18. A Review of Camp Besitval 2013, from A-Z (Part 1)

This weekend just passed I took Kitty and Ozzy along to Camp Bestival as part of my Summer of Festivals series. Here's Part One of our A-Z of Camp Besitval 2013, A to M.

A is for Airplanes

Lulastic prepares to fly at Disney's Record Breaking paper airplane flying attempt at Camp Besitval
Lulastic prepares to fly at Disney's Record Breaking paper airplane flying attempt at Camp Besitval
Disney's Record Breaking paper airplane flying attempt at Camp Besitval
Disney's Record Breaking paper airplane flying attempt at Camp Besitval

In the Castle Field on Saturday morning scores of people gathered to attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest amount of paper aeroplanes launched simultaneously to mark the release of the new Disney Planes film. Official results will be in on Thursday 8th... Here's one tough cookie with her paper airplane! Don't tell anyone but Ozzy *may* have thrown his 15 seconds too early...

B is for Bunting

Colourful bunting at Camp Bestival 2013
Colourful bunting at Camp Bestival 2013

The bunting you see below was blowing in the gentle evening breeze of the Friday above the large wooden ship-shaped childrens sandpit in the Lower Kids Field.

C is for Castles

Lulworth Castle, Camp Bestival 2013
Lulworth Castle, Camp Bestival 2013
Cardboard Castle building at Camp Bestival
Cardboard Castle building at Camp Bestival
Cardboard Castle building at Camp Bestival
Cardboard Castle building at Camp Bestival

From this, the magnificent Lulworth Castle in Dorset where the festival is held... to this fun activity which uses up cardboard boxes from traders down in the Lower Kids field...

D is for the Dingly Dell

Fairy Houses in the Dingly Dell, Camp Bestival
Fairy Houses in the Dingly Dell, Camp Bestival
Fairy Houses in the Dingly Dell, Camp Bestival
Fairy Houses in the Dingly Dell, Camp Bestival
Fairy Houses in the Dingly Dell, Camp Bestival
Fairy Houses in the Dingly Dell, Camp Bestival

Much needed shady relief on a hot weekend and an enchanting space to explore, make and do. We didn't make it to any of the scheduled events in the Dell sadly as it was just too busy to get in to at those times and being with two under 5's means dealing with a lack of patience for queuing and needing eyes like a hawk to keep track of them. There were however free fun exploring, making and relaxing things going on in the Dingly Dell all weekend that we enjoyed joining in with, including Fairy House making, a woodland kids kitchen, potion making, dream catcher making, a dressing up corner, calm book reading tents and more.

E is for Elephant

Elephant Statue at Camp Bestival
Elephant Statue at Camp Bestival

If you see a big elephant you have to sit on it #fact.

F is for Face Painting

Lucy from Lulastic face painting Kitty at Camp Bestival 2013
Lucy from Lulastic face painting Kitty at Camp Bestival 2013
Lucy from Lulastic face painting Kitty at Camp Bestival 2013
Lucy from Lulastic face painting Kitty at Camp Bestival 2013

The single thing that Kitty was adamant that she neeeeeded doing, we headed to the Save the Children tent where they were offering free face painting but they we rather busy so the lovely Lucy from Lulastic and the Hippyshake, who was with us, kindly stepped in to grant Kittys one and only wish. I think F is also for Friendship in this case.

G is for Good Causes

Save the children at Camp Bestival
Save the children at Camp Bestival
Save the children at Camp Bestival
Save the children at Camp Bestival

Camp Besitval has a whole Charity area, which is not only jolly nice of them but also provides a really nice space to spend time. Charities supported at Camp Bestival this year include Save The children (pictured below), Oxfam, Isle of Pink, RSPB, World Vision, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Friends of the Earth, Drop4Drop, Weld Hospice, The Gunstone Trust, Childreach International, Flying Seagull Project, Volunteer Dorset Project and Bournemouth People First & Poole Forum.

H is for Hearing

Children at Camp Bestival
Children at Camp Bestival

Or more the point Ear Defenders. Protecting little ears against big sounds!

I is for Insect Circus

Insect Circus and travelling Museum
Insect Circus and travelling Museum

One of our favourite acts from Camp Bestival 2012 was back again this year along with their travelling museum, awesome for children of all ages (and grown ups too), if you ever get a chance to see The Insect Circus I'd recommend you grab the chance.

J is for Just the Best Fun

Moss pods at Camp Bestival
Moss pods at Camp Bestival
Moss pods at Camp Bestival
Moss pods at Camp Bestival

I have no idea what these mossy little pods are actually called but Kitty and Ozzy loved them, along with the rope 'webs', they spent most of our first evening there!

K is for Kitty

Kitty at Camp Besitval 2013
Kitty at Camp Besitval 2013

She had a blast at Camp Bestival and really came out of her usually shy shell, I think that's partly down to the relaxed and friendly atmosphere. On our way walking from the car park to the campsite entrance all laden with bags a stranger stopped to ask if she and her sons could help us carry our bags, seeing as we were walking the same way and Both myself, Kitty and Ozzy we festooned with all manner of camping gear. Kitty and Ozzy played with the children from the next tent, running about happily making friends - the atmosphere is most welcoming and I think for shy Kitty it made a huge difference - she even asked me to take photos of her, which is unheard of...

L is for Loos

Self composting toilets at Camp Bestival 2013
Self composting toilets at Camp Bestival 2013

I love the self-composting loos in the Kids fields at Camp Bestival, for those of you who haven't encountered them before you tip a cup of sawdust in after you have a number 2. The small child-sized self-composting loos were awesome and the only thing that Kitty would use after she got the fear of the festival toilets shortly after we arrived. One of the logistical hurdles you have to cross when going to a festival with 2 small children on your own is that when you need to pee you need to take your children into the loo with you, which I did, alas one glance down the 'hole' was enough to make both Kitty and Ozzy simultaneously hold their bottoms and declare that they wouldn't need a wee or pooh all weekend. On the loo front I have to admit I was a tiny bit disappointed that the regular festival and camping area loos weren't better attended. I'm not a toilet-snob, but notices that at both the IOW Festival and Latitude this year every toilet block had at least one designated full time attendant there to top up loo roll and hand sanitizer and keep everything super clean - a recent improvement in festival toileting standards that I can see becoming the expected norm in the next year or two, especially considering that price wise a family festival costs around the same as a family holiday these days.

M is for Morris Dancers

Morris Dancers at Camp Bestival Lulworth Castle
Morris Dancers at Camp Bestival Lulworth Castle

Because it may be old skool but it can still ROCK, much satisfaction at watching my children jigging up and down and pointing in wonder at them! Tomorrow I'll be back with Part 2 - N to Z along with my overall thoughts of Camp Bestival!