New Camp Bestival Festival Guide for Parents

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If you’re heading to Camp Bestival for the first time next week, you might be interested to know that I’ve updated the parents’ guide over on the Camp Besti Blog. There’s advice on what to pack, how to cope with camping with children, what and where to eat and drink and a teeny taster of […]

The BG Guide to… Family-friendly festivals


We’re well and truly into festival season now and if you’re panicking how you’re going to keep the children entertained over the summer holidays, you could do much worse than throwing a tent (and a few other bits – see our packing guide) into the car and heading off to a parallel universe for a few […]

The BG Guide to… What to pack for a festival


I’ve written a fair few of these festival essentials posts now, but there are always so many new products coming onto the market I think it’s worth doing a new round-up every year, even though I have my absolute must-haves that don’t change from year to year. Let’s start with those. My tent recommendation is […]

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


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: 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! […]

Victorious Festival

Victorious Festival

This year the two-day Victorious Festival (23rd & 24th August) has moved from Portsmouth dockyard to Southsea Common. Great move. This year promises to big bigger and better than ever before. Kids’ activities include circus skills, performances by the ultimate street performer, Will Gibson, stilt walkers, balloon modelling, craft garden, storytelling, music workshops and more. For […]

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

Camp Bestival Castle 2013

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 […]

Must Do: Victorious Festival

Victorious Festival

If you’re looking for an August bank holiday activity that won’t break the bank, why not pop down to the Victorious Festival. It’s a two-day event – but there’s no camping on site – with a line-up including Reef, The Feeling, Maximo Park, Brand New Heavies, Level 42 amongst others. At £15 a ticket each […]

Cool Spot: Alex James Presents Harvest 2011

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Following two successful Harvest festivals at Jimmy’s this year saw the first Alex James Presents Harvest. A mix of musical, foodie and family entertainment it offers something a little bit different from your average summer festival. Held over three days on 9 – 11th September 2011 the festival featured performances from The Kooks, Athlete and […]