One of the UK’s oldest music festivals
Isle of Wight Festival is one of the UK's longest-running music festivals, each year bringing over 90,000 music fans to the island for a weekend of rock, pop and dance.
Since its establishment in 1968, the now iconic festival has seen headline sets from legends such as Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones and The Who. But one of the festival's most fabled years has to be 1970, when an estimated 700,000 people turned up to see Jimi Hendrix, leading to the UK Parliament to pass a law banning the festival. It made its triumphant return in 2002.
Nowadays the Isle of Wight Festival still hosts its top-tier lineup – 2020's lineup will feature Lionel Richie, Lewis Capaldi, Snow Patrol, The Chemical Brothers and Duran Duran – while the festival is also great for families, with the lineup including a diverse programme of theatre, film, comedy, activities and games.
And beyond the festival's gates, those wishing to turn the trip into a longer holiday will find an island offering all kinds of extra activities, including walking, cycling, horse riding, kayaking, sailing and much, much more.
The Isle of Wight sits just off England's south coast, and is connected by ferry and hovercraft services from Southampton, Portsmouth, Lymington and Southsea.
Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2EA, United Kingdom
Getting to the Isle of Wight is very simple. All you need to do is get yourself to one of the four mainland ferry ports at Southampton, Portsmouth, Lymington or Southsea.
Southampton: Red Funnel offers two services: the ferry from Southampton to East Cowes or the Red Jet from Southampton to West Cowes. There are bus stations at both Cowes’ terminals where you can catch the bus to take you directly to the festival if you are on foot.
Portsmouth & Lymington: Wightlink operates two services, one from Lymington to Yarmouth (35min crossing) and the other from Portsmouth to Fishbourne (45min crossing). There are bus stations at both island terminals where you can catch the bus to take you directly to festival.
Southsea: Hovertravel operates a hovercraft service - only for those on foot - from Southsea to Ryde. A bus service is available in Ryde for transport to the festival. Alternatively, there are taxi services running from all ports if you'd rather take one instead of the bus.
Journey times vary depending on where you are catching the ferry from. For example, a journey from Southampton can be as short as 23 minutes on the high speed service, while the journey time from Portsmouth to Fishbourne is around 45 minutes.
The quickest time is via Hovercraft from Southsea. The crossing should take only 10 minutes.
All ages can attend Isle of Wight Festival, and those under 12 get in for free – but they must still be booked in advance.
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