Camp Bestival: Our Highlights

It seems like a lifetime ago that we were at Camp Bestival in the gorgeous fields of Lulworth Castle and dancing to Right Said Fred in the rain. In an instant I would pack the car up and do it all over again.

In addition to our post about our first Camp Bestival experience – which honestly doesn’t go into detail about how much we enjoyed ourselves – we’ve decided to share our highlights (in addition to those already mentioned!) from the Festival.

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Camp Bestival: Our First Time Camping with a Toddler

Almost two weeks ago, we ventured into the world of camping and decided to buy tickets to Camp Bestival – a family festival based in Dorset from Thursday 27th July to Monday 31st July. Sharon and I had been camping before, but not with a toddler in tow! We knew this was going to be an experience!

Arriving early on the Thursday morning after a 5am wake up (6am for the toddler) and a 3 hour drive with one stop we managed to get in line before the campsite had even opened! Naively, I didn’t think there’d be many people as crazy as us, but upon chatting to people in the queue (yes, a queue) there were people who had flown from up north or had even parked up the previous night ready to be first in line! Although we did contemplate staying in a hotel the night before, the drive wasn’t that bad from Brighton to Dorset – especially that early!

Once we got through security, we headed to find a good spot and after a few exhausting treks up and down hill(s) we had our tent up and our new home for the next few days set up by lunchtime! We were ready! The weather, however, was not.

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Days Out: Southwater Country Park, Horsham

Last week, I had a rare Friday off and decided to venture somewhere new and visit Southwater Country Park in Horsham, West Sussex. Living in East Sussex, I don’t usually visit West Sussex as a) I prefer East Sussex (oooo! Controversial!) and b) I don’t know much about what’s around so I often just stick to where we all know and enjoy.

But after a quick Google and some recommendations I decided to go with Southwater Country Park. According to the website, it wasn’t that far from me (approx. 30 minutes) and was free to enter – so I was sold!

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Days Out: Diggerland and the Little Tikes Playzone!

Last weekend, we treated T’s nephew M to a day out at Diggerland. M is absolutely mad for diggers and all vehicles within the ‘digger’ category (please don’t make me name them all), so when we were invited to Diggerland to see the new Little Tikes Playzone we decided we couldn’t not take him as well.

M is two years older than T, although the only thing that gives it away is the difference in height and speech as T gives it a good go keeping up with his 4 year old cousin!

Diggerland is only 2 hours away from Brighton and is a fast and pleasant drive straight up the M25 to Rochester. Leaving at 8am we even had time to stop at the service station for coffee and to treat M to a (rather expensive!) magazine for the journey. As well as Kent, Diggerland also has locations Devon, Durham, Yorkshire, and Worcestershire.

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Days Out: Paradise Wildlife Park, Hertfordshire. 

What feels like a lifetime ago, we took T to Paradise Wildlife Park in Hertfordshire for his birthday treat as part of his second birthday celebrations!

We are big fans of farms and wildlife parks (we like zoo’s, just as long as they’re decent) so following a recommendation we decided to take ourselves further a field to visit somewhere new.

Paradise Park is huge wildlife park that not only houses an extraordinary variety of cats, but also boasts a number of breakout areas such as a woodland walk, train rides, and several large play areas of varying sizes. One of the first things we noticed about the park was the variety of things to see and do.

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Our Holiday to The Lake District

Over the week of my 30th birthday, Sharon booked a week’s holiday to The Lake District in an attempt to see the last few days of my 20’s in relaxation mode! Starting off as a secret, Sharon simply put the postcode into the sat nav and off we went! Some 4 hours over the expected 5 hour journey due to traffic problems we finally arrived in the Lake District!

We’ve never explored The Lake District, and to be honest the north of the country never really attracted us (apart from the most north location; Scotland – one day!). We’ve always headed to the west country as that’s where we’ve felt most at home, so the north was completely alien. Saying that, I did genuinely believe The Lake District was a lot lower than it was so I was pleasantly surprised when I found out how north it was – it’s certainly made me re think the north of England.

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