I have to confess that although I was looking forward to the Children in Need Festival, I was less enamored with the idea of camping. In fact, the thought of camping made me wish for hair straighteners, a hot shower and a comfy bed. But how wrong I was? We had an AMAZING time!!!
|Setting up camp!|
Our camping kit - We went with friends who are now seasoned campers - well, they have been twice this year whereas I haven't been camping since I did my silver Duke of Edinburgh's Award (a long time ago!). I borrowed the tent from a family member. Unfortunately the tent was a bit of a disaster as it leaked - not just a little bit, but a lot! On the last night we ended up soaking wet but this didn't dampen our spirits (well, not too much anyway!!!). We took everything we needed to be self-sustained and food was a massive factor in our planning. We ate well - it's one thing that I used to hate about camping as a child - omelettes or tinned vegetables or the dreaded cornbeef hash. I hated it. We eat well at home and holidays should be no different. We froze the pre-prepared meals for the first two nights which, with the added bonus of a cool box, this kept them fresh. The smell of beef curry, chana dahl, chapatis and pickles wafted to our neighbours on the second evening.
Chris Evans - what an amazing man! Not only is he the brains behind the team who organised this festival and raised loads of money for Children in Need but he was a brilliant host. He could be seen all around the festival - he even came onto our campsite on Sunday morning to say hello and see whether we had any complaints - they were filming him on a golf buggy which drove past the toilets just as I opened the door - typical!
|Festival fun in the evening!|
So - a little message to anyone thinking of going next year...Please DON'T even think about it - you won't enjoy it and neither will your children. DO NOT BOOK TICKETS as then it leaves more chance of us getting some!!! Same time, same place next year? We hope so!!