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The Best of Bestival

10th Sep 2013

Bestival Teaser

Bestival prides itself on being one of the most unique events in the UK's Summer season. The entire festival is built within the serene and blissful rolling hills upon the Isle of Wight and each year thousands arrive dressed according to the festival's fab fancy dress theme. There are loads of gorgeous areas to explore with weird and wonderful stages, buildings, marquees and decoration.

The passion and artistry transports you into another world. Cabaret, comedy and spoken word have also taken centre stage this weekend. Since Thursday, revellers have been making their own entertainment with their elaborate nautical costume and a great deal of care and dedication goes into making each one.

Bestival 2013

We love the intricate detail that appears at most of the themed stages onsite. The nautical themed Port Stage, a life size replica of a funnel ship built from scratch, had the likes of Annie Mac, Carl Cox, Fake Blood and many star studded DJ's appearing throughout the weekend.

Bestival Boat

The Bollywood arena was one of the most colourful and vibrant areas of the festival site. Each stage and bar was created with an Indian flavour. The art installations have just as much character as this year's headline artists.

Bollywood Sign

This Bollywood Bus looked fantastic.

Bollywood Bus

As soon as the sun sets, Bestival's ethereal character begins to evolve. At night the peculiar surroundings look stunning. There are beautiful structures such as the neon 'Bird House', each one as interactive as the next. Chill out zones like the pod cafe offer a moment of peace and relaxation.

Bestival 2013

There are loads of independent shops and fashion boutique stalls to visit throughout the day, whist your shaking off the hangover. The Secret Emporium provided an array of stalls selling all sorts of cute fashion items. We went in search for the best in festival fashion.

Secret Emporium

Ellie K from Brighton runs the Feathered Fantasy stall and we loved her fab collection of handmade feather hats.  The beautifully quirky designs suited Bestival's otherworldly vibe. Ellie makes each one in her home town and sells online whilst touring festivals throughout the UK.

Feathered Fantasy

If it's accessories your after then you're in for a treat . Original Statement Jewellery were selling gorgeous handmade necklaces and earrings.

Secret Emporium

We couldn't resist these cute cat necklaces.  

Secret Emporium

Simi Adydee from the Henna Den certainly added some artistic flare to the weekends events. The Henna Den was pitched up and packed full of people waiting for their Henna moment.

The Henna Den

The Bestival parade is one of the most unusual yet stunning twists to any UK festival. A long line of floats, dancers and performers winded their way through the festival site on Saturday afternoon, entertaining passersby.  


The atmosphere reflects the passion that people have for Bestival and an almost cult following, similar to that of Glastonbury. The same intricate detail is present at the parade and it offers entertainment for all ages.


Oxfam's Festival Shop has been teaming with eager fasionistas since Thursday, all hungry for gorgeous garments. There have been loads of fab items on sale this weekend and the shop have worked tirelessly to supply the coolest summer festival with cutting edge clobber.

Oxfam Shop

The shop has everything, from mermaid inspired sparkle to cute high end brands, there is something for everyone.

Oxfam Shop

To show off the best items from this year's collection, our lovely shop volunteers put on a fabulous fashion show. Each garment was modelled by our fantastic shop staff, joining in with the spirit of Bestival 2013.

Fashion Show

There was a wide range of styles for girls and boys. We loved Karen's 1960's retro mustard colour dress, with lace collar and Nenna's silver sparkle.  

Fashion Show

Street Style is a prominent feature at Bestival and festival reveller's do their best to look good. Despite the rain and mud, punters always wear cutting edge items some of which were sourced in charity shops. We were delighted to bump into so many people that had bought their entire outfit from charity stores throughout the UK.

Style Spot