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The Port is dead. Long live The Spaceport! 

HMS Bestival has vanished in mysterious circumstances. Investigations are underway, but as the enigma deepens and the conspiracy theories grow, the ship’s fate remains unclear. As the future unfolds, and human horizons expand beyond the planet, The Port, devoid of its antiquated maritime attraction, will evolve into a new kind of universal berth. A colossal cosmodrome. The Spaceport.

Rob da Bank says: “Be under no illusions my futuristic friends… This stage is going to blow your mind and take you interstellar like no other stage before… This is The Future of the dance. HMS Bestival, our trusty old ship, has sunk or otherwise been sucked down a Bermuda Triangle shaped whirlpool, and thus we are reinventing Robin Hill’s sacred rave space once more with a spaceship the likes Planet Earth has never witnessed. 

“A veritable space oddity standing seven storeys high The Spaceport will beam out music day and night, lit by lasers with giant astronauts floating across the sky. Prepare for take-off, take your protein pills and put your helmet on. See you at The Spaceport in t-minus 196 days and counting…” 

Featuring a vast rocket standing more than 20 metres high at its centre, The Spaceport is a laser-loaded mega-structure featuring a truly state of the art db audio array processing sound system, guaranteed to smash out epic low-end, with lighting design from Lite Alt Design’s world renowned Paul Normandale, whose previous credits include the Chemical Brothers, Coldplay and the Tate Modern Turbine Hall. The Spaceport is a unique step in the advancement of sound and vision, where next-level partying isn’t just an ambition, it’s a promise.

As well as a main stage date with Major Lazer, the mighty Diplo will also be making a separate appearance headlining our brand new stage.  A true innovator and originator, when Diplo first brought his Mad Decent Soundsystem to rip up Bestival 2009 the night was truly legendary, so expect more of the same and a lot more besides.

Rave pioneer, three-deck wizard, label don and über producer, Carl Cox is lined up for some very special headline excursions at The Spaceport. A mainstay of contemporary dance culture over the last three decades, we’re super-excited that he’ll be joining our futurescape playing an unmissable, career-spanning House Classics set.

He’s headlined the main stage (twice), he’s played Bollywood, the Big Top, and even a sneaky set or two in the hidden disco, so when we asked our great friend and serial rave god Fatboy Slim back this year, there was only ever one place we wanted him to play; on our epic new stage, The Spaceport!

The Spaceport’s full line-up will be announced very soon, plus we have one more main stage headliner, and more music, madness and mayhem to unveil. The future really is here. Join us.

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BESTIVAL TICKET LINKS & INFORMATION:                                                     

www.ticketline.co.uk/bestival-tickets, 0844 888 4410


Adult Ticket (entry from Thursday or Friday) – £190

Adult Premium ‘Wild Copse’ Camping Ticket – £299 (more info)

Student Ticket (entry from Thursday or Friday) – £180

(For full-time students only. Valid NUS or ISIC ID required at the box office. No other student ID accepted)

Teen (age 13-17) Ticket – £120

Teen (age 13-17) Premium ‘Wild Copse’ Camping Ticket – £149.50 (more info)

Child (age 12 & under) Ticket – Free (but you must obtain a ticket)

Child (age 12 & under) Premium ‘Wild Copse’ Camping Ticket – Free (more info)

VIP Ticket (Standard Camping) – £295

VIP Ticket (Wild Copse Camping) – £390

Campervan Tickets – £90 (per vehicle) (more info)

Caravan / Trailer Tent Ticket – £100 (One car only per caravan/trailer tent, no exceptions – more info)

Advance Car Parking – £15

– All Tickets will incur a booking fee

– There are no Day Tickets

– All Tickets incur a £1 donation to the Isle of Wight Youth Trust* (see below for further info)

Weekly Payment Plan


Bestival’s ground breaking weekly payment plan means you can get yourself a Bestival 2016 ticket for just £7 a week! Spreading the cost across 25 weeks, an initial £25 deposit payment (plus booking fees and p&p), followed by 24 weekly payments of around £7, gets you a ticket for the same price as paying in one go.

This offer is only available online from our official ticket partner Ticketline: www.ticketline.co.uk/bestival-tickets


Once again this year we are adding on a £1 charity donation onto all Bestival tickets. The money raised will go directly to the Isle Of Wight Youth Trust (Reg Charity no. 1087163) to help fund their fantastic work offering counselling and support to young people aged 25 and under on the Isle of Wight. The Bestival Foundation is also a proud supporter of the Youth Trust.


NATIONAL PRESS CHLOE MUNTS – chloe@getinvolvedltd.com

REGIONAL PRESS & BROADCAST AIDAN BYRNE – aidan@getinvolvedltd.com
ONLINE & STUDENT: MOLLY DIXON molly@getinvolvedltd.com 



This half term, from Saturday 24th – 31st October, Robin Hill Country Park, the Island’s award winning attraction, will be open all day and into the night too providing hours of entertainment for the whole family – and a chance for the kids to stay up late too!

By day, Robin Hill boasts a fantastic blend of rides – including the quarter mile downhill toboggan – falconry displays and adventure play for fun loving families and children, plus relaxing woodland gardens, ponds and walks for discerning adults to enjoy.

By night … the park becomes a unique sensory experience with the ‘electric woods’ Festival of Light – a stunning spectacle of creatively themed light, colour, sound, and entertainment inspired by the Hindu Festival of Diwali where ‘light triumphs over darkness’.

As darkness falls, visitors can experience the lush colours, flavours and magic of the Asian sub-continent set in Robin Hill’s glorious autumnal ancient woodland as the spectacular ‘electric woods’ captures the spirit of the most popular festival in the Indian calendar.

Wandering through the ‘electric woods’, visitors can enjoy a spectacular light, sound & fire show which envelopes the new Canopy Skywalk and incorporates fire projectors and illuminated screens to dramatic effect, creating an exciting walk through experience.

The Indian poem, ‘The Ramayana’, which celebrates the victory of good over evil, is creatively portrayed by enchanting cinematic shadow theatre in the woodland amphitheatre – and light installations depicting elephants, stars and peacocks can be discovered throughout the woods.

Plus visitors can take part in Lantern making and Bollywood dance workshops – and join our larger than life Prince Rama and Princess Sita on a lantern parade around our electric woods as a tribute to their home coming in the story of Diwali.

Our Bollywood Dj, Dr Dj, will also be presenting a variety of great Bollywood music and our Bollywood dance troupe will entertain visitors around the electric woods with colourful, high energy performances.

Back by popular demand, visitors will once again be able to embrace the spirit of Diwali by taking part in the Colour Walk – a vividly coloured walk through the otherwise dark woodland glades where, armed with special ‘Holi’ powder, they will ward off evil spirits by throwing burst of coloured powder into the air (and onto each other!)!   All visitors will receive a free pouch of brightly coloured powder to throw whilst on their quest.

And not forgetting our ground breaking new falconry display in the woodland amphitheatre.

The Diwali theme continues across all refreshments with an enhanced authentic Indian menu of curries and kebabs, Asian sweets, and traditional teas; providing a true ‘taste of India’.

With so much entertainment, visitors will benefit from Robin Hill’s ‘free unlimited 7 day return’ valid until Sunday 1st November (when the park closes for the season).

Robin Hill Country Park is open from Saturday 24th – 31st October, 10am – 9pm and 10am – 10pm on Saturdays.

For more information please visit: www.robin-hill.com and www.electricwoods.co.uk


For further information, please contact Michelle Russell, Marketing & Communications Manager, Vectis Ventures on 01983 732123 / 07436 283630 / michelle@vectisventures.co.uk


Electric Woods Returns

The magical Electric Woods returns to Robin Hill this February Half Term, marking the coming of the Chinese New Year with a stunning new spectacle of light, sound and colour.

Electric Woods Balcony View

Strong oriental themes will be on offer in the parks magical illuminated woodland to capture the spirit of one of the world’s most popular celebrations. This is the first of a series of openings in 2013 for the parks new “Electric Woods” which made a popular evening debut with Islander’s last summer and autumn to rave reviews from visitors.

It is also the first time Robin Hill will have ever opened it’s gates during this time of the year, with the “Spirit of the Orient” Electric Woods event starting Saturday 16th & finishing Sunday 24th February.

Robin Hill will be open every day during the celebrations from 10am until 8pm, and the usual range of attractions will be opened for all visitors during daylight hours, including the newly revamped 4D Motion cinema.

As dusk begins to falls the Oriental theming will burst into life with an array of lanterns, flags and features through the parks woodland. Visitors will marvel at the stunning “Golden Oriole” bridge with its cascading golden water as well as being treated to Chinese themed entertainment and dancing on the woodland bowl stage.

Electric Woods Lanterns

An oriental menu will feature at the woodlands ponds where floating lanterns will bring magical reflections to the water and themed music will add to the ambience. There will be the chance to sample some fortune cookies and authentic Chinese tea as well as win a great prize in the Chinese red envelope lucky dip.

Some of the main family attractions will also remain open well into the evening and there will be children’s entertainment and a special evening owl show including the parks own barn owl Nimbus to add some more traditional Robin Hill fun to the mix.

The Park’s event manager Darren Cool said “The Electric Woods-Spirit of the Orient” celebration at the park will be something quite novel and exciting for the Isle of Wight. It’s a colourful spectacle of sound and light to celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year and to help us look forward to the coming of spring. It will certainly give something bright and cheerful in one of the dullest months of the calendar. Lots of people have commented that there is nothing to do during this particular school holiday on the Island, so at last we can say we are doing something fun, very different and suitable for all ages. Visitors were impressed by the majesty of the parks creative lighting and sound last year and the oriental theme gives an exciting twist to this which people will love.”

The special February half term entry ticket includes unlimited 9 day of returns, so people can come back day and night, again and again if they want to.

Full details of specific times, events and entry prices are available from the parks website


Tickets are available in advance from the website or by calling the park on 01983 556052.