Most people who come to Bestival camp on-site over the weekend, and camping in the main campsites is included in the regular ticket price. You simply turn up, find a spot and pitch your own tent. Then go and party. The Main Campsites are divided into colours and each campsite has its own unique identity.
There are also some additional camping options available – our Boutique campsite, The Wild Copse, Hospitality, Pre-pitched tents and Campervan and Caravan/Trailer Tent areas.
This year there will be one main Campsite Hub in between the Green and Red campsites. There will be a gorgeous chalet, a tower and flag, and seating area where you’ll be able to find a large site plan, up to date programme information and dedicated staff to make sure you are all looked after and know where you are camped! It’s a great meeting place and if you need first aid, security or would like to report something (over-flowing loo / bin etc) you will be able to go straight to the Campsite Hub and the Hub Crew will be able assist you.
As our campsites are all colour-coded we have re-named each with a song to match. So where do you want to camp? In Back in Black?
Or do you think It’s Not Easy Being Green, prefer 99 Red Balloons, Barry White, Clockwork Orange, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road… or would you rather be Somewhere Over the Rainbow?!
We’ll also designate one Campsite as the Quiet Campsite – check on the site map for details and please only camp here if you’re going to keep it down a bit.
Wherever you camp, we hope you become proud of your campsite and all do your part in keeping Bestival Green and Tidy!
When I arrive, can I set up camp anywhere?
Yes you can set up camp in any of the colour-coded campsites but not in any of the main music arenas.
You can only camp in the Boutique campsite, Wild Copse, Hospitality, and Camplight if you have booked to stay in those areas prior to the event.
There is small family campsite which you can only gain access to if you are with children. You will be given a wristband when you first enter the family campsite and will need them for the rest of the weekend to gain further access. Check out more info on the Campsite Hub here.
Disability access camping is available and needs to be applied for prior to the event. More info here.
Please note that Bestival’s entertainment goes until the early hours of the morning and campsites may be close to loud music, earplugs may be handy.
Is it possible to reserve/allocate a specific space for me in general camping or the campervan fields?
The general camping areas are an open space where you find a free space to camp when you arrive. These areas have plenty of space and facilities and the majority of people attending the festival stay in general camping.
Campervans are lined-up by our staff when they arrive; the first in will be the closest to the entrance to the festival, the last in will be furthest away. We cannot pre-allocate spaces in this area.
My friends are staying in the Boutique Campsite – can we camp with them?
Unfortunately not. No tents are allowed in the Boutique Camping Field.
My friends are staying in the new premium camping area The Wild Copse – can we camp with them?
If you do not have a Wild Copse ticket then you can’t camp in that area – however for those of you that have already purchased a Bestival ticket you can pay the difference and upgrade to The Wild Copse by calling Ticketline on 0844 888 4420 (or by contacing your point of purchase if not Ticketline).
My friends are staying in the Campervan field – can we camp with them?
Each campervan is allocated 9 × 6 metres of space, usually enough for an additional awning and/or a small tent. As long as you remain within their allocated pitch you can camp with them.
Can I bring my own alcohol?
You are allowed to bring in your own alcohol (for consumption in the camping fields) but only up to a reasonable amount per person eg. one case of beer per person.
You will be asked to leave excess quantities outside the event – this will be enforced this year.
You will NOT be allowed to re-enter the festival site with alcohol once entered the festival site via the entrance gates.
Alcohol cannot be brought into any of the main arenas/fields from the campsites. There are fully licensed bars available for you.
Please remember that glass is not allowed anywhere at Bestival so please make sure to decant anything you are planning to bring into the campsites into plastic containers before you arrive.
Can I bring Nitrous Oxide to the festival?
The use or supply of Nitrous Oxide as a stimulant is not legal as it can only be supplied in this form by a registered pharmacist.
Vendors or users are committing an offence under Section 52 of the Medicines Act 1968 of selling and/or supplying a pharmacy medicine not under the control of a pharmacist.
Bestival have a robust zero tolerance approach across the festival site to illegal drugs and legal highs alike. No illegal or legal highs of any sort are permitted to be brought into the event or to be sold within the festival grounds and should any person be found to be doing so they would be liable to our formal ejection process.
Are Chinese lanterns, flares, fireworks, generators or campfires allowed?
No, we have a no naked flame policy at the festival and in the campsite.
Fires, flares, fireworks etc will be extinguished by the Isle of Wight fire service.
HOWEVER, there will be designated areas in the campsite where you’ll be able to go to use small BBQs and stoves to cook food.
No generators are allowed at Bestival apart from those built into campervans or caravans.
Chinese lanterns pose a fire risk because of the large number of properties with thatched roofs and standing crops in the area.
Given the abundance of large agricultural spaces and thatched roofs on the Isle of Wight, we ask that you refrain from using them at Bestival.
Can I bring a small BBQs or stove to cook food
Yes you can bring these however you are only permitted to use them in the designated cooking areas which will be signposted in the campsites.
Do not use cookers or disposable BBQs inside your tent, awning or campervan. Carbon monoxide can kill.
Read more on Camping Gas Safety here. Note – the maximum gas canister size we allow at Bestival is 5kg.
Are there showers on site?
Yes there are showers available to use for campers at Bestival.
Do be prepared for a queue (in all areas including Boutique and Wild Copse) though as unfortunately we can’t increase the amount of showers on site due to the island’s shortage of water.
It’s probably best to do at off-peak times such as the afternoon when they are quieter.
Are there water points on site?
Yes there are plenty free water points located around the main arenas, fields and campsites. These will all be marked on the site map.
Can I leave the festival site and then come back in?
Yes you will be allowed to re-enter the festival site as long as you have a valid wristband on.
Please note there is no re-entry after midnight on any nights (no exceptions) – also please note the alcohol rules above.
What’s happening on the Thursday?
Slow Motion, Magic Meadow, Wishing Tree, Stardust Field and Temple Island will all be open for action on the Thursday night with a full line-up of live music and DJs in The Big Top, Invaders Of The Future, Temple Island, Kaleidoscope Stage and more.
If security confiscates something from me, what should I do?
If it’s not illegal (this is a whole different ballgame), make sure you get the ID and name of the security guard and perhaps go with them to a lost property point run by Welfare where you can collect your item at the end of the festival or pay for it to be returned to you.
Are there lockers on site?
Yes there will be. Leaving valuables in your tent can be risky so please make use of the lockers at Bestival: Charge & Store where you can also charge your mobile phone.
(other locker suppliers may also be available at the festival)
Can I bring my dog / cat / rabbit / gruffalo?
No pets or animals are allowed on site with the exception of registered guide dogs.
What are the dates for Bestival 2016?
Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th September 2016.
What are the dates for Bestival 2017?
The dates for Bestival 2017 are still to be confirmed.