(One of my favourite ever festival fashion shoots featuring Gemma Ward by Corrine Day for VOGUE in 2005)
During my time on magazines I’ve compiled many a festival guide – what to wear, what to take and essential beauty buys. But, what I’ve never revealed was that I have NEVER ever been to a festival. Not once.
Ok, so this may not be a major confession but seems I am in the minority (am I really the only nearly 40 year old festival virgin?) I sort of figured I would never really experience one – and especially not now with a child in tow.
But, its seems I may have been missing the festival secret…. As heading off with the family and the latest camping gear to a British festival is fast overtaking the traditional summer getaway.*
So, when Camp Bestival kindly offered us a family weekend pass to this years event – after initially thinking ‘oh god, I’m not a happy camper’ – I started doing my research and hell, looks like we’re going to into the mosh pit!
Although, I am assured that Camp Bestival is the John Lewis of festivals – by that I think it means there is boutique camping options, clean facilities, amazing food vendors and even pamper parlours.
Ooh, you had me at Boutique!
Camp Bestival is a multi-award winning festival that mixes the festival experience with a camping holiday feel – or as they call it a Festi-Holiday.
Launched in 2008 it’s the sister festival to the uber-cool Isle of Wright Bestival – set in Lulworth Castle in Dorset. The pull factor is of course the family element – as the gigantic kids area includes soft play, kids theatre shows, CBeebies stars like Mr Tumble and of course more fancy dress, glitter and face painting that you can imagine. It’s basically summer’s hottest ‘not in town’ ticket – and actually I think I’m getting excited now (OK, maybe not about the sleeping bags but I have spent the last two and a half years not sleeping so what’s 4 more nights!)
Without further ado – I have started sorting out those festival must-haves for a toddler.
Then I can start the hunt for what I need! To be continued…
1) For lugging around stuff around and of course the little ones. Perfect seating/sleeping area too – just line with your plastic backed picnic blanket, sleeping bags and a string of (battery operated) fairy lights! Radio flyer wagon £115 Great Little Trading Co. (with raised wooden sides £249.99 Argos)
2) Be prepared for all weather with this stylish and neat pack-a-way waterproof mac. Puddle Pac-a- Mac £20 Muddy Puddles
3) Cool and good quality ear defenders are a must – and these fluro pink ones have star appeal. Children’s ear defenders from £16.95 Peltor Kids
4) For when the sun shines – these are the ultimate in cool but a cheaper pair would be ok as long as it has the correct UVA/UVB protection. Square sunglasses £55 Zoo Bug
5) We’re in the middle of potty training so this portable loo is perfect. Its quick and easy to open and can be used as a stand alone potty (with disposable bags) or flatten the legs out and place along a standrad toilet seat. It also comes in a washable drawstring travel bag. 2-in-1 GO potty £20 OXO Tot
6) These ID bracelets are reusable, waterproof and safe as they can only be opened with 2 hands – and come in some fun designs. Sigel kids ID wristbands £3.49 Edz Kidz
Anything else I need to pack or any festival advice?
* According to a survey by Skiddle