Last weekend we went to Camp Bestival 2019. It was absolutely fantastic family fun. Three days of fun, laughter, and adventure.
As an autistic woman, with two autistic children and a chronic illness (hyper mobile spectrum disorder) to deal with, this kind of freedom is rare. So how was it possible? Planning, accessibility support at Camp Bestival 2019 and a positive attitude.
Camp Bestival has accessible camping. It is located very close to the festival, and is run on the ground by the awesome Drew and his team. Drew is amazingly positive, practical and supportive of everyone on site. Thanks Drew!
In addition the main stage (Castle stage) has an accessible platform, making it possible for us to enjoy the acts whilst seated, and avoiding sensory overload from the crowds. It really helps, and we enjoyed DJ Yoda, The Wailers, Bombay Bicycle Club, Annie Mac and the final fireworks on the platform.
Mr Purple is a big part of how we are able to attend. He does all the packing, all the setting up and does most of the practicalities whilst we are there. This enables me to save my energy for enjoying the festival. I’m so lucky to have him.
Finally this year was made much easier by my acceptance of using mobility equipment. This is something I have really struggled with, because I can walk short distances I feel like I shouldn’t use it. I’ve recently started using smart crutches regularly which have made a big difference.
For Camp Bestival 2019 though I knew I’d need something more. So we hired a mobility scooter and what a huge difference it made! I was able to do more, see more and generally felt less unwell than in previous years (still unwell but when you’re chronically ill improvement is good). In fact it’s helped me to appreciate how much I need a mobility scooter so that I can get out and about more with my family. Can’t afford one just now, but one day.
I hope you enjoy my vlog.
Camp Bestival 2020 will take place from July 30th to August 2nd, for more information and tickets click here.
My video about how to attend festivals with autism or a disability to consider is here.