It is a few days since we got home from Camp Bestival 2016 and I am now clean and mostly recuperated, though my thigh muscles still know I did a lot of walking at the weekend! So how was it? Well, it was totally ace, as always!
This years theme was space, and the two giant astronaut installations made sure you knew it! I loved them, and seem to have taken about seventy photos of them at various times of day and night! There is so much to do at Camp Bestival – bands to watch, workshops to take part in, giant bouncy castles to bounce on, delicious food to try and far, far more. And we just ambled amongst it all merrily – pausing to watch parades, listen to music, and play along the way.
We had an absolute ball. It is such a magical place, with adventure and colour everywhere you look. We could have done so much more but actually we were all pretty content to watch it all pass us by as we breathed in the excitement and wonder. You can pack every minute with workshops and activities, and that is an amazing way to do it, but this year we just went with the flow and it was awesome.
Right – onto practicalities – the loos, plentiful and mostly clean and stocked with loo roll. I know some people find the food a little pricey, but to my mind it is fairly standard pricing for big events like this, and we love the range that is available. The biggest hits with us were the Mac and Cheese from Anna Mae’s and the veggie burgers from the Veggie stall by the main stage. I bought breakfast stuff with us, but had made the decision to eat out for other meals, Camp B is our main family holiday so I don’t mind splashing out and I am really glad to not do any washing up – but you could cut costs considerably if you bought a camping stove and cooked your own family meals. There are lots of ways you can splash cash on extras – workshops, costumes, kids flashing things and rides – but we spent very little on any of those things and didn’t feel like we had missed out on anything!
The line-up was eclectic as always, unlike some music festivals that are aimed at a specific genre, Camp Bestival is all about offering something for everyone which means not everything will be to your taste, but there is bound to be something you enjoy. This year between us we really enjoyed Squeeze, Jesse Glynn, The Clangers, Jasper Carrot, Tears For Fears, The Clangers, Bananarama and loads more.
Special highlights for me personally were two tribute DJ sets on the Sunday. In the afternoon we stumbled across the Prince disco at Bollywood, where I proceeded to embarrass my teen with some spectacular Mum dancing to the Purple ones greatest hits, complete with confetti canon provided Purple Rain. Cocktail in one hand I shimmied about with a bunch of fellow Prince lovers having a blast in the glorious sunshine.
Then in the evening I abandoned the rest of my crew watching Tears For Fears on the main stage and headed to the bigtop for some Bowie Boogie-ing. I love Bowie. LOVE him. And however great Tears for Fears were sounding nothing was going to keep me from taking the opportunity to get my best dance moves on as they blasted out his greatest hits. And I managed not to cry. I saved the tears for the firework finale.
The fireworks were as always utterly breathtaking. I knew they would play some Bowie, what I hadn’t expected was quite how emotional it would be to watch a castle explode to the strains of Life On Mars. Sobbed my way through that bit, along with many others in the crowd. Special, special moment, a memory that will stay with me always!
We had another fabulous weekend at Camp B – it really is the ultimate family friendly festival, if you haven’t been then why not give it a go next year – the 2017 ticket pre-sale starts tomorrow at 10am (05/08/2016) and early bird tickets go on sale on Monday 8th August – will we see you there?
Love Miss Cisco XXX