Camp Bestival advent calendar

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Missing festival season? Don’t despair. You can get a daily fix of our favourite throughout December with the Camp Bestival advent calendar. Expect stories and carols from familiar faces, prizes, jokes and a few surprises. I think this is a great idea if your children are taking it in turns to open windows as my […]

Camp Bestival 2015 Early Bird tickets on sale now

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We were all at the circus extravaganza that was Camp Bestival 2014 last weekend and it was nothing short of amazing. We’ll be posting a full review (with this year’s official Family Festival Film) soon, but, until then, get your mitts on tickets for next year’s festi at an exclusive early bird price from… NOW! […]

Camp Bestival Guide for Parents

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The site’s nearly ready, the weather’s looking good and excitement levels are rising. If, like us, you’re heading for Camp Bestival tomorrow, check out our guide for parents on the Camp Besti Blog, covering everything from what to pack, where to camp, eating and drinking, plus the tricky subjects of festival toilets with toddlers, to […]

The BG Guide to… Festival Camping

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It’s July, so all thoughts in our household have turned to Camp Bestival. Wellies are being unearthed, circus costumes coming together and ‘essential’ bits and pieces keep jumping into my basket at Tiger Stores. Anyway, for anyone else heading off to a festival with kids this summer I thought I’d put together a survival guide. We’re […]

10 Best: Circus for Camp Bestival

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Roll up, roll up, it’s circus time at Camp Bestival and we’ve been out coolhunting to find the best outfits and inspiration for your little ones. See you there! Circus print reversible dress, £40, Wild Things Funky Little Dresses. Circus tattoo set, $15, Tattly. Side show shorts in circus stripes, £35, Love Frankie. Lily Balou green seal baby […]

10 Best: Family-friendly festivals

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Yay! Festival season is upon us, so here’s our annual round-up of our favourite family-friendly weekenders. It goes without saying that the behemoth that is Glasto has excellent provision for little ones, but the time-consuming ticketing process, term-time timing and cost make it prohibitive for many families – plus it’s been sold out for months! […]

Camp Bestival’s Travelling Circus Tour

Camp Bestival Circus Tour

Camp Bestival’s Travelling Circus Tour kicks of this weekend just around the corner from me in Portsmouth. The tour includes music, art workshops, all things circus related, fancy dress and crafts to entertain the family. The tour will then move on, zigzagging the south stopping off in London, Bournemouth, Winchester, Southampton, Isle of Wight, Bristol and […]

Camp Bestival 2013

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So, 2013 marked the fourth trip to Camp Bestival for Harry, Alfie and myself and the second for Kitty, who was just five weeks old at last year’s event. We had a new addition this year, too – a fabulous Pukka Tents bell tent, a birthday present from my wonderful friends and family, which definitely made […]

Camp Bestival: part one

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So we’re back from yet another amazing weekend at Camp Bestival, featuring friends, music, fireworks, picnics, dancing, glitter, laughter, a lot of corn on the cob and a massive helping of magic. I’ll be posting in detail about our experiences this year next week (with the addition of a special video) but for now I […]

The BG Guide to… festival essentials

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It can’t have escaped your notice that it’s Glastonbury weekend, so from now until September there’ll be a festival a week to attend, should you be that way inclined. We’ll be checking out Camp Bestival as always – this year with toddler Kitty in tow (can’t believe she was just five weeks old when we […]

Cool Spot: Camp Bestival 2011

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Now I’ve washed the last load after the weekend in children’s paradise that is Camp Bestival, I can tell you about it. In case you don’t know (where have you been?) it’s an annual four-day festival organised by Rob and Josie da Bank, the husband-and-wife creative team behind Bestival, held in the stunning surroundings of […]