As 30,000 festival goers flocked to Dorset’s most sought-after gig for the third year running (9,000 were under 12s decked in fairytale fancy dress, so you can imagine the hysteria), I braced myself for one hell of a day (or two) at the picturesque Lulworth Castle.
Surrounded by a sea of Ogres, princesses and pirates, the family friendly event was in full swing come Saturday. Armed with my red moustache (last minute fancy dress attempt) and a willing companion, we joined the fellow wacky festival goers. However, the Camp Bestival crowd were loaded with buggies (Maclaren’s to be exact, but more of that later) and beaming children high on sugar. Glastonbury it isn’t but something told me it was going to be fun…
Greeted by the sounds of electro beats, some acoustic guitars, booming bass and some dance funk – the music was electric, adding to the already buzzing atmosphere. The streams of jammed packed stalls selling everything crafty and festival-like added to the excitement. My favourite was the dressing up tent – a mecca of vintage dresses and accessories which can be hired for the day so you (and your children) could flounce around the festival dressed up as your fave fantasy character and totally fit in. Great!
The ‘Kids Field’ was like a magical land of all things belonging to small people. A vintage funfair, Victorian inspired ferris wheel, Insect Circus, Zippos Circus, bundles of yummy food stalls plus lot’s of story time tents with character narrators, sing-a-longs and huge amounts of grass land to rest weary feet. The whole time, the air was full of bubbles and smelt of candy floss.
DJ Rob Da Bank, who organised the festival for the third year running, came up trumps for adult entertainment. He put together the perfect mix of festival fun for grown ups (think music from The Human League, Madness, and a random appearance from the original Bucks Fizz) and surreal happenings to keep the little ones occupied. We loved the ‘Land of Boden’, where parents could shop up a storm while their tots dressed up to their hearts content. Parents also got the opportunity to ‘rent’ a Maclaren buggy for the festival in a buggy-showroom kind of tent. Genius.
Loved by bohemian mums and dads or families who love to boogie on down to funky tunes, or those who love any excuse to don a wig and fairy wings – one thing is for sure, there is something for everyone. You’ll definitely be booking your ticket for next year.
In fact, get your early bird tickets now for Camp Bestival 2011 and bag them for 2010 prices. See here for the full details, or give the ticket line a buzz on 0844 888 4410.