How to win at camping with help from Pitch Village

A few years ago, before our first weekend at Camp Bestival, I wrote a post on ‘How To Fail At Camping’ – here is an extract:-

So you have agreed to go camping. You have done it before, and it was a near catastrophic event, but like child birth, you forget just how painful it can be and decide optimistically to do it again. The morning you are due to you leave you look for your tent, and cannot find it anywhere. Eventually it turns up in a corner of the garage, loose and mouldy. You couldn’t get it back in the bag last time you camped, meant to have another go at home, but as soon as you got in the door you forgot the tent even existed. You still can’t get it into its bag, but manage to cram it into a giant carrier from Ikea. That will do. Repeat the above for sleeping bags, and mattresses. In fact have to resort to buying new, cheap mattress, because the all singing, all dancing, inflates itself one you spent a fortune on last year has vanished. Set off for campsite, late, and grumpy.’ (read the rest of the post here)



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Actually, in the event it wasn’t quite that bad, but almost! We did get the tent back in the bag at the end of it, and we did just about survive carrying it back up that hill, and we have done it again the last two years too. But we are not natural campers, well I am a bit, having grown up doing it, but my other half certainly isn’t – he hates how much stuff we have to cram into the car, he hates carrying the stuff, putting up the tent, taking down the tent, packing the tent. In fact all of that turns him into quite the grump! So I am massively grateful that this year Pitch Village have asked us to be their guests at Camp Bestival!

So who are Pitch Village and what do they do?


PV infographic


So you don’t have to put up a tent, you don’t even have to bring any sleeping stuff if you choose a premium package, you can keep your devices charged (and believe me, I will appreciate the extra hour of snoozing an iPad loaded with CBeebies episodes will buy me in the morning – kids wake up EARLY camping!!), and the icing on my personal cake – free caffeine!! I also love that this sort of service reduces the leftover tents at festivals – I have often been amazed at how many tents are just abandoned at the end of the weekend – and I love that when the tents have fulfilled their useful life for Pitch Village, they are donated to great causes or recycled.

To find out about Pitch Village at Camp Bestival, and see which other festies they are at this year, as well as exploring their various package options, visit their website. I am so looking forward to a far more relaxing camping experience than usual!

Love Miss Cisco XXX




  1. June 10, 2016 / 11:20 am

    My husband is away on a 24 hour relay race this weekend and this means camping for him. I can’t believe the amount of stuff that has gone out of the house just for two nights! I am a bit worried about how he is going to keep his phone charged all weekend. I may have to suggest this to the event organizers for next year!
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  2. June 10, 2016 / 11:39 am

    We’re doing the annual lug the tent out to check it this afternoon. If you hear I’ve murdered my husband, that’s why. He’s already pricing a replacement but anything which would involve my not having to put up a tent with him would be magnificent. Also electricity, preferably in sockets. This sounds awesome.
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  3. June 11, 2016 / 1:41 pm

    Oh my word, it’s like someone looked inside my brain to find out what would make camping bearable for me! I was also from a family of keen campers and got dragged off to various locations in the South to sleep inside a polyester coffin at least once a year until I was fifteen. As a result, the thought of camping as an adult is enough to induce a severe but of IBS…until now!

  4. June 12, 2016 / 7:39 pm

    My husband is cock-a-hoop we are camping with Pitch Village too, he hates hauling the equipment back and forth to the car lol – we might be neighbours :0)
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  5. June 12, 2016 / 9:43 pm

    Oh wow, what a fabulous idea! The amount of times we went to festivals and it took so long to put our tents up, we either missed something we wanted to see, or gave up and slept in half put up tents!! This sounds amazing! 🙂

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