Festival season is well and truly upon us and with Island-based biggies like Bestival and Jack up the 80’s still to come it’s an exciting time on the Isle of Wight. Whether you’re a seasoned festival-goer or first timer, it’s really important to have a list of the essentials to take with you. We’ve put together a few ‘Festival Survival Kits’ to make life easier for you and there’s one to suit all budgets and tastes. Be sure to do your own list of what you need as well but to get you started take a look below….




No money? No problem! Even if you’re new to festivals and need to buy all of the below it really doesn’t need to break the bank. The super-thrifty among you will absolutely love the range of camping equipment and clothing available on Wightbay! Very often these have had minimal use and can save you an absolute fortune compared to their full-price counterparts.





This kit is perfect for you if you love a good festival but also like a little bit of luxury. If you like the finer things in life but are on a bit of a shoestring budget you’d be surprised at how many Islanders sell their high-end festival gear on Wightbay. Things like Hunter Wellies and tents sleeping large groups are often up for grabs as less than half the the retail price – so get stuck in!




Two-man tents and mud not your thing at all? If money is of no object then the ultimate glamping experience could be right up your street! Forget cold tins of baked beans and sleeping on the floor – this is stylish luxury camping at it’s finest! That said, if money is a bit too tight for the large expense of a bell tent there are plenty of companies on the Island who hire them out – which could prove to be a more economical option!


What’s On: Upcoming Festivals on the Isle of Wight

Jack Up The 80’s

001-IMG_6946Where? Garlic Festival Field, Newchurch

When? 8th & 9th August 2015

Tell me more! Celebrating the very best of the 80’s, this family friendly festival has been running for three years and also aims to raise awareness for Island charity Wight Crystal.

Ventnor Fringe Festival

Various venues in Ventnor

When? 11th – 16th August 2015

Tell me more! This arts festival showcases over 300 performers worldwide and follows the principles of the famous Edinburgh Fringe – with pop-up venues appearing all over Ventnor.



001_01_d1_Bestival_D1_C1C_00767Where? Robin Hill, Downend

When? 10th-13th September 2015

Tell me more! With a line-up including Missy Elliott, Duran Duran and The Chemical Brothers, this year’s Bestival promises to be the best ever. This festival’s unique and creative on-site venues sets it apart from the rest.



Got old festival gear to sell? Now’s the perfect time – place an ad on Wightbay today and cash in, just in time for summer!