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Sunday, 21 August 2016

Camp Bestival Top 10 Best Bits

I know that I say this every year and at the risk of sounding like a stuck record, Camp Bestival 2016 was simply awesome. Here's a rundown of my favourite bits.

#1 - Food

Camp Bestival Food

From the culinary delights of the Feast Collective to sausage pops and noodles back at camp, the food at Camp Bestival never fails to impress. We all have our staple festi-favourites but did we did expand our horizons this year and managed not to polish off 11 pizzas like we did last year!

#2 - The World's Biggest Bouncy Castle

The World's Biggest Bouncy Castle

The queue looked scarily long but we decided to hit it early on Sunday morning before the festival got into full swing. We queued for about half an hour. When I say we, I really mean everyone except for me as I decided on a cocktail for breakfast and well, someone needed to film it didn't they?

#3 - Costumes

ET at Camp Bestival

I'm not one for dressing up but I loved seeing all of the space themed costumes at this years festival. Alien families, Star Wars families, Dr Who, ET, space ship wagons, Dr Who... some of them were epic and obviously took hours to make. Very impressive and something I can only aspire to.

#4 - Silent Disco

Silent Rave Camp Bestival 2016

If you've never been to a silent disco you are quite simply missing out on one of music's greatest inventions. Two live DJ's play different tunes and you choose which one you listen to via your headphones. Simple and fabulous.
The secret is obviously getting out because the queues for this years silent offerings were epic. Even when we wearily made our way back to camp at 2.30am the queue was still weaving across the field. 

#5 - Camp Crew

Camp Bestival crew

For me Camp Bestival is all about time with my friends. We don't live close to each other and we don't see each other nearly enough. I love how are little crew are all solid friends and from the moment that we rock up in the car park we are working as a team. It's not just the adult friendships, our children all love each other to bits too. My teens pitch in looking after the little ones whilst they look up to them in awe. 
In all honesty, I don't think I would enjoy the festival as much if I wasn't with my crew. They are quite simply the best people to share the experience with.

#6 - Cocktails

Camp Bestival cocktails

I'm not sure how it happened but I didn't get to the Jam Jar bar until Sunday morning. A breakfast martini later and balance was restored!

#7 - DJ Oz

DJ Oz Camp Bestival

One of the weekend highlights was our little Oz taking to the decks to perform his summertime DJ set over at the First Choice Holidays Holiday Island. He literally lifted the roof with his cuteness overload and made us all extremely proud.

#8 - Scummy Mummies

Scummy Mummies at Camp Bestival

Having met the Scummy Mummies at the Brancott Estate #VirtualVines party on Thursday night their Saturday show really didn't disappoint. If you aren't familiar with their work and like a good chuckle they really are worth checking out

#9 - Fireworks

Camp Bestival Fireworks

The fireworks are without a doubt one of the Camp Bestival highlights and something that we all look forward to. This year with a ban on trolleys at the main stage we decided to hang around by the big wheel. Whilst the view was great we couldn't hear the audio which was a shame but at least we know that we need to get a better spot next year.

#10 - Best Friends

Best friends Camp Bestival 2016

We chat all day, every day but with work and family commitments the distance between my best friend and I might as well be a million miles. Over the last few years Camp Bestival has become our annual get together and for those five days we spend as much time together as possible. We stay up late, we wake up early, we dance, we talk the utter crap that only each other will listen to, we drink, we cook and we laugh - a lot. I couldn't ask for a better best friend.

Adult Weekend Ticket – £175*
Student Weekend Ticket – £165*
Age 13 to 17 Weekend Ticket – £105*
Age 10 to 12 Weekend Ticket – £80*
Age 5 to 9 Weekend Ticket – £30*
Age 4 & Under Weekend Ticket – £10*
Babes In Arms (1 & Under) – FREE (but ticket required)*
*All tickets include camping from Thursday

Camp Bestival Official Blogger

As a Camp Bestival official blogger I was given a family weekend ticket to attend. However, all views are my own.

If you would like to read more about this years Camp Bestival head over to My Two Mums & Just Me Kirsty.

Monday, 2 November 2015

15 Minutes With You Review

It has to be said that I'm partial to a good book and the most recent addition to my collection, 15 Minutes With You by Julie Hamill doesn't disappoint.

15 Minutes With You

The fact that Morrissey has managed to remain somewhat of an enigma, is just one of the reasons that my love for him has done nothing but grow over the last thirty years. 
I'm with the author in never wanting to intrude or wade through his rubbish. But like countless other fans, I want to know everything about him. I want to know who the real Morrissey is.

In 15 Minutes With You, Hamill pulls together twenty-four, easy to digest interviews about The Smiths and Morrissey, from a host of famous fans and music collaborators. 

Preston 15 mins with you

I love this book. It mades me feel like I'm 15 again with a copy of Strangeways, Here We Come (vinyl) in my hands for the first time. 

Warm, witty and beautifully packaged in a touchy-feely soft jacket. It is worthy of a place on any Morrissey fan's coffee table. 

If you don't already have a copy, get it on your Christmas list.

Available from Amazon.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Camp Bestival review 2015

After four days of awesome it’s not easy to pick out your two favourite moments from a festival that has so much packed into it but that's exactly what I asked of my Camp Bestival, camp mates, from this weekend. We are a diverse bunch, aged from 3 to 43. Proving that Camp Bestival really does have something for everyone. 

Boo 5
I really liked watching Ella (Henderson) sing and making pom poms with my friend Betty.

Pom pom making at Camp Bestival
photo credit : Fi @Chilcare Is Fun

Betty 11
I loved Professor Green and a close second has to be the pasta from Red Tomato, Green Pepper. Camp Bestival just wouldn't be the same without it!

Camp Bestival friends
photo credit : Fi @Childcare Is Fun

Biba 13
Clean Bandit were awesome. We were right at the front and completely caught up in the audience vibe. After six hours of standing in the same spot we made our first new festival friends too. My second favourite thing was the pizza. You know I had been dreaming about that pizza since last year's CB! I need to have three things though because Professor Green was also pretty amazing.

Clean Bandit at Camp Bestival
photo credit : Clean Bandit Bibasphotos

Bryce 10
Clean Bandit were awesome. The food was pretty good too!

Festival fun at Camp Bestival
photo credit : Fiona Bryce

Clara 26
I absolutely loved the Train Of Thoughts. It was a brilliant idea and the guy leading our carriage was mesmerising. He had both me and my three year old son hanging on his every word as we were taken on a journey of discovery and wonder. My second fave moment was dancing with my little fella to Professor Green on Friday night. Smiles and laughter all the way.

Train Of Thoughts Camp Bestival
photo credit : Kirsty @My Two Mums

Fi 40
I was really looking forward to Soul II Soul and they didn't disappoint. They were all kinds of awesome and more. I also loved Underworld and watching the littlest ravers that I've ever seen, dancing around with glow sticks - it truly was music for all ages!

Soul II Soul Camp Bestival
photo credit : Soul II Soul +Camp Bestival 

Hannah 14
This was my first Camp Bestival and to be honest, it is really hard to choose just two things as the whole weekend has been brilliant.
Music wise, Clean Bandit were awesome. We were right at the front with a perfect view that really couldn't have been better.
The food has also been fab. You seriously can't make me choose one thing. Okay, maybe the nachos. Or the Thai curry we had on the first night... and the hot chocolate.

Camp Bestival girls
photo credit : Hannah Doherty

Kirsty 33
I loved Friday's Silent Disco! There's nothing better than old school tunes and throwing down some shapes with your buddies at 2am.
My second favourite thing was Saturday night’s Silent Disco, (yes I know I already chose the Silent Disco but...). I was supposed to be meeting up with some friends after we had all been for a nap but no one else woke up. After waiting around for them I decided to go on my own and I am so pleased that I did.

Silent Disco Camp Bestival

LM 3
The fireworks and the Train of Thoughts tractor ride!

Camp Bestival fun
photo credit : Hannah Doherty

O 4
I loved dancing with my friend (LM) but most of all I loved drumming along to all the singers on the main stage. When I'm big I am going to be in a band with my sister (B 5) and then we will be on the stage at Camp Bestival one day and you can all watch us.

Biba and O at Camp Bestival
photo credit : Hannah Doherty

Richard 39
The feeling of completeness when Ella Henderson sang Ghost. Although I don’t really like her as an artist there was a fantastic moment when I was caught up with the emotion of the rest of the crowd. That’s what gigs are about.
A close second was Bob Geldof singing I Don’t Like Monday’s. A great song, performed by a great performer. I collect those moments.

Ella Henderson at Camp Bestival
photo credit : Ella Henderson  +Camp Bestival 

Ruben 8
I loved the fireworks, they were really cool and the best music was The Cuban Brothers.

Camp Bestival Fireworks 2015
photo credit :  +Camp Bestival 

And me.....
Well for me Camp Bestival is all about the time spent with my friends. The singing, the laughter, our fabulous children and the joy that they bring out in each other, our competitive pom pom making, our non sensical conversations and the food, drink and memories that we are making. Of course none of that would be quite as awesome if it wasn't playing out to the Camp Bestival tune.

When they say that it's 'The greatest show on Earth', they aren't exaggerating. If anything they are under playing because Camp Bestival is simply out of this world.

Camp Bestival 2015

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If you would like to read more about Camp Bestival 2015, please do pop over to MyTwoMums.

I am an official Camp Bestival blogger which means that I attended the festival but did not pay for my family ticket. All opinions are my own.

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