We have a fabulous competition to win 2 x weekend camping tickets to the 2019 Isle of Wight Festival, to be in with a chance of winning, visit our social pages on either facebook or instagram. Good Luck!
(T&Cs apply, see the end of the article)
It’s just around the corner now and we couldn’t be more excited. Read our guide to having the best time at this year’s Isle of Wight Festival:
Getting to the Isle of Wight couldn’t be easier. All you need to do is get yourself to one of the four mainland ferry ports at Southampton, Portsmouth, Lymington or Southsea. All of the ferry ports are served by good rail and road links. After a short crossing taking in the sights of the Solent and the coastline, you will arrive on our gorgeous Island and you’ll be at the Isle of Wight Festival in no time at all. If you are camping, make sure you get there in good time to bagsy the best spot (ideally away from the toilets!), but please bear in mind that the campsite doesn’t officially open until the Thursday.
What to Expect
If you have never been to a festival, then be prepared for a laid back time surrounded by people of all ages. This year the theme is ‘Summer of ’69 – Peace & Love’ to reflect the era that the Festival was born, so get looking through your parent’s wardrobes for some appropriate attire!
There are various stages across the site, but the main stage and big top are where you can expect to see the likes of Biffy Clyro, George Ezra, Fat Boy Slim, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Lilly Allen, Garbage, Keane plus many more. To ensure you don’t miss any of your favourite acts or indeed some up and coming artists, then it’s worth keeping a list with the proposed set times close to hand (usually available on site) or make use of the free to download Isle of Wight Festival app where you can mark your favourites and get alerts.
There are numerous other stages around the site that cater to all genres of music, so make sure you explore the various tents on your travels. Child-friendly areas are also dotted around the site if they require a little entertainment plus fair rides to wear them out. Face painting and glitter art is always a favourite.
Survival Kit and Safety Tips
As a rule, your festival survival kit should include sun cream, a hat or scarf, antibacterial hand gel, tissues (just in case…for toilet trips!) and for the girls, some emergency make-up items, including face-wipes and dry shampoo. Water is available throughout the site so make sure to keep hydrated at all times. You will also need lots of cash (machines are available on site should you run out) to enjoy the many stalls and sample all the delicious food opportunities available. There are tastes to satisfy most appetites, including recipes from around the world as well as the good old-fashioned tea and cake. Drinks tents are huge and are easy to locate but the queues can be long, so remember to stock up! Brand new for 2019 – save time and effort by pre-ordering your festival campsite drinks today and collect them when you arrive (pre-orders will close on Monday 10th June at 16:00)
It is worth noting that you are not allowed to bring your own food and drink into the main site. Bags are regularly checked at the entrance gates and any items found are confiscated.
Remember that you are immersed in this captivating festival surrounded by thousands of people, where your normal safety procedures can easily be forgotten. Always keep track of your friends and family members, especially children, keep hydrated and cover up if the sun is shining, which hopefully it will. There are medical facilities and welfare tents in the campsite and arena should you need them. Try to organise and locate a recognisable meeting point should members of your group become separated and write your mobile number in a pen that won’t rub off on your child’s arm.
If you fancy a short break from the festival, then take a stroll along the main road into the town centre of Newport where local residents provide their own take on food and drink stalls. Many local cafes, restaurants and pubs will be at your disposal should you want to experience the slow pace of island life. However, take away establishments are close to hand for those who can’t resist! Also, take advantage of this opportunity to stock up on supplies for the campsite.
Why not extend your visit to the beautiful Isle of Wight and explore some of the places of interest like Osborne House, the private holiday home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. This year marks her 200th anniversary. If you have children that enjoy the company of animals, then take a trip to Tapnell Farm or Monkey Haven. It is also worth taking in the sights of the beautiful countryside by embarking on some leisurely strolls along the many pathways should you need reviving after the hectic festival fun.
- Competition closes 12pm Tuesday 11 June 2019.
- The prize package is 2 x weekend camping tickets (12 years and over) to The Isle of Wight Festival 2019 (Thursday 13th – Sunday 16th June 2019)
- The prize does not include travel or accommodation
- The tickets are issued subject to the festival’s standard T&Cs, which can be found at www.isleofwightfestival.com/info/tickets
- The prize is non-transferable, non-refundable and there is no cash alternative
- For more information, visit www.isleofwightfestival.com