Camp Bestival 2017 | Modern Mummy

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Camp Bestival 2017


We're back! Exhausted, ears ringing, with bellies full of amazing food, mild hangovers (grown ups only) and all everso slightly soggy but OH BOY Camp Bestival 2017 was a good'un!

Glitter. Fancy dress. A giant disco ball. The best motherlovin spicy Indian wraps in the whole entire world. BRIAN fricking WILSON performing PET SOUNDS for God's sake! There was so much to love about last weekend, I honestly don't know where to start now that the time has come for me to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and write about it!

Of course there was one major difference this year - the weather. But we'd kept our eyes on the weather forecast in the run up to the event and knew that rain (and MUD) would be on the cards. We made sure we went prepared so that we could enjoy the fun regardless - and it goes without saying that we did!



Another difference this year was that instead of heading to the general camping fields, we had a pre-booked pitch in Camping Plus which is something I would definitely recommend and we will definitely book again.

Camping Plus is where you pay a bit extra to have a camping plot reserved for you. You get a 5m x 7m pitch and you reserve it using a booking system similar to when you book a theatre/gig seat online, choosing exactly where you want to be in the field, which also means you and your friends can all book plots together. Camping Plus also has nicer loos, showers with smaller queues (the longest I had to wait all weekend was 20 minutes) and a dedicated car park right next to the field so you don't have to lug all that camping gear too far! A pitch costs £145 on top of the price of your tickets but I think it's well worth it just for the peace of mind of knowing you've got your spot sorted and don't have to rush to get a good one as soon as the camping fields open at 2pm.

As has become tradition now, we camped with our good pals the RocknRoller Baby and Mummy Endeavours families and having pre-booked pitches next door to each other meant we didn't have to meet up en route to Lulworth in order to arrive together and grab a spot big enough to accommodate us all in the regular camping fields.

Things we especially loved this year:

♥ Bumping into Alison from Not Another Mummy Blog, Emily from Family Four Fun and Emma from The Joy of Five over the course of the weekend, as well as making lots of new friends in Camping Plus.

Off to join the circus: outside Caravanserai

♥ Hanging out at Caravanserai. For some reason I've always overlooked this part of Camp Bestival (randomly I always thought it was a sit down restaurant!) but this year we wandered in and stayed there for pretty much the entire weekend! Built from vintage caravans and fairground rides, there were circus folk performing tricks and acrobatics, a brilliant climbing frame for the kids, delicious cocktails for the grown ups and some of the best foot tapping, gypsy music I have ever heard. It was no wonder that we didn't want to leave.

Horrified at Tom 'drinking' out of her boot!
Camp Bestival veterans! It was these guys fifth year there.
♥ The Pimms Bar - another brilliant spot we'd not spent time at before which had live, acoustic music from unsigned, local musicians as well as lots of local ales and ciders and, of course, Pimms.



♥ The delicious food. I love the food at Camp Bestival and like to sample as many different meals and cuisines as possible when we go. We discovered a few new eateries this year; Zoe's Ghana Kitchen was one of them - the food was insanely good! Daisy loved the burgers from Holy Cow so much that she had one for dinner on the Saturday night and a second for lunch the following day. The mac n cheese and pizzas on offer at the pizza joint by the Castle Stage was also a massive hit with the kids and the portions were huge enough to share between two or three, so they worked out to be pretty inexpensive meals.


How awesome?
The Magic Meadow - we spent a fair bit of time here this year too. There were loads of activities to entertain the kids, like willow weaving, dream catcher making and wood whittling. We enjoyed watching the skateboarders do their thing in the Sports Park and the girls and their friends found the beautiful, yarn bombed Little Fingys caravan that we first discovered last year and added a few new finger puppets to their collections!

Showing off their Little Fingys finger puppets

Rocking out to Right Said Fred
♥ The musical line up was epic this year, and some of the acts we especially loved were Kate Nash, Right Said Fred, All Saints, Louis Berry, Brian Wilson. I loved the token beach balls bouncing around the crowd while the rain poured down for his set, but when the clouds parted and sun came out during Good Vibrations it was the best feeling ever!

Things we love every single year:

Chapati BOOM!
♥ Chapati Man! No Camp Bestival is complete without paying Chris at Chapati Man a visit. His spicy Indian wraps were delicious, as they are every year.

♥ The WI tent - brilliant if you want to get the kids a couple of simple sandwiches for lunch, although they must have cottoned on to the fact they were onto a good thing as their prices had doubled since last year!

Lizzie's Way, in the Dingly Dell
♥ Letting the kids run off steam in the Dingly Dell. We LOVE this place. We were so inspired by their mud kitchen and cafe last year that the girls' grandad built them one of their very own at home! As well as making mud pies, playing in the play ground (which, this year, had a WINE BAR NEXT TO IT FOR THE ADULTS - genius!), tree climbing, den building and joining in with all sorts of other crafts, the Dingly Dell is a great place for kids to unwind, with little nooks to relax in, story telling sessions aplenty and even bedtime hot chocolate! As it's situated in the woods, it was a great place to hang out in the rain this year as the vast majority of it was under cover (similarly its great when the weather is hot as it's all in the shade).

The kids being incredibly helpful as we tried to pack up ;)
We did our usual trick of taking down the tent and packing up the car on Sunday morning, so that we were entirely ready to make a break for it after the firework finale. Doing this meant we were off site and on our way home by 11.30pm and didn't encounter any problems with the mud on leaving the car park, or any traffic getting home!

Camp Bestival 2017 you were utterly, completely and totally fantastic and we cannot WAIT to come back again next year! If you're keen to come too, then super early bird pre-sale tickets for 2018 are available to purchase RIGHT NOW! Priced at £170 for adult weekend tickets, and starting at £10 for kids weekend tickets (prices are staggered dependent on age) you can buy yours here.

We were official Camp Bestival bloggers, which meant our tickets were complimentary but this is an entirely honest review.

You can read all our past Camp Bestival experiences here: 2013 // 2014 // 2015 // 2016. Roll on 2018!
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