Roll up, roll up! The Camp Bestival Circus is coming!

We are starting to get excited about this years Camp Bestival. Last year we had a brilliant time, and even managed to not fail at camping!




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!


Syd loved the toddler play area.

Syd loved the toddler play area.


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!


My favourite pic from last year - a Father Son duet!

My favourite pic from last year – a Father Son duet!


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!

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  1. May 13, 2014 / 12:06 pm

    Ahhh this sounds so amazing – I am deeply envious! But I can’t wait to read all about it and see some pics. Lots of dancing in your wellies please! x
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  2. May 13, 2014 / 12:13 pm

    I am SO jealous. I really wish I was going to Bestival this year. The more I hear about it the more I bang my fists on the desk at not having tickets.

  3. May 13, 2014 / 2:30 pm

    HONK HONK! I am in the Camp Bessie zone baby – bring on the Bollywood tent and the bubbles I say 🙂

    Thanks for the mention / linky love you sweet cheeked fox you.
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  4. May 13, 2014 / 6:14 pm

    Stamps feet. I so so so want to come to Bestival this year, but I have a wedding to go to… My sister went last year and they had such fun! I went to so many in my yoof, I feel like I owe it to my two to take them to one very soon! 🙂
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  5. May 13, 2014 / 10:07 pm

    Ah – we had so much fun last year too! Just BRILLIANT! My kids almost went feral! Which I loved. VERY jealous that you got to go to a festival EVERY YEAR as a kid! How cool is that? x

  6. May 14, 2014 / 9:09 am

    Camp Bestival sounds like the best place to be as a family! it certainly goes on my list of to go places!
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  7. May 14, 2014 / 10:52 am

    This sounds like such a cool festival for all the family and I really like the circus theme. I bet the kids will love it. I know Amy would x
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  8. May 15, 2014 / 4:37 pm

    It looks and sounds fabulous…. wish I was going; we are going to Latitude instead, which I am really looking forward to but I also wish I was going to Bestival too – so many bloggers are going to be there! X
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