In a couple of weeks I will be stepping into the unknown. I shall be taking my children to their first ever festival. Yes, we're off to Camp Bestival in Dorset and it's about now I am starting to wonder what I've let myself in for, especially as our last camping trip didn't end on a high note. This time however, we'll be taking the new member of the family, Clemmie and we're hoping this may add to the experience. (I feel like I am talking myself into this...). Can we all start praying for nice weather now?
I have read a lot of old blog posts this week about Camp Bestival and so far, I am comforted by the reports of the Pizza Express-eating, Boden-wearing, Waitrose-shopping clientele, as lets face it, that's right up my street but I'm a bit nervous about what to expect and whether my children will cope well with all the madness and mayhem.
Camp Bestival, if you didn't know, is a family festival (sister to the mega-popular Bestival) in the grounds of Lulworth Castle in Dorset. There's so much going on there that it's practically impossible for me to list it all here but there's music, numerous activities, circus skills, shows from people like The Gruffalo and the English National Ballet, Mr Tumble and of course much, much more. Clearly, one of the things I am most excited about is the food - it sounds delicious. Apparently this isn't the usual burgers and hot-dogs, oh no, there will be many different types of food available and I cannot wait to try as much of it as possible. I really really wanted to try the Grand Afternoon Tea from The Hurly Burly but unfortunately it's all sold out already - you snooze you lose! Bah.
Because I'm such a festival novice, I'd like to ask you a question. Well several questions. Can you please, please, PLEASE share your top tips for attending a festival with children? The lovely Mama Sunshine has already talked a bit about it on my blog but I'd love to hear what YOUR advice would be. What are the must-haves? Where can I buy the cheapest flower garlands for our hair (priorities, priorities..)? How do I make sure I don't lose my children? How much spends will I need for the weekend? I have so many questions. HELP!
And if you have any great ideas for fancy dress in the "Silly Olympics" theme, please share them with me!