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Kids at Camp Bestival

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Kids at Camp Bestival: If you’ve never been to a festival with kids before you may understandably be a little nervous. All the noise, the sheer volume of people and the lack of routine could send any parent into a panic. But as a seasoned Camp Bestival goer for the last 5 years, I can assure you that at Camp Bestival, it’s all about the kids and there’s nothing to fear!

My kids have grown up going to Camp Bestival. This is our first time in 2011:

Nadine & kids in welcome sign

Then in 2013:

Me & kids colourful

And in 2014:

2014 me and kids

We are just weeks away from Camp Bestival 2015 and we couldn’t be more excited! My eldest child is older now and a little more independent, so we are bringing her cousin along too as a playmate (or whatever the teen equivalent of the word playmate is… I’m sure they’d have something to say about me calling them that!) So that the girls can have a bit of freedom to explore the festival on their own – within reason of course! But I feel comfortable enough having been so many times, to allow her out of my sight at the festival and arrange to meet up later in the day.

The thing to remember about Camp Bestival is that it is full of families. Yes there will be gangs of teens there wandering around but they are there with larger family groups. We are all parents, and so we are all sort of ‘looking out for each other’. If a child wanders off and gets lost (yes- it does happen), then at least they are in a field of parents who know that heart stopping dread and who will take action to get the child to a marshall for assistance. One year I had a little boy come up to where I was sat on the grass with my kids to tearfully tell me he’d lost his mum, so after a quick search of the immediate area for her, I took him to a member of staff at the festival who was able to radio around and call the parent’s mobile number to get them back together.

That’s another good point – the mobile number. All kids at Camp Bestival have to wear a wristband that clearly states their parent’s mobile phone number so that if they are separated, they can be re-acquainted easily. With so much to see and do at the festival, it is easy for a child to become distracted from their group and wander off – chasing bubbles or finding something fun to do. So having your mobile number clearly stated on their wrist is a great idea.

Have a look at Camp Bestival’s video from 2014 showing their family festival fun!

However if you are thinking that this is a little tame, and the festival is just for kids- you couldn’t be more wrong! There is so much to do for the adults too! The big name bands on the Castle Stage or in the Big Top will headline many other festivals and this year I’m looking forward to seeing Clean Bandit and the Kaiser Chiefs. Click here for the full line up

Last year my favourites were James, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Basement Jaxx. The year before that I loved The Proclaimers, The 1975, DJ Fresh and Labrinth. There really is something for everyone. Have a look at the Camp Bestival Official Video of highlights from 2014:

This year at Camp Bestival the theme is ‘Wild’. I can’t wait to go ‘wild’… I’ve already bought my Indian head dress!

Official Camp Bestival Blogger 2015

2015 Blog Ambassador: JuggleMum is proud to be an official blogger at Camp Bestival 2015. 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

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Comments to Kids at Camp Bestival

  • I’d love to go to Camp Bestival. It always looks great from everyone’s write ups. Ooh and Kaiser Chiefs, I’d love to see them play.

    Emma T 25th June 2015 11:16 pm Reply
    • I am really looking forward to the Kaiser Chiefs! If you ever get chance to get to Camp Bestival, it really is a fantastic weekend break with the kids!

      Nadine Hill 27th June 2015 10:29 am Reply
  • This sounds wonderful. I can’t wait till my little one is old enough to come along and dance with me! Until she gets too embarrassed by me that is.

    Rebecca 20th July 2015 3:52 pm Reply
    • Yep! Mine are embarrassed by me! But it’s tough luck isn’t it? It’s the Mum’s right to rock out!!!

      Nadine Hill 20th July 2015 5:41 pm Reply
  • I’ve heard wonderful things about Camp Bestival, it sounds like a great family event and great to see your photos over the years and the kids growing up. I do think the wristbands are a good idea, it must be very scary for a little one to feel lost there. I hope you have lots of fun under the wild theme for 2015, be sure to come back and tell us all about it! Thank you for sharing on Country Kids.

    Coombe Mill 27th July 2015 10:21 pm Reply
    • Thanks for your lovely comment! I will definitely have more posts about Camp Bestival after I’ve been to this year’s event…

      Nadine Hill 28th July 2015 9:33 am Reply
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  • I have been toying with the idea of going to a festival for a few years now and now I’ve read this I’m certain that 2016 will be the year of the festival for us! It looks like great fun and you can’t beat a bit of live music. It’s a shame I’ve got a year to wait!

    Michelle x

    Michelle Cookson 4th August 2015 3:14 pm Reply
  • I think next year we will take a friend for Kian as he didn’t get to do all the teen stuff as wouldn’t go alone

    Kara 15th August 2015 7:45 am Reply

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