camp bestival 2015 – our favourites part 2

so we’ve shown you the haven falconry & the dingly dell, and today we are going to take you down into the lower kids garden.  a place full of activities, shows and old-fashioned rides.

the marvellous imaginary menagerie

oh my word this was brilliant, it had us all captivated from the very second it started to the moment it finished.

the show was full of dancing, singing, puppetry, bizarre theatricality, humour, colour and mostly big fat belly laughs. a tale of world-wide adventures searching for animals all weird and wonderful.

if you come to camp bestival next year and these guys are showing, i really do recommend that you pop by, they were indeed marvellous.

imaginary menagery


art town

pretty much does what it says on the tin. we spent hours here, making flags, flowers and animals. painting castles and the art town signage. all kinds of wonderfully creative activities, a great place to duck out of the sun and get your craft on.

art town

art town

painted castle

jo from house of jo was so taken with one of ronnie’s creations it very nearly came to fisty cuffs!

house of jo

and then the rides! ronnie adored the vintage hand painted rides and this was pretty much our first destination most morning so he could get his daily fix! we regularly get carters steam fair come to us in london and we are regular visitors, but never before had ronnie had the nerve to go up the helter skelter or go on the carousel by himself. big moment for the rooster.

helter skelter

helter skelter





there was so  many other activities in the lower kids field a weekend is just not enough to cover it all!

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 14, 2015 / 09:34

    The traditional fun fair would be where my children headed to first, I love the helter skelter – well done Rooster!

  2. August 14, 2015 / 13:05

    We miss the marvellous imaginary menagerie. Looks like it would have been fun to watch. We loved the helter skelter though. Was lovely to see you again.

    • August 15, 2015 / 11:12

      it was brilliant, if they are there next year you must go along your little monkey will love it. great to see you too, that jam jar bar is dangerous!

  3. August 14, 2015 / 15:37

    Wow there is so much for the kids to do. Loving the art town. Is that all included in the price of the tickets?

    • August 14, 2015 / 20:37

      the art town is included, but i think there should be more added value to the ticket price to be honest. the weekend can start looking like a 2 week family holiday somewhere hot if you’re not too careful.

  4. August 14, 2015 / 19:03

    It all looks just amazing and that old fashioned helter skelter would have been the first thing that we visited I think 😉

    • August 15, 2015 / 11:13

      i love the colour and vibrance of the old skool rides, so beautiful

  5. August 15, 2015 / 09:23

    Wow, those rides look amazing!! I love all these Camp Bestival posts!

  6. August 15, 2015 / 10:43

    I can’t believe how much there is for kids there. Will really try and make it next year!

    • August 15, 2015 / 11:21

      the whole place is pretty much focused on the kids and family activities, is a great but expensive weekend. come join the fun!

    • August 17, 2015 / 22:15

      i remember so well when i was little there used to be swings like this in victoria park. not painted like this but you could sit a few of you on it, more than two i think, more like 4 or 6. they was huge fun.

  7. August 17, 2015 / 11:31

    *sobs* So much we didn’t seeeeeeeeeee! The marvellous imaginary menagerie looks wonderful… hope we go back and get to see that next time!

    • August 17, 2015 / 22:16

      same here! that’s why this festival is so brilliant as it makes you want to see more and more!

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