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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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 www.scummymummies.com.
#9 - 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
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.
Camp Bestival 2017 early bird weekend tickets are on sale now.
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
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.