Looking forward to Camp Bestival 2016

Globalmouse writer Louise is getting excited for Camp Bestival 2016:

Summer this year is taking a long time to get started – but for us, as for many families, the official start to the summer holiday is Camp Bestival.(28th – 31st July 2016, Lulworth Cove, Dorset).

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The theme of the festival this year is Outer Space, which could not be more perfect for our children as they love science and have avidly followed Tim Peake’s trip to in to space this year. There will be a huge range of space themed attractions including a pop-up planetarium, challenges from the National Space centre, get fit like Tim Peake with The UK Space Agency, join a mission to mars with the Science Museum, and all kinds of science experiments and workshops to get involved with in The Science Tent.

Like a lot of kids ours are really into computers and coding, and looking forward especially to the Code Club with Scratch and Raspberry Pi workshops. We loved Camp Bestival in 2015 and have learned that the way to make the most of everything on offer is to make your first purchase one of the detailed programmes and make sure that you then know when and where everyone’s must-see activities are for the weekend.

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With the live on-stage performances including Dick and Dom, and Lazytown Live we know we are going to have to get organised! Of course, as with any festival from Rob Da Bank, the music line up is amazing with something for everyone.

The whole family is looking forward to FatBoy Slim taking the headline slot on Saturday, Tears for Fears will be a favourite for the parents (though our teenagers are fans of Mad World and are keen to find out more) and Jess Glynn is a favourite for the children. Katy B is great to get everyone dancing, and to get properly retro, there is a set from Bananarama too!

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Camp Bestival rightly has the reputation as the best festival for families. Something that sets it ahead of other festivals is that it provides 13-17 year olds with their own area, ‘The Den’ which is curated by a team of young festival producers. The Den has its own line up of performers and workshops including a Loop Pedal Masterclass, open mic sessions and film screenings, as well as live sets from Kiko Bun, Dawson and Luke Thomas amongst others.

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Of course, younger ones have a massive range of options to keep them busy and entertained, from the biggest bouncy castle in the world, to a circus skills tent for those budding performers. Merely painting the town red would seem like a pedestrian option if you head over to Art Town, where bright paint and glitter are on the menu, or for a more natural approach, you can go to the Woodland Arena to experience making fires, homes for fairies and how to make a wand.

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There is also a big sandpit and soft play for the really little ones (under 5s) and face painting for the whole family! There is always something new to find at Camp Bestival, and we are looking forward to trying some more of these now our children are a bit older – whether it’s in the amazing range of quality food available, or the talks by authors in the literary tent (last year’s talk from Bill Oddie was a real highlight). And, we’ll be dropping into the Travelling Barn for a spot of Barn Dancing – I used to love this as a kid, and hopefully mine will find it a bit of a giggle! – and then off to the Jam Jar Bar for a cocktail or mocktail (or two!)

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We know we will be spoilt for choice and the kids won’t want to leave when Monday morning comes around. There is no other festival like it for really offering events and activities that parents and kids can enjoy together and no other weekend in your calendar will be remembered so enthusiastically. I know I can speak for the whole family when I say we can’t wait!

You can find out more about Camp Bestival 2016 at their official website here – http://www.campbestival.net/.

Louise and family are guests of Camp Bestival for the purposes of this review but all opinions are their own

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