a lifelong dream of owning a VW camper van what better way to ease ourself into life in the great outdoors than hiring one for the weekend.

I came across Honey’s VW Camper a super friendly, family run business that hire out their exquisite ‘Ladyboy’ for a number of different events.

We had been to see hundreds of camper vans at Brighton Breeze last year and I can say that ‘Ladyboy’ blows them all out of the water.  I have never set my eyes on such a beautiful, perfectly restored, individual van.


First to catch your eye is the spotless exterior which is then matched with the pretty interior of cream leather and vintage accessories.

Every little thing has been thought of to make your stay completely home from home.  Not only do you get the essentials they you need for camping they have lovingly added some extras including books and toys to keep the children amused and a wonderful hamper of chocolate, coffee, wine and a delicious homemade lemon cake that was warm and smelt mouth watering on our arrival!

With my less the perfect driving skills I passed this over to the other half and after a few jumps and bumps he soon got the hang of it and loved the drive which was made even easier by the addition of power steering which is not always something you will find in a van of this age.


Once we got ourselves pitched up it was time to see how we were going to get on staying in such a small space for the next few days.


We bought along a small tent with us that we pitched up to store all our clothing and dirty bits which left the van free to be used as a more than ample living space.  There is a fridge to store all your cold items and surprisingly lots of cupboard space to hide away all the other food that you may wish to bring along.

A cup of tea made on the hob and a slice of tasty cake and we were all set up and more then happy to make this our home.

After a full day of partying at the festival we were not looking forward to coming back and setting up for bed, but we needed have worried as both the large double bed in the main part of the bed and the pop top were really easy to put up and really comfy to sleep in.  The only issue we had was me forgetting the pillows! 

I was worried that the children wouldn’t sleep well above us as it was going to be very dark and a bit breezy but they went out like light and slept right through.



This trip really did fulfill a dream for me and has only ignited the fire in me even more to have one of our own.

We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect van.  It had everything we needed and more and we felt honoured to be able to have the opportunity to stay in her.  She really is a showstopper, heads turned as we drove down the road and we were stopped by a lady to complement us on such a beautiful van.  I was tempted to pass her off as our own!

Aside from the van the service we received was outstanding.  The love and passion for the couples pride and joy really shone through and they genuinely wanted us to enjoy the van as much as they do.

I cannot fault anything at all and would love another trip very soon.  If it is something you are thinking of doing then the ‘Ladyboy’ would be by far your best option.  I can hand on heart say that this is an experience that will stay with us and one the everyone should experience.
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall