Bestival is an award winning 4 day boutique music festival set at Robin Hill – a beautiful leafy country park (a veritable Garden of Eden!) in the heart of the Isle of Wight. From the most original boutique campsite experience, to the Bollywood Cocktail Bar, a Wishing Tree Stage, fancy dress en-masse and even a landlocked Port, it’s this uniqueness that makes Bestival a wondrous world of discovery and adventure that will inspire peace, love and dancing not only in September but all year round…
Bestival is dedicated to improving the ecological impact of its business and live events. Whilst we recognise that a temporary event or festival has a large footprint; we are striving to achieve best ‘green’ practice in the following ways:
- Our Campsites are all run on Bio-fuel.
- Promoting the use of public transport – 2/3 of customers use Public Transport to travel to Bestival.
- Car sharing, sourcing local produce and services, reducing energy usage while increasing the use of more alternative energy sources, reducing waste and actively educating Bestival-goers about environmental concerns and encourage them to act responsibly at the event to help Keep Bestival Tidy.
- Slow Motion incorporates Raw food traders and Local food – even sweetcorn grown in the next field!
- We have over 20 Environmental and other Charities, local and national: teaching and interactive games on site – everything from Coppafeel to CND.
- Our onsite Bestival shop sources its produce locally and acts as a wholesaler for the traders.
- We recycle cardboard, mixed glass, drink cans, plastic bottles, office paper, cardboard, pallets & any untreated wood.
- Recycling bags are given out in the campsites for different recycling items such as plastic bottles and cans to help Keep Bestival Green and Tidy.
- Other waste is transported to the Isle of Wight’s gasification plant to be converted from waste to energy.
- We have a Cup and Can Return Scheme for our bars.
- Our preferred bottled water supplier Life Water is in bio-degradable plastic bottles and profits go to charity helping water projects in developing countries.
- We use recycled stationary and paper for office and programmes alike and encourage re-use of everything from scenery to fencing to material.
- We have over 100 compost toilets on site.
- Local Charities and Environmental groups run by local action group and charity Challenge and Adventure collect left over tents and camping equipment – these are washed and mended by local prisoners as part of their rehabilitation and some are being sent to Calais to refugees there – we sent 1,000 to Uganda in 2013… if you know of any causes that might wish to join this endeavour do email kate(at)bestival.net*.
- We have a thorough Environmental Policy that all traders at Bestival have to adhere by and pay a bond upfront to ensure this.
- All food and drink stalls are expected to only use 100% compostable cups, glasses, knives and forks which can go in with the organic food waste.