Bestival 2013

Bestival 2013
Robin Hill Countryside Adventure Park
Downend
Newport
Isle of Wight
PO30 2NU
United Kingdom
Dates: 4th - 7th Sep 2013

Festival Information

Bestival 2013 Overview

Bestival is an award winning 4 day boutique music festival set at Robin Hill - a beautiful leafy country park near Downend and Newport in the heart of the Isle of Wight.

Bestival has one of the most eclectic line ups you could wish for at a festival combined with the most original boutique campsite experience, to the Bollywood Cocktail Bar, fancy dress en mass and even a Hidden Disco, it's this uniqueness that makes Bestival a wondrous world of discovery and adventure that will inspire peace, love and dancing.

Bestival 2013 Event Info

Disabled Access
Bestival is committed to make the event as accessible as possible and great efforts have been made to achieve this where reasonable. However, Bestival is an outdoor event in a Country Park and on farm land that is predominantly positioned at the bottom of a valley between two hills that rise fairly steeply, and as such it will present challenges for wheelchair users and those with serious mobility issues. However, with a little help here and there it is manageable and we provide free tickets for carers to this end.

Getting Around
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 tarmac paths) will be very 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. The festival is spread out over quite a distance though, so movement from one end to the other can require quite a bit of effort. The stages and stalls are predominantly positioned relatively close to one another, however, so movement throughout the day and evening is not overwhelming although energy will soon be used up if many trips backwards and forwards are made.

Camping
Camping facilities are spread over a significant area of the adjacent farm land and everyone is free to choose where they camp. However, careful consideration should be given to your choice of camping area. The distance to and from the main camping areas can be great and the fields are bumpy in places. Some areas may be suitable for you in dry weather but most will not in wet weather.

Parking
Vehicles with a blue badge (or similar) can park in the disability camping area. Friends will have to park in the main car park, however.

Facilities
- Charging points for electric wheelchairs are available upon request.
- Certain medical support is available from the on site medical centre but any specific medical needs should be discussed before purchasing a ticket.
- Accessible lavatories will be positioned at various places around the festival and we aim to protect them from public use.
- Viewing platform positioned near the main stage.
- Stewards will be on hand to help with any issues that may arise during the weekend

General
You are allowed to bring in your own alcohol (for consumption in the camping field) but only up to a reasonable amount per person. You will be asked to leave excess alcohol outside the event. Once you have entered the event you cannot re-enter with more alcohol supplies.

You will not be allowed to bring in glass bottles or any kind. Broken glass is dangerous for kids and for animals who will be using the park and fields after the event. Leave all glass in the car, decant it into plastic bottles or bin it. There are no exceptions.

Alcohol cannot be brought into the main site from the camp site. There are fully licensed bars available for you.

No tents allowed in the Boutique Camping Field.

Campervans (& Motorhomes) are permitted as long as they fullfill the criteria laid out by the organisers.

Caravans, Trailer Tents and anything else that needs to be pulled in and out by a car are not permitted.

There is a no naked flame policy at the festival and in the camp site. Fires, flares, fireworks etc will extinguished by the Isle of Wight fire service. HOWEVER, there will be designated areas in the campsite where you'll be able to go to use small BBQs and stoves to cook food.

No pet animals are allowed on the festival site other than dogs assisting the visually impaired.

The promoter reserves the right to change the line up without notification.

Bestival 2013 Line Up

Bestival 2013 Travel Info

Getting To The Isle Of Wight
Ferries: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 through one of the following:

Wightlink - www.wightlink.co.uk/bestival / 0871 376 1000
Red Funnel - www.redfunnel.co.uk/bestival / 0844 844 9988
Hovertravel - www.hovertravel.co.uk / 01983 811000

Wightlink foot passenger 'FastCat' runs from Portsmouth Harbour to Ryde Pier Head in around 15 minutes. Wightlink car and passenger ferries run from Portsmouth to Fishbourne and Lymington to Yarmouth in approx 35 minutes.

Red Funnel 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.

Hovertravel takes 10 minutes to reach the Isle of Wight. Its foot-passenger hovercraft departs Southsea seafront in Portsmouth and travels to Ryde town on the Island.

By Coach:
Coaches are available nationwide for travel to Portsmouth and Southampton where you can access ferries for travel to the Isle of Wight.
Big Green Coach 

By Train:
South West Trains operate services to Portsmouth Harbour, where you will be metres away from the Wightlink 'FastCat' service, and to Southampton Central where a courtesy bus will take you the short journey to Red Funnel's 'Red Jet' and passenger/vehicle service. More info and train times available from South West Trains - www.southwesttrains.co.uk or www.nationalrail.co.uk / 08457 484950.

By Car:
To plan your route by car head over to the TomTom Route Planner. Once on the island please follow the event signage from the ferry ports.

On Island: Shuttle Buses (& Taxis)
During the festival the island's bus company Southern Vectis will be running special Bestival Shuttle services to make it as easy as possible for you to get to the Bestival site (and back).

Shuttle Buses (from the ferry ports and island towns) will be dropping off and picking up at a new Shuttle Bus Depot very near to the main entrance to the campsites.

Taxis
If you need to travel outside of the above times, the following taxi numbers might be of use. Please note though that Taxis drop off and pick up at the Robin Hill entrance (same as previous years) and that this is a different location to our new Shuttle Bus Depot.

247 Taxis - 01983 527275
Amar Taxis - 01983 522968
Wight Knight Cars - 01983 533335
Solo Taxis - 01983 525010
Cowes Taxi & Mini Coach Service - 01983 294444
ASAP Taxis - 01983 244444
Mikes Taxi Service - 01983 556 999
Martins Taxis - 01983 281111
Q Cars Of Ryde - 01983 532532


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Bestival 2013 Hotels

Hotel Miles Location Rating  
Newport Quay 2.30 Newport Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
The Wheatsheaf Hotel 2.30 Newport Average customer rating: 0 out of 6 Info
Travelodge Newport Isle of Wight 2.40 Newport, Isle of Wight Average customer rating: 4 out of 6 Info
Lakeside Park Hotel & Spa 2.80 Ryde Isle of Wight Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
The Chequers Inn 3.10 Rookley Average customer rating: 6 out of 6 Info
Melville Hall Hotel and Utopia Spa 4.30 Isle of Wight Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Sandhill Hotel 4.30 Isle of Wight Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
The Broadway Park Hotel 4.30 Sandown Average customer rating: 4 out of 6 Info
Chad Hill Hotel 4.30 Sandown Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Lyndhurst House 4.40 Sandown Average customer rating: 0 out of 6 Info
Parkbury Hotel 4.40 Sandown Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Cygnet Hotel 4.40 Sandown Average customer rating: 0 out of 6 Info
Lorron Hotel 4.50 Sandown Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Altavia Hotel 4.50 Sandown Average customer rating: 0 out of 6 Info
Cherrylee Bed and Breakfast 4.50 Sandown Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Bayshore Hotel 4.58 Sandown Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Trouville Hotel 4.60 Sandown Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Carlton Hotel Sandown 4.60 Sandown, Isle of Wight Average customer rating: 4 out of 6 Info
Royal Pier Hotel 4.60 Sandown Isle of Wight Average customer rating: 4 out of 6 Info
Atholl Court 4.66 Shanklin Average customer rating: 6 out of 6 Info
The Ryedale 4.70 Shanklin Average customer rating: 0 out of 6 Info
The Burlington Hotel 4.70 Sandown Average customer rating: 0 out of 6 Info
Clarence House 4.70 Shanklin Average customer rating: 6 out of 6 Info
Sandringham Hotel 4.70 Sandown, Isle of Wight Average customer rating: 0 out of 6 Info
The Avenue 4.77 Shanklin Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
The Fawley 4.80 Shanklin Average customer rating: 6 out of 6 Info
The Chestnuts 4.80 Shanklin Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Yelfs Hotel 4.80 Ryde Isle of Wight Average customer rating: 4 out of 6 Info
Dorset House 4.90 Ryde Isle of Wight Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Seahaven House 4.90 Isle of Wight Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Channel View Hotel, Shanklin 4.90 Shanklin Average customer rating: 0 out of 6 Info
The Richmond Bed & Breakfast 4.90 Shanklin Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Foxhills 4.90 Shanklin Average customer rating: 6 out of 6 Info
Mayfair Hotel 4.90 Shanklin Average customer rating: 3 out of 6 Info
Shanklin Hotel 4.93 Shanklin Average customer rating: 4 out of 6 Info
Villa Mentone Hotel 4.96 Shanklin Average customer rating: 4 out of 6 Info
The Belmont 5.00 Shanklin Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
The Royal Esplanade 5.00 Ryde Average customer rating: 4 out of 6 Info
Marlborough Hotel 5.00 Shanklin Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
The Fernbank 5.00 Shanklin Average customer rating: 6 out of 6 Info
Daish's Hotel 5.00 SHANKLIN Average customer rating: 0 out of 6 Info
Shanklin Beach Hotel 5.00 Shanklin Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Medehamstede Hotel 5.00 Shanklin Average customer rating: 4 out of 6 Info
The Grange 5.10 Shanklin Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Old Shanklin Guest House 5.10 Shanklin Average customer rating: 6 out of 6 Info
Melbourne Ardenlea Hotel 5.10 Isle of Wight Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
The Brunswick Hotel 5.10 Shanklin Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
The Clifton 5.10 Shanklin Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
The Havelock 5.10 Shanklin Average customer rating: 6 out of 6 Info
Bedford Lodge 5.10 Shanklin Average customer rating: 6 out of 6 Info
Queensmead Hotel 5.10 Shanklin Average customer rating: 6 out of 6 Info
Chine House Apartment 5.12 Shanklin Average customer rating: 6 out of 6 Info
Ryde Castle 5.20 Ryde Average customer rating: 6 out of 6 Info
Sandown Manor Bed & Breakfast 5.20 Sandown Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
28 Sandown Bay 5.30 Sandown Average customer rating: 0 out of 6 Info
Luccombe Hall Country House Hotel 5.30 Isle of Wight Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Luccombe Manor Country House Hotel 5.30 Isle of Wight Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Bourne Hall Country House Hotel 5.50 Isle of Wight Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
The Caledon Guest House, 5.50 Isle of Wight Average customer rating: 6 out of 6 Info
Fountain Inn, Cowes 5.80 Cowes Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Rawlings 5.80 Cowes Average customer rating: 3 out of 6 Info
ward avenue bed and breakfast 5.95 Cowes Average customer rating: 6 out of 6 Info
Priory Bay Hotel, Golf & Beach Club 6.10 Seaview Isle of Wight Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
The Woodvale 6.20 Cowes Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Kingsmede Bed & Breakfast 6.20 Ventnor Average customer rating: 0 out of 6 Info
Mimosa Lodge 6.20 Cowes Average customer rating: 6 out of 6 Info
Ocean View House 6.40 Ventnor Average customer rating: 6 out of 6 Info
Xoron Floatel 6.40 Bembridge Average customer rating: 6 out of 6 Info
The Royal Hotel 6.50 Ventnor Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Rijnstroom IV 6.50 Isle of Wight Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
The Lake Hotel 6.50 Ventnor Average customer rating: 0 out of 6 Info
St Maur 6.50 Ventnor Average customer rating: 0 out of 6 Info
Seaview Hotel 6.50 Isle of Wight Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Ventnor Towers 6.57 Ventnor Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Brunswick Guest House 6.60 Ventnor Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
The Hambrough 6.60 Ventnor Average customer rating: 6 out of 6 Info
The Eversley Hotel 6.60 Ventnor Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
The Wellington Hotel 6.60 Ventnor Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
The Wight Mouse Inn 6.98 Chale Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Chale Bay Farm 7.00 Chale, Ventnor Average customer rating: 6 out of 6 Info
Bembridge Coast (Half Board) 7.70 Isle of Wight Average customer rating: 6 out of 6 Info
Leeward House Guest House 8.20 Gosport Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Acorn Lodge 9.10 Gosport Average customer rating: 3 out of 6 Info
Ashby's Boutique Hotel 9.60 Southsea Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Queen's Hotel 9.60 Portsmouth Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
The Duke Of Buckingham 9.62 Portsmouth Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Florence Gardens Boutique Hotel and Restaurant 9.70 SOUTHSEA Average customer rating: 0 out of 6 Info
The Florence Suite Boutique Hotel and Restaurant 9.70 Portsmouth Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Stattons Boutique Hotel and Restaurant 9.70 SOUTHSEA Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Somerset House Boutique Hotel & Restaurant 9.70 SOUTHSEA Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
The Clarence Hotel 9.70 Southsea Average customer rating: 0 out of 6 Info
Keppels Head Hotel 9.87 Portsmouth Average customer rating: 4 out of 6 Info
Portsmouth Inns 9.90 Portsmouth Average customer rating: 3 out of 6 Info
The Manor Hotel 9.98 Gosport Average customer rating: 4 out of 6 Info

Bestival 2013 Video Playlist

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Main Stage
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Big Top
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The Port
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Bollywood
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Replay With Rob Da Bank
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Red Bull Music Academy
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DJ's
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Live Music

Bestival 2013 Food and Drink

Bestival provides a great range of food and drink in both the arena and campsites, details of which to follow shortly

Mr Teas will be in attendance probably the best way to start and end the day, also quite good in the middle.

This festival offers..

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