Bestival: Travel news and updates

By a County Press reporter

Published on Monday, September 08, 2014 - 09:28


Bestival: Travel news and updates

Sunrise on the Bestival site 2013.. Picture courtesy of Bestival.

UPDATED 09:28*

BESTIVAL is back, with tens of thousands of music fans heading to the Isle of Wight for acts including OutKast, Beck and Foals.

The main stage will not open until tomorrow (Friday), but the majority of revellers are expected to arrive today.

We will update this page with the latest updates (below the timetable links).

Find out more about the Isle of Wight Council traffic plan (including a map) here.

View Wightlink's timetable here.

View Red Funnel's Red Jet passenger timetable here.

View Red Funnel's vehicle timetable here.

View Southern Vectis' timetable here.

View Hovertravel information here.



Traffic around the Bestival site is running well this morning with no reported delays, according to the Isle of Wight Council.

Beatrice Avenue is a 'no waiting at any time’ zone and is a one-way system until midnight tonight to help reduce congestion and the road between the junction at Arreton (at Arreton Barns) and Hare & Hounds is currently closed to assist with traffic leaving Bestival, the council said.

The one-way system on Rowlands Lane has been reversed (northbound direction towards Ryde/Binstead) from the Downs Rd to Havenstreet Main Rd.

Ferry passengers have been advised not arrive early to try and get on an earlier boat. 

Red Funnel is operating additional Red Jet passenger sailings will run today (Sunday).

Leaving Cowes at 16:45, 17:45 and 00:35. 

Leaving Southampton at 16:15, 17:45 and 00:05.


Several cars parked in Castle Street, East Cowes, were towed away. Owners should contact the police.

The Isle of Wight Council has again urged drivers to avoid the area around the Bestival site if possible, but said at around 5.30pm that all roads around the site were running smoothly.


The Isle of Wight Council has warned the owners of cars are parked in Castle Street, East Cowes, that unless they are moved they will be towed away.


Traffic on the Downs Road is heavy at the Red Gate entrance and backing up about 600 metres, according to the Isle of Wight. Please avoid this area if you can.


Isle of Wight police have advised drivers to follow road signs to the Bestival, rather than Sat Navs. Click here for an Isle of Wight Council traffic map of roads around the site.


All Red Funnel and Wightlink services running to timetable.

Red Funnel has asked drivers travelling via Southampton, not to arrive more than one hour before their sailing.


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