Preparing for Bestival

By Lauren Hobbs

Photo credit: Victor Frankowski

Photo credit: Victor Frankowski

Bestival ….. it’s always been on my to do list, every year I say I’m going to go but somehow I’ve never made it! This year is going to be the year, I will finally break my Bestival virginity and I can’t wait!

For those of you out there like me who haven’t been to Bestival before it’s a 4 day festival set in a beautiful leafy park on the Isle of Wight, it’s famous for having an eclectic line up with every genre of music represented across the various stages and for having the craziest fashion and fancy dress around!

The thing that Bestival is most well-known for is having a different fun, loud and often extravagant theme each year. The theme of this years festival has been announced as ‘The Future’ which has got my blood pumping and brain whizzing thinking about outfits. All I can think about is dressing up like Mila Jovovich in The Fifth Element and riding around the festival on a hoverboard from Back To The Future 2! I can’t wait to start playing with sequins, iridescent fabrics and abstract accessories, to help you get started with your own Bestival future fashion look I’ve put together a great selection of clothing from Festival Fashion that will work brilliantly with the theme. CLICK HERE 

Photo credit: Caitlin Mogridge

Photo credit: Caitlin Mogridge


As well as the amazing festival fashion on display there’s some music going on over the weekend! Whether it’s the electronic sound of Major Lazer and Hot Chip, grimey hip hop from Whiz Khalifa, Wiley and Goldie, indie pop by Bastille and Years and Years, or the more rocky sound of The Cure and Wolf Alice, whatever type of music you love Bestival has you covered. It’s not all about the music at Bestival though. There is an incredible range of other amazing (and occasionally slightly crazy!) activities to get involved with. For example you could do a workout with Mr Motivator, learn about falconry at the bird sanctuary, checkout a circus show, marvel at Lucha Libre wrestlers or have a hop around on the world’s biggest bouncy castle!

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Photo credit: Victor Frankowski

Other Bits

Bestival is located on the Isle of Wight, for those of traveling over from the main land the ports of Southampton, Portsmouth and Lymington are a short ferry trip away. Just make sure you pre-book your ferry trip to get the best prices and choices of crossing times. The festival car park opens at 9am Thursday 8th September with the campsite opening at midday. Most people who go to Bestival camp in the main campsites, just turn up pitch your tent and enjoy your weekend. There are however other areas, such as Boutique Camping, to stay at an additional charge.

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Photo credit: Dan Dennison

So.. Without a shadow of a doubt Bestival 2016 is not one to be missed, below is the links to purchase your Bestival tickets and more information on Bestival.

See you in the field.


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