Before we know it, it will soon be time to start packing the campervan off and head off to beautiful sun-soaked rural Dorset for Camp Bestival. Yes, I am remaining positive. The sun WILL shine. I know this, because I already placed an advance order.
This year Camp Bestival runs from Thursday 31st July to Sunday 3rd August and let me tell you this – there is absolutely something for everyone. I thought today I would share the things I am most looking forward to seeing/doing and taking part it. And for the sake of balance I won’t even mention Pimms once. Oh.
First of all the live acts and DJ sets. Camp Bestival is a fantastic way to introduce your children to live music in a festival setting. I can’t wait to see Basement Jaxx and I know that Mr M is looking forward to seeing De La Soul. The children are keen to see Sophie Ellis-Bextor after her recent stint on Strictly – they’re both big fans! Last time we attended Camp Bestival I found it great for opening me up to new music and experiences. There are lots of acts I haven’t heard of and I will enjoy checking them out, especially ones like Ladies of the Lawn and Mrs H and the Singalong Band. My children were much younger last time but I am hoping now they are a bit older that I’ll get to check out some of the DJ sets too.
We love a good bit of comedy in our house so we’ll definitely be seeing what is on offer there and I’m sure the children will love the Comedy Club 4 Kids and last time we attended the theatre shows we’re by far my two urchins favourite attraction. They’re a bit past Mr Tumble now (last time that was MAJOR cause for excitement) but I know they will be giddy about Horrible Histories, Barmy Britain Part Two, Cowboy Max and the Insect Circus, where as I am really looking forward to the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 50th Birthday Takeover. We went to see the stage show last year and it was amazing, we love Roald Dahl and Charlie so this should be lots of fun.
There are TONS of other attractions and activities to explore over the course of the festival – certainly too many for me to mention here so I’ll just pick out a few that have caught our eye – the Lego Imagination Factory (who doesn’t love Lego!), the Dingly Dell was a bit hit last time so I expect we’ll be hanging around there a fair bit, the West End Kids Musical Dance Workshop, medieval jousting is always bags of fun, Munching Caterpillars with Butterfly Conservation will be an absolute must-do as well as bushcraft. The final night fireworks by the amazing Son et Lumiere are NOT to be missed. This was an awesome climax last time to a magical weekend.
Finally food – there was an amazing selection last, something to cater for everyone’s taste buds but my biggest tip is don’t miss the Women’s Institute Tea Tent for a sandwich, a lovely piece of cake and a great cuppa!
Tickets are still available for this event but hurry as camping does get booked up quite quickly. You can visit the Camp Bestival website to find out more about what will be happening at the festival and how to book your tickets.
Disclosure: I am an Official Camp Bestival Blogger and tickets to attend the event have been provided for me and my family free of charge.