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Photos by: Dave (Creative Commons)
Bestival Isle of Wight, UK - 07 September 2017


Getting There

Getting There

nearest bus station:
Southampton | Portsmouth | Lymington

shuttle bus:
Bestival Shuttle Bus to/from ferry ports: Ryde Pier | East Cowes | West Cowes | Yarmouth

special festival bus:
Bestival Big Green Coach to/from London + 12 UK cities.

nearest airport:
Southampton (SOU)

nearest train station:
Portsmouth Harbour | Southsea | Southampton Central | Lymington Pier Station

Portsmouth + Lymington: Wightlink Ferry | Southampton: Red Funnel + Red Jet | Southsea: Hovertravel

Getting to Bestival

  • Getting to the Isle of Wight requires a ferry ride.
  • Ferries, catamaras & hovercrafts take 10 to 50 min (depending on port).
  • Walk-on, drive-on or join a Bestival shuttle bus to make the ferry crossing.
  • 3 ferry companies: Wightlink, Red Funnel (Red Jet: foot-passengers) & Hovertravel.

Ferry to Isle of Wight

  • Red Jet - Southampton to West Cowes



Camping included, VIP options, Payment plan
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Prices in the table are quoted in GBP
4-day pass400Bestival 4-day VIP ticket with Wild Copse camping.
4-day pass300Bestival VIP ticket with standard camping
4-day pass200Bestival 4-day ticket with standard camping.
Child0Kids (12 & under) are free but need tickets.
Bestival Tickets
  • Buy Bestival tickets two ways: standar or VIP.
  • Tickets are sold in Phases - early phases are cheaper.
Bestival VIP Tickets

VIP tickets include:

  • VIP garden with Main Stage views.
  • Well-stocked cocktail bar.
  • Deluxe WCs
  • VIP late-night parties.

VIP tickets can include standard or Wild Copse camping.

Bestival Ticket Discounts
  • Discounts apply for students & teens  (13-17).
  • Kids (12 & under) are free but need tickets.
Camping & Caravaning
  • Standard camping is included in basic ticket price.
  • Caravan tickets cost extra: about £100+.
  • Wild Copse Camping costs extra: about £300+.



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Isle of Wight, UK

Robin Hill Country Park
50.686194, -1.243360
type of festival
electronic, pop, rock, edm / drum & bass / dubstep, techno / house / garage, hip-hop & rap, reggae & dub
other events
art: visual arts & installations, multimedia; dance: dancing; culture: arts & crafts
start Thu, 07 September 2017
end Sun, 10 September 2017

Bestival: Rob da Bank’s Island World

Bestival is unique from the moment you board a Wightlink, Red Funnel or Hovertravel ferry and dock at Ryde Pier to enter the multi-award-winning brainchild of Rob & Josie da Bank; an island world where 50,000 fans, many in fancy-dress, flock to fixtures like Block Party, Secret Emporium, Inflatable Church, Crazy Golf, Bollywood Tent, Ambient Forest amphitheatre with dance-theatre-comedy-gigs and Magic Meadow where Sunday Night Spectaculars explode. It’s funky bars & microbreweries, organic eats & gourmet treats amidst a boutique ambiance replete with peacocks surrounded by tents & stages with eclectic British headline stars like The Prodigy, The Cure, Foals & Fatboy Slim at the green wooded country park of Robin Hill on the Isle of Wight.


Bestival: Rob da Bank’s Island World

Bestival proclaims itself as being the brainchild of Rob Da Bank and creative director-come-wife Josie Da Bank, which would go some way to explaining its ‘alternative ethos’; support for social and environmental causes like money going towards local charities: Rob da Bank’s Music Club, Isle of Wight Toy Appeal, Isle of Wight Youth Trust, St Catherines School and Barter For Bestival; onsite support for Oxfam, RSPB, Amnesty International, Water Aid and the Legacy Project; onsite carbon emission awareness with Bike to Bestival, Swim to Bestival, LiftShare, a ton of different recycling forms including sawdust toilets – even founding the Greener Festival Alliance; a breast-feeding-mothers yurt; inflatable Church; vegetarian paradise and a non-corporate-boutique-feel.

Remember to plan ahead when travelling to Bestival, as fans will have to get either the ferry or hovercraft over to Isle of Wight, and organise transportation from there – and waving cash at local drivers wont get you far!

Get out the Dress Up Box

Fans go above and beyond when it comes to dressing up, setting a world record in 2010 when 55,000 fans set a new Guinness World Record for the most people in fancy dress at any one event. It is considered poor sport to not join in on the Saturday, but if fans forget, they can always head to the dress up tent to buy a wig, some glittery leggings, and tutu – or perhaps something a little bit more original.

Bestival is a mix of great music, boutique and fancy dress mayhem!

contributor: Ashley Lampard
published: 01 April 2016
updated: 21 August 2016
Age: Family, a family event with something for everyone



General: award-winning, popular, best in the world
Ambiance: outdoor, rural
Features: djs & sound systems, self-expression, debauchery, partying, self-discovery, live music & shows

Bestival Details

Bestival is a world of its own on an island in a park called Robin Hill where acts & spaces are so diverse they include things like:

  • Caravanserai – a “cocktail-fuelled carousal of curiosity" with "raucous gypsy-bathed lilts and brass-powered beats”.
  • Cirque Bijou – presenting mind-blowing Cirqueserai aerial acrobats.
  • Shademakers – on-site workshops about performance, dance, costume maing & set designing.
  • Commune – a convoy of vintage vehicles & wagons in the Magic Meadow where fans “Dance Your Naked Truth”, attend “Glow Show’s UV” underwear party, participate at the "Eye C Open Mic", and let it all go by “Kicking the Shit Out of Yourself”.
  • Feast Collective – with culinary treats by winners of the British Street Food Awards like Seadog + vegan, dairy-free and raw eats.
  • Slow Motion – a serene realm of wellbeing, escape & natural euphoria + yoga & Zen den.


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Beds & Eats


Bestival Camping

Bestival has almost as many camping options as types of campers.

Main Campsite
  • Camping included with standard tickets is DIY tent camping in the main campsites, which are colour coded, and have their own flavour.
  • To stay at the main campsite buy a standard ticket, pack your gear, arrive, find a spot, erect your tent. Now go dance! 
Caravans & Motorhomes
  • Bring your own or hire a motorhome.
  • Caravan camping is not included in ticket price.
  • Caravans & trailer tents require an extra ticket.
Bestival Boutique Camping

Boutique camping space costs extra (and requires a separate ticket) on top of the costs of the actual boutique features you select from third-party service providers. Options include:

  • Hearthworks Tipis & Yurts
  • Blue Bell Tents
  • Hotel Bell Tent
  • Eve’s Tipis
  • Cloudhouses
  • Podpads
  • Oak Floored Safari Tents
  • Hooe’s Yurts
  • Sleeping Bells
  • Teardrop Pods
  • Airstream Hire

The boutique campsite is 20 min from main stage.

Wild Copse Camping
  • Wild Copse camping costs extra.
  • It’s in a woodland with posh toilets, bar + late-night eats.
  • It’s near Boutique Camping
Hospitality Camping

Bestival Hospitality camping packages vary from basic camping with a few perks included with standard tickets, to the Full Monty of VIP services including:

  • Pre-erected yurts, tents, tipis, Winnebagos
  • Premium toilets & deluxe dressing areas
  • Concierge service
  • VIP cocktail bar with main stage views
  • Private after-hours parties

Pre-pitched Tent Glamping

  • This is a pre-pitched tent service in Pitch Village.
  • Choose from small tents to full equipment packages.

Everyne at Pitch Village gets:

  • Extra security
  • Village staff help
  • Storage
  • Private WCs & showers
  • Free coffee


Eats & Drinks: Bars, Restaurants, Food Stalls, Water
Fresh & Clean: Toilets, Shower
Cash & Shops: Cash, Shops
Zone In & Out: Wi-Fi Zone, VIP Zone, Kids Zone, Chill Zone
Accessibility: yes
Bestival Amenities

Bestival has EVERYTING on-site that anyone could need or dream of wanting, and many things most humans don’t even know they want.

Basics & BYO…
  • Free drinking water everywhere
  • Phone charging service on-site
  • Lockers + Charge & Store services
  • WCs everywhere + posh ones for VIPs
  • BYOB only for camping field consumption
  • BYO food, BBQ + stove for cooking areas
Eats & Treats
  • Feast Collective with artisan treats, street food & gourmet chefs
  • Mobile eats, treats & drinks from quirky food specialists.
  • Bollywood Tent with Indian day beds, parasols DJs and cocktails
  • Main Stage where everything happens + VIP lounge with views
  • VIP Garden + cocktails + posh WCs + late-night parties
  • Observatory bar & garden + viewing platform + cocktails
  • Sunday Best eclectic bunch with DJs & eats
Recharge & Chill
  • Slow Motion with laidback grassy knoll chill space
  • Bathing Under the Sky Hot Tubs
  • Acro, Kundalin + Hip Hop Yoga & Voga
  • Zen Den for meditation, mindfulness & breathing
  • Art Spaces to inspire & awaken inner artists.
  • Gypsy caravan camp for exploring & lounging
  • Psychedelic salon for creativity & artistry
Rave & Express
  • Temple Island with everything for non-stop raving
  • Magic Meadow Stardust Field for raves & pyro
  • Big Top cosy world with everything + micro-parties
  • Commune for connectivity, expression & rebellion
  • Club Dada with all things surreal, absurd & eccentric
  • Carnival parade with floats, costumes & acrobats
  • Inflatable Church wedding chapel for getting married
  • Bestival Kids Field with stories, crafts, castle & magicians
Slumber & Sleep
  • Boutique camping with tipis, yurts, safari tents & podpads
  • Premium camping with eats, chill zone, bar + posh WCs
  • Quiet camping for anyone who wants to “sleep” at Bestival
  • Pre-pitched tents from 2 to 9 man + air beds & sleeping bags
  • Pitch Village & Hospitality all-inclusive camping services



start Thu, 07 September 2017
end Sun, 10 September 2017
Bestival Festival Dates
  • Bestival is usually held in mid to late September.
  • It takes place over a span of 4 days.
  • It’s been going strong since 2004.

Season & Weather

Season: Summer
Temperature: 8 to 18 °C

Isle of Wight weather in September is cool to warm with little chance of rain and a good chance of sunshine. The island enjoys mild temperatures and daytime highs of up to 18, but evenings are chilly, so Bestival campers should prepare with jackets, warm socks, closed footwear, cosy sleeping bags and lots of warm blankets. Or, take nothing and book a Bestival Hospitality Camping package and stay in a Winnebago, a deluxe furnished tipi, yurt, or funky pre-erected bell tent.



Tel: +44 20 3327 4810


Rob & Josie da Bank / Bestival: 3 Loughborough Street, London, UK.

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