Travel to/from Bestival
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The Isle of Wight is a short ferry ride from Southampton, Portsmouth or Lymington and really couldn’t be easier to get to – the ferry ports all connect easily with road, coach and rail.
Please read the other articles in this Travel & Transportation section carefully for detailed instructions on how to get to and back from Bestival.
Make sure you pre-book your ferry travel for Bestival 2017 as soon as possible. The earlier you book, the more choice you will have for crossing times and you’ll also get the best prices. If you want to travel with Big Green Coach then book now as seats sell out quickly every year.
If you do not live on the Island and you haven't bought a travel and ticket package from one of our ferry operators, you will need to book your ferry crossings to and from the Island. Please do this as soon as possible in order to secure the best possible crossing times and prices:
Wightlink – www.wightlink.co.uk/bestival / 0871 376 1000
Foot passenger 'Catamaran' runs from Portsmouth Harbour to Ryde Pier Head in around 20 minutes. Wightlink car and passenger ferries run from Portsmouth to Fishbourne and Lymington to Yarmouth in approx. 35 minutes.
Red Funnel – www.redfunnel.co.uk/bestival / 0844 844 9988
Passenger/vehicle ferries go from Southampton to East Cowes in approx 50 mins. Foot passengers can also travel on the 'Red Jet' service from Southampton to West Cowes which takes approx 20 mins.
South West Trains operate services to the following stations:
Portsmouth Harbour Station – where you will be metres away from the Wightlink 'Catamaran' service to Ryde Pier Head. Select 'Ryde Pier Head' as your travel destination and your train ticket will also include the Catamaran journey (& save you money).
Southampton Central Station – where a courtesy bus will take you the short journey to Red Funnel's 'Red Jet' to West Cowes. Select 'West Cowes' as your travel destination and your train ticket will also include the Red Jet ferry journey (& save you money).
Portsmouth & Southsea Station – where the Hoverbus service collects every 30 minutes at 11 & 41 minutes past the hour (from Commercial Road Bus Stop C) and takes you directly to the Southsea Hovertravel Terminal in approximately 7 minutes, for the trip to Ryde. If you have a through rail ticket to 'Ryde Hoverport' your Hoverbus journey is free, otherwise it's just £1.30 a journey.
More info and train times available from South West Trains or National Rail / 08457 484950.
NB: Look out for GroupSave – where 3 or 4 adults or children can travel for the price of 2 adults on various off-peak ticket types.
Please follow our directions from the ferry ports to the Bestival site and car parks below.
We work very closely with both Red Funnel and Wightlink ferry companies to try and help reduce congestion at the ports on Monday. You must help to play your part by turning up for your scheduled ferry on time – THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!
NB. There are local road closures and diversions in place, please turn off your SAT NAV and follow event routing and signage, once you are on the IOW, you will not need SAT NAV to get you to Bestival.
From East Cowes ferry: As you come off the ferry you will hit a roundabout; take the second exit (straight on) onto A3021. After 3 miles you will come to another roundabout, 1st exit onto A3054 (signposted Ryde) and you will pick up event signage.
From Fishbourne ferry: As you come off the ferry travel straight on up B3731 (Fishbourne Lane). At the top of the lane you will pick up event signage.
From Yarmouth ferry: As you come off the ferry you will hit a roundabout; take the first exit along the A3054 (Forest Road) to Newport. After 9 miles you will hit a roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto A3020 (signposted Town Centre). You will pick up event signage from this point.
Disabled Access Information
Electric wheelchairs can tackle most areas without too much hindrance but the ground can be quite uneven in places and is predominantly on grass. If it rains it may get muddy and access around the site (other than on the paths) movement may be very difficult. Your Personal Assistant will need to assist you if it becomes difficult. The terrain is predominantly short grass with firm soil so movement around the main arena and other stages is possible for fit wheelchair users in good weather.
PLEASE NOTE: Internal transport to get around Bestival is not provided.
Bestival recognise that some of you may need to find a space to step away from the crowds and noise. They do all they can to provide this but it is difficult in a festival environment … Bestival will do their best.
The Accessible Camping Area is positioned as near as possible to the main Main Stage and arenas. It is a few minutes from here to the main arena on relatively flat ground and is one of the quietest and closest to the arenas. It is the best location that can be achieved for all of the needs of the people Bestival try to accommodate.
DISABILITY ACCESS CAMPSITE
The Disability Access Camping Area is positioned as near as possible to the main Main Stage and arenas. It is a few minutes from here to the main arena on relatively flat ground and is one of the quietest and closest to the arenas. It is the best location that can be achieved for all of the needs of the people Bestival try to accommodate.
Please note that you should prepare to bring a tent or campervan that will fit in a 7m x 5m space. Of course, those who require a little more space will be helped if there is space available. NB: Your family and friends can camp with you in the Accessibility camping area but your group including the person with a disability, a Personal Assistant and children can be a maximum of 6 people. Other people with disabilities who are your friends and family should apply separately.
General campsites are for all members of the general public and car parks are located outside the festival arenas and campsite areas. Other than accessible toilets, there are no provisions for those with disabilities but people with disabilities can use the facilities in the Disability Access Campsite should these be helpful.
Those in the Disability Access Campsite will need to follow signs for Blue Gate (Robin Hill). Only one vehicle is allowed in the camping area and this includes motorhomes or campervans. If there is no space, you will be asked to park your car away from the campsite area.
If you are in General Admission Camping, Boutique Camping, Campervan/Caravan Field, Wild Copse or Tangerine Fields, they have separate car parks for you to use and if you choose public transport, you will enter using the same entrances as other members of the public (please note that these entrances have hills and you will need to arrange your transport in and out of the festival with the Festaxi service in advance of the festival).
A car park for day visiting persons (with weekend tickets as we don’t sell day tickets) with a disability is close by and accessible throughout the weekend. Friends will have to park in the main car park, however.
Please note that Bestival is in a field where normal home-type levels of facilities are just not possible. They do their absolute best but sometimes vehicles get stuck in traffic, things break or don’t work and they'll be doing their best to fix it, and of course look to improve each year with newer available facilities.
Please note that facilities for those with mobility difficulties such as showers and toilets should NOT be used by your other guests. It’s important that those facilities are kept for people who need them most. Those with disabilities are the priority in this campsite.
- Charging points for electric wheelchairs are available – these are undercover outdoors so can be affected by damp conditions so chargers are left at users risk.
- Some customers will be eligible for power hook-ups but this is for more extreme cases where there are life-support needs only
- Certain medical support is available from the on site medical centre but any specific medical needs should be discussed before purchasing a ticket.
- On-site hospital. Bestival has a hospital on site but it is NOT a residential hospital. No-one should be left in the on-site hospital overnight, or be left unattended by their Personal Assistant if in this environment.
- Accessible lavatories will be positioned at various places around the festival and Bestival aim to protect them from public use. Please check out where they are on site so you know where to go when you need to go.
- In the Accessibility campsite, showers and toilets are provided – Stewards will be on hand to help with any issues that may arise during the weekend
- Bestival do not supply motability buggies or any other form of onsite transport so you will need to bring your own if it is needed
- Bestival do not supply medical equipment or essential medical supplies so you will need to bring these yourself or arrange delivery
- You are a member of the general public and are not permitted in backstage areas to bypass public walkways
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