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20% off Foot Passenger travel to Bestival

Book your foot passenger travel by 7 September and get 20% off! Valid for travel from the mainland between 8 – 12 September 2016:

Bestival 2016

8 – 11 September 2016

Famed for its eclectic musical line up and magical wonderland setting, Bestival is a multiple award winning boutique music festival on the Isle of Wight. Set in the leafy haven of Robin Hill Country Park, this boutique event rocks through four unforgettable days each and every September.

Featuring glittering mirror balls and giant robots, headline acts include Major Lazer, Fatboy Slim, The Human League, Wiz Khalifa and Sean Paul, fancy dress en-masse, Bollywood Cocktail Bar, Wishing Tree stage and Space Port you’ll see the uniqueness that makes Bestival a wondrous world of discovery and adventure!

Bestival 2016 – Ticket Prices

Ticket type Price
Adult ticket £201.00
Student ticket
For full-time students only. Valid NUS or ISIC ID required at the box office. No other student ID accepted
£191.00
Teen ticket
Age 13-17
£126.75
Child ticket
Age 12 & under. FREE but you must obtain a ticket
FREE
Caravan / Trailer Tent ticket
One car only per caravan / trailer tent, no exceptions
£106.50
Campervan tickets
Per vehicle
£96.75
Advance Car Parking £16.50
Special Delivery
Per booking
£5.80

Bestival VIP Area tickets & Hospitality packages are also available

Upgrade your standard tickets to Wild Copse Premium Campsite

– There are no Day Tickets
– All tickets include a booking fee
– All Adult and Student tickets include a £1 donation to the Isle Of Wight Youth Trust*
– All tickets include entry and general camping from Thursday or Friday

*Isle of Wight Youth Trust Charity Donation
Once again this year we are adding on a £1 charity donation onto all Bestival tickets. The money raised will go directly to the Isle Of Wight Youth Trust (Reg Charity no. 1087163) to help fund their fantastic work offering counselling and support to young people aged 25 and under on the Isle of Wight. The Bestival Foundation is also a proud supporter of the Youth Trust. More information

Wightlink is an official ticket agent for Bestival 2016 and tickets purchased are subject to the Terms & Conditions below.

By purchasing Bestival tickets from Wightlink, you are entering into a contractual arrangement with Bestival Ltd, Unit B, 11 Bell Yard Mews, 175 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3TN.

In the event of the cancellation by Bestival Ltd, the Promoter will only refund the value of the ticket and is not responsible for any travel (or other costs) incurred.

Wightlink will contact purchasers using the details provided at the time of ordering and advise them to return their tickets but it is the responsibility of the customer to check whether the event is going ahead at the scheduled date, time and venue.

In the event the venue or festival dates are changed or the advertised line up is changed, then any refund will be at the sole discretion of the Promoter.

Download the Bestival 2016 Terms & Conditions. Lost, stolen or destroyed wristbands will not be replaced or duplicated.

Wightlink’s Standard Terms & Conditions of Carriage of Persons, Non-commercial Vehicles & Goods apply to ferry travel bookings.

Bestival FAQ

Bestival 2016

Yes, there’s plenty of onsite car parking. Simply follow the signs from the Wightlink Ferry Terminal. You can pay on the day for £20 cash per vehicle.


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Don’t bring any drugs – they are illegal – or animals. Remember, vehicles, BBQs, fires, candles and glass are not allowed in the campsite areas. And you can’t take alcohol, glass containers, deckchairs, tables, gazebos, BBQs or laser pens into the main arena. The only drinks allowed in the arena are water and non-alcoholic drinks in plastic bottles of up to 500ml with unbroken seals.


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First of all your official Bestival wristband and age ID if required. Pack some warm and waterproof clothing and a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Bring some money (and a money belt) – you can always get more at the onsite ATMs (though an additional charge may apply!).


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The campsites have all the basics you need like toilets and washing facilities, rubbish bins, food stalls, a bar and a chemist.


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Whether you’re planning to travel on foot or by car, no one is better placed than Wightlink to get you over to Bestival in rock star style.

Let us take you there…


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The campsites will open from 12.00 midday on Thursday, 8 September 2016 and close at 2.00 pm on Monday, 12 September 2016.


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Naturally. You can pick up drinks and snacks at all Wightlink Terminals and also from the cafés on board our car ferries. At Bestival itself, you’re spoilt for culinary choice with loads of different outlets serving everything from chips to ethnic specialties. You can get soft and alcoholic drinks. But you have to be 18 or over to buy the alcoholic options, so you may be asked for ID.


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20% Off foot passenger travel

20% off Foot Passenger travel to the Bestival

Valid for bookings up to 7 September 2016 for travel from the Mainland 8 to 12 September 2016

20% off Foot Passenger promotional offer can only be booked ONLINE using the ‘Book ferry and event tickets’ button at the top of this page. If you have already bought your Bestival tickets, you can still take advantage of this Foot Passenger offer. Simply skip the Extras stage of your booking. Bookings can be made up to 7 September 2016 on Adult, Child, Infant, Student, Senior and Group Tickets for Day Returns, Family Day Returns and Longer Stays for travel from the Mainland to the Island (Isle of Wight). Travel is valid from 8 to 12 September 2016. By booking online, you will automatically receive your discount. The discount will be shown at the payment stage of your booking. Offer cannot be used against Evening Flyer Tickets, Vehicle Tickets, Railcards, Season Tickets, Multilink Passes, Attraction Tickets and any other Promotional Offers including Tesco Clubcard Boost tokens, already discounted fares, B2B (Business to Business) bookings, or for any other journeys that cannot be booked online. Offer is subject to availability, and maybe withdrawn at any time. Discount is not valid for cash or cash equivalent and no adjustments can be made on previous purchases.

The Isle of Wight is the place to be, let us take you there

Whether you’re travelling by foot, train, coach or car, getting to the Isle of Wight is easier with Wightlink:

  • The choice of three convenient routes – from Lymington and Portsmouth
  • More sailings each day* than any other cross Solent ferry operator
  • We’ve got the Island covered – Yarmouth in the West to Ryde and Fishbourne in the East
  • Crossings from only 22 minutes*
  • Great on board facilities – spacious lounges, refreshments and sundecks
*More sailings each day is based on the combined total of all three Wightlink routes. Number of sailings each day varies throughout the year. Portsmouth Harbour Station to Ryde Pier Head in 22 minutes. Portsmouth to Fishbourne in 45 minutes and Lymington to Yarmouth in 40 minutes.

Wightlink Flexi-Pricing… matching demand with capacity.

Book early, be flexible & save.

Ferry travel to the Isle of Wight has never been more convenient or enjoyable. Wightlink Flexi-Pricing keeps our ferry fares as attractive and competitive as possible.

  • The sooner you book and the more flexible you can be, the more likely you are to pay a lower fare.
  • Fares generally rise the closer you get to the sailing date.
  • Prices for a specific crossing may increase or decrease in line with demand. And limited-time Promotional fares on selected crossings may be lower than those originally charged.

Getting to the Wightlink ferry terminal

If you’re travelling by train from anywhere in the country, just head for Portsmouth Harbour station, hop off the train and it’s just a few steps to our Catamaran Terminal, from where we’ll whisk you over to Ryde in just 22 minutes.

Of course, foot passengers are welcome to use our Lymington and Portsmouth car ferry services, too. So just choose the route that’s best for you and book right now.

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Foot passenger fares from the mainland to the Isle of Wight

Travelling on foot? Welcome aboard. All three Wightlink Isle of Wight ferry routes are perfect for foot passengers. Our mainland ferry terminals are located next to railway stations and on the Isle of Wight there are good transport links to all destinations either by the Island Line train or buses.

Category Day returnValid for passenger returning by 4.30 am next day ReturnValid for passenger returning within 364 nights Single Evening FlyerValid for a return journey only. Outward journey must be taken after 4.00 pm and before 23.59 pm, return travel by 4.30 am next day.
Adult £14.60 £20.00 £10.00 £12.60
Child (5-15)Children under 5 travel FREE £7.30 £10.00 £5.00 £6.30
Senior Citizen (60+)^ £11.00 £15.00 £7.50 £9.40
Student (16+)* £12.40 £16.90 £8.45 £9.40
Category Day returnValid for passenger returning by 4.30 am next day Evening FlyerValid for a return journey only. Outward journey must be taken after 4.00 pm and before 23.59 pm, return travel by 4.30 am next day.
Family foot passenger(1 adult + 4 children or 2 adults + 3 children) £38.60 £26.10

Information

*Student rate: A valid NUS/Student Rider/ISIC (International Student identity Card)/NUS Extra card or College/University photo ID cards with an expiry date.
^Senior Citizen (60+) rate:If you’re lucky enough to look younger than you are, you may be asked to produce proof of your age.

Category Day returnValid for passenger returning by 4.30 am next day ReturnValid for passenger returning within 364 nights Single Evening FlyerValid for a return journey only. Outward journey must be taken after 4.00 pm and before 23.59 pm, return travel by 4.30 am next day.
Adult £14.60 £20.00 £10.00 £12.60
Child (5-15)Children under 5 travel FREE £7.30 £10.00 £5.00 £6.30
Senior Citizen (60+)^ £11.00 £15.00 £7.50 £9.40
Student (16+)* £12.40 £16.90 £8.45 £9.40
Category Day returnValid for passenger returning by 4.30 am next day Evening FlyerValid for a return journey only. Outward journey must be taken after 4.00 pm and before 23.59 pm, return travel by 4.30 am next day.
Family foot passenger(1 adult + 4 children or 2 adults + 3 children) £38.60 £26.10

Information

*Student rate: A valid NUS/Student Rider/ISIC (International Student identity Card)/NUS Extra card or College/University photo ID cards with an expiry date.
^Senior Citizen (60+) rate:If you’re lucky enough to look younger than you are, you may be asked to produce proof of your age.

Category Day returnValid for passenger returning by 4.30 am next day ReturnValid for passenger returning within 364 nights Single Evening FlyerValid for a return journey only. Outward journey must be taken after 4.00 pm and before 23.59 pm, return travel by 4.30 am next day.
Adult £18.40 £25.00 £12.50 £12.60
Child (5-15)Children under 5 travel FREE £9.20 £12.50 £6.25 £6.30
Senior Citizen (60+)^ £13.80 £18.90 £9.45 £9.40
Student (16+)* £13.80 £18.90 £9.45 £9.40
Category Day returnValid for passenger returning by 4.30 am next day Evening FlyerValid for a return journey only. Outward journey must be taken after 4.00 pm and before 23.59 pm, return travel by 4.30 am next day.
Family foot passenger(1 adult + 4 children or 2 adults + 3 children) £46.10 £31.10

Information

*Student rate: A valid NUS/Student Rider/ISIC (International Student identity Card)/NUS Extra card or College/University photo ID cards with an expiry date.
^Senior Citizen (60+) rate:If you’re lucky enough to look younger than you are, you may be asked to produce proof of your age.


Getting to the Wightlink car ferry terminal

Bringing your own wheels? Our Portsmouth Gunwharf Terminal is easily accessed from the UK motorway network and our comfortable ferry will get you across to Fishbourne in around 45 minutes.

If you’re coming from the West, you may find our Lymington to Yarmouth car ferry suits you better. Once again, it’s easy to get to and because it’s the fastest car ferry crossing to the Island, you’ll be at the Bestival site in no time.

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Vehicle fares from the mainland to the Isle of Wight

Bringing your car? Our Portsmouth Gunwharf Terminal is easily accessed from the UK motorway network and our comfortable ferry will get you across to Fishbourne in around 45 minutes.

If you’re coming from the West, you may find our Lymington to Yarmouth car ferry suits you better. Once again, it’s easy to get to and because it’s the fastest car ferry crossing to the Island, you’ll be on the Island in no time.

Motorcycle, Trike or Quad Bike return fares

Valid for vehicle, rider and additional passenger.

Duration Mon-Sunfrom
Standard return £41.00
Day return £36.50

Vehicle sizes

The vehicles size is the true maximum length and height, including any tow-bars, overhanging items and roof loads (e.g. a top box or bicycles).

Be sure to select the correct vehicle size so that you get the best fare for your journey.

Just to avoid any confusion, you need to know that we have two types of passenger vehicle fares: the first for vehicles (including small vans) up to 5m long and the second for passenger vehicles from 5.01m to 15m long. You also need to tell us if your vehicle is under 2.24m high or over 2.24m to 4.2m high.

The vehicles size is the true maximum length and height, including any tow-bars, overhanging items and roof loads (e.g. a top box or bicycles)

It’s really important that you tell us the correct size of your vehicle as on arrival our loading staff may ask to measure your vehicle. If your booking has been made incorrectly, or you do not consent to a check, we will not be able to honour your booking and you will be asked to change your ticket and pay any difference in fare before you can travel. These additional checks may mean we are not able to offer your original sailing time.

Cars and Vans

Low vehicles (LV)

Up to 5.00m long
Up to 2.24m high
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Cars, small vans and any other vehicle up to 5m long

High vehicles (HV)

Up to 5.00m long
Over 2.24m to 4.2m high
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Cars, small vans and any other vehicle up to 5m long

Large cars

Low passenger vehicles (LP)

5.01m to 15m long
Up to 2.24m high
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Longer cars, pick-ups built on a car chassis, passenger vehicles with up to 7 seats and specially adapted disabled vehicles, 5.01m to 15m long.

High passenger vehicles (HP)

5.01m to 15m long
Over 2.24m to 4.2m high
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Longer cars, pick-ups built on a car chassis, passenger vehicles with up to 7 seats and specially adapted disabled vehicles, 5.01m to 15m long.

Motorhomes

Low motorhome (LM)

Recreational vehicle 5.01m to 15m long
Up to 2.24m high.
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Recreational vehicles built or adapted for sleeping which include fitted seating and kitchen facilities.

High motorhome (HM)

Recreational vehicle 5.01m to 15m long
Up to 4.2m high.
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Recreational vehicles built or adapted for sleeping which include fitted seating and kitchen facilities.

Large vans

Low commercial vehicles (LF)

Commercial vehicle 5.01m to 7m long
Up to 2.24m high
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Vans, pick-ups, trucks and other goods vehicles designed to carry heavy loads 5.1m and longer and have not been specifically constructed or adapted for the carriage of passengers.

High commercial vehicles (HF)

Commercial vehicle 5.01m to 7m long
Over 2.24m to 4.2m high
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Vans, pick-ups, trucks and other goods vehicles designed to carry heavy loads 5.1m and longer and have not been specifically constructed or adapted for the carriage of passengers.

Freight vehicles

Freight rigid (FR)

Freight vehicle 7.01m to 12m long
Up to 4.2m high.
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Single chassis freight vehicles designed to carry heavy loads.

Freight artic (FA)

Freight vehicle over 12m to 19m long
Up to 4.2m high.
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Tractor-trailer freight vehicle up to 44 tonne GVWR with a split chassis or separate unit designed to carry heavy loads.

Vehicles over 19m long, 4.2m high, 3.2m wide or 44 tonne GVWR

To book freight a vehicle over 19m long, 4.2m high or 44 tonne gross vehicle weight rating please call our Freight Reservation Office on 023 9285 5260.

Minibuses and Mini Coach

Minibus (MINI)

Passenger vehicles 5.01m to 8m long
Over 2.24m to 4.2m high
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Passenger vehicles with 8-17 seats.

Coaches

Coaches

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Because we need to know additional information for coach bookings such as loaded and empty passenger numbers, please visit our Coach page to make your booking

Personal and two wheeled vehicles

Motorcycle/trike/quad (MC)

Vehicles up to 3.5m long.
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Motorcycles, Motorcycles with sidecars, three or four wheeled personal powered tricycle, TWIZY or quad bike up to 3.5m long.

Bicycles and mobility scooters

Mobility Scooters must be battery powered.
Electric bikes must retain the ability to be pedalled by the rider.
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Pushbikes, e-bikes and battery powered Mobility scooters travel free of charge when a customer purchases a foot passenger ticket.

No need to book separately.
The vehicles size is the true maximum length and height, including any tow-bars, overhanging items and roof loads (e.g. a top box or bicycles)

On arrival our loading staff may ask to measure your vehicle. If your booking has been made incorrectly, or you do not consent to a check, we will not be able to honour your booking and you will be asked to change your ticket and pay any difference in fare before you can travel. These additional checks may mean we are not able to offer your original sailing time.

Dangerous goods (including compressed gas etc. used for medical purposes) must be declared at least 24 hours before travel.
Camping gas canisters must be declared when you arrive at the port.
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Getting to the Bestival site

If you’re travelling by car then once you’ve disembarked the ferry, just follow the signs to the Bestival car park from the Ferry Terminals. It’s that easy!

If you’re travelling on foot then there are bus stations close to Yarmouth and Ryde Terminals and a good service runs to the Bestival site.

In Yarmouth the bus station is on Bridge Road, a five minute stroll from the Terminal. In Ryde, buses run from the Esplanade – reached by either walking down the pier, or taking a short train ride.

The nearest bus stop to Fishbourne Terminal is at the end of Fishbourne Lane 10/15 minutes’ walk away. Dedicated buses to the Bestival site run regularly from here.

There are taxi ranks at Yarmouth and Ryde Terminals. If you need any last minute festival essentials then there is a pharmacy and cash point in Yarmouth town by the post office, and a cash point in the train station on Ryde Esplanade, with a pharmacy just along the seafront.

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