In 2016, Bestival reaches its thirteenth year and OnTheWight has news reports going back nearly as long as it’s been going, including having the World exclusive of their 2007 line-up.

The festival began life on the Isle of Wight in 2004 with just a few hundred people and very strong home-grown support. It quickly grew to a medium-sized festival entertaining 15,000-30,000 festival-goers.

Thirteen years later, with capacity for 55,000 revellers, the award-winning music festival is still held at Robin Hill County Park in the centre of the Island, with a franchise deal signed in Canada.

Here are a few of my favourite things (of 2016)

Scene from Bestival 2015

Wendy Varley looks back on 2016 and shares some of her favourite things from the year.

Tuesday, 3rd January, 2017 9:27am

By Wendy Varley with 3 readers' comments

Bestival deserts the Isle of Wight for Dorset

Bestival crowd

The music festival has taken place at Robin Hill Country Park for the last 13 years, but in 2017 organisers plan to move to the site of Lulworth Castle in Dorset. The response has been very mixed.

Thursday, 15th December, 2016 7:55am

By Sally Perry with 40 readers' comments

Bestival from the sky at night (4K drone video footage)


Take a moment and cop a load of this 4K aerial drone video footage from above Bestival site over the weekend. It looks like a magical land!

Monday, 12th September, 2016 12:33pm

By Sally Perry

Bestival 2016 Opening Day from the air: Photos and video

Bestival Queues by WightDrone

These aerial photos and video were captured during peak entry time at Bestival 2016. They give you a real sense of scale.

Thursday, 8th September, 2016 3:56pm

By Sally Perry

Bestival 2016 traffic plan: Check this map for details

bestival 2016 traffic plan 640

Tens of thousands of Bestival revellers will be descending onto the Isle of Wight this week. Don't get caught out by road closures and diversions. Check this handy map for details.

Tuesday, 6th September, 2016 11:26am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

RedBullTV came to the Isle of Wight and shot this stunning film

red bull bestival opening shot

Created to be shown as snippets in between the live broadcast of Bestival, this stunning film by RedBullTV really shows the Island off to its best. The 11 minutes just fly by.

Monday, 5th September, 2016 6:59pm

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

Zero tolerance policy on drugs at Bestival warn Police

bestival police

Superintendent Andy Houghton, Silver Commander for Bestival 2016, has every confidence the Bestival organisers are committed to running a safe and secure event, that the whole family can enjoy.

Monday, 5th September, 2016 10:30am

By Hampshire Constabulary with 2 readers' comments

Bestival 2016: The Future is very nearly here

Kid Canaveral

Now in its 13th year, Bestival - the festival that is not all about the headliners - returns to Robin Hill between 8-11th September. Find out the latest acts to be confirmed.

Tuesday, 23rd August, 2016 1:15pm

By Aidan Byrne

Isle of Wight: VR is on its way! It should be wild (Video and HD photos)

VR is coming to the Isle of Wight

A large-scale Virtual Reality (VR) experience is coming to the Isle of Wight next month. Looking at the photos, it should be wild.

Friday, 19th August, 2016 9:36pm

By Simon Perry

Stan’s challenge to walk ten miles to Bestival in heels for forces charities

Andrew 'stan' baker

Former serviceman Andrew 'Stan' Baker has set himself the challenge of walking ten miles across Isle of Wight hills from Ryde Pier to Bestival ... in heels. Raising money for three charities, the challenge takes place on 10th September.

Tuesday, 9th August, 2016 11:21am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Ryde Slide: Donate now to secure your guaranteed slide

bestival ryde slide

Everyone who entered the lottery already has their slot confirmed, so you can guarantee your slide on Sunday by donating £5 now or pay £10 per slide or £30 for a family of four on the day. All profits go to four very good causes.

Thursday, 14th July, 2016 3:10pm

By Aidan Byrne

Still time to enter the draw for the Ryde Slide: Deadline Extended

bestival ryde slide

Make a £5 donation (all of which goes to IW charities) and you'll be entered into the draw for a chance to win one of the 600 slots to go on the Ryde Slide on 17th July.

Friday, 1st July, 2016 11:22am

By Sally Perry