Camp Bestival 2014 – Review Part One

After a great night’s sleep at Bournemouth Travelodge (check here for special offers at Travelodge before you book), we stopped at Tesco’s to stock up on fresh food and then drove the 45 minutes to Camp Bestival. We arrived just before 10am, and collected our wristbands. The kiddos were very excited to have a wrist full of bands! Half an hour or so later, then opened the gates and let people onto the Campsite. Now, this is where the only problem we had all weekend occored. We’d paid for Camping Plus, basically a pre-marked out pitch on a separate camping field. We did this last year too, and it was great – meant we didn’t have to worry about being there early to snag a good spot. Anyway, we marched across the field to the Violet section, loaded up with tents and bags, to find that the pitches suddenly stopped being marked out just before we got to our area. We were told they had run out of tent pegs to hold the markers down, and someone would be with us in ten minutes to show us which was our spot. Ten minutes turned into two hours, and we were no closer to setting up camp. All the workers seemed confused as to where rows/areas were. Evenutally, the bloke in charge came across and gave us a spot – not where we should have been according to the online map when we booked, but by that point I was past caring! We finally got the tents up, G went back to the car with a trolley to bring everything else across and we were set up and ready for the weekend.

Camp set up, we headed onto the festival site for an explore. It was nice to see that a little more was open on the Thursday than last year, so we had a little walk around then found some food for dinner which we sat and ate in the sunshine in the Soul Park. We headed back to the tent’s quite early as we were exhausted and knew it would be a busy weekend.

Friday wasn’t quite so hot and sunny, there were a couple of showers but not enough to spoil the fun. The girls really loved the Kids Field this year, Lola was excited to join in some of the workshops in the Science Tent and Baya and Kiki loved the Art Tent. They got to make hula-hoops on Friday afternoon which was great fun! Plus these two tents were next door to each other, so the kiddos could have fun while Mama and Papa chilled out on the grass!

More delicious food followed – the great thing about festivals, is that all five of us can eat something different! It’s just so hard to choose when there are so many tasty options on offer. Baya stuck with Pizza and Chips most nights, and Kiki was delighted to find a Mac n Cheese caravan there {it was the tastiest macaroni cheese ever!}

We headed to watch James on the Castle Stage that night, but Baya had had enough by then, so we went back to the tent for supper and colouring in, leaving G and the big girls to enjoy the show! We all collapsed into bed, and fell asleep straight away ready for another day of fun….


  1. Lia

    August 13, 2014 at 08:41

    Shame about the mix-up at the start but the rest sounds wonderful, and i’m really jealous!!

  2. Adele @ Circus Queen

    August 13, 2014 at 13:40

    There are just so many sweet things to look at here. I’d love to go to a festival next year and I keep hearing (and seeing) how great Camp Bestival is for kids, so maybe…

  3. Jess @ Along Came Cherry

    August 13, 2014 at 19:32

    It looks like so much fun! I really want to go x

  4. Gill Crawshaw

    August 13, 2014 at 20:24

    I am SO impressed that you were camping when pregnant! Also, I’d been sworn off festivals for life but this looks brilliant, especially as there’s so much for the children to do. We’re so going when E and the new baby is older x

  5. 76sunflowers

    August 13, 2014 at 20:45

    Glad the mix up with the camping plus didn’t spoil your weekend. Your pics show just how much is going on and that’s only a snippet! We loved making a hoop at the children’s hospice tent – I’m getting a bit addicted to hooping!

  6. Alice

    August 13, 2014 at 21:06

    I definitely HAVE to go to Camp Bestival when my kids are a little bit older – I’ve loved all the blog posts abou tit. Also must agree with Gill – total rockstar for camping while pregnant!!

  7. Laura

    August 14, 2014 at 00:14

    Oh what a pain about the camping, especially having to wait 2 hours with 3 kids and another on the way – I also would of gone past the point of caring. Otherwise it sounds like you had an amazing time and I cannot wait to see the second instalment and I love all the craft photos and activities – we heart camp Bestival so much for kiddos :)

    Laura x

  8. laura redburn

    August 14, 2014 at 11:30

    oh, i would have loved to go to bestival when i was younger if it’d been about when i was a kid. it looks like there’s so much to do!

  9. Lori

    August 15, 2014 at 12:29

    I heard from quite a few friends that they had problems with the prebooked camp site. Love your pics though and glad you got to enjoy lots of yummy festival food. I really hope to go to this next year x

  10. Fritha

    August 15, 2014 at 12:54

    love your pics you make it sound so stress free, truthfully I’m really not a camper but I love the sounds of kid friendly festivals! x

  11. Louise Edwards

    August 19, 2014 at 22:40

    so much going on – looks like you had a very memorable time! x


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  13. Alison

    August 21, 2014 at 07:10

    Looks like you had a fab time. We went last year when G was 2 and we loved it. Definitely want to go back next year – your photos bring back such memories. Oh and isn’t Anna Mae’s mac n cheese the BEST?!

  14. Kathryn (@KatGotTheCream)

    August 21, 2014 at 12:42

    Oh so many fab festival posts in my feed right now and this one looks awesome too. I’ve decided next year is the year we try to do one for sure.

  15. abigail

    August 23, 2014 at 07:55

    Looks like a lovely festival, love how much there is for kids of all ages! I’m impressed that you go with three kids and pregnant!

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