camp bestival 2015 – our favourites part 1

so like i said here, i didn’t come away with an abundance of photos but wanted to share with you our favourite bits of camp bestival.

today i bring you the haven falconry & the dingly dell.

the haven falconry was nestled just along the hideaway, so just on our way in to the lower meadow. it was founded paul martin and his wife sally. paul and his team have a passion for birds of prey and are keen to share their wonderful knowledge through educational entertainment.

the birds were absolutely stunning, and the guys encourage the kids to join in the fun and games as the birds ran and flew past them. we were delighted to see that ronnie jumped at the chance to hold a hawk, something he just wouldn’t have done this time last year.

barn owl

the dingle dell, is the most wonderful place. it was a favourite last year as it was our escape route when things became a little too over whelming and again this year when a much-needed break from all the people and the scorching sunrays.

welcoming you into the dingly dell is lizzies way a wonderful woodland play area, full of creative wild fun for both the smalls and the big people.

there’s a mud cafe, a mud mural, there’s a lot of mud! woodland craft and a delightful puppet theatre.

lizzies way entrance

lizzies way


puppet show

just down the way from lizzie is the national trusts 50 things to do before you are 11 3/4. cue a spot of hill rolling!

rolling down the hill

what we didn’t know is that the dingly dell is open in the evening too, and is full of twinkling lights. we will be going back next year to feast in the magic. but if you can’t wait until next year check out this photo, taken by 76 sunflowers, a fellow camp bestival blogger.

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 11, 2015 / 09:34

    You might not have come away with an abundance of photos but the ones you have taken are gorgeous. They just tell a fabulous story!

    Gorgeous images as always x

    • August 15, 2015 / 10:43

      thank you Donna very kind words. we had a wonderful time which i hadn’t been such an idiot with the phone though, i do love a phone photo opportunity 🙂

    • August 15, 2015 / 10:44

      it’s a great place, must must go back at night next year

  2. August 11, 2015 / 11:51

    Oh my golly – there are SO many things we didn’t do!! Yikes! It is a bit depressing. Oh well, we had an amazing time and that’s the important thing right? It needs to be a week long I think….

    • August 15, 2015 / 10:45

      totally that’s what’s important. we did the same last year and this year actually still so much to see and do, the to do list for next year is already very very long. gutted to have missed you 🙁

  3. August 11, 2015 / 18:15

    Ooooh, I bet the dingly dell is awesome at night!!

    • August 15, 2015 / 10:46

      it looks fab from Viv’s photos, really quite magical i reckon. perfect place for a midnight (10pm) feast

  4. August 11, 2015 / 20:15

    You might not have an abundance of photos but you have sold it to me on the tiny details.

    • August 15, 2015 / 10:48

      i know i was pretty impressed not something he would normally be up for but what a difference a year makes. my boy is growing up mwahhhhhhhhhhhhhh noooooooo

  5. August 12, 2015 / 08:59

    Well doen fro having an abundance of fun rather than an abundance of photos – that sounds like the recipe for a perfect festival to me! I love how everyone has captured different angles, I really like these pics, feels like you have the whole place to yourself x

    • August 15, 2015 / 10:49

      i hadn’t noticed that before, where are all the people??? shhhhh i paid them all off with chocolate buttons to get out the shots he he he

  6. August 12, 2015 / 21:36

    Love the look of the Dingle Bell, I can imagine it is very welcoming after all the hustle and bustle!

    • August 15, 2015 / 11:00

      it’s a great little hideaway, although can get a little busy too a certain times of the day.

  7. August 17, 2015 / 11:30

    The more posts I read about Camp Bestival, the more I realise how many things we didn’t see – or even know about! My main one will always be The Dingly Dell, but those birds of prey are now added to the list!

    • August 17, 2015 / 22:18

      the birds of prey show was really good. they came and stood within the crowd so you get real close to the birds, a birds eye view some might say! he he sorry 🙂

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