The one thing that Camp Bestival does brilliantly is put on activities for kids of all ages to enjoy.
We have already admitted that the Dingly Dell is our favourite hang out but that does not detract from all the other things on offer and the Kids Upper and Lower Gardens are firm favourites too.
At Butlins earlier this year the kids all bravely tried out the Helter Skelter, having not been interested before, and it was one of the first things they spotted this year. Most activities at Camp Bestival are free but the Helter Skelter costs £2 per person so it ended up costing us £8 as I had to ride with Sebby – it was worth it for the smiles on their faces!
They also had designs on the world’s biggest bouncy castle but each time we were there the queues were just too long and they chose to take part in other activities instead.
Another of our favourite places to visit was Mission Control, home to lots of amazing space-based experiences, including live interactive shoes, a lego building zone, art zone and Explorer Domes which were inflatable domes that you crawled inside to watch a show based on constellations and planets. You could even post a letter into outer space!
Outside there was plenty more to do, with plenty of food stalls, shows including the Insect Circus and Science shows, Art Town where paint and glitter was the order of the day, the Kids’ Catwalk, fairground rides, face painting and a Soft Play Tent and Sandpit.
Sadly we managed to miss the Carnival of Lost Souls this year which randomly pops up when you least expect it, but the Insect Circus was as good as ever.
The Upper Kids’ Garden, situated on the lawn behind the castle is perfect for letting the kids run riot and burn off any excess energy. Activities here include the likes of BigTopMania where you can learn a circus skill, a Bouncy Castle, bikes and go-carts, a separate Toddlers’ Area and Camp Bestival’s pioneering Breastival Mother and Baby Chill Out.
The Upper Gardens were also home to the magnificent crochet Lion’s Head that used to top the main Castle Stage. I have to say he is even more impressive close-up.
Stay tuned for my next instalment of our Camp Bestival experience – there is still loads more for the kids to do and experience, plus some fun acts to see too!