It’s been half term and the sun has shone. We’ve been camping and I’ve been thinking about summer festivals. When ever I mention festivals on twitter, the question always comes; do they work with kids? and positive “love festivals” tweets back. This summer we are returning to Camp Bestival.
I love a festival, I feel quite passionately that they are a fantastic opportunity for children. A weekend of fun, offering a range of experiences, which children can dip in and out of at their own pace. I think they work really well for kids.
A couple of years ago I took Noo to Camp Bestival, he was 2 and half, it was an amazing weekend (read a bit more here). I’ve been peaking at the Camp Bestival line up for 2013 and discovering some new things. Because at five it will be such a different experience for him. Based on what he already loves; Horrible Histories theatre show. A dinosaur zoo so real it promises it be a bit scary!
To offer him something new; what pops out is the Royal Albert Hall Ginormous. I like the sound of that, we don’t have much classical music in our lives. Black Eagles Circus acrobats from Tanzania – everyone loves a awe inspiring acrobat!
I love the opportunity to get involved and Noo is at an age when he can, so I’ve made a note of a film club that small people can take part from the BFI. We like to Dance. There are dance workshops from the BRIT School. Contemporary dance workshops from Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures. For the first time at any festival, the UK’s leading contemporary dance companies and schools with gather to form a Dance Space.
I can’t think of another place that Noo would have the opportunity to experience all that.
Camp Bestival has a magic all it’s own. This year Camp Bestival is planning to create a Dingly Dell, a magical woodland refuge. By day, find stories and woodland craft. At night, fire and sculptural creations. What child wouldn’t find that fascinating?
Of course, there is a musical line-up fresh for 2013; Richard Hawley, Billy Bragg, the Cuban Brothers, The Farm. In a DJ vibe that takes me back to a weekend at Sonar in Barcelona; Fabio and Grooverider. Perfect in sunshine with a cold beer. Sharing my musical loves with my son.
We are going to Camp Bestival! Have I tempted you? Why not come too!
If you have a festival question drop me a note in the comment box. Do you love festivals?
Disclosure: We’ve have been given a press-pass to Camp Bestival. All words and opinions are my own.