Caravanserai at Camp Bestival

Caravanserai. Now there’s a word you don’t hear very often.

Initially, I thought it was a name made up by those clever bods who brought us Camp Bestival – but it really, really does exist!



  1. historical
    an inn with a central courtyard for travellers in the desert regions of Asia or North Africa.
  2. a group of people travelling together; a caravan.


Caravanaserai was my very favourite thing about last year’s Camp Bestival.  Both definitions above perfectly describe it.

It was a makeshift cocktail bar — created out of caravans that you could sit inside — laid out in a circle, surrounding a dance-floor in the centre.

There were tables and comfy chairs — sofas dotted about — or you could sit in an old carousel or in a Walters car.

Crazy mirrors, chandeliers and curios wherever you looked and a gorgeous laid-back, circus vibe.

We spent a good few hours in there, one sunny afternoon, catching up with our bests (who were also at Camp Bestival) drinking cocktails, dancing and people watching.

The Twinkles absolutely loved it.

Not only did they get to hang out with their godparents (and their two boys) but they also had the lovely experience of seeing their mama and daddy laughing, happy and relaxed in a gorgeous, enchanting space.

It was not only a treat for the eyes but for the ears as well.

Caravanserai at Camp Bestival

Caravanserai had some amazing DJs; playing electro-swing during the day and vintage inspired, jazzy  beats under the cover of darkness.

This year the tunes come courtesy of DJ Chris Tofu and Penny Metal plus there is live music too from The After Hours ( think 1920s jazz with a modern twist) and The Brass Funkeys to name a couple.

The latter are a 7 piece brass band who describe themselves as playing —

‘soulful jazz funeral marches, galloping gypsy czárdás and pumping brass driven funk’

— pop and have a listen  to them if you get chance — it really gives a flavour of Caravansersai.

Not long now folks! 14 more sleeps and counting!


Colour and curios wherever you look


Cosmo and his godfather


Bert and his godmummy


Crazy reflections


My four beautiful boys — sons and godsons


Cheeky chappies


Caravanserai 2015

Tickets for this year’s Camp Bestival 2016 (July 28th to 31st) are now on sale.

Do pop along and check out their website — click  here for info on ticket options and pricing — you won’t regret it!

The Twinkle Diaries are proud to be official bloggers for Camp Bestival this year but all thoughts, words and images — as ever — are entirely my own.


Caro Davies
Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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  1. 14th July 2016 / 8:43 pm

    That looks so cool. I love the idea of Camp Bestival, I’ve never been into that sort of thing before but it does look so much fun. xx

    • 3rd August 2016 / 2:59 pm

      Aaah it it SO much fun!! My boy and I have always loved our festivals so it make me so happy to be able to take the littles along too!! LOVE it!! :) xx

  2. 15th July 2016 / 11:44 am

    I love this – a clever adaptation of an old idea. Thanks for sharing the word with me. I do like a bit of vocabulary-boosting!

    • 3rd August 2016 / 3:00 pm

      It’s SO clever — and such a cool place to hang out too :)

  3. 18th July 2016 / 4:06 pm

    I can WAIT to read your review post for Camp Bestival once you’ve been! It’s on our to-do list for next year, and I feel confident taking Freddie and Sasha for the first time x

    • 3rd August 2016 / 3:15 pm

      It’s SO awesome Becky — your littles would absolutely LOVE it!! :)

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