Bestival is a sprawling four-day event that just won ‘Best Major Festival’ at the 2015 UK Festival Awards, so expect 2016’s to be more popular than ever.
This might be one of the world’s friendliest festivals, but, with eight separate areas, there’s a lot to see and do. If you’re voyaging out to the Isle of Wight for the next Bestival, you’ll want to know exactly what you’re stepping into so you can get your bearings right away.
The Ambient Forest is nestled amongst luxuriant trees, playing host to a feast of follies by day and plenty of fun by night. You’ll find The Amphitheatre beneath its canopy, where you will be able to catch anything from sketch comedy to dance-theatre while the sun is up.
Resting at the top of the hill with rolling grass on all sides, Slow Motion is the perfect place for a tranquil chill-out session. Check out the Caravanserai to see the wares of artists, gypsies, and beatniks, or hang out with your children at the Kid’s Field.
Magic Meadow is the venue for Bestival’s Sunday Night Spectacular, when the night sky is brought to glorious life by a cornucopia of dazzling fireworks. You’ll also be able to grab a bite at The Feast Collective.
A favourite since the first event back in 2004, the intricately hand-stitched tent of Bollywood Field has played host to names such as Fatboy Slim and hello Disclosure, and its where you’ll find the finest cocktails in the land.
Here you’ll find the Main Stage, where the biggest names play to thousands each night against the backdrop of rolling hills. Stardust Field is also home to The Big Top, Bestival’s genre-busting second largest stage, and the celebrated Club Dada.
Centred around a 20-meter rocket, The Sportport offers a state of the art db audio array processing sound system and unique visual effects to promote next-level partying
Temple Island is Bestival’s very own Church of Dance. Its tiered stadium vibe is home to the best raves around.
Grassy Hill is famous for the Love-Bot, an astounding work of interactive art that provides the healthiest vibes you’ll find. He comes alive when someone shows him a little love. If you don’t come to Grassy Hill for Love-Bot, make sure you come for Bestival’s Carnival Parade.