Camp Bestival 2010

We have recovered from the mighty family knees-up Camp Bestival with a suntan, grubby knees and an assortment of festival paraphenalia. Rob Da Bank has put together an incredibly fun, crazy, colourful, musical family weekend that attracts droves of the middle-class raver generation with their Boden wearing off-spring.

The sheer scale of child-friendly activities was mind-boggling – from live music, to circus delights, to balloons, hula-hoops and bubbles, fancy dress, mini-discos, story-times and the legendary Mr Tumble – all mixed up with delicious food and washed down with Pimms and ciders.

To be honest I had a pretty low expectation of enjoying the weekend. I couldn’t see how festivals and kids would mix. As a mother, festivals involve all the things I try and avoid – noise, crowded places and over-tired children. Yet from the moment I arrived the good vibes, the colourful jolliness and laughter was infectious and we pretty much were in good moods all weekend (which can be quite rare in our family!)

Obviously there were a few dark festival moments. The arrival was a serious endurance test – lugging all the gear up a steep hill and trudging miles to find a camping spot, with two hungry children in tow, was a truly hellish experience. And my two year old getting his hand stuck in a portaloo door (nasty). Yet the highs outweighed the lows and we enjoyed the weekend soaking up the atmosphere in the sunshine, cheering along to the Cuban Brothers and Mr Tumble, catching The Gruffalo, the musical delights from Parliament, Ellie Goulding and Seth Lakeman and relaxing in the Little Big Top while a crowd of kids clapped with pleasure at a triple bill of Peppa Pig. We will be back next year for sure although we might book the Boutique Camping or copy one clever mum who brought her babysitter along for the ride.

Here’s my edited highlights from Camp Bestival.

buggy bestival

Festival transport for the boys equals serious cardio work out for parents

jukes box camp bestival

Put four rappers in a small box and you’ve got the hilarious, quirky The Dukes Box

jasper at camp bestival

Happy camper Jasper climbing up the flagpoles

insect circus camp bestival

The Insect Circus – so good we watched it twice!

hi de hi camp bestival

Hi De Hi

pamer lounge camp bestival

The gorgeous Pamper Lounge. Massages, reflexology, facials provided an unbeatable break

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The colourful Camp Bestival crowds


Madness headlined this year’s Camp Bestival playing hits like Baggy Trousers

camp bestival crowds

The stunning Lulworth Castle

Kids Kitchen

Managed to get the boys to finally sit down and eat at the wonderful Kids Kitchen. Serving up tasty child and baby-friendly meals at little tables.

Rory rolling around

Festival goer Rory rolling around on the grass


About Tara

Writer, explorer, mother, sometimes desperate housewife
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One Response to Camp Bestival 2010

  1. Wow it looks packed! I can’t believe you wheeled the buggy that far over grass!

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