Next month my family and I will be heading to Camp Bestival for the 6th or 7th time. I can’t quite remember how many times we have been there – only that I miss it on the years that we don’t manage to get there! Now we are regulars at this festival, there’s a lovely feeling of knowing what to expect but as always with a festival, the line up is different each time and the experiences you have will change. But it’s nice knowing that the formula for this particular festival works for us, which culminates in the spectacular fireworks display on the Sunday night to finish off the show.
I’d never been one for camping before this festival. I like my home comforts too much, I like to turn on a tap and get water, to use a toilet that flushes and sleep on a mattress that accepts my body into its softness and moulds itself to my shape to support me as I sleep. I wasn’t up for bugs in my clothes, heating water on a camping stove to wait an eternity for a morning cuppa or a blow up mattress that throws me off the side if my husband turns over in the night! But now I embrace these things and more every time we attend this festival. You see – that is what festivals are all about… pushing you out of your comfort zone and allowing you to see life from another perspective.
Novice festival goers could be fooled into thinking festivals are just one long rock concert or that it is all about the music. But it isn’t – not entirely. Going to a festival takes you out of the little space in the world that you occupy, out of your routine: get up, go to work, come home, eat food and go to bed then do it all again the next day. It takes you off those well worn grooves and puts you into a field, away from the nearest wifi signal and forces you to be in that moment, to absorb what is going on around you, to take in the colour, the smells, the temperature. You will see people like you at a festival, and people who aren’t like you. The diversity of a festival is beautiful, it shows you that even people who aren’t like you are actually quite like you when you talk to them. Different backgrounds, ages, experiences, but yet you are all here. What brought you all here – probably the music. Are we really all that different after all? Camp Bestival does this beautifully. It is an award wining family festival and what you will get amongst its festival goers is mums and dads with their kids who all want to get together in a field and listen to music, eat good food, let the kids run around without fear of getting knocked over on a street and just enjoy a few brief days without thinking of the pressures of daily life like mortgage payments and the health of family members. By the way you will also get mums and mums with their kids, and dads and dads, and single mums and single dads, and grandparents – you get the point, but whoever they are, they are there with their kids for a fun time.
A festival is the ultimate immersive experience. Unlike something passive like cinema for example, it is also a very active immersive experience, as you dress up – whether that be actual fancy dress to suit the festival theme or just altering your wardrobe for a boho chic festival vibe. Either way I bet you put more thought into your outfit on the days you are at a festival than at home! Festivals take you off autopilot and put you into a mindful state where you actually make conscious decisions. This is always great for creating those new neural pathways in your brain – festivals literally expand your mind! How cool is that!
Here’s a video from Camp Bestival so you can see what to expect:
So this year’s theme at Camp Bestival is pop stars and rock stars – it shouldn’t be too difficult to come up with outfits for that theme, a pair of black skinny jeans and a ripped T and we have that ‘I’m with the band’ look. Or we could go all out and put on full stage make-up like KISS, but I don’t think I will. All I want from this year’s festival is to enjoy lots of unstructured time with my husband and kids. To enjoy the vibe and go with the flow – wherever that flow may take me. Festivals are ultimately very rewarding, they enrich your life through the experience and they also remind you to stay humble and grateful. I always – always, thank God for my flushing toilet and the infrastructure we have in our country (concrete on our roads etc) after being a bit more basic at a festival!
Have you ever been to Camp Bestival? Let me know in the comments below!
2017 Blog Ambassador: JuggleMum is proud to be an official blogger at Camp Bestival 2017. As an ambassador, my family and I visit the festival to share our experience with you. Camp Bestival is a family friendly festival that has entertainment for all ages from babies up. Learn more at their website. Click here to read all my posts as a festival ambassador.