Camp Bestival 2014 – Awesome Sauce

We got home late Sunday night from another brilliant weekend at Camp Bestival. It was our second visit and we loved it just as much. Syd woke up this morning asking to go back today, he does not want to wait another year and frankly I am with him!




I simply love this festival. It is THE festival of choice if you are wanting a festival experience that truly caters for kids of all ages. There is magic and wonder around each corner, so much to explore and admire and take part in, plus all the usual big bands on big stages type thing that a festival requires. The toilets are on the whole clean by festival standards – I recommend the compost ones as being nicer than portaloos! The campsite is well organised and spacious enough to not feel too crowded in by your neighbours. The festival site itself is huge, and while there are obviously busy places such as the main stage and the children’s areas, there are also plenty of less populated spots for grabbing a few minutes peace, and wherever you go there is some new treat or vision waiting to delight you!

Similarly to last year, there was not that much that appealed musically to an old punk like me – we enjoyed Pop Will Eat Itself Saturday afternoon and had a right royal knees up to Chas and Dave on Sunday – but I would love to see The Damned or similar crop up on a future line-up. Having said that, it isn’t a festival that is solely about the music – it is also about creativity, food, cabaret, nature, craft, and most of all FUN. We managed to catch a few minutes of Milton Jones, whose off the wall humour had us adults chuckling away, but sadly went over the head of a toddler meaning he dragged us off to look at sparkly things before we had had our fill! We also enjoyed the music on the bandstand in the lower kids field, and were entertained by the various unique performances and experiences that seem to pop up all over the place – the Insect Circus and Oberon’s Observatory being two quirky faves.


campbestival smiles


Syd had a whale of a time. There are so many places for a small chap to play – he loved the toddler area, and the play equipment in the Piriton Sneeze Free Garden and spent a swathe of Sunday afternoon riding a cow in the huge soft play marquee. We took in Duplo and sand pits, bubbles and circus skills – he didn’t stop – well, apart to ask for more churros to up his energy ready for the next assault of the children’s fields. He had his first ever go on a Helter Skelter, and adored it – a huge grin on his face as he bumped down on his Dad’s lap!


campbestival collage


We ate well – chips and dips and churros and huge oven roasted corn on the cobs and the best veggie burger I have had in a long time. There is a huge variety of food stalls to choose from, and the majority offer reasonable priced meals – and plenty of it is healthy. The bar is pretty pricey at Β£4.50 a pint, so is definitely worth taking some of your own booze with you to drink on the campsite (remember the no glass rule though), but it was almost worth the price for the beautiful cups (see pic below)


camp bestival food


Betsy, my seventeen year old, enjoyed it too – it doesn’t just cater for small kids – there is a dedicated teen area and extreme sport exhibitions and all sorts for them to enjoy. If asked I have no doubt her highlight was the finale. Having missed it last year we were determined to stay, and it was totally worth it – they effectively exploded the castle with fireworks and flame all to the soundtrack of Bohemian Rhapsody – it was unbelievably epic and well worth the late arrival home! (you can watch a video of the finale here – I watched it back yesterday and totally got goosebumps!)


camp bestival fireworks


All in it was utterly awesome sauce, with sprinkles on top, I cannot recommend it highly enough as a perfect family festival experience. Go next year, I will see you there! A limited number of special priced early bird tickets for 2015 go on sale later this week, I will be back to remind you. Based on this years ticket prices it can seem like a big purchase, but let me remind you this is for 4 nights of enormous fun Β in the Summer Holidays – compared to some of the quotes I have had for similar length holidays at holiday camp type places it is a positive bargain and far more my cup of tea!

Love Miss Cisco XXX


We were delighted to be guests of Camp Bestival this year,

but have got our own tickets in the past, and it is well worth it!




  1. August 6, 2014 / 9:34 am

    Ooh, any idea how much it is? I really fancy the look of it but fear it’s probably out of my price bracket. We took the toddler and the baby camping on Friday and they both loved it, I’m sure they’d both be up for a bit of Basement Jaxx or something too πŸ™‚
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    • August 6, 2014 / 9:44 am

      I would think for your age kids you are looking at around the Β£400 mark – but they do offer an instalment plan which helps spread the cost, and you would LOVE it! Syd was coming up two when we went for the first time last year and utterly adored it, so I think your youngest would enjoy it, and it KNOW your bigger one would – it is literally kid (and adult) heaven!

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  3. August 6, 2014 / 9:42 am

    Fabulously rounds it all up showing how it is for EVERYONE! Love the brightness of your pics and glad you saw the fireworks – they can’t be beaten πŸ™‚
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    • August 6, 2014 / 9:50 am

      The fireworks were so utterly, utterly awesome, will never miss the finale again!

  4. August 6, 2014 / 9:47 am

    Omg, I *need* to go here next year! We’ve talked about it for years but have been out off by the mammoth drive we’d have to do from Scotland but we can team it with visiting family in Dorset. The fireworks bout me out in goosebumps too! πŸ™‚

    • August 6, 2014 / 9:50 am

      DO IT!! You absolutely won’t regret it, we had such a brilliant time – see you there next year πŸ™‚

  5. August 6, 2014 / 10:14 am

    Wow! This sounds like an amazing festival with lots to keep little ones and big ones entertained. The more I read about it, the more I want to go πŸ™‚

  6. August 6, 2014 / 10:20 am

    This looks amazing, though I am sure it will be expensive right? x

    • August 6, 2014 / 10:32 am

      Prices vary depending on the age of your kids, but as an example 2 adults and 2 kids aged 5-10 this year would be a total of Β£430 – which may sound pricey until you consider the cost of other types of school holiday breaks which would set you back far more, it is such an amazing weekend, with so much to do, that I think it is actually really good value, we were responsible for our own tickets last year and really felt we had our monies worth!
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    • August 6, 2014 / 11:38 am

      Give it a go – last years Camp Bestival was the first time my OH had enjoyed camping – the key is getting a big enough tent!

  7. August 6, 2014 / 10:45 am

    I love that you pointed out that for a 4 night stay in the Summer hols it’s actually really good value – something I hadn’t thought of before. Looks like Syd had a blast – Ozzy did the Helter Skelter with Al too and loved it!
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    • August 6, 2014 / 11:30 am

      Honestly I had a look into a 4 night break staying in a caravan over the holidays, and the cheapest I found was about Β£700 on sites with little or no entertainment built in – it wouldn’t be anywhere near as much fun – once you look at things like that Camp Bestival seems massively value for money!
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  8. August 6, 2014 / 10:45 am

    I love that you pointed out that for a 4 night stay in the Summer hols it’s actually really good value – something I hadn’t thought of before. Looks like Syd had a blast – Ozzy did the Helter Skelter with Al too and loved it!
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  9. August 6, 2014 / 11:13 am

    My Mum and her husband are big festival goers (Though have missed out on glasto tickets for ages now, boo) and they used to go to bestival. They went back when my friends hadn’t heard of it and thought that I was making it up (One of them created ‘vestival’ because he thought it was just as believable) but I remember how much they loved it. It’s all about the rock and metal for me but I Think that if I ever wanted to take E to a festival then Bestival would be my first thought. I doubt we’ll ever be able to, I wake up in too much pain to move in a bed, imagine a tent?! But I love everything I’ve heard about the atmosphere and people’s attitudes πŸ™‚ Glad you all had such a lovely time

  10. August 6, 2014 / 5:09 pm

    I would so love this, just me and my littlest one, maybe one day.
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  11. August 6, 2014 / 7:10 pm

    This does look great fun. I was wondering whether to do this next year and you’ve definitely made up my mind!

  12. August 6, 2014 / 7:21 pm

    It sounds amazing! Fireworks to Bohemian Rhapsody would be pretty much a dream come true for me. Having braved one day of a festival with the kids earlier this year, I could be ready for this next year. (Although it is still CAMPING, and I am so not a camper!)
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  13. August 6, 2014 / 7:23 pm

    We were there too. Sounds like you had a lovely time. I was also thinking that for all the entertainment it’s pretty reasonably priced really for a family holiday. Really wishing I’d tried some of that corn on the cob know.
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  14. August 6, 2014 / 7:50 pm

    This sounds amazing, especially as it clearly caters for all ages. I have wondered about going for some time, and you really do make it sound very tempting!
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  15. August 7, 2014 / 8:29 am

    What an amazing experience Camp Bestival was, for us as newbies we are totally hooked and will definitely be going along next year too.
    Bring on 2015!
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  16. August 7, 2014 / 11:13 am

    Fabulous post, we thoroughly enjoyed it too and you’re right – the compost loos are much more pleasant plus I love the kids have their own miniature ones too!
    Music wise we adored Basement Jaxx but the teen wants something for him too!
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  17. August 8, 2014 / 2:52 pm

    Me being me I have never attended a festival. I got so envious seeing all the tweets and now the blog post about this event. Maybe I should seriously think about making it a date for next year. There seems to be so much to do and I like how you say there is something for the little ones and teenagers too. Seemed like every blogger on the planet except me was there. Glad you had a good time – wonderful pictures.
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  18. Sarah Clarke
    September 7, 2014 / 9:28 pm

    Hi there, Great post! Can you give any festival tips, best area for camping, what to take and what not to bother taking!? I have seen a few reviews about ppl being disappointed with the cleanliness of the loos etc….

    • September 8, 2014 / 8:09 am

      I have spent my whole life at festivals, and compared to some the loos are pretty good – if you catch the portaloos just before they are cleaned and emptied they can be a bit of a state, but are dealt with regularly – the compost loos were always good though!

      Camping wise, there is just one big camp site at Camp Bestival, unlike some where it is spread out over several – there are separate areas of this site for camper vans and areas where you can pay extra for pre-erected tents and boutique camping – but we have always just gone for the general camping, and find ‘the dip’ (a sort of valley!) is well placed for the main site and is the flattest area of the site.

      For packing I recommend my friends Penny’s blogpost for the most complete
      list, although you can of course discard irrelevant items for your own family, or be like me – disorganised and hoping you haven’t forgotten anything on the day! My vital items are a blow up mattress for comfort and baby wipes for cleanliness! πŸ™‚
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