As you know I was given the amazing privilege of attending on of the 'funnest' festivals of the summer as an Official Camp Bestival Blogger. Sadly this did not enable me to grope any famous beards.(I might have kissed a beard though....shhhh )
We arrived on the Thursday as I know from experience that the fields fill quickly and the best (flattest) spots in the camp site will be taken by Friday. As I was meeting up with my brother and his family it was vital i secured a large enough pitch. We had two young teens with us who shared their own tent. So we were a 3 tent group (though not such pitch hoggers as to bring a gazebo too!).
After setting up (in the Purple campsite) we were too lazy to really explore past the portaloos (the usual functional but grim chemical toilets - which ran out of loo roll and hand gel on day 1, so glad we were prepared!) and the nearby food places, sadly no Grill this year, but a nice coffee stall and a smoothie place.
And then on Friday the fun began. My brother, at his first ever festival, enjoyed the kids field and perfected his circus skills
We chilled to Courtney Pine
Were thrilled by the Insect (and mollusc) Circus
Saturday was fancy dress day, and we dressed in our Circus best, with me as Ringmaster, trying hard to control the big cats (and the bearded lady and the fortune teller)
The jousting was great fun, so much so that we went twice
A little Chap-Hop with Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer was spiffing!
And the food was so good that I kept forgetting to photograph it!!
The Dingly Dell was filled with excited children getting back to nature and down and dirty...
I fell in love with, and got a bit tipsy on, the jam jar cocktails, specifically the Bloody Mary
The weather was lovely (I managed to sunburn my breasts - don't ask)
The entertainment was second to none as always, a bright splash of colour across a gorgeous landscape
We Met up with Juggle Mum and her family for Sunday Roast with the Surplus Supper Club
Then after comedy, more food, more booze etc there was the fabulous firework display (DD was slightly sad there was no cartoon show this year on the castle, but my brother was extremely pleased that his favourite band Queen provided the soundscape for the incredible light show.)
All in all it was a fantastic weekend.
And then, on Monday, we went home...staggering up the hills to the car park
Very impressed with how clean people left the campsite!
Early bird tickets are already sold out!! But why not join us next year? You can pay in instalments and spread the cost. Check out TicketLine for details.
all these photos and more at Flickr