99. Top Ten Things to do with Children at Camp Bestival

Ozzy poses, Lizzie's Way, Camp Bestival

Ozzy poses, Lizzie's Way, Camp Bestival

Following on from my Top Ten pay-extra-for things for families to do at Camp Bestival I'm sharing my Top Ten Things To Do with Children at Camp Bestival. This year was, in my opinion, the best year so far at the festival for children - and here's why...

1. Lizzie's Way - Situated in the Dingly Dell in Lizzie's Way, brain child of Lizzie Mitchell, a children's activity specialist who is based on the Isle of Wight. At Camp Bestival, Lizzie taps into the fun of the outdoors, creating fun that will capture imaginations young and old. I could spend all day there - just the best time to be had. It also has the bonus of being shaded by the trees so if it's a hot day it gives a great break from the heat. There's also small reading tents there too, perfect for those who just need to chill out for a bit - and in a festival full of so much fun that's exactly what kids need. We timed our visit perfectly, plumping to avoid Mr Tumble-mania which meant the Dingly Dell was far quieter than usual.

Tree stump tea parties to be had at Lizzie's Way, Camp Bestival

Tree stump tea parties to be had at Lizzie's Way, Camp Bestival

Cooking up a mud storm in Lizzie's Way, Camp Bestival

Cooking up a mud storm in Lizzie's Way, Camp Bestival

The kitchen, Lizzie's Way, Camp Bestival

The kitchen, Lizzie's Way, Camp Bestival

Lizzie's Way, Camp Bestival

Lizzie's Way, Camp Bestival

There's plenty of masks as dressing up fun to be had at Lizzie's Way, Camp Bestival

There's plenty of masks as dressing up fun to be had at Lizzie's Way, Camp Bestival

Children dressing up in the Dingly Dell, Camp Bestival

Children dressing up in the Dingly Dell, Camp Bestival

Beaky Boo

Beaky Boo

Lizzie's Way, Camp Bestival

Lizzie's Way, Camp Bestival

I loved this yarn message tree at Lizzie's Way, Camp Bestival - children wrote their wishes on leaves and bark to hang to display. 

I loved this yarn message tree at Lizzie's Way, Camp Bestival - children wrote their wishes on leaves and bark to hang to display. 

Den making in Lizzie's Way, Camp Bestival

Den making in Lizzie's Way, Camp Bestival

Mud and clay head made by children, Lizzie's Way, Camp Bestival

Mud and clay head made by children, Lizzie's Way, Camp Bestival

The mud mural wall, Lizzie's Way, Camp Bestival - anyone can get involved - great fun!

The mud mural wall, Lizzie's Way, Camp Bestival - anyone can get involved - great fun!

2. Project Wild thing's Munching Caterpillars - Butterfly Conservation - A sweet addition this year, children could get involved in activities and learn about butterfly conservation at the same time. Here you see Kitty and Ozzy planting butterfly friendly plants.

Butterfly Conservation, Camp Bestival

Butterfly Conservation, Camp Bestival

Butterfly Conservation, Camp Bestival

Butterfly Conservation, Camp Bestival

3. Soul Journey in the Soul Park - children were given a certificate and asked to go round to the 4 different sections - earth, wind, air and fire, completing a challenge at each and getting the certificate stamped. Once all four areas were completed and the certificate stamped 4 times the children received a sticker.  This was fab hands-on and chilled out morning merriment.

They made paper boats,  clay animals, wishing hands and stick men...

Soul Journey Certificate

Soul Journey Certificate

Children making clay animals at the Soul Park, Camp Bestival

Children making clay animals at the Soul Park, Camp Bestival

Children making clay animals at the Soul Park, Camp Bestival

Children making clay animals at the Soul Park, Camp Bestival

Making wishing hands at the Soul Park, Camp Bestival

Making wishing hands at the Soul Park, Camp Bestival

Making stick men at the Soul Park, Camp Bestival

Making stick men at the Soul Park, Camp Bestival

Music

Music

4. National Trust's 50 Things Meadow - Passionate about getting children outdoors and exploring, the National Trust has launched 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ and this meadow at Camp Bestival had a few activities from that list to try out. More info on the 50 things can be found here.

The National Trust's 50 Things Meadow at Camp Bestival

The National Trust's 50 Things Meadow at Camp Bestival

Climbing trees

Climbing trees

Rolling down a hill 

Rolling down a hill 

Group art at Camp Bestival

Group art at Camp Bestival

5. Morris Dancers - It's the only time of the year we see Morris Dancers as a family and the children love it as much as we do. Catch them in the Courtyard and you can enjoy a huge Mr Whippy icecream at the same time - heaven!

Morris Dancers, Camp Bestival

Morris Dancers, Camp Bestival

Morris Dancers, Camp Bestival

Morris Dancers, Camp Bestival

Morris Dancers, Camp Bestival

Morris Dancers, Camp Bestival

6. Lower Kids Field - So many creative ways to keep children occupied, we loved the cardboard city!

Cardboard City, Camp Bestival

Cardboard City, Camp Bestival

7. Bubbles! Bring you own or buy some at the festival from Bubble Inc - there's always so many bubbles at Camp Bestival that children flock to them, Kit and Ozzy were a bit like the Pied Piper with these bubble guns!

Bubble gun from Bubble Inc at Camp Bestival

Bubble gun from Bubble Inc at Camp Bestival

8. Fun Festival Goers - there's always such a great atmosphere and people really throw themselves into the spirit of things!

Man with armchair, Camp Bestival

Man with armchair, Camp Bestival

Storm Trooper at Camp Bestival

Storm Trooper at Camp Bestival

9. Bollywood Tent - Big Fish Little Fish is just the bestest thing, young and old raving along together!

Mr Moustachio 'aving it large

Mr Moustachio 'aving it large

10. Knitting Tent - Now I've just learnt to knit I'm appreciating it a lot more than before and the Knitting Tent at Camp Bestival was always bustling with people - young and old, getting involved. Read more about the Knitting Tent over on Knit You Next Tuesday.

Learning to finger knit at Camp Bestival

Learning to finger knit at Camp Bestival

There's so much for children at Camp Bestival and Early Bird tickets have gone on sale for 2015 already. For more info please click here. For those who want to go next year but would like to stagger payments, Camp Bestival will be running it's excellent and innovative Weekly Payment Plan again, keep your eyes on the site: CampBestival.net for more information or subscribe to their mailing list for all the news first!

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