A triumph over adversity would be the best way to describe Camp Bestival 2017. With high-winds and torrential rain blighting the sold-out music festival for most of its duration at the Lulworth Estate this weekend.
Yet despite the sea of mud, you didn’t see gloomy faces on the majority of families that were committed to still having fun and making the best of it. This steely resolve lent the festival a community spirit that saw impromptu sing-songs and dancing taking place.
While it’s true that many of the attractions and events were ruined by the weather, it did make festival-goers explore the site more deeply and look for drier alternatives.
This is the beauty of Camp Bestival, as there is always something to stumble upon and get involved with. Away from the main stage, we found ourselves dipping into tents to watch Tudor plays, building a huge cardboard castle and petting baby ducklings.
Then there’s the incredible festival food and drink, which aside from offering a refuge from the rain had some of the tastiest grub I’ve had in ages. The Caravanserai area was one such memorable discovery, built entirely from vintage caravans and fairground rides it was a great retreat for parents to recharge with a cocktail while the children watched circus performers.
With young children in tow, it was a question of picking your moment to join in with the bedraggled crowds in front of the main stage. With a break in the weather, we got to comfortably enjoy cBeebies legend Mr Tumble, Dick N’ Dom and the incredibly talented young performers from School of Rock.
Other main stage highlights were Mark Ronson on the Friday and Madness on the Saturday who got the audience on their feet despite technical problems from the elements. The Sunday saw the most well-received headliner of all, the sunshine!
The main stage came alive for the final day with eye-watering outfits from Right Said Fred, feel-good anthems from The Lightning Seeds and the musical genius that is Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys to bring a smile to everyones faces.
It was left to the euphoric dance music of Leftfield to close out with a spectacular firework display.
It was a shame about the weather on the Friday and Saturday, but it’s the luck of the draw with the great British summertime. My children still had a great time and at the very least they got to splash in muddy puddles to their heart’s content for a whole weekend!