Camp Bestival: How To Have The Ultimate Staycation


Camp Bestival was supposed to be taking over Dreamland in Margate this weekend for an Easter extravaganza, but it's now running a little differently. Targeted specifically at families with young children, this award-winning music festival has organised the Stay At Home Easter Sleepover, so that you can still get involved in the festival fun even in lockdown.

While usually you’d expect outdoor stages, food stalls and crowds of people milling about, this year Bestival has gone digital! Could it end up being the event of the year? There's only one way to find out...

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What Exactly Is Camp Bestival 2020?

When is it? 11th & 12th April from 9am-9pm

What can we expect? DJs, raves, comedy, family workshops, special guests and more

Do we need tickets? No, this virtual family festival is open to everyone! Streamed across Camp Bestival's social media, you'll be entertained for free from the comfort of your own home. They're hoping to raise money for EMCTrust and The Trussell Trust over the weekend, however, so if you fancy donating anything there will be links on their social media.

Where is it? Your living room!

Who's performing? The official lineup hasn't been announced yet so check back soon...

How Can We Make It The Best Weekend Ever?

Treat Every Day Like You're On Holiday

Step one is to keep the atmosphere relaxed and light. We may not be able to leave the house but a staycation can be just as fun! Holidays are all about spending time together, and by working together to turn your house into a holiday location, you're already well on your way to making memories that'll last a lifetime.

children at festival

Transform Your Home Into A Campground

The first step for making this a great staycation is to turn your house into a campground! Grab blankets and pillows, make bunting, put up fairy lights, cover stools and side tables with colourful paper tablecloths - do whatever it takes to make your living room look like a real festival site. If you've got a garden you could decorate that too - bunting and fairy lights always look great when they're hung between trees.

Promo, Promo, Promo!

Grab your coloured pens and make posters for the weekend and stick them up all over the house so that no one forgets when it is! Create your own tickets and wristbands for everyone in the family, and on the day of the festival get everyone to put on their wristbands, just like you would at a regular festival.

Set Up A Photo Booth

Assign an area of the house as the photo booth area and put up a coloured sheet behind to make a cool background. Collect fancy dress hats and sunglasses from around the house and make funny props by taping a design you've cut out of card onto a straw or lollipop stick. Set up a camera or phone on a tripod if you have one, but if not, a stack of books work just fine. Set the self-timer and 3, 2, 1, say cheese!

Go The Extra Mile

If you really want to have the full festival experience, set up a tent in your garden and sleep in it overnight! Bring your favourite teddies and blankets and snuggle up warm. If sleeping in a tent doesn't sound like your idea of fun, why not sleep in the living room instead? With all the blankets and cushions already there, it'll feel like you're falling asleep in a festival site!

camp bestival virtual

Get The Right Food & Drink

Food always tastes better at a festival, doesn't it? Make big batches of salty and sweet popcorn (or both together!) to snack on during the day, have ice creams ready to munch on and of course, if the weather's good, a family BBQ is always a good way to get you in the festival spirit.

Dress To Impress

Rummage through your fancy dress box and find your brightest, sparkliest, most festival-ready clothes. We're talking feather boas, anything neon, glittery scarves - if it's a bit out-there, it's perfect for Bestival! If you've got any old t-shirts you could even draw on them (preferably with fabric pens but felt tips will work if it's just going to be worn once). Write "Camp Bestival 2020" or create a cool logo so that you can keep the t-shirt as a memento for years to come.

What's A Festival Without Face Paint?

If you've got face paint, now's your time to use it. Whether you want to be a superhero, a dragon or a mermaid, or just love cool patterns, you'll automatically feel like you're at a real festival as soon as you paint your face. Remember to take loads of photos to document your cool new look!

virtual festival with face paint

Make Artist Playlists

Make playlists on Spotify, Apple Music or whatever streaming service you use of all the artists who are set to perform to get you excited for what's to come. Sprinkle in some of your favourite tunes and just like that, you've got a festival playlist. Practise your singing, whip our your best dance moves and get ready for the event of the year.

Have Fun!

Don't put pressure on timings - the great thing about the new Camp Bestival virtual festival is that it's totally up to you how much of their entertainment you follow live. Sometimes you might find you want to take a break from the live entertainment to play a game or chill out for a bit, and that's completely fine. So prep your festival site, put on your dancing shoes, and get ready to enjoy the festival vibes!

Georgia Stone
Probably at a concert

After living in various countries across Europe and now settling in London, Georgia is still in awe of everything there is to see and do in the capital. She loves to explore anywhere with a view; whether it's the iconic Shard or a secret spot in Highgate. You can usually find her travelling, taking photos or making her way to a concert - sometimes all three at once!