• The Final Straw

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    Bestival promoters have today announced plans to ban plastic straws from their events, which include Bestival, Camp Bestival and Common People, for 2018, and are working to make the practice a UK festival standard. The initiative will then extend to include all single-use plastics, including drinks bottles and bar cups.

    Following a successful trial at 2017’s Bestival, when biodegradable paper straws replaced plastic, promoters Josie and Rob da Bank are launching The Final Straw campaign to purge plastic straws from the festival landscape. Northamptonshire’s Shambala, Kendal Calling and Cheshire’s bluedot have already signed up, and now Josie and Rob are urging fellow festival promoters to join them.

    “We’re are delighted to see that Bestival are banning plastic straws from their events this year, and extending it to other single-use plastic too. We’ve found thousands of straws at our beach cleans and these simple steps can help people reduce their plastic footprint. We urge other businesses and festivals to follow Bestival’s move and ask everyone to join the Marine Conservation Society call to #stoptheplastictide.” Dr Laura Foster, Marine Conservation Society Head of Clean Seas

    “Disposable plastics at festivals is part of the wider phenomenon of single-use for convenience in society. The whole planet is completely addicted, but festivals can model the change we need to see to make the future a great place to be.” Shambala’s Operation Director and Sustainability Lead, Chris Johnson

    “My wife, and fellow Bestival founder, Josie, made the decision to ban plastic straws at the festival last year along with a load of new green initiatives. Festivals are potentially big consumers of plastics and non-recyclables and all of us in the festival world need to keep working on reducing those elements at our festivals. Hats off to those already doing it and leading from the front… and to the rest of us let’s make it happen!" Rob da Bank

    “Festival culture has always been inspired by the search for alternative experiences and radical action. Making the psychological change to not accepting single use plastics as ‘normal’ or acceptable is something we can support in the fields and take home to our everyday lives. Small changes that make a difference everyday are what will drive the global movement to save our planet and our oceans from the current hammering they are getting with the waste created from day to day convenience items in our society. We can all survive without straws pretty easily.” Kendal Calling & bluedot Festival Director, Ben Robinson

    The Final Straw campaign aims to have all UK festivals committed to eradicating plastic straws in 2018 by Earth Day on 22nd April, prior to the festival season beginning, before extending the initiative to include all single-use plastics at festivals in subsequent years. Collectively, the festival community could have a huge impact in reducing the estimated 70 million straws that will end up in landfill or polluting the seas this year alone, and together the industry has the potential to become a major force in changing people’s attitudes to all single-use plastics. Join the Final Straw and let’s have a summer of plastic straw-free parties.

  • The Human Cannonball comes to Bestival

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    Circus and immersive theatre have always been at the heart of Bestival, and this year the most colourful show on Earth is raising the high wire to bring you a circus-themed spectacular to blow your minds. Celebrating 250 years of a world where only the most courageous and audacious need apply, we are ridiculously excited to reveal that Human Cannonball, Rodrigo Pérez will be joining us, among a host of incredible performers, sideshows and curiosities on the Lulworth Estate this 2-5 August 2018*.

    “In my other life as Ringmaster Robby I’m pretty darn excited about having a Human Cannonball flying across the Lulworth Estate in August. Rodrigo is the best in the business and will not disappoint. Watch ya heads!” Bestival ringmaster Rob da Bank

    “Firing yourself out of an enormous cannon takes a man of a high calibre. Luckily, I’m a cannonball kind of guy. Come and be amazed as I shoot through the sky, flying over your crazy, smiling faces.” The Human Cannonball, Rodrigo Pérez

    Today (January 9th) marks the 250th anniversary of Philip Astley’s first circus performance at Westminster Bridge. The Bestival crew always aims to please, so what better way to keep the tradition alive and well and to celebrate that landmark than by announcing that, rather than mere glitter, we are shooting an actual person from a cannon?! One of the most daring and dangerous acts ever to grace the circus, the Human Cannonball, is guaranteed to dazzle crowds this August at Bestival.

    Following his family tradition, Rodrigo Pérez is one of the world’s most acclaimed proponents of the art. Fired from the barrel of a custom-built cannon, Rodrigo will fly up to 25 metres through the air as the crowds go ballistic! It’s trigger happy fun and a truly astonishing sight that must be seen to be believed. Do not miss out, come and witness the circus.

    There are many more delights to be unveiled in the coming weeks including an all-embracing music line-up, jaw-dropping circus feats, bearded ladies, sword swallowers, sideshow shenanigans and more, so come one, come all, grab your tickets while you can, for the circus is about to begin.

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  • Christmas Toy Appeal - help us make a difference

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    The Official Isle of Wight Christmas Toy Appeal is back for 2017 running from 16th November – 14th December. Founded by Deborah & Daniel Rooke to bring much-needed Christmas cheer to the Island’s less fortunate children, the Toy Appeal is powered by Bestival and supported by Isle of Wight Radio and The County Press.

    Toy Appeal organiser Deborah Rooke said: ‘Once again we are asking people to dig deep and donate to try and add some Christmas sparkle to those less fortunate this year. We totally rely on the kindness of others for this and every year we are humbled and touched by just how big the Island heart is. So please, if you can, donate a toy or, if you can’t, donate a few pennies online. Whatever you can do, we are truly grateful, and on behalf of myself, Daniel and all the people behind the scenes, thank you.’

    We should all be able to enjoy the happiness that Christmas brings, so, we are appealing to Islanders’ generosity to donate a brand-new toy, suitable for children up to the age of 16, at any official Appeal drop off points. Help us to spread much-needed Christmas magic to the Island’s disadvantaged children.

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    Official Isle of Wight Toy Appeal drop off points can be found in the following locations:

    Isle of Wight Radio
    Isle of Wight County Press
    Morrisons, Newport
    The Entertainer Toy Shop, Newport
    Mothercare, Newport
    Argos, Newport
    Asda, Newport
    Morrisons, Lake
    Toymaster, Shanklin
    Tesco, Ryde
    Toymaster, Ryde
    West Wight Sports Centre, Freshwater
    Charlottes Academy, Cowes
    The Fighting Cocks, Arreton
    All branches of Watson, Bull & Porter.

    “I would just like to say a very big thank you for all the lovely presents donated to the children who attend Beaulieu House. I know that all the gifts were gratefully received by all and would just like to thank you all from the staff and children. It means a lot”. Beaulieu House

    “It’s nice to have help and support especially at Christmas being a young family. My son’s birthday is also close to Christmas and the car has failed its MOT”. Parent from Children’s Centre

    “We are so amazed and delighted by our fantastic delivery of toys for the Children’s Ward from the Isle of Wight Toy Appeal! We can’t thank those that gave to the appeal enough for their kindness. You have made it possible for our island children who are facing serious illness, in hospital and in the community, to receive a special gift to lift their spirits during a difficult time”. Dionne Davies, St. Mary’s Hospital.

  • Bestival runs away to the Circus

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    Roll up, roll up, step this way and be amazed as we reveal our theme for 2018. Bestival, the most magical show on earth, will celebrate 250 years of Circus on the Lulworth Estate at a brand-new showtime: 2nd – 5th August 2018.

    “Roll up roll up! Yes fellow Bestivalites it’s time to run away and join the Circus Bestival style! Bearded freaks, insane acrobats, high wire daredevils, mutant jugglers and an out of control ringmaster all eager for you to join The Most Colourful Show On Earth await! And what makes this show even more unmissable is we have moved into peak season August style and will be open a month earlier than usual… so what are you waiting for?” Ringmaster extraordinaire Rob da Bank

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    Featuring the miracles of miracle makers from across the globe, be dazzled and delighted by Art Car Night Circus Parade, Caravanserai flying trapeze, fire eating, knife throwing, bearded ladies (and men!), the Insect Circus Museum, sword swallowing, our hall of mirrors, circus workshops and free haircuts. Plus, be astonished and astounded by all the brilliant Bestival stages and sideshows that you can’t see anywhere else in the world.

    But that’s not all. We have a new showtime, too. In response to festivalgoers’ feedback we’ll be opening the gates to Bestival a whole month earlier in 2018. Moving to the heart of the summer, our circus-themed arcadia of discovery will now be held from the 2nd to the 5th of August*. Do not miss out!

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    Pre-sale tickets on sale 10am, Friday 3rd November priced £139 plus booking fees and refundable eco-bond.

    Early Birds on sale 10am Monday 6th November priced £149 plus booking fees and refundable eco-bond (Payment Plan option available).

    So, come one come all for the circus is about to begin!

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