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Camp Bestival 2014 - Project Wild Thing...








This year, the Dingley Dell (the wooded area of the festival site at Camp Bestival) was taken over by Project Wild Thing and the National Trust.  Encouraging families to get outside and enjoy being outdoors.

We couldn't wait to see how they had transformed the woods, and were not disappointed.  We first entered the cooling canopy on a particularly sweltering afternoon, the woods giving us shelter and solace from the noise and the hot sun.

The National Trust had set up activities for children to do, which is part of their 50 things to do before you are 11 3/4. We walked over logs, walked barefoot through the forest, was led blind folded through the trees.  Built dens, climbed trees.  It was cool and epic!

The boys (and Charlie's friend Pheobe) built a beautiful den, made clay faces, wove willow into flowers and leaves, made bug houses, wrote wishes on leaves.... and so much more.

They both agreed that the Project Wild Thing woods was the best part of the festival - now what does that say about my kids?!

Read more of our Camp Bestival adventure here

Early bird tickets are available to buy now!

Camp Bestival kindly donated us a family press pass to the festival - as part of their festival blogger programme.

Campervanning at Camp Festival... with Dawson Rentals Campervans...









Over the years I have been to many festivals,  As a teen, whilst travelling, before kids, and now I am lucky to go with my kids.  During all this time I have always camped in a tent.  My own tiny two man tent from Halfords, our big 8 berth family tent, boutique camping in a bell or yurt, but never in a CAMPERVAN!

For years I have envied the 'vanners' who just effortlessly roll up to the site, park and casually get on with it. I have huffed and puffed my way to and from the car to the campsite lugging my luggage up hills. Wishing I was one of the campervan elite.

Well this time I was!  Oh yeah, and it felt amazing!!!  We were proud campervan renters for the weekend. A VW transporter which had had a full camper van conversion - from Dawson Rentals.  It was beautiful.  Pure white with slick wheels, it felt seriously cool to drive.  Now I am not usually a van type of gal, but oh my goodness this baby was so good to drive.

Inside she had been cleverly converted to sleep four people.  The roof popped up to reveal a double cabin bed for the boys and the back seat converted into a rock n roll bed.  The rest of the interior was fully functioning with a fridge freezer, sink with running water, a two ring gas hob and masses of storage throughout.  On the roof was a solar panel which powered the fridge, the lights and also sockets to charge our phones and tablets.

Our little camp was perfect.  We cooked there every day, returning for our lunch and evening meals before venturing out again.  The kitchen area was well equipped with pans, kettle, cutlery, bottle opener and pretty enamel ware mugs and plates.  We cooked great camp food on the hob, spag bol, sausages, bacon butties etc.  Eating outside under our gazebo with the view of the big top in the field below.  

I must admit I have been spoilt now.  I want to campervan everywhere.  We still talk about it daily, our adventures in her.  Whenever we see one on the road, one of the boys will shout 'VW CAMPER!'.  We will hire one again.... there are so many adventures to have.  Trips to the beach, wild weekends in the mountains in Wales... and more festivals too.

Thank you Dawson Rentals - we LOVED our adventure to Camp Bestival.  We will be back for more!

If you want to hire a VW Camper for your own epic adventure then please do get in touch with Dawson Rentals and say Lou sent you!

You can read more of our Camp Bestival adventures here.
Early bird tickets are now on sale.

Dawson Rentals kindly let us borrow the camper for the weekend. All words and thoughts are my own.

Camp Bestival 2014 - crafting...






We could have spent every second of our time at Camp Bestival crafting.  Really we could.  On Friday morning, early, parents rush across to the main site areas and stand in queues to book their children on to places.  Yes, they really do.  And yes, we did - (Dan did).

Dan booked the boys onto, Charlie - woodcrafting a pirate ship and Rufus - letter press printing.  Both of these we paid extra for, but the majority of craft is free.  The boys had SO much fun, trying something new and learning a new skill.  We are so pleased with their efforts that the boat and print sit pride of place now in their bedroom.

Each day at the festival, we set forth to find new crafting opportunities.  Clay model making, puppetry, pom poms, screen printing, lino relief painting, crafting a little big top, bug houses, circus hoops, the list goes on.  Each evening, we filled and decorated our van and gazebo with our creations.

We love to craft at a festival, it allows a sense of place among the hubbub and loud commotion of it all.  A moment of calm and concentration.  Plus we get to try out new skills, which we can turn into future hobbies back at home.

The boys were hooked on the clay models - and since returning we have bought our own air drying clay and made some pinch pots for baby succulent plants.  Meet Yellow Cat, Greta (yes I made her) and Tim!


Read more about Camp Bestival here.

Early bird tickets are on sale now.

Camp Bestival kindly donated us a family press pass to the festival - as part of their festival blogger programme.

Camp Bestival 2014...












Woah!  Where has the time gone?!  A few weeks of Summer has gone by since we were at Camp Bestival.  I need to tell you all about it.

It was fantastic!  Five days full of fun, adventure and wild times.  This year we stayed in the camper van field, was lucky to have a gorgeous van, which made the whole camping experience a breeze.  More on the van in another post.

This festival, we made so much craft, watched circus performers, danced under the stars, ran wild in the woodlands, played with friends, dressed up, watched the knights joust and to top it off saw the most EPIC of fireworks.

Over the weekend, we crafted in the Soul Park area, making letter press prints and wooden boats.  Tried our hands at circus skills and played for hours on the crazy, wonky bikes. Watched stand up comedy.  Listen to Jo Whiley read Charlie & the Chocolate Factory. Wowed at the teenagers skateboarding in the skate park.  We dressed up as a human cannon ball and a ring master and joined the fancy dress procession.

Camp Bestival is wonderful, full excitement on every level.  A festival for every age, something for all.  It is FUN!

I'll pop back with more on the Project Wild Thing and our crafting later.

Early bird tickets for 2015 are now on sale.  Get your tickets now - we will be there!!!

Camp Bestival kindly donated us a family press pass to the festival - as part of their festival blogger programme.

Starry Skies Festival...













 





Our first festival of the Summer was at Starry Skies.  Set in the hills overlooking the Black Mountains on the Wales/Herefordshire border, the weekend was the hottest of the year.

Starry Skies festival is perfect, small, charming and ideal for young kids.  Dubbed as a 'family camping festival' it certainly lives up to this.  With only 200 Family tickets sold, it feels intimate, friendly and perfect for first timers.  

We rolled up and found our home for the weekend, a beautiful bleached white bell tent, courtesy of Firefly boutique camping.  The view from the boutique field was out of this world.  Every morning we woke to the jaw dropping view of the hills... it was certainly the best view of the whole festival. (I miss it!).

During the day, the festival laid on free activities for the family.  Activities included the flying fox zip wire, clay model making, water slides, farm tours to circus skills.  My two were fully entertained in a gentle way, no loud music, no commercialism, no stalls saying 'buy this!'.  Just good old outdoor family fun.

My two boys ran freely from field to field, visiting friends camping in the 'camping plus' area. We felt safe allowing them freedom to play in the woods, the scramble nets and den area which was between the two camping fields.

The highlights for my two were:  Forest school, a chance to spend two hours in the woods building dens, lighting fires and making dream catchers.  The cinema tent - they watched the Lego movie, do I need to say more?  And for Charlie - the hammer and nails tent - basically a pile of wood, hammers and nails and imagination!

In the evening, we were entertained by DJ's, a bar and good food in the large Tentipi.  Staying up late most evenings til dark.  The large fire pit was lit and children toasted marshmallows or spent a few hours watching their favourite movies in the cinema tent, whilst their parents relaxed with a beer or two and danced.

Starry Skies is utterly magical.  We loved it all and will definitely be back next year.  It is our kind of festival.

(We were sent to Starry Skies by the Telegraph to review, my full review will be on-line there soon).

Wild Meadow - our child free weekend away...


   










This weekend, Dan and I stole ourselves away for 3 nights in Wales. Child free.  We couldn't have been more excited!  A chance for the two of us to just be, relax, talk - talk! to each other, gosh remember that?  

We were looking forward to enjoying the Welsh air, cooking outside, sleeping under the stars, and making the time to indulge in things we like to do, without the boys.

Wild Meadow is stunning.  All we could hope for and more.  Owners Andrea and Jonathan, bought the field a couple of years ago, with the desire to have a patch of land of their own.  Planting initially a small orchard, soon after a veg patch and fruit bushes.... then came the shepherds hut.

Dan and I fell in love.  The hut is beautifully furnished, with indian throws, warm blankets and a log burner.  The bed is the comfiest we've ever slept on, and found sleeping in there a dream.  The outside kitchen is fab, well equipped with a gas stove, fridge and brightly coloured spotty enamel-ware.  To the side is an outside shower room and basin and a little way off a composting loo.

We spent our days, watching the buzzards and red kites soar above us, cooking on the open fire using a Kolitch (which we'd not used before and soon got the hang of).  Eating our way through the raspberries and cherries from the fruit orchard and swinging on the best swing ever!

That swing!  Now parents - sometimes we feel like having a swing, but there is always a child or two saying 'my turn' or 'push me'.  Not this time - oh no.  A double swing, the two of us, with a G&T in hand, sat and watched the sun cast shadows across the hills below us.  It was bliss.

We took day trips to nearby Leominster for the antique / junk shops which there are many.  And to Ledbury for it's cobbled lanes and black and white buildings.

If you are looking for a family break (there is room for two small airbeds inside the shepherds hut) OR if you are looking for a romantic getaway in the great outdoors then Wild Meadow is your place.  We are still dreaming we are there.