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National Trust at Camp Bestival

THE NATIONAL TRUST PRESENTS THE ‘50 THINGS MEADOW’

Camp Bestival 2013

As a fan of all things nature and I was delighted to read the news that The National Trust are going to be at Camp Bestival this year. I’d read about the 50 THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU’RE 11¾ and it looks fabulous. It’s just one of the ways Camp Bestival keep us coming back time and time again, and I’ve said it before but it’s what all small businesses should be doing – reinventing their product to people coming back for more.

But I digress. As part of Camp Bestival’s passion to get everyone connected with Mother Nature and the wonders of the great outdoors, the National Trust will be bringing the 50 Things Meadow to Lulworth Castle, giving kids a brilliant taster of their amazing ’50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ initiative. The Meadow will introduce kids to the kind of exciting challenges and carefree adventures they can have throughout the summer holidays.

The 50 Things Meadow is right up at the top of my Camp Bestival to do list, and we can’t wait to have a total blast discovering the natural world.

Here’s a sneak peak of what we’ll be getting up to at the 50 Things Meadow at Camp Bestival:

 Create some wild art. Visit the 50 Things Meadow and get involved in creating a masterpiece out of the finest materials Mother Nature can provide. Experts will be holding special workshops where your kids can pick up top tips and play their part in making an amazing piece of wild art that will grow over the three days of the festival.

Climb a tree. The Meadow boasts one of the largest trees on the festival site. Spend some time with our highly-skilled instructors who will teach you how to use ropes, knots, carabiners and harnesses to climb to the top of a tree. While you’re up there take a look at the view from the top over the landscaped park.

Go stargazing.  For one night only we have somewhere special, away from the lights and music, where you can gather by the campfire and snuggle up in your sleeping bag, with only the blanket of the night sky above you. If you want to, you can even leave your tent at the campsite and camp out in the wild for a night. With bush craft experts Fore Adventure on hand to share stories and tips, there is no better way to get back to nature.

Other activities in the 50 Things Meadow include:

Roll down a really big hill. Test your mettle this summer and roll down a lovely grassy hill. To really pick up speed rolling down the hill, lie on the grass, make your body into the shape of a sausage and roll down the hill sideways. Simple!

Build a den. Get hands on and creative with sticks and leaves as experts show you how to build a secret hideaway, and when you get home, you can put it all into practise.

Go on a walk barefoot. Kick off your shoes and feel the tickly grass beneath your toes.

Make a grass trumpet. Grab the closest blade of grass and get ready for a band fit for a king. For the loudest squeak, make a hole in the grass with your fingernail and then position the grass right in between your thumbs and press your lips firmly together before you blow.

More Wild Time activities include Bug Storeys, where little ones can learn all about bugs, mini-beasts, small mammals and amphibians, Munching Caterpillars celebrating all the brilliant things about caterpillars, butterflies and moths, and the Massive Mud Mural, where they can get stuck in to creating the biggest piece of wild art that Camp Bestival has ever seen!

There will also be Wild Planting with Wild Futures where kids can earn their green fingers by learning how to plan wild plants and seeds, Bushcraft with Fore Adventure, where they can learn the skills required to develop their enjoyment and experiences in the great outdoors.

Finally for now, Beans on Toast has written a fun song for all the family about switching off your mobile, getting outdoors and connecting with nature: ‘Stinging Nettles’. Camp Bestival like it so much they’ve decided it’ll be the theme for all  Project Wild Thing activities happening at Camp Bestival this year!

And remember, getting all the family back in touch with Mother Nature at Camp Bestival doesn’t have to stop once you leave Lulworth, the National Trust and Project Wild Thing will have plenty of handy hints and tips to help you enjoy the natural wonders around us all year long, so make sure you get involved and tick off all 50!

Will we see you there? You won’t miss me, but you can look out for upcoming blog posts about that 😉

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