Camp Bestival 2012

(140 Posts)
Grockle Sun 25-Mar-12 16:46:14

Is anyone going?

I've never been before and have questions...

Do we need camping plus?
Will the showers be a nightmare?
How much does food cost?

Any tips?

AlexandraMary Sun 25-Mar-12 16:48:33


We're first timers too. And first time campers as well. Eek.
We're going with a few other families and have gone for camping plus so we can all be together.

I'm nervous and excited, but looking forward to compiling my shopping list....

fivegomadindorset Sun 25-Mar-12 16:51:32

Going but as we live there will not be camping. I know that peole in camping plus had a lot easier time than the normal camping. They have got a lot stricter on teenagers this year aswell after many complaints last year.

Take as much food as you can as it is expensive, sadly no childrens portions and prices anywhere as far as I could tell.

Grockle Sun 25-Mar-12 16:55:35

Maybe we'll do camping plus then. I can rough it but would rather not. Thank you both. I did think of you, Five & wondered if you'd be there smile

fivegomadindorset Sun 25-Mar-12 16:57:25

They have got new rules on alcohol this year sawell so check out their website.

Grockle Sun 25-Mar-12 17:00:21

Ooo, will look, thank you

Blu Mon 26-Mar-12 15:22:01

Is it possible to sleep, at all, when camping at festivals?

AlexandraMary Mon 26-Mar-12 22:32:01

What tents do you all have?

Grockle Wed 28-Mar-12 20:03:38

I have a Vango Icarus 500 - 5 man tunnel tent. And maybe a little 3-man igloo too.

ladyandthechocolate Wed 28-Mar-12 20:33:30

We are first timers too! Me, dh and 4 dc in a bell tent in camping plus. Really hoping we enjoy it and it's not too stressful with the dc as they are all under 4. Also hoping for dry weather!

tiredteddy Wed 28-Mar-12 20:44:09

We went last year. I loved it. Food is mega expensive so take as much as you can. Maybe aim to make your own breakfast, sandwiches etc for lunch to take with you and buy dinner? I was in a camper van and it was a long hilly walk to the main field so not really practical to go back for meal times or forgotten items.

It's ok to sleep as you will be SO knackered! Do any of you have small children? Loads of people had those pull along cart/ trolleys which seemed ideal for the little ones. The kids are all mad into bubbles with the sword things so you could take some bubble mix for refills.

Mobile signals are really bad so arrange meeting places. Erm can't think of anything else. Hth.

Definitely get a pull along trolley if you have little ones. Dd slept in hers last year while we watched Mark monsoon and Blondie wrapped in her fluffy romper suit on blankets with a pillow.

Have you seen the camp bestival forum? I found it really helpful. if you want your children to have a good view of the kids shows on the main stage get there really early...people queue and then run into the field?!

Lots of self cleaning wipes and dry shampoo, the toilets and showers were vile (although it was my first and only festival and I've heard they are some of the best so thats personal opinion).

Grockle Wed 28-Mar-12 21:07:16

Thanks for the tips. Where do you buy the carts from?

ladyandthechocolate Wed 28-Mar-12 21:26:01

Do dc need ear defenders? I can't imagine we'll be moshing at the front so I'm thinking probably not!

We bought dd ear defenders but she hated them and we sat at the back of the field so didn't think they were really necessary.

We bought a radio flyer online from a garden shop, it has two seats, a canopy and seatbelt but most people used old garden trollies which were bigger and filled with blankets and pillows looked much comfier. The wheels seemed more sturdy on the garden trollies too and some were decorated beautifully with fairy lights or in army camouflage. If I were to do it again I would get a garden trolly and do it up!

Grockle Sun 01-Apr-12 21:03:08

Tickets booked! I'm definitely getting a trolley. It'll be useful for other things too. No idea where we'll store it but will worry about that later.

I can't find info on the website - is there a fancy dress thing at Camp Bestival?

Yes, there's fancy dress, but it's optional. Didn't do it last year and this year the theme is Olympics, which I wouldn't touch with a bargepole!

Be back later when I've got a keyboard, as long as everything I have to say hasn't been said already!

Grockle Mon 02-Apr-12 16:24:41

Oh, disappointing. I don't think I can dress for an Olympic theme either.

I have a keyboard!

I went for the first time last year with DD (then 7), friend and her DDs (7 and 4). Getting from car to campsite was HORRENDOUS. We knew the site was hilly but really weren't prepared for how difficult it would be getting our stuff from A to B. Plus we had no trolley and were about as far from the trolley hire as it was possible to be, so we'd used up our first half hour's hire just getting trolley to car (I think we had the trolley for something like 3 hours on the first day and 2.5 on the last - the guys hiring them took pity on us and undercharged on both occasions). This year my mate has an allotment and she IS going to buy a garden trolley and we ARE going to fit it in my car, if it kills me.

Normal camping was fine, even though we were on a hill, but we were going to go for Camping Plus this year for certainty of pitch and being closer to the car. However the cost went from 10mx7m for £120 to 5mx7m for £100 - she has a 4m bell and my tent is over 3m wide so we just cannot squeeze onto one pitch, and we can't afford £200 extra. We didn't use showers - lots of baby wipes, and I washed my hair in a bucket. Loos were occasionally dodgy, but more because if you have 30,000 people using a series of portaloos, some are going to get nasty, rather than poor maintenance. My only proper festival experience prior to this was Reading in 1994 and I STILL remember how bad those were.

Sleep was no problem. We were shattered. I took earplugs, for some reason they worked brilliant for three nights and did nothing on the last.

We took a picnic tea for the first night, and some snacks for the rest of the weekend, but mainly ate out. It did add up but I really don't think the prices are as outrageous as people say (I eat out quite a lot, but my friend less so, so I don't think it's just me being oblivious). There were kids portions from the fish and chip van, Pizza Express pizzas (could be shared, or not, if you're DD), the Mash Shack was definitely kid friendly. DD is highly fussy and I didn't have trouble finding her something to eat (um, although she did have strawberries and marshmallows for lunch on Sunday - long story). Some of it was really good - I have very fond memories of a burrito (such perfect festival food) and a Thali Cafe curry.

Fancy dress I couldn't see myself ever doing, for similar reasons to the not cooking and taking loads of food - we didn't take everything but the kitchen sink, but still had SO MUCH STUFF. Practical clothing, definitely, not fancy dress! That said, DD ended up spending most of the weekend in fairy wings and fluorescent pink false eyelashes. I reckon you can have fun dressing up without it actually being fancy dress - my observation is that people at festivals dress like toddlers, social norms go out of the window, you wear what you fancy. Fairy wings, jeans, wellies, tutu, t-shirt and sequinned waistcoat - perfect. smile

Oh, and I am definitely going to be sidling up to five this year for her resident's tips on how to get in without sitting in the QUEUE OF DOOM.

Grockle Tue 03-Apr-12 08:15:53

Fab post, thank you. Tips noted. Must buy cart!

winefairy Wed 04-Apr-12 11:40:45

I agree wholeheartedly about the food. It is expensive but not prohibitively so and all the snacks/lunches we took with us last year lay uneaten in the tent as they didn't seem as appealing somehow. A favourite with us was the farmshop type tent that sold filling salads (the mayo rich versions) and pastries big enough to share. WI tent cheap too. The phone app. has a voucher for free kids fish and chips.

Camping Plus was lovely. We chose a pitch fairly near the arena but it was still quiet enough to sleep. We took our Radio Flyer wagon but didn't use it. It was impossible to maneuver through crowds in the dark and people tripped over it constantly. Friends hired the more substantial trolley from Trolley Hire which worked better but you can buy that type too although they are incredibly bulky for the car. Our DD (4 at the time) preferred to stay up and watch the acts though and would have a little nap in the afternoon to recharge.

Showers fine and queue not too bad first thing in the morning or just after arena opened. Didn't bother that much though. blush

I would also second taking general dressing up items for dc's. Olympic theme far too tricky and vague but the dressing up is still fun.

The one bit of self-catering we DID do was booze. grin I part-froze the bag from inside a wine box (offputtingly, the bag turned out to be transparent rather than the silver I was expecting, so it looked like a giant urine sample) and we had that for the first two evenings, and the first glass of the third. By then, as well as running out, it was getting a bit warm, so we moved onto the second wine box, which was red. Other than that I treated myself to a cider a day on site.

At the end of it all, what with my wine every evening, my cider a day, several portions of chips, WI cake, lovely lovely pie and all the rest - I lost 4lb over the weekend. Never mind the gym, hauling yer mate's belltent up hill and down dale is the way to go ...

winefairy Wed 04-Apr-12 13:33:13

Oh, yes. The frozen wine! An essential. We froze two boxes of white because we couldn't fit the Icey-Tek in the car due to the blasted Radio Flyer taking up all the room.

Not this year, no siree. Radio Flyer is staying put and I shall be the smug one sipping chilled wine all weekend. DD will have to walk. Priorities, priorities.

Grockle Wed 04-Apr-12 14:43:18

Frozen wine - great idea. Will add that to my list.

Is a trolley not worth it then? I was going to get one for DS(6) - we'll use for other things too but if it's a total PITA, it might not be worth the aggro

I wouldn't personally put a 6yo in one. There were an awful lot of them last year, they are SLIGHTLY annoying but understandable when loaded up with toddlers, a 6yo I think you just have to put up with the fact you might have to go back to your tent a bit earlier than you'd like. My friend's youngest was 5 last year and it was really easier having all three kids on foot - we could pick our way through to gaps in the crowd to watch acts, whereas if you had a trolley you just have to get there and camp out for the day. The shenanigans people had to go through to get OUT of the middle of the crowd if they had a trolley, or even just a buggy, were quite something.

Whether you need one for getting to and from the car is another matter. smile We didn't do camping plus, so had no idea how far from the car we would end up (fairly far, as it happened) and we were two adults, three kids, two tents, so a lot of kit. With just the one tent* and if one of the adults happened to be SEXISM ALERT a big strapping bloke you might fare a bit better than we did.

* Googling tells me your Vango weighs 14kg, my tent weighs 8kg and my mate's bell weighs 17kg ... how people managed to put up Montana 6s and the like I do not know

Grockle Wed 04-Apr-12 15:00:44

No strapping young man, sadly. Just me (feeble) and my sister (less feeble) and DS (thinks he can lift lorries). Will debate the trolley thing then. Thank you

JollyBear Wed 04-Apr-12 15:14:41

Ooh good tips.

I'm in a dilemma about how to transport the DCs. They will be 3 and a half and 16 months in July. Would a p&ts be ok or should we hire a trolley? I don't want to take a huge double pram if we're going to end up hiring a trolley.

winefairy Wed 04-Apr-12 17:27:51

Grockle The trolley hire is at the entrance to Camping Plus as you come out of the car park so for lugging the stuff to and from the car I would hire one if you're opting for Camping Plus. Wouldn't bother with a trolley for a 6 year old for the very reasons DCMB and I said about them being useless in crowds. You can hire them for the evening too should there be an act you really want to stay out for and you think DS would comply and fall asleep.

Jolly I would take the Phil&Teds, if I were you. If you're relying on hiring a trolley you'll find it expensive and you can only book them by the hour for a max of 3 hours at any one time, I seem to remember. They are really popular at nights and you will queue forever to secure one.

Grockle Wed 04-Apr-12 18:08:31

I think I shall get one anyway - we'll use it for various other events so I don't think it would be a waste. We can use it for lugging tent etc and leave it there during the day. DS is generally really good about walking & is a night owl so hopefully he'll be ok without it at night - he'll be nearly 7 by then anyway.

Obviously Camp Bestival should hire out strapping young men. For sherpaing only obviously (actually I'm sure some kind of sherpa service was advertised last year, but I never saw it).

Jolly in your shoes I would take P&T. Just don't park it in front of me if I'm trying to watch something. wink

Grockle Wed 04-Apr-12 18:53:01

I would pay for a strapping young man grin

JollyBear Wed 04-Apr-12 20:29:47

Grand, thanks! I will be a responsible, considerate pram pusher!

tyaca Wed 04-Apr-12 21:06:48

jolly - ours were 3 and 2 last year, i dusted off our mountain buggy for bestival last year and it was a very very smart move. the trolleys are huge and have to be pulled, which is a lot harder work than pushing.

IIRC the trolley hire was either hourly at the start and end of festival, or for the whole weekend??

gosh i am really really looking forward to this year.

BerryLellow Sun 08-Apr-12 20:23:18

We're first timers this year, still dithering about Camping plus but will probably go for it.

I shall be back with many questions when I think of them, too smile

nicecupofteaplease Thu 12-Apr-12 22:27:24

Oooh, how exciting - more newbie campers and first time Camp Bestival goers with two under 4s, one of which is not a fun person to be around when tired. I'm sure it'll be FINE! Am employing blind optimism as a coping mechanism.

CuttedUpPear Thu 12-Apr-12 22:41:19

Festival food is always expensive, considering that you're depending on it to keep alive.
Take cereal and those small half litre cartons of long life milk, then if they go off you don't lose too much. That's at least one meal a day sorted, or more. If you plan to take some way of heating water then you can have lots of cheapo noodles (we just pour water over them in the bowl, leave to soak for 3 mins then drain the water away again to save sloppy spillages...then put half the flavouring from the sachet in [healthy]).

If you do cook please never do it inside your tent and certainly NEVER change gas canisters inside your tent.

Take dried fruit for snacks, and we always pre cook a load of veggie sausages to snack on cold. We are veggie anyway but they have the advantage of not being likely to give us food poisoning if they are a few days old.

And don't forget - a Pringles lid completely seals an Ikea coloured plastic tumbler!
[swoons with joy]

sailorsgal Tue 01-May-12 10:12:07

We have a competition in a local mag to win 2 full adult tickets to Camp Bestival this year. If anyone wants details PM me. We already have our tickets.


FannyBazaar Tue 01-May-12 23:54:34

We went last year, too late to book the camping plus, we travelled by public transport which unfortunately does not give you the option of trolley hire as it was nowhere near the coach stop! Trolleys could be booked for a cheaper rate for evenings once the festival was underway.

We took some food for breakfasts and one meal a day at the tent, eating out in between. My DS loved the farmers market salad bar. I can thoroughly recommend dried vegetarian sausage mix for easy to store breakfast sausages and snacks. My cool bag/stool was next to useless at keeping stuff cold because I didn't take anything frozen - this year I will be taking frozen juice/wine/longlife milk etc just to keep it cold.

I had a sponge bath in the front porch of my tent with my collapsible washing up bowl, even managed to wash my hair, although did use the dry shampoo for the first couple of days. This year I will be taking a solar shower and pressure shower! I can't do queuing for showers.

SJWMum Mon 21-May-12 21:59:23

Hubby has been asked to be best man at a close friends wedding. Festival do not offer refunds. Gutted we cannot go.

Face value 380 GBP. Will consider any reasonable offer.

Happy to show you my passport, driving license and original council tax bill to guarantee their authenticity.

I live in Central London, but often in Middlesex and Oxfordshire out and about.

BerryLellow Sun 17-Jun-12 20:50:50

It's dawned on me I've done nothing about getting organised for this and it's creeping up rapidly!

How is everyone else's planning going?!

We booked camping plus in the end, now I'm debating trolley/buggy dilemma. I have a 2 and a 6 yr old, what I need is some sort of collapsible wheelbarrow!

Grockle Tue 19-Jun-12 14:12:49

Not long now! I have nothing organised other than a few cans of Pimms, a trolley & a dog-sitter. Am excited though & hoping for good weather.

DontCallMeYourMajesty Tue 19-Jun-12 22:28:49

My dad has bought me a trolley for my birthday. smile

Now I just have to fit it, us, and gear in the car.

Started a list based on going back through this, and last year's thread:

Lock (for trolley)
Money belt (where on earth has it gone?)

Phoebechicken would like it to be known that her DD2 was four, not five, and still walked everywhere. She's had a year at school now so she'll probably be all full of ATTITUDE like the other two ... wink

BerryLellow Wed 20-Jun-12 07:20:11

I have ordered ear defenders!

Have seen a fold up trolley, two different ones in fact, which I am coveting. Dp seems to think we won't need one and we can just take the buggy for ds2.

phoebechicken Wed 20-Jun-12 10:38:19

DontCallMeYourMajesty's friend reporting for duty smile And yes, I have a sneaky feeling that DD2's additional year will have made her a little more stroppy and a little more stubborn. The joy!

As DCMYM said, I didn't think the food prices were that expensive, although it does help that I only had to buy for myself and 2 quite small children. We took breakfast and a LOT of snacks, plus carried water bottles that we refilled from the numerous taps around the site. Whenever one of the kids started to whine about being hungry we'd whip out a cereal bar or a packet of Cheddars and they'd be placated smile We bought all but 1 lunch out, I think, and all our dinners, and a few treats of the icecream/strawberries and cream/cupcake variety. I took £200 and came home with a little change, having also bought tat souveniers for the girls from that. The food was a big part of the experience for us though, I think - I do love my food (sadly it shows!) smile I'm really looking forward to my burrito and curry already, and I believe Hummingbird Bakery will be there this year grin

I will say though that the whole 'queue for hours to get on site, walk half a mile plus to the trolley place, drag trolley half a mile back, load trolley, attempt to find relatively flat space to camp, drag trolley back up hill to carpark, re load trolley, all while DD2 is whining for the toilet but refusing to use portable potty (understandable)' etc experience was one of the worst of my entire life. And I have had some pretty grim experiences ;) I HOPE we'll make it a little better this time by taking a trolley (yay DCMYM's dad!), arriving much much earlier, and having a better plan re campsites and car parks, now we know a bit more of what to expect. I guess the experience must have made up for the set up part or we wouldn't be going back.. confused At least we didn't have any of the trouble with the drugged up teenagers that many reported last year, and it sounds like they're clamping down massively on that this year anyway.

Grockle Wed 20-Jun-12 12:54:10

When is a good time to arrive? We have tickets for Thursday and only live an hour away so are hoping to get there as early as possible.

BerryLellow Wed 20-Jun-12 13:30:31

I wish they would hurry up with a site map etc. I want to peruse everything!

My tarp arrived today, so I will have somewhere to sit outside my tent if it rains. If!

phoebechicken Wed 20-Jun-12 15:17:17

I'd aim for whatever time it is that they open the site to be honest!

tyaca Wed 20-Jun-12 17:50:05

last year the carpark opened at ten and the site at twelve. we arrived at half eleven, by the time we'd got our stuff out of car and got to ticket gate they were letting people in. i wouldn't want to get there much later tbh, as it all got quite cramped quite quickly tbh.

phoebe, that hike with tent and kids from car up steep hill then pitch tent thing nearly ended in divorce for the couple we were with. it's fecking stressful, isn't it?

BerryLellow Wed 20-Jun-12 20:29:29

How far is it from camping plus car park to the pitches?

fivegomadindorset Wed 20-Jun-12 20:34:11

Barry you are coming!!!!!!!!

BerryLellow Thu 21-Jun-12 07:30:45

Yes! And dragging cousin with us grin

Monica1972 Thu 28-Jun-12 16:57:27

has anyone tried the teepees? Just wondered what they're like?

BerryLellow Thu 28-Jun-12 18:33:48

Today I bought a tent carpet grin <priorities>

ladyandthechocolate Tue 17-Jul-12 20:15:09

Bumpety bump! How's the planning going? Only just over a week to go. Fingers tightly crossed that it doesn't rain (too much).

lobsters Tue 17-Jul-12 20:36:28

Anyone else getting hopeful about the weather? I'm becoming obsessed. I've just ordered coffee mugs so we can make real coffee for breakfast. However someone has just taken a chunk out of my car, I'll have to make sure it doesn't go into the garage before next Thursday.

We're not getting there until Friday lunchtime, then have to get set up. Hope we don't miss too much

ladyandthechocolate Tue 17-Jul-12 22:15:45

If it rains like it has done recently I think I might cry. 4 wet dc might be too much for us. But think positive...the rain can't go on forever can it? <pleads>

thrifty Wed 18-Jul-12 16:47:06

Lady, it is going to be dry this week and next now, high pressure moving in, so hopefully will not be wet and muddy smile I have been watching the weather obsessively, as its my first festival and the thought of mud on the scale of the isle of wight festival makes me want to cry smile

BerryLellow Wed 18-Jul-12 22:27:04

I have been looking at Accuweather daily for about a week now blush

We arrive on Thursday, and I think I have bought all essentials. I now need to work out how to shoehorn it all into the car.

Lists, I need to make lists...

Been obsessing over Accuweather since the Thursday came into range! Bit shock to see thunderstorms on the Thursday at one point, but that's disappeared now! It keeps changing, but I think the worst case IoW scenario is ruled out now (plus Mr da Bank has been terribly reassuring about the geology of Lulworth!)

In packing news, my bastard PC, which had the master packing list on it, has died. I would have printed the list a few weeks earlier, but back then the printer was being a bastard. I did start populating a packing app on my iPad, but didn't finish it. So - gah. I think I can do the packing for camping in the usual method - ie think about sleeping, list mats, sleeping bags, liners, pillows, etc, and I have a little list of CB specials:

Bucket (mostly for hair washing)
Collapsible water carrier (not for drinking water, tastes gopping, again for hair washing)
Money belt
Wine (cos I don't normally take wine camping, honest ...)
Phone charger
Earplugs (actually I always take these)
Glow sticks!!
Gloucestershire flag and pole (if I can find it, and not leave it in the car this year)

And the trolley!

Got a lovely selection of audiobooks to keep the kids (and us) entertained on the journeys. I am now wildly looking forward to it, assisted by improved weather forecast and having finished school/work for the summer yesterday. The thing is, I can't really remember why, I just know we all had a blast last year!

BerryLellow Sat 21-Jul-12 09:43:58

I hadn't thought of washing hair in a bucket! Interesting....

I was thinking I might make a Kernow flag actually too

<steals DCMB's packing list>

fivegomadindorset Sat 21-Jul-12 09:47:30

Lulworth weather is amazing, we can be shrouded in fog, get to the top of the hill and at the end of the woods, it is brilliant sunshine, we could have hail, half a mile away could be lovely and vice versa. We had a slight rain showere yesterday, it is cool but excpected to be dry today and lovely again tomorrow, things are arriving.

Hello five!!!

Sounds like Scarborough weather - I used to have to talk to guy up there a lt, he'd sign off 'from a wet and windy Scarborough' then five minutes latere 'from a fine and sunny Scarborough' and so on. When I finally went up to see him in person I realised he wasn't exaggerating!

Bucket is also useful for spitting toothpaste into, and discarding unwanted wine. Well, I'm just guessing about the latter, tbh.

Have added duct tape, camera & spare battery, sunscreen (optimistic) and face paints to the list.

fivegomadindorset Sat 21-Jul-12 13:10:29

Oh yes the Mist Rolling In doesn't just happen in the Mull of Kintyre.

BerryLellow Sat 21-Jul-12 21:41:19

Unwanted wine? confused

BerryLellow Sat 21-Jul-12 21:42:50


I already have the face paints and will need sun cream as I've already burnt one shoulder today

First timers here and first time campers too - I'm a bit nervous! I haven't got the first clue what I'm doing! Going with a big gang of old-timers so that'll make it easier but there must be loads of camping essentials I've never heard of.

I have heard of tents, so that is a start. grin

Tent is an excellent start. Then you need something to sleep in and on, something to see by when it goes dark, some wine, something to drink your wine out of, and something to sit on while you drink your wine.

Also a bucket, some duct tape, earplugs, fairy wings, and as much cash as you can lay your hands on (for food, and in case you run out of wine).

That's the kind of list I like!

fivegomadindorset Tue 24-Jul-12 18:19:16

The weather is stonkingly hot and from what I can see it is looking good.

sailorsgal Tue 24-Jul-12 18:20:19

We are going for the first time this year! As having just come back from holiday I am hoping its going to cheer me up from my post holiday blues!

fivegomadindorset Tue 24-Jul-12 18:22:17

Have fun, drove past earlier and from what I could see over the wall, all is progressing very nicely indeed.

sailorsgal Tue 24-Jul-12 18:27:16

We have camping plus and have paid for an extra pitch with a friend so we have plenty of space for our little horrors

FoxSake Tue 24-Jul-12 21:51:53

Late here but we're going for the first time with a 7, 5 yo and 6 month old baby, madness perhaps but i'm really excited. We're going with friends and couldn't get camping plus as they were all sold out, hoping that we get ok pitches as we can only get there Thursday afternoon.

Have, alcohol, fairy lights, sling, clothes, coffee making equipment, calpol, piriton, for actual hay fever not to drug them I promise.

whats on everyone's must see list?

StarlightWithAsteroid Tue 24-Jul-12 22:09:36

We're going for first time with 5yr old, 3yr old and 5 week old baby! grin

StarlightWithAsteroid Tue 24-Jul-12 22:11:11

Don't have anything yet. Well obviously the clothes are in the wardrobe that we'll pull out. Prolly stop at supermarket on way and live on cereal bars.

StarlightWithAsteroid Tue 24-Jul-12 22:18:15

How the frig do you camp with a 5 week old anyway hmm

sailorsgal Tue 24-Jul-12 22:23:30

It would be cheaper with a 5 week old. grin

My 6 year old costs us a fortune everywhere we go.

ifancyashandy Tue 24-Jul-12 22:27:29

Ooh, am going for 1st time! Have gone over the top for Boutique Camping though. Someone else putting the tent up & down on Monday is going to be worth every pretty penny! Just me & a mate & I cannot wait!!

sailorsgal Tue 24-Jul-12 22:30:48

I've got dh to put up the tent and set up on Thursday, am arriving after work hoping the wine is on ice. grin

FoxSake Tue 24-Jul-12 22:32:06

5 weeks is a good age for camping, they don't do much and sleep alot, hopefully. grin

I'm going to be wandering around wondering which ones are the MNetters! We should put (subtle!) signs on our tents!

StarlightWithAsteroid Tue 24-Jul-12 22:40:14

Can anyone tell me where I should aim to put up the tent? It's a 5m bell.

I can't be doing with bunfights over space or guy rope duels and whilst our intention is to arrive when campsite opens we never managed such tasks before we got ourselves a 5yr old with ASD never mind now.

FoxSake Tue 24-Jul-12 22:46:14

i'll hang my MN scarf outside.

fivegomadindorset Tue 24-Jul-12 22:47:22

Definitely not camping, but if you pass a farmhouse B&B on your way to the Yellow entrance, that is us.

Starlight you should put your tent on a 30 degree slope, it's fuuuun, honest ...

I will be aiming to camp somewhere reasonably flat which is not downwind of the loos. That is all.

We will have a 4m bell (phoebechicken), red and grey dome tent (me), three DDs in a selection of Boden frocks, loadsa solar fairies, very home made bunting in rather odd colours, and a non-pimped garden trolley (wheels off after dark for security purposes). Oh, and the flag of Gloucestershire, subject to remembering to take it (I have at least found it now).

fivegomadindorset Tue 24-Jul-12 23:15:36

Good luck with the reasonably flat bit grin i have knackered myself over the parkland over the last 40 years.

StarlightWithAsteroid Tue 24-Jul-12 23:16:47

Ooh, I'll look out for you. We'll be in a boring bell tent with no bunting or lights and the inside will resemble a jumble sale. We will be putting in bent pegs withour feet in the twilight (most likely) using a bike light and arguing about whether the centre pole is vertical (which will be a whole lot more interesting if on a slope) hmm

We're fun people - honest grin

JollyBear Wed 25-Jul-12 21:56:35

We've just packed and I have no idea how we are going to fit it all in the car never mind lug it from the car to the camp site. Stories of the big hill are scaring me!

Is it worth getting a trolley or is it too far from the car park to the trolley hire?

StarlightWithAsteroid Wed 25-Jul-12 22:13:52

Still packing here!!!!!

Know nothing about trolleys but since I'll have Ds in a buggy and two other kiddies DH will have to do most of the lugging.

StarlightWithAsteroid Wed 25-Jul-12 22:14:27

We're packing for 3 weeks too as are going on afterwards.

<<dons smug hat of smugness>>

We're packed. Few bits left to go in, then off to phoebechicken's to get her and the girls, and we'll be off.

The fun bit will be unpacking the ENTIRE car in order to get the trolley out. hmm

Also must set satnav not to take us through the centre of Bristol this time. Stupid contraption.

Still packing here too!

HilaryM Thu 26-Jul-12 00:23:46

Mmm. Still packing, on my lonesome. It's laaaaaate but I want to finish tonight.

thrifty Thu 26-Jul-12 07:27:50

Ooooo, excited much, me? Absolutely smile car packed, at work currently, leaving around 2ish, I can't wait smile

Apparently I have a choice of going through Bristol or Bath! What joy! This whole journey and setting up thing is not my favourite thing in the world ... it'll be worth it!

StarlightWithAsteroid Thu 26-Jul-12 12:59:03

Planned to leave at 5am. Started engine at 10:30.


I am in a tent!

Having a late siesta before heading out to look at the kids garden after dark, catch the last of the Happy Mondays set, and watch the fireworks. Or you could say I am hiding from feral children.

Oh - pitch IS fairly flat, by Lulworth standards, but DD still managed to slide ALL the way out of her bed this morning. grin

StarlightWithAsteroid Sun 29-Jul-12 20:49:47

I'm in tent trying to get warm. Damn all this outside stuff!

Kids with me. DH with asbestos legs and arms out to wander the end of the festival and bring me back chips. If kids still awake will set up chairs outside for fireworks.


StarlightWithAsteroid Mon 30-Jul-12 13:36:38

Ah well, just met the Happy M

StarlightWithAsteroid Mon 30-Jul-12 14:01:52

Ondays in a petrol Station. Well 3 of them anyway, Inc Bez.

Ooh, exciting post-festival experience!

Meanwhile, we are in Blandford Tesco, force feeding the children fruit and marvelling at the flush toilets.

ifancyashandy Mon 30-Jul-12 19:04:01

Am home, left at 10am, home by 2.30. Three loads of laundry later, I'm about to sink into a bath. We had fab showers but, Oh! how I'm looking forward to those bubbles!

Grockle Mon 30-Jul-12 20:23:56

Ooo, we loved it! Got home after midnight last night and jumped straight in the shower - without having to queue for 40 minutes! Then a lovely soak in the bath before reality hit home and I stuffed the washing machine and headed off for the Supermarket.

We had such a great time- I was disappointed with Rolf but so impressed with Chic & Bellowhead. Ate great food, DS loved the wall of death. We bumped into lots of old friends (including some MNers) and made some new ones too. I wish I could live at Camp Bestival - life is better with neon facepaints and flowers in your hair.

sailorsgal Mon 30-Jul-12 20:57:46

it was awsome! Front row of Kool and the Gang, Adam Ant and Jimmy Cliff were fab. Went to see Jimmy Carr last night but had to leave as was seeing double. blush

Did anyone see Samantha Janus? I had to tell dh to put his tongue back in several times.

Nicnocknoo Mon 30-Jul-12 23:16:32

We loved it! It was our first time but won't be our last. Happy Mondays and the finale were worth hanging around for - amazing show. Ds1 loved the Wall of Death, Ds2 loved the chocolate pancakes. I just loved lazing around in the sunshine soaking up the atmosphere (and the Pimms).

Glad we paid for Camping Plus - Showers on the Go made it worth the money. Toilets were better there at the start of the weekend but the portaloos were more appealing this morning as less stinky!

And yes - dh saw Samantha Janus.

Grockle Tue 31-Jul-12 19:29:55

There was a fair bit of Pimms here too (snuck in in water bottles blush). The Wall of Death was utterly terrifying.

I think we'll do Camping Plus next year.

sailorsgal Tue 31-Jul-12 20:13:59

my friend paid £27 for a jug of Pimms. shock

fivegomadindorset Tue 31-Jul-12 20:17:30

The £27 included a £5 deposit which she should have got back.

sailorsgal Tue 31-Jul-12 20:31:34

She didn't tell me that bit! we were too far gone by then

Grockle Tue 31-Jul-12 20:34:00

Yes, we ran out so had to buy a jug - was lovely and cold but £27 shock

I made sure I returned the pitcher!

StarlightWithAsteroid Wed 01-Aug-12 11:11:14

I never understood why people needed to 'sneak' in alcohol?

I never once saw anyone checking for it.

You'd hardly need to check, it was pretty blatant! I guess it's a bit of a useful rule though - you can ignore it if people are behaving themselves, but if they're too lairy you've got the no booze rule to fall back on.

I can live with the prices for the sake of getting a nice cold can and not having to lug a cool box around, plus it stops me over-doing it! Our camp booze didn't work as well as last year, very cold on Thursday, not so much on Friday after spending a sunny day in a tent, in an inadequate cool box.

Anyway, delighted to see that our girls have been deemed cute enough for pride of place on Wagamama's Facebook today! grin

There's a no booze rule?

blush blush

<realises why the stewards might have been looking at me funny in the hula-hoopy field>


BerryLellow Wed 01-Aug-12 13:22:46

We had a great time, I'm slowly whittling down the washing mountain now!

Impressive finale we thought, I missed most of the happy Mondays as I was jumping around in the bollywood tent to rodigan.

Also enjoyed sitting on the grass beside the castle slating Adam ant with fivegomad and her friends wink

BerryLellow Wed 01-Aug-12 13:23:44

Couldn't tear ds1 away from the hula hoopy field!

fivegomadindorset Wed 01-Aug-12 18:53:26

Last year there was a massive problem with drunk teenagers, hence the reason for the no booze, but seeing as there were not alot of teenagers there as the parents cannot just dump and run anymore then the rule I guess was relaxed.

StarlightWithAsteroid Wed 01-Aug-12 21:40:58

Five, - I didn't meet you in the baby tent did I?

fivegomadindorset Wed 01-Aug-12 21:45:15

I didn't go to a babytent, went to soft play but DS is just 4.

Five, do you know what they did differently with the traffic this year? It was easy as anything in both directions, thought it was just our timing but several people on the forum have said it was much better than its been before.

I think I want to go back. I just wish I could win the lottery and go to Boutique in a mahoosive yurt.

Grockle Thu 02-Aug-12 21:43:18

We're booking next year's Camping Plus pitch tomorrow!

fivegomadindorset Thu 02-Aug-12 21:43:39

I don't know, we are on the corner by the army camp, so inbetween green and yellow car parks. I was at work but DH said there was a steady stream of traffic but no queues. I had friends just the other side of Warehma though who said the queues were bad. There were police everywhere on the Monday morning directing traffic.

Grockle Thu 02-Aug-12 21:47:55

I reckon I was chatting with an MNer in a queue - she was discussing the merits of organic milk whilst a Joules-clad children (Tilly, Olive & others whose names I cannot remember).

fivegomadindorset Thu 02-Aug-12 21:49:51

definitely not me grin I don't see the point of organic milk (disclaimer as a family we have just given up dairy farming)

BerryLellow Fri 03-Aug-12 08:49:14

Dithering about whether to buy tickets today or not...

I am pretending to give careful consideration to next year. In reality my consideration goes like this:

DD will make my life not worth living if we don't go.

My only doubts come when I read bad reviews, and wonder if we might have a not-so-good time if we went next year ... but they seem to be mostly from people with major persecution complexes ('no one personally told me the massive number of water points from which people were filling their water bottles from was fit for drinking, this must have been a cynical ruse to make me buy expensive bottled water all weekend'*, for instance).

* I paraphrase slightly

Grockle Fri 03-Aug-12 10:34:54

i want to book but I'm dithering too. No idea why!

StarlightWithAsteroid Fri 03-Aug-12 10:46:33

Where are the reviews?

I cannot possibly book now for next year. Only booked it the week before this year. In fact, we're camping ATM and moving on to another site on Mon but don't know where yet.

Nice review:

Various stuff:

(weirdy drinking water comments on 'Frustrating times')

StarlightWithAsteroid Fri 03-Aug-12 16:08:45
sailorsgal Fri 03-Aug-12 16:33:40

We had the best time ever but won't book yet as dh probably not around. Its a lot of money and we spent quite a bit there too even though we took some food and booze with us. The weather was perfect and I wonder if it had been raining it would have been a disaster.

I loved Adam Ant. grin

MmeGuillotine Fri 03-Aug-12 20:50:27

As you can see by my review, we had a really good time but it was our third Camp Bestival and we're thinking we might give next year's a miss and go to a different festival like Glastonbury or Latitude or something. smile

On the other hand, my husband is worried that if we DON'T go then Stewart Lee will headline the comedy acts and I'm worried they'll get the Sisters of Mercy in or something really thrilling like that (they have yet to tap the goth nostalgia of middle class thirty somethings despite my prodding them about it every year) so not really sure what to do. I hate buying tickets before acts are announced!

BerryLellow Fri 03-Aug-12 22:05:41

Loved your review mmeguillotine, pretty much sums up our experience!

Still dithering about early bird, I've gone as far as putting tickets in a basket twice today then got sidetracked by something else. I think it's a sign!

MmeGuillotine Fri 03-Aug-12 23:23:15

Thanks very much! smile

I think I'm going to wait until a couple of acts are announced before I commit to anything. I only saw one band all weekend this time as I really wasn't into anything on offer and it'd be nice to see a bit more music next time around. smile

ifancyashandy Sat 04-Aug-12 10:46:55

A massive long shot but... A friend I was with lost a small white make up bag as she was leaving on Monday & in it were her engagement & wedding rings plus a cocktail ring sad sad.

Said I'd post on here just in case. PM me if any sightings?

I hope she gets them back - I saw her posting on the Bestival forums about them. That must be SUCH a downer on the weekend. sad

I didn't wear my rings last year as I'd lost a lot of weight and they were prone to flying off at the least provocation - DH was extremely dubious about me going ringless to Dorset despite my explanations of why!

fivegomadindorset Sat 04-Aug-12 21:16:19

Sadly I don't think she will, I have seen the clean up operation and it does tend to be chuck it all in a pile and then shove it in bags.

OMG ... they've been found! On the forum:

"It's a long story, but it involves tweeting Rob da Bank, his retweet, and a fellow festival goer realising they had picked up the bag, not even looked inside, so took it home with them, with the intention to Facebook it."

Completely awesome ... now I can say what I wanted to say all along, shandy's mate, don't take your rings off outside your own home ever again, silly sausage!

ifancyashandy Sun 05-Aug-12 05:31:09

Yes indeed!! Found and sorted!!! CB festival-goers are the BEST!!

Grockle Sun 05-Aug-12 21:03:10

Oh wow - what a lovely story smile

Grockle which bit of Camping Plus would you recommend - really really really want a flat pitch!!

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