going wild at camp bestival 2015

i know, it’s hard to believe it but yes we did, we went back for more!

that doesn’t make me a camper though, so don’t worry too much. this year we totally relied on the hospitality of the hotel bell tent people to keep me a content a happy camper!

hotel bell tent

we arrived as we did last year, late on the thursday afternoon. we hired ourselves a mr trolley, dolly, and lugged everything to our bell tent. we unpacked, we set our selves up and got ouverselves all nicely settled. after all this heave hoo we headed off into the festival site to catch the early evening atmosphere of the site getting it’s self all ready for the morning.

i heart camp bestival

this year the festival felt a little different for us. our friday wasn’t as overwhelming as last year for one, as we kinda knew our bearings, but still so much to see and do. it did however feel a lot lot busier. saturday being the fullest of the three days. last year we destinctly remember it being so easy to move around, easy to put your blanket down and chill for a while, without jostling for a spot or toes and fingers being trod on. this year it felt much more packed and perhaps a little more frantic, maybe frantic isn’t the right word, but i think you know what i mean. i do hope that there will be a cap on next years numbers so that it doesn’t grow any busier or maybe they could extend the space to give that sense of freedom back, if not it will truly spoil the fabulous vibe that this place has.

anyway moving on, on saturday disaster struck! i know the drama. you might be crying when i tell you what the disaster was.

well first of all we had had a little scare, when ronnie fell hurting his toe. noises came out of him that we had never heard before, so we whizzed him round to the hospital to get his toe checked out just incase it was broken. good news, not broken. think he must have just really frightened himself, and us too! a short while later he was back up on his feet, hobbling but back up.

we decided to call it a night and head back to the tent for an early night and a hot cup of something, and maybe a glass of wine too, accompanied by marshmallows and chocolate biscuits. but before all that goodness a quick stop off at the boutique toilets before we hit the tent.

on the stairs of the toilets i took one half of my ruck sack off my back and turned to put my phone in the bag whilst i headed in, without breathing, to spend a penny. oh no, this was not to be. the ruck sack decided to swing out of control round to the front of me, wallop straight into my hand which then in turn knocked my iPhone straight out of said hand, which then flew like a bird, gliding through the fragrant air of the cabin, past the cubicle door and plop! oh yeah, that’s right folks, my phone was in a festival chemical toilet.

beyond brilliant.

i looked down the toilet. i looked at my hand. i looked at the toilet.

right then, diamonds off, and the hand went down the toilet. bleugh. why did i do that? why on earth did i think it would work again? did we even have any rice? no. but our neighbours had a pot noodle so we gave that a whirl, and we threw in some couscous for good measure!

i washed my hand a lot. my hand wasn’t allowed near anything after that, and certianly not near mummy barrows minstrels!

wrist action

photo care of mummy barrow

anyway, i guess i’m explaning this to you, as i don’t actually have many photos of the festival this year, being a photo blogger it’s pretty essential you don’t throw you photographic equipment down the bog!

so i’ll share what i have and tell you about our favourite things over the next few posts.

disclaimer: we received family camp bestival 2015 tickets in return for previews and reviews of this year’s festival. we did however pay for our hotel bell tent, because actual camping was not an option! either way, it goes without saying we will be honest and our views and opinions will be our own.


  1. August 8, 2015 / 10:05

    ooh shame about your phone and photos and the minstrels and R’s foot!!!

  2. August 8, 2015 / 14:04

    OMG, I think I may well have said goodbye to my phone…. you brave, brave woman you!

  3. August 8, 2015 / 15:06

    Did the Pot Noodle and couscous work? I was mortified when my iphone got drunk on gin.It was never the same after that.

  4. August 8, 2015 / 15:18

    I’m so sorry but I am laughing hard!! The fact is was you too 😉 It definitely was busier and hope it doesn’t grow anymore – I like a bit of room. So so lovely to see you again, albeit briefly. X x x

  5. August 8, 2015 / 18:13

    Poor you, that is my absolute worst nightmare! I am afraid my phone would have died a death there, you are much braver than me! My sister has been to Bestival for the past few years, and she too mentioned how much busier it was this year, and how bad the queues for food etc. were. Saying that though, I do think they would go back, it’s become a bit of a family tradition for them now…

  6. August 8, 2015 / 21:54

    Oh no! That’s pants… although I think I would have done exactly the same and retrieved it from the bog. I’m g lad Ronnie’s toe wasn’t broken though, phew! I’m not a fan of camping or huge crowds, which has always put me off going to Bestival – although I nearly did go this year with friends… kinda wish I had now because it does sound brilliant even with all the mishaps #countrykids

  7. August 9, 2015 / 08:57

    Saving your phone from a festival loo is true love! I totally get it. Love the bell tent accommodation as ‘proper’ camping would not be an option for me either.

  8. August 9, 2015 / 12:42

    Oh no such a shame about the phone. At least you ahd yoru glamorous tent to go back to and you ddn’t have to slum it. Mich x

  9. August 10, 2015 / 07:45

    Yuck, sorry about your phone, but I am LOVING the idea of Hotel Bell Tent!!

  10. August 10, 2015 / 10:41

    Oh no, I would have been seriously tempted to leave my phone…. poor thing!!

  11. August 12, 2015 / 07:39

    I know I shouldn’t laugh that you killed your phone but it did make me smile 😉

    I think your sort of camping is what I would like 😉

  12. August 15, 2015 / 06:42

    Saturday felt very busy and I later found out that it was because it was sold out and 84,000 people were there. However it didn’t feel overcrowded, especially in the outer areas. Ewwwww to the phone story – hope you have replaced it now *note to self – never drop a phone in a portaloo*

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