Fantastic Bestival

Sep 07

This weekend, Radio 1’s friendliest long-haired DJ will be welcoming thousands of festival goers to the Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Wight for the 6thannual Bestival – the year of the fantastic.

The festival prides itself on being alternative and green, winning an ‘Outstanding Green Festival’ award for last year’s. There’s all sorts you can get up to…  recharge your batteries with meditation sessions in the Heavenly Healing area, watch a burlesque show over afternoon tea in the Time for Tease tent or learn some new dance moves in the beautiful wooden Come Dancing structure. And that’s not to mention the music. It’s a liquorice allsorts mix of folk, techno, rock n roll,  hip hop,  pop and chill out to cater for each and everyone’s musical tastes. This year, amongst over 250 different bands, djs and artists, you can see Rolf Harris, Dizzee Rascal, Zero 7 and The xx.

New additions this year are the Wishing Tree Field, which will be open 24 hours a day for relaxation after the main events are over. There’ll also be a living pub, designed by the Eden Project and covered in alfalfa sprouts, turf and plants and Mr Motivator will be popping up across the site leading exercise sessions throughout the weekend.

This year will be my third at the festival, and despite all the homemade kitch and cuteness and activities you just don’t get at any others in the UK, transport to and from the site has never been great. If you want to take a car it’ll cost you £80 each way on the ferry so most make the journey on foot. Once you’re on the island it’s usually a couple of buses to get to the site and then it’s half an hour’s walk to the campsite.

The good news is that for this year’s frivolities, Mr da Bank has improved things. Transport links to the Shuttle Buses (from the ferry ports and island towns) will now be dropping off and picking up at a new Shuttle Bus Depot very near to the main entrance to the campsites. They’ve done this to to allow lots more space to hold more buses home on the Monday and to give campers a shorter walk to the campsites. Hurrah!

So it should mean that logistics are smoother, and the only thing to put a damper on things will be the weather.

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