I’m Too Old For Music Festivals… Aren’t I?

Festivals. Something I left behind in my 20s. Along with Hollyoaks, Bacardi Breezers, shopping in Miss Selfridge and attending Weight Watchers classes. Those things pretty much sum up my 20s. (OK, throw in a bit of friendship angst and massive overdrafts if you really want a proper picture.)

In my 20s I loved a festival – V98 was my first ever one and after that, I probably went to around 10 before hanging up my welly boots and deciding it wasn’t for me anymore. A big sign? The last couple I went to, I drove there, didn’t drink and drove home again. Who doesn’t drink at a festival? No, I was 28, and couldn’t be doing with camping. I like hot showers. I like my own bed. I like being able to get to sleep without some drunken bloke stumbling into the side of my tent. This was the last time I went to a festival – 2007 (er, not 1997 like the picture says. Must fix that)…

Alison Perry and Gareth Gates at festival

So for the past 5 years, my life has been a festival free zone.

Until now. I’m repopping my festival cherry. I’m going to Camp Bestival 2013 next week… and I’m taking my toddler.

This is the question I’m asking myself. (Ooh, is that animated GIF hurting anyone else’s eyes?)

But I have been reassured by many that no, I’m not mad. Because Camp Bestival 2013 is bit unique in that it’s aimed firmly at families. Yes, it has music acts for the grown ups (Richard Hawley, Ash, Labrinth and the MIGHTY Proclaimers are all on the bill) and comedy (Alan Davies and Andrew O’Neill feature) but it also has a CRAZY amount of stuff for kids.

Including (deep breath)…. a Big Top where they can learn circus skill, a bouncy castle, go-karts, a toddler area, a Dance Space where they can learn contemporary dance (*jazz hands*) an Insect Circus & Museum, an area called Art Town where they can get messy and creative, fairground rides, face painting, a soft play area and sandpit, gardens for them to run around, kids’ yoga workshops and a Soul Dome 360 Cinema.

Oh and some live shows from some people your kids may have heard of – Horrible Histories, Mr Tumble and Dick & Dom.

Camp Bestival 2012

Facepainting at Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival live acts

Photography: Dan Dennison and Victor Frankowski

So basically, the payoff in my head is this: one weekend of being dirty, potentially having a knackered toddler who is out of her routine and putting myself MASSIVELY out of my cosy-bed-shaped comfort zone in exchange for what will quite possibly the best weekend my nearly-three-year-old will have ever had. Heck, us too probably. I can nearly taste the Pimm’s…

If you’re reading this now and fancy joining the fun, the last few tickets are STILL AVAILABLE! But you need to be quick, I’m told. Adult Weekend Camping tickets are £190, Age 15 to 17 Weekend Camping tickets are £113, Age 11 to 14 Weekend Camping Tickets are £98 and under 10s are free (but they still need a ticket). Day tickets are £60 a day.

Psst! Boring disclosure rules state I have to let you know Camp Bestival have invited me along in order to review it. All views are my own. Obvs.


  1. Hellootsgemma
    July 27, 2013 / 7:51 am

    Never too old for a festival! Forget routine, kefir get washing go feral – you will have a ball!

  2. Hellootsgemma
    July 27, 2013 / 7:54 am

    Couldn’t read my comment as on my phone and it disappeared under feed back.
    It’s a bit weird! Anyhow. Never too old,
    Forget routine, really you will all have a ball

    • notanothermummyblog
      July 28, 2013 / 9:54 am

      Hope so! I’m going to be totally out of my comfort zone but that’s probably a good thing, right?

  3. July 27, 2013 / 9:10 am

    We will never be too old for festivals, having a good time, enjoying live music and doing what we want to do – despite what some snotty teen tried to tell me at the Killers concert. Enjoy and see you in the bar!! 😀

    • notanothermummyblog
      July 28, 2013 / 9:54 am

      See you at the bar!!

  4. July 27, 2013 / 12:31 pm

    I’m with you. Went to at least one festival every year for about 10 years, then stopped when we had our daughter. We went back to glastonbury without her this year and just couldn’t enjoy it in the same way. We missed her SO much and felt like we were the only parents there (despite the hundreds of families around!). Now planning only family centred festivals like Camp Bestival, it’s just who we are now. We’ll be there next year!

    • notanothermummyblog
      July 28, 2013 / 9:56 am

      I think if I went to a “normal” festival like Glasto without my daughter I would feel the same as you! It would probably make me feel ancient. But Camp Bestival looks so geared towards families. I just need to survive the camping bit – eeeek!

  5. July 28, 2013 / 10:01 pm

    The packing and trying to get my head round it all beforehand drove me a bit bonkers last year (our first year) but it was completely worth it. I admit Thurs night the kids wouldn’t sleep,and we were wondering what we had done…but as Gemma says let them go feral and they soon wear themselves out, the rest of the weekend was utterly amazing!

    • notanothermummyblog
      July 29, 2013 / 7:39 pm

      Great advice! I’m sure I’ll go bonkers trying to pack everything this week, Penny!

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