Camp Bestival 2013 – Our Highlights

Last weekend saw Camp Bestival 2013 take over Dorset with a bang. 4 days jam packed with music and magic, set to the backdrop of the stunning Lulworth Castle and its Jurassic coastine location, it was just what this Essex family needed to throw them head first into the world of being a ‘family that festivals’

We came, we saw, we camped, we conquered.

We had a ball.

From the moment we arrived we were swept away into another world, like real life was left behind and we could be anybody we wanted to be. My children turned feral for the majority of the four days, spending their time barefoot and covered in mud whenever possible, and The Essex Husband and I spend most of our time pinching ourselves that things were going so well.

With two children under 5, spending 4 nights in a tent at a festival seamed like either a really good idea or a completely stupid one; we just didn’t know which. We couldn’t have been more pleased with the result.

From making fairy houses in the Dingley Dell to dancing like a crazy woman to DJ Fresh, embarrassing my girls with my desire to still be young and remembering how much fun The Essex Husband and I have when we go out together, Camp Besitval was perfect for our family.


Children were clearly at the top of the agenda when Camp Bestival was designed. Every turn we took revealed something new for them to see or do. The Upper Kids Garden was a pure wonderland of mini fun. Making pom-poms in the craft tent, practicing our circus skills on the green, playing the coconut shy, walking the tight rope and watching the most wonderful bedtime shows in theatre tent, we loved this little pocket of curiosity, and with its views over the sea it really was magical.20130807-085045.jpg

The Castle Stage was graced by some real big names over the course of the 3 days, all of which got the crowd going and provided hours of entertainment, but for me it was the hidden, more ‘off-piste’ entertainment that was the true jewel in Camp Bestival’s crown. Never did I think I would be Maypole dancing with Modern Mummy and Katy Hill on a gloomy Sunday morning, that’s just what Camp Bestival does to you.

My top memory of Camp Bestival 2013? That’s tough one.

Up there (and I’m slightly ashamed to admit this) is Mr Tumble’s Saturday morning performance on the Castle Stage. The pure enjoyment on the children’s faces completely made up for the fact that I was up early to watch a grown man have custard pies thrown at his face.

Also, sharing the whole experience with Modern Mummy and her brood made the weekend even more memorable for us. Her lovely daughters have become best buddies with my two, and the song they made up and sang about ‘poo lorries’ every time the portaloos were cleaned out (which was at least twice a day) will live with me forever.

My real highlight though of Camp Bestival 2013 will be one that only a handful of people will share with me.

About 6pm on Sunday evening we were having dinner outside the Young British Foodies tent (which is the best place to get food at Camp Bestival by miles by the way) when a guy walking past suddenly stopped and started singing to a family sitting on the grass.

‘What would you think if I sang out of tune……’

By the time he got to the end of the first line of the first line I noticed anther man walking towards him, joining in

‘Would you stand up and walk out on me…..’

When another couple of people joined them for the next line it was clear to see we were about to witness a flash mob.

Before we knew it there were over 30 people standing singing ‘I’ll get by with a little help from my friends’ to an audience of open-mouthed, mesmerised people, all pinching themselves with what they were lucky enough to have witnessed. The singers, who I later found out make up the Funky Little Choir from Chirstchich in Bornmouth, were sensational. I really didn’t want it to end.

It was the perfect way to end our weekend.

Camp Bestival 2013 blew me away. We saw and did so much, yet there was still so much we didn’t even get round to doing.

It’s a full on, tiring, weekend…….but my goodness it was so worth it. I cant wait to do it all over again next year.


I have to say a HUGE thank you to Camp Bestival for providing us with our weekend tickets… have helped us make memories that will last a life time.

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14 thoughts on “Camp Bestival 2013 – Our Highlights

  1. MelkshamMum

    What a beautiful post Alice and I love the flashmob story – I probably would have blubbed if I was there! Lovely to have shared a (few) Pimms with you and hopefully see you in 2014 :)

    1. Adrian Stewart

      Really glad you enjoyed the Funky little Choir, my daughter is one of the singers and it makes us proud that people appreciate what they do. Thanks for your kind comments.

  2. helloitsgemma

    I Love how electric the Mr Tumble atmosphere was, I love that everyone is SO excited to see Justin. It’s one of my highlights!
    I saw the end of “get by with a little help from my friends” had no idea it was a flash mob – I am going to see if I can find it on the interweb.

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  4. lucy at dear beautiful

    I’ve been saying to Rich since before we even had kids that I wanted to be a “festival family” and I’ve been waving all the Camp Bestival blog posts under his nose in an attempt to convince him that next year we should go. I’m not sure I’ve convinced him yet… but I will!!! I just looks such amazing fun. x

    1. AnEssexWife Post author

      It was great – and our two were the age your two would be next year. As long as you can survive with no home comforts and they can amuse themselves then you’ll be fine. It was so amazing!!

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