It really is the most amazing weekend for child wielding festy fans. I was brought up as a festival kid, seventeen years running I went to Sidmouth Folk Festival for our family holiday, and only 3 of those years was I cursing my parents while all my mates at school went to Florida. Looking back now I can see how all those weekends and weeks away surrounded by music and colour shaped me as an adult, and I hope I can offer similar to my kids.
And boy festivals have moved on in that time, certainly on the family friendly front. I do remember going to some kids workshops as a child, where a woman in a purple tie-dyed smock would sing out of tune, accompanied on guitar by her bearded and sandaled friend, and the songs were usually about someone dying. It was OK, if a little peculiar. These days festivals offer huge variety of stuff for kids to do, and Camp Bestival is the mother of all child friendly festivals!
When we went last year, it had been fifteen years since I went to a festival with an under two in tow, and I was slightly trepadatious, but it was epic. There was always something new for him to see and do. Fabulous play areas for him to let off steam, musical instruments dotted around the site to experiment with, all manner of colourful flags and dioramas to distract when a tired grizzle threatened. He boogied his way through Grandmaster Flash, and slept through Billy Bragg meaning I could enjoy watching one of my musical heroes in peace!
Families rule at Camp Bestival, children are centre stage, but the adults are still well catered for, meaning you get the best of both worlds. I cannot recommend it highly enough as a fabulous way to get your festival on without finding someone to leave the kids with for the weekend!
So what are we most looking forward to on this years line up?
- Project Wild Thing : “Throughout the weekend you and your kids can enjoy a whole plethora of outdoor crafts and nature workshops, learn how to build a fire, identify plants and animals, build a shelter or make a den, identify birds and listen for birdsong. Practice tree climbing, campfire cooking and rolling down hills. Gather together under the trees or around a fire for story-time.”
- Chas and Dave – Legends – I don’t need to say anymore than that!
- Milton Jones with his surreal comedy and lovely hair.
- Pop Will Eat Itself. ‘What’s the time?’ ‘Well, I do believe it is def con one!’ (maybe you need to be my age to get that one….)
- De La Soul, because 3 is indeed the magic number.
- Ben and Holly Live – think Syd will love seeing characters he knows come to life!
- Circus stuff – this years theme is Circus, and there are bound to be amazing acts and awesome fancy dress.
- Rory McLeod and his harmonica geniusness.
- The Radiophonic Workshop – the Doctor Who theme and so much more from these pioneers of electronic music. Bring that right on!
- And so much more!
Part of the magic of this festival is that surprises lurk round every corner, with fun squeezed into every nook and cranny. The setting of Lulworth Castle is stunning. The campsite is spacious, damn, even the toilets were clean. You can’t ask for much more! Find out more about what is on offer on their website here.
Will I see you there?
Love Miss Cisco XXX
If I haven’t convinced you yet, pop over to Mammasaurus for her 12 tips, reviews, and reasons to come to Camp Bestival this year!