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This autumn, Robin Hill’s popular electric woods event, Festival of Light inspired by Diwali, will be celebrating the 70th Anniversary of India’s independence with stunning, creatively themed light, colour, sound and entertainment that captures the many aspects of Indian culture: wild India, modern India, decorative India, historical India, urban India, celebration and spiritual India.

Every evening from 30th September – 4th November, 6pm – 10pm, visitors can experience the lush colours, flavours and magic of the Asian sub-continent set in Robin Hill’s glorious autumnal ancient woodland as they venture on a journey of discovery of India.

To celebrate the 70th anniversary, this unique outdoor event takes on a fresh approach which will immerse visitors in different experiences within each woodland area, transformed by innovative, contrasting themes and lighting effects.

From the bright lights and digital feel of modern India, venture into the wild and enchanting forests, discover elephants, tigers, monkeys … creatively brought to life.   Walk down the highway and find yourself amidst the hustle and bustle of urban life and Indian bazaars … absorb the aromas of Indian cuisine.  Then escape to a spiritual, more serene setting in our Woodland ponds where you can relax and enjoy quiet contemplation before taking part in the celebrations; party to Bollywood music and enjoy colourful kaliedoscopic fun!  Your journey continues through decorative India where you’ll discover beautiful examples of art, murals and light shows and then to draw your cultural journey to a close, we take a nostalgic look back at India’s history creatively curated through light and sound.


No electric woods Festival of Light event would be the same without the magic of Holi powder, which will be a highlight for many visitors!  Come and get colourful again this year, with a free bag of coloured powder for first time visitors.

Amidst all this exciting activity, take time to enjoy the enhanced authentic Indian menu of curries and kebabs, Asian sweets, and traditional teas; providing a true ‘taste of India’ in the exciting setting of an Indian bazaar.

During October half term, 21st – 29th October, Robin Hill Country Park will be open during the day from 10am and continue into the evening with Festival of Light inspired by Diwali.    Additional evening entertainment includes Lantern decorating and Rangoli art workshops, Rama & Sita’s Lantern Parade, Dr DJ: the South’s No.1 Bollywood Bhangra Experience, spellbinding aerial silks display, Wings by Twilight, a stunning birds of prey experience and much more!

Please see website for further information: www.electricwoods.co.uk



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Celebrated across the world, Diwali is the largest, brightest and most popular festival in the Indian calendar. The word Diwali means “row of lighted lamps”, with light symbolizing the triumph of good over evil, prosperity over poverty and knowledge over ignorance. It’s a time for lighting diyas (or lamps), laying out colourful rangolis (colours), enjoying fireworks, exchanging gifts of sweets and celebrating with dance, music and storytelling.

Diwali starts on Thursday 19th October this year.

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


The wait is over, Robin Hill Country Park has today released the details of their brand new, boutique music festival – Eklectica – taking place at the park on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September this year.

Described as a festival with a twist, Eklectica is an exciting combination of acts that promise to be diverse, quirky and creative – headlined by internationally renowned, show stopping tribute bands – all set within the unique woodland setting of Robin Hill.  Expect the unexpected!

The Amphitheatre boasts the idea of turning quirky into an art form by showcasing all kinds of entertainment.  From circus to poetry, comedy to fine art, theatre to burlesque, we have a line-up that will flabbergast your artistic senses!     Acts include The Victorian Circus Duo, Professor Elemental, The Mime Guys, Vintage Comedy Duo, The FB Pocket Orchestra, Dave Sharp’s Speed Painting and The Ventnor Darlings to name but a few.

Set in the stunning heart of the Woodlands you’ll find the epicentre of electronic and dance music, featuring a programme of fresh, up-tempo sounds.    Saturday’s line-up promises a cut throat and current line up to include the Superb ‘Daft Club’ daft Punk tribute experience, plus south coast talent ‘Kry Wolf’ and friends.   Assuming a ‘dance classic’ posture, the Sunday line-up includes essential listening for cultured clubbers, including sounds from some of the UK’s champions of club classics.   Sunday’s line up to be announced soon.

And for those seeking a refuge from the madness elsewhere, Africa is the setting for an oasis of fun and frivolity!  Feast on a programme so diverse it merges homegrown Island talent, Mexicana and old school disco vibes!    A refuge from the madness – but only until it gets dark!     Get ready to mingle with mariachi kings ‘Vote Pedro’, Get your groove on to local talent from Platform One College of Music, plus time warp back to the old school with sets from The Xtreme 80’s.   More acts to be announced soon.

Performing on the Main Stage and celebrating the music of yesterday and today, experience amazing full show productions from our tribute band headliners :

Official UK Number One Winner of The National Tribute Music Awards 2016 : Ultimate Elton John and the Rocket Band will perform a truly wonderful celebration of the life and music of Elton John on Saturday night.  Close your eyes and you won’t believe your ears, open your eyes and you won’t believe them.  You simply won’t find a closer tribute to Sir Elton John.   Indeed, Elton’s former manager, John Reid, said “I defy anyone not to believe that Paul Bacon presents the Ultimate Elton Show”.    Performing at Elton John’s mother’s 90th birthday, Elton’s mum declared him “sensational”.

Sunday gives you a double whammy of headliners!  Be prepared to be blown away by Killer Queen, the only Queen tribute band to have sold out arenas all over the world, most recently, the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in America.  “Patrick Meyers recreation of Queen’s lead singer is simply uncanny” states Baz Bamignoye of the Daily Mail, whilst Duncan Kennedy of BBC1 said, “No detail is overlooked.  Killer Queen are kings of the musical impersonators, the highest of tributes”.

Then, to close Eklectica, relive the magic of Michael Jackson starring Ben.   With an incredible live band, stunning costumes, iconic dance show and the World’s Number One Michael Jackson soundalike, this show promises to create the most authentic, lively and powerful recreation of the iconic Superstar, that will leave even the most die-hard MJ fans crying out for more!

Supporting tribute bands on Saturday include The Killerz, Madness Tribute Band – Los Palmas 6, Mumma Mia Abba Tribute, the World’s original One Direction tribute band and Little Chix.   Whilst on Sunday, enjoy singing along with tribute bands Stevie Wonder, Duran Duran tribute band Duran 2 and Almost Olly, Olly Murs Tribute Show.

Rob Holgate, Managing Director, Vectis Ventures Limited, said “We are very excited about putting on Eklectica.   Over the last 12 years, the team at Robin Hill has gained considerable experience putting on major events including music festivals.  September is a key date on the calendar for many Islanders and for many visitors too, so we took the decision to fill the slot and put on a brand new boutique music event with a difference for all to enjoy!  Our aim is for Eklectica to be the party that ends the summer and we hope that this year’s event will be the first of many.”

Day and weekend tickets are available for Eklectica.  For full details about the event and to purchase tickets visit eklectica.live.

Eklectica is being produced and managed by Vectis Ventures, the company which owns Robin Hill.


For further information please contact Michelle Russell, Marketing & Communications Manager at Vectis Ventures Limited on 07436 283 630 / michelle@vectisventures.co.uk


Inspiration to pitch-up on the Isle of Wight

Responding to an increase in demand for camping & caravanning holidays on the Island, Visit Isle of Wight has just launched a dedicated microsite and new brochure in a bid to help promote itself as the Camping Capital of the UK.

The new site (http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/inspiration/camping-capital) highlights the many and varied options that are currently available to anyone visiting the Island – from luxury yurts and shepherd’s huts, through to American Airstream caravans, VW Campervans and camping pods.

And if further inspiration is needed, it even flags-up the fact that last year the Isle of Wight recorded more hours of sunshine than the rest of the UK, making it officially the sunniest destination in the country – and a perfect place to pitch-up a tent!

Recent developments across the Island this year already include a new glamping opportunities at Tom’s Eco Lodge (http://tomsecolodge.com), where prices start from £85 a night.

Elsewhere, a range of new holiday lodges has also just been launched at the 5-star Woodside Coastal Retreat which lies to the north of the Isle of Wight, between Cowes and Ryde (https://www.darwinescapes.co.uk/parks/woodside-coastal-retreat/). Prices here start from £225 (based on a 3 night stay).

Looking further ahead, Robin Hill is planning a development of quality tree houses for 2018 http://www.robin-hill.com/welcome-to-nesting).

For now, however, it’s all about the range of options, and perfect backdrop provided by an Island with so many sites located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and close to so many outdoor pursuits and unusual modes of transport – including electric bikes and Renault Twizys.

It is also an Island synonymous with festivals

V-Dub Festival from August 18-22 (http://www.v-dubisland.com/) for example, is a family friendly camping and Volkswagen Festival for music lovers. While world famous Bestival, from September 8 to 11, will have its very own Boutique Campsite this year (http://www.bestival.net/areas/campsites) with tipis, yurts, squrts (baby yurts, cloudhouses, bell tents, safari tents, airstreams and a wide range of other options from the people who bought us PodPads,

Other favourites on the Island include woodland camping in tree houses (http://www.isleofwighttreehouse.com/) where red squirrels are said to come and tap at the windows and prices start from £150 per night (for up to 6 people); and Compton Farm (http://comptonfarm.co.uk), on the coastal Military Road, where the twelve static caravans have been named Best National Trust site for Camping (high season prices for adults £9pppn, children £4.50pppn.

The Isle of Wight’s new camping and caravanning microsite also features a competition to win a seven night camping holiday on the Island for the next three years (http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/inspiration/competitions/win-a-three-year-camping-holiday).

Bestival Headliners and First Wave of Acts Announced









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The omens are good, The Future is happening. With Bestival 2016’s Future theme unveiled, we can hurtle headlong into the good times, revealing three massive headliners and an incredible cast of musical pioneers, forward thinking funksters and precognitive pop stars, who will be journeying with us into Bestival’s glamourous machine age, where everlasting gobstoppers signal eternal bliss, this September 8-11, disembarking from Robin Hill on the Isle of Wight.

Future swashbuckler Rob da Bank says: “So, here we go again, but this time we’re going far… far away… into the future. Prepare yourselves for a Bestival unlike any other with futuristic new stages, and as ever it’s a broad church of music from every decade and every genre. Saturday night headliners and one of my favourite bands ever, The Cure, played Bestival five years ago and almost had to be dragged off stage after a three-hour mammoth greatest hits set. Robert Smith popped down last year and we shook hands on it all happening again… bring it on!

“Friday honours go to Major Lazer who have killed it every time they’ve played, on a bigger stage each time – I remember going to see an exhausted, sweating Diplo after his last main stage show for us and he said ‘headline next time?’, so here we are!

“It’s not all about the headliners, as we know, so I’m super-pleased to have acts as diverse as Hot Chip, Years and Years, Animal Collective and Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley, through to the hottest DJs Kurupt FM and the Black Madonna. This is just the start of the trip – see you in The Future!”

The Cure’s Robert Smith said: “We are very very happy to be back at our favourite festival; we can’t wait to play a special set to show the future IS what it used to be…” 

Major Lazer commented: “We started at Bestival five years ago, and it was one of our favourite shows to date. Feels like home for us… Rugged and real music fans… Since then we finally impacted in England, and we can’t wait to do our new show and play all the records for the fans at one of the best festivals in the world!!”

One of Bestival HQs favourites and, frankly, one of the greatest bands of all time, The Cure will headline Saturday night when Bestival heads to The Future. From Three Imaginary Boys in 1979 to their most recent album 4:13 Dream, they’ve forged their own path, dragging everyone else in their wake. Covering the gamut of emotions that take in the heady pop of Boys Don’t Cry and Inbetween Days, the heartbreak of Pictures of You and Bloodflowers, the ferociousness of Give Me It and Fascination Street and the dreaminess of Underneath the Stars and Lovesong, their live shows are legendary, taking the crowd on a beautiful rollercoaster ride. So, we really can’t wait to welcome them back to the main stage at Robin Hill this September.

Ensuring that Friday night’s main stage behaviour goes off with the requisite bang that will fire us forward into the unknown, we’re ecstatic that Major Lazer are making their return in 2016. Their last appearance driving willing Bestivalites to the edge of abandon has passed into Bestival lore, making them one of the most incredible live spectacles we’ve ever witnessed. Powered by the inimitable ingenuity of Diplo and Jillionaire, Major Lazer’s Peace Is The Mission album ruled sound systems throughout 2015, producing one of the year’s anthems in Lean On, and launching the band into truly big leagues. Guaranteed to be a mindblower, you don’t want to miss our Friday night headliners.

They’re practically Bestival’s house band, having appeared with us at Robin Hill more times than almost anyone else, so we really couldn’t be happier that the incredible Hot Chip are very much a part of Bestival’s Future headlining Thursday night in the Big Top. From some truly impressive fancy dress action to trailblazing virtual reality band members they always pull out all the stops. Last year’s stripped back Why Make Sense? album was their sixth piece de resistance earning them universal acclaim, add to that their arsenal of kinetic electro-pop bangers and you have a nailed-on guarantee of good times, to help kick of our future adventures in stupendous style.

With one more headliner still to announce, we have a litany of musical treats, all presented in alphabetical order for your delectation, that will keep you reaching for the stars all weekend long, including Animal Collective, Aurora, Bastille, Beaty Heart, Benjamin Damage, Bicep, The Black Madonna, Bodhi presents ROOTS, Caravan Palace, Craig David’s TS5, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, and David Rodigan MBE presents Ram Jam.

Plus, we’ll have Eats Everything, Eskimo Dance featuring Wiley, Section Boyz, Chip, Big Narstie, Newham Generals, Frisco, P Money, Elf Kid, AJ Tracey, Jammz, Fekky, Logan Sama & Maximum, Ghostpoet, and Hospitality Presents: Camo & Krooked, London Elektricity, S.P.Y B2B Nu:Tone, Danny Byrd B2B Brookes Brothers, Maduk, Dynamite MC and Wrec.

There will also be performances from The Human League, Jagwar Ma, Katy B, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, Krept & Konan, Kurupt FM’s Champagne Steam Rooms, Loyle Carner, MØ, Petite Meller and techno genius, Richie Hawtin.

Shoegaze pioneers Ride will be travelling with us into the unknown, and there will be high octane action from Shy FX’s Party On The Moon, Skepta, Skream, Slamboree, Tourist, Wolf Alice and Years & Years.

We are also unveiling our brand new VIP Ticket, which not only gives you fast track entry when you arrive on site but also gives you exclusive access to an all new VIP area that will include a viewing platform with exceptional Main Stage views. The VIP area also has its own cocktail bar, seating and toilet facilities and will host exclusive parties held after the Main Stage closes. A touch of decadence in a Future world, VIP Tickets are limited, so don’t miss out! Hospitality tickets are also now on sale, head to www.bestival.net for more information.

This is just the beginning, we have one more headliner, a host of music and myriad 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)


Bestival’s ground breaking weekly payment plan means you can get yourself a Bestival 2016 ticket for just £5.50 a week! Spreading the cost across 30 weeks, an initial £25 deposit payment (plus booking fees and p&p), followed by 29 weekly payments of around £5, 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 


Enjoy Island life for the day with Wightlink Ferries – New day trip rates at £45 per family ticket make an Isle of Wight escape a summer must do

Wightlink Ferries has introduced a new foot passenger family rate on its fast Catamaran service from Portsmouth Harbour to Ryde, and families can now hop over to the Island for a day trip for just £45.  A family ticket is valid for a family group of up to five people; minimum 1 adult and maximum 2 adults in the group, making a return day trip from just £9 per person*.

The Catamaran journey to Ryde, one of the Island’s most bustling towns, takes just 20 minutes, making a day trip to England’s largest Island a must do for castaways this summer.   Alternatively, foot passengers can travel from Portsmouth to Fishbourne or Lymington to Yarmouth for a slightly longer journey of 40 minutes at only £37.50 for a day trip.

Alongside the new rates, Wightlink has introduced a new section to its website that highlights the range of brilliant things to do in a day– www.wightlink.co.uk/daytrips.  Some can be reached on foot or by bike (foot passengers can take bikes on board the ferries at no additional cost) and others can be reached by the Island’s excellent public transport network.

Five of Wightlink’s favourite family days out this summer are:

Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s famous Royal residence in East Cowes, is transforming its spectacular grounds into an open air Luna Cinema under the stars for three nights during August. Families can indulge in a selection of hot food and drinks served from a range of vintage vehicles prior to enjoying the evening entertainment. Tickets cost £13.50 per adult and £9.00 per child.

Foot passengers disembarking the Catamaran at Ryde Pier can catch Southern Vectis bus route 4 towards East Cowes and arrive at Osborne House in just 30 minutes.

Throughout the summer, Robin Hill Adventure Park will play host to a number of stunning summer evenings, with lots of carnival style entertainment, live music and performances. Standard tickets cost from £13.50 each.

Families bringing their bikes along for the day can peddle to Robin Hill from Ryde Pier in just 45 minutes.

The Garlic Festival, 15-16 August, has become one of the Island’s most iconic events and is a superb family day out. Alongside the celebration of garlic (including in ice cream and beer form) there is live entertainment and music.  Rachel Koo will be this year’s guest chef. Tickets cost £9.50 per adult.

For families looking to combine some exercise into their visit, the 5.7 mile walk from Ryde Pier to the Garlic Festival is the perfect option.

Blackgang Chine has been attracting visitors for more than 170 years and is the perfect spot to keep the kids entertained. From spending the day as a princess, to drawing guns at noon or enjoying a dinosaur ride, there is plenty of fun to be had. Standard tickets cost from £16 per person.

Southern Vectis bus Route 7 runs from Yarmouth Bus Station, close to the Terminal. Route 7 connects to the Island bus interchange at Newport. From here Route 6 runs regular services to Blackgang Chine.

Located on the Isle of Wight’s beautiful heritage coastline, The Needles Landmark Attraction offers an exciting family day out. For spectacular views of Alum Bay Beach and Needles Rocks, take a ride on the chair lift.

This is the ideal attraction for foot passengers arriving into Yarmouth, as families can get on board the frequent number 7 bus route and arrive at The Needles in just 25 minutes.

Providing the perfect opportunity to unwind, relax and enjoy family time together, there is no better place to visit than the Isle of Wight for a special summer escape, even if just for a day**.

For more information on the exciting events and activities taking place on the Isle of Wight during summer, download Wightlink’s Wightlife brochure, which is available as an app, via http://www.wightlink.co.uk/wightlife.  Also, check out the Wightlife blog at http://wightlife.com.

*Adults includes any person aged 16 and over

**Longer stays are also encouraged. Explore a range of accommodation options and offers at www.wightlink.co.uk/stay


For more information about Wightlink Ferries, please contact:

Sophy Norris               01392 248 934            sophy.norris@flagshipconsulting.co.uk
Belinda Hallworth        0207 680 7114            belinda.hallworth@flagshipconsulting.co.uk
Nadia Fidler                0207 680 7122           nadia.fidler@flagshipconsulting.co.uk


Wightlink – Part of Island Life


Wightlink is the leading cross-Solent ferry operator carrying almost five million holidaymakers and Islanders across the Solent to the Isle of Wight every year. Nine ferries on three routes provide Island-wide coverage and complete 48,000 sailings a year giving Islanders an easy and frequent service to the mainland, and tourists an accessible way to enjoy a taste of Island life.

You can step off the train from London, hop on a Wightlink catamaran and be on the Island in just 22 minutes, the car ferries take around 40 minutes from Portsmouth and Lymington. On board, passengers and drivers alike can relax in the lounges and enjoy some refreshments before arriving on the Island to enjoy the range of attractions, events and experiences that make the Isle of Wight a leading destination for tourists.

The opening of the Hindhead Tunnel in Surrey has cut journey times to Portsmouth from Greater London. By contrast, Wightlink’s port at Lymington is reached by an attractive drive through the scenic New Forest.



Day Return: Car + 7 passengers from £43.75* Short Breaks (2-4 nights): Car + 7 passengers from £54.25**

*Terms & Conditions apply, subject to availability, valid for sailings 08:00 – 09:59 and 16:00 – 17:59. Price based on outward journey crossing 06/05/15 and returning 06/05/15.

** Terms & Conditions apply, subject to availability, valid for sailings 08:00 – 09:59 and 16:00 – 17:59. Price based on outward journey crossing 06/05/15 returning between 08/05/15 and 10/05/15.


Day Return: Car + 7 passengers from £43.75* Short Breaks (2-4 nights): Car + 7 passengers from £54.25**

*Terms & Conditions apply, subject to availability, valid for sailings 08:00 – 09:59 and 16:00 – 17:59. Price based on outward journey crossing 06/05/15 and returning 06/05/15.

** Terms & Conditions apply, subject to availability, valid for sailings 08:00 – 09:59 and 16:00 – 17:59. Price based on outward journey crossing 06/05/15 returning between 08/05/15 and 10/05/15. 

Book Early, Be Flexible, Save Money

More information can be found at www.wightlink.co.uk



Plus To Me, To You Behaviour From The Legendary: CHUCKLE BROTHERS 

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#Bestival15 / #SummerofLove

With over 25 stages, revolutionary soundsystems, zombie love-ins, psychedelic woodland adventures, 24-hour free haircuts, and a host of dazzling new attractions, Bestival’s Summer of Love is already looking pretty damn fit. But as ever, we want to get everyone we love involved, including this rather sultry bunch of musical marvels that will have you rockin’ Robin Hill all weekend long this September 10-13.

Love commando Rob da Bank says: “I’m well excited with this new batch of acts we’re announcing tonight. With so many identikit festivals about with similar acts and bills I’m proud that 12 years on we don’t go with the flow. If the indie amazingness of Drenge isn’t your bag then grimy faceslaps from Skepta and Wiley might be, and if you’re insane and don’t like the legendary junglist brilliance of Roni Size and his live Reprazent show then perhaps, just perhaps, you’ll be singing ‘to me, to you, to me, to you’ whilst dancing in a pair of ill-fitting tropical shorts to the Chuckle Brothers. No matter what, there’s plenty more fish in the sea to come, as our Summer of Love really starts to heat up. See you down the front.

Bringing on the love with big fat beats, we’ll have main stage appearances from grime pioneer Wiley, who completely smashed it as our secret guest in 2012, plus the unstoppable skank machine, Dub Pistols.

Dub Pistols legend Barry Ashworth commented: “The Highlight of the year for us will always be playing Bestival, this year we are back on the main stage, it doesn’t get bigger than that, and if that’s not enough you can always catch me spinning tracks and drinking in the Sunday Best Cardboard Record Shop! There’s only one Bestival!

Not quite true, Barry, there are two Bestivals, but we know what you mean! Big love to all our Canadian brethren! More Isle of Wight-based Bestival main stage action will come from cool chanteuse Gabrielle Aplin, sing-along faves Dodgy, and the Isle of Wight’s own Xockha and Yrslf.

Old blue, Bestival’s beloved Big Top will be playing host to some mighty sounds this summer, too, including the much requested return of Joseph Junior Adenuga AKA Skepta and an absolute must-see live set from drum n bass hero Roni Size & Reprazent. We’ll also have recently expanded noiseniks Drenge, our favourite scratch master DJ Yoda Presents: Breakfast of Champions, with his brand new hip-hop band busting up the Big Top live, and then the man himself will be taking on Bollywood for a typically special DJ set, and we’ll have one of the coolest bands ever to grace a festival, Sunday Best favourites, the utterly incomparable Kitty Daisy & Lewis.

Commenting on their latest Bestival appearance, Kitty Daisy & Lewis uttered as one: “We’re so excited to be coming to Bestival again this year, we always have a great time. Sunday Best know how to throw a festival!

The Big Top will also welcome a high-voltage rock assault from Dinosaur Pile-Up, plus sets from Kero Kero Bonito, Lloyd Yates, Seafret and – we’re not sure it’s possible to express quite how excited we are about this – The Chuckle Brothers!Yes, it’ll be history in the making with be-mulleted slapstick to me, to you. CAN. NOT. WAIT.

As if all that wasn’t enough to get you all giddy with joy, he was one of the smash hits acts that started our summer in finest style at Common People, so we’re extremely pleased that turntable ninja, Jaguar Skills, will be joining us to destroy the dancefloor at The Port.

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#Bestival15 / #SummerofLove


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

Adult Ticket £195.00

Student Ticket £185.00

Teen (13-17) Ticket £130.00

Child (12 & under) Ticket Free (BUT you MUST obtain a ticket)

Campervan Ticket £92.50

Adult Wild Copse Ticket £325.00

Teen Wild Copse Ticket £165.00

Caravan £105.00 Car Park £15.00

All Tickets: – will incur a booking fee. – incur a £1 donation to the Isle Of Wight Youth Trust*.

There are no Day Tickets.

Lucky Cat Hospitality Packages are also available.


We’re pleased to say that we are offering a 10-week payment plan that allows you to buy an adult ticket for an initial deposit of £25 (plus booking fees) followed by a payment of just over £19 per week over the next 19 weeks.

Only available online via: www.ticketline.co.uk/bestival-tickets

Once you have signed up to the payment plan, Ticketline will automatically debit your card on a weekly basis. They only accept Visa (credit or debit) or Mastercard for the payment plan.

NB: Booking fees will be charged with your initial transaction.


*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.


GET INVOLVED – 020 7604 2944: 


CHLOE MUNTS – chloe@getinvolvedltd.com


AIDAN BYRNE – aidan@getinvolvedltd.com


STEVIE GEDGE stevie@getinvolvedltd.com

Bringing a taste of the Orient to electric woods

A stunning spectacle of Oriental themed light, sound and entertainment will mark the coming of the Chinese New Year at Robin Hill’s ‘electric woods’ during February half term (2015).

From Saturday 14th February until Sunday 22nd, visitors can experience the park’s mystical woodland illuminated with a far eastern twist to capture the spirit of one of the world’s most popular celebrations.

As dusk falls, the beautiful oriental theme will truly take effect as a dazzling array of coloured lanterns, flags and features – like the stunning ‘Golden Oriole’ bridge with its cascading water and the marble temple – bring the ancient woodland to life.

Visitors can enjoy a stunning sound & light show which creatively interprets an ancient oriental story, and Chinese themed entertainment and dancing, including the authentic performances of a traditional lion dance. Children too can join the celebration by taking part in a real dragon procession, parading through the woods with a 12m long dragon costume, accompanied by music!

An authentic oriental menu will be served at the woodland ponds where floating lanterns will bring magical reflections to the water and themed music will add to the ambience. There will also be the chance to experience a traditional tea ceremony and sample authentic Chinese teas.

The ‘electric woods’ is open every evening from 5pm – 9pm during February half term, 14th – 22nd February. For further details, please visit www.electricwoods.co.uk.



Chinese New Year’s Day falls on Thursday 19th February 2015. The date is calculated according to the Chinese lunar calendar, hence the date is different each year on the Gregorian (internationally used) calendar, but always in the period January 21 to February 20.

For further information, contact Michelle Russell: 07436 283630 / michelle@vectisventures.co.uk


This October, enjoy the ambience of Robin Hill’s electric woods’ like never before  with the 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’.

From 4th October – 1st November, 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 the creative interpretation of the Indian poem, ‘The Ramayana’,  which tells the story of Prince Rama and Princess Sita and their battle to triumph over the evil demon God.   Delivered in two parts, the story is cleverly portrayed by a spectacular sound & light show which begins the tale in ancient India, and finishes with an enchanting shadow theatreperformance that celebrates the victory of good over evil.

Visitors will also be encouraged to embrace the spirit of Diwali by taking part in ‘Colour Quest’ battles!   Hidden in the dark glades of the ‘electric wood’, evil demons will lie in wait for unsuspecting visitors.   As you wander gingerly through the dark woods, experiencing the special lighting and effects, be ready to encounter the evil demons, and, armed with special coloured ‘Holi’ flour, defeat them with colour!   Don’t forget to wear a white t-shirt to capture the colourful aftermath of the battle!

These special interactive Colour Quest battles will take place every night with Saturday night ‘quests’ becoming more intense as the evening draws on.   All visitors will receive a free small pouch of brightly coloured flour to throw whilst on their quest.

Saturday nights will feature extended opening hours (6pm – 11pm), live theatrical performances and DJ sets, making this night in particular a special ‘Festival of Light’ celebration.

The Diwali theme will feature across all refreshments with an authentic Indian menu of curries, Asian sweets, and traditional teas, providing a true ‘taste of India’, served in the woodland ponds where magical reflections appear in the water and themed music will add to the ambience.

Robin Hill’s electric woods Festival of Light event starts on Saturday 4th October and is open every evening until Saturday 1st November, 6pm – 9.30pm Sunday to Friday and from 6pm – 11pm on Saturdays.   During half term, 24October – Sunday 2nd November Robin Hill will also be open from 10am.

For more information please visit : www.electricwoods.co.uk.


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Celebrated across the world, Diwali is the largest, brightest and most popular festival in the Indian calendar. The word Diwali means “row of lighted lamps”, with light symbolizing the triumph of good over evil, prosperity over poverty and knowledge over ignorance. It’s a time for lighting diyas (or lamps), laying out colourful rangolis (colours), enjoying fireworks, exchanging gifts of sweets and celebrating with dance, music and storytelling.

The ‘electric woods’ is a series of stunning evening events featuring a spectacle of themed light, colour and sound set in a five acre pocket of ancient woodland at Robin Hill Adventure Park & Gardens.   As dusk falls, a beautiful array of lighting brings a warm and magical glow to the trees, woodland glades, and paths enhanced by relaxing music, delicious food and stunning entertainment. Each of the season’s ‘electric woods’ events has a different twist, with themes from Oriental to Indian.

For further information, please contact Michelle Russell, Marketing & Communications Manager, Vectis Ventures on 01983 730330 / 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.