The dates for Bestival, again at Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Wight are 5th to 8th September 2013.
Bestival have revealed 'HMS Bestival' as their theme and hope all the fans will jump onboard with the idea and salute the island festival.
HMS Bestival skipper Rob da Bank said: “All the nice girls love a sailor and all the boys love a mermaid. Think deckhands, anchors, beach parties, Moby Dick, tattooed ladies, Titanic, shipwrecks, Hawaii, Treasure Island, rum bars in scuzzy ports, message in a bottle, the crow’s nest, sea legends, monster breakers and tall tales of life on the ocean waves. Nautical but nice! There’s no better time to join the good ship HMS Bestival and our trusty crew of merrimakers than now with Crimbo approaching, so get your Golden Early Bird Tickets and prepare to set sail me hearties!”
Elton John headlining on the Sunday!
A. Travel Links
Use this link to plan your journey by rail. You can book a ticket direct to Shanklin with SouthWest Trains including the Wightlink FastCat crossing from Portsmouth Harbour. Trains from London Waterloo run every hour to Shanklin.
Red Funnel Ferries
From Southampton, Red Funnel's 'Red Jet' service takes foot passengers to West Cowes in 22 minutes. Their car ferry service takes around 55 minutes to East Cowes.
Visit the Skyros website to find out more about holistic holidays in Greece, Thailand and Cuba and Cambodia this year
The Automobile Association
If you intend to travel by car, then use the AA's Route Planner to map your journey all the way to The Grange in Eastcliff Road
The Wightlink foot passenger 'FastCat' runs from Portsmouth Harbour to Ryde Pier in around 15 minutes. Wightlink car and passenger ferries run from Portsmouth to Fishbourne and take approximately 40 minutes.
b. Music & Festivals
Isle of Wight Festival 2013
2013 dates now announced. 14 - 16 June inclusive, Friday acts: Stone Roses, Paul Weller, Emeli Sande, Ellie Goulding. Saturday headliners are The Killers plus Bloc Party,Bonnie Raitt and on the Sunday Bon Jovi, The Script, Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, Blondie and many more!
Last Night of the Osborne Proms 2013
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Last night of The Osborne Proms - Summer 2013 will see Osborne House on the Isle of Wight host a weekend celebrating even more great music.
Midsummer Jazz 2013
Midsummer Jazz 2013 - The Island's Big Summer Jazz Event! The Isle of Wight Steam Railway proudly presents a sensational open-air festival of jazz featuring the outstanding Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen, the high-energy Jive Aces and the brilliant young Tipitina
4.00pm to 10.30pm on Saturday 22nd June 2013
Now in its 5th year and firmly established as the Island’s big summer jazz party event, make this a night to remember … Immerse yourself in a special evening of superb music in the beautiful setting of our natural tree-lined arena, while you and your family, friends and colleagues enjoy a picnic under the stars!
Gates open from 4.00pm and you can bring your own picnic and drinks, or delve into the Station Refreshment Kiosk and BBQ which will be serving hot and cold food throughout the evening.
Our Jazz Bar serving Real Ales from Island breweries, plus a selection of wines, cider and lager, will be open all evening.
Isle of Wight Midsummer Jazz Festival Tickets Available Soon!
D. Places of Interest
Julia Margaret Cameron, the famous Victorian portrait photographer, lived at Dimbola Lodge from 1860 until 1875, where she photographed the cream of Victorian Society. The Julia Margaret Cameron Trust was set up with the aim of ensuring the preservation of Dimbola Lodge, and to provide historical information on Julia Margaret Cameron's life and works. We also ensure an extensive list of activities, events and exhibitions take place in and around Dimbola Lodge Museum to support the Trust's objectives and to support photographers from all over the world.
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