Tens of thousands of excited revellers are due on the Island tomorrow (13) for Isle of Wight Festival 2019.

The event returns for its 51st year from Thursday (13) and will run until Sunday (16).

George Ezra, Biffy Clyro, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying birds, Fat Boy Slim and Rick Astley are among those set to take to the stage at Seaclose Park.

If you are travelling to and from the Isle of Wight, there are some revised travel plans you should be aware of.

Isle of Wight Radio has everything you need to know…

On the roads 

Fairlee Road will be partly closed from today (Wednesday) until Monday (17).

It will turn one-way by lunchtime – meaning you can travel into Newport that way but you will have to leave via Staplers instead.

The main route for festival traffic from the Red Funnel terminal at East Cowes will be along York Avenue and Whippingham Road, onto East Cowes Road and into the festival car park.

Festival-bound vehicles travelling from the Wightlink terminal at Fishbourne will be directed to the right on to Kite Hill, through Wootton, down Lushington Hill and right at the Racecourse roundabout, onto East Cowes Road and into the festival car park.

Meanwhile, there is restricted public access through Seaclose Park – if you are travelling via vehicle and need access to Newport Quay you will have to use the recently installed bridge.


Wightlink’s Portsmouth to Fishbourne route is operating on a temporary timetable until Sunday (16) due to essential maintenance. This means some sailings will operate at xx:15 rather than at xx:30.

Additional crossings will be in place its foot passenger only service from Portsmouth Harbour to Ryde Pier Head.

Those leaving the festival on Monday 17 (not that you want to think about that just yet) will also be able to travel on a revised Yarmouth to Lymington service.

Wightlink’s festival timetables are available here. 

Red Funnel

Red Jet 6 Photo: Rick Tomlinson

From today (Wednesday), there are extra sailings on Red Funnel’s Southampton to East Cowes car ferry service.

Those can be viewed here. 

Meanwhile, a revised timetable is in place on the Red Jet between Cowes and Southampton. View that here.


There is no revised timetable in place for Hovertravel services.

The Southsea to Ryde route will continue to operate on its summer timetable, which can be seen here. 

Southern Vectis

From tomorrow (Thursday), the Island’s bus firm will run a shuttle service.

Ferry port buses will operate from around 8am to the festival site, with the last bus at 4am most mornings. The last buses will be at midday on Monday (17).

A return service will run from Red Funnel’s East Cowes car ferry terminal and Cowes Red Jet terminal to Seaclose Park.

A service will also pick passengers up from Wightlink’s Yarmouth port – and a return shuttle bus will run from Ryde Esplanade.

A service will run from Church Litten in Newport to the festival site.

A single adult journey costs £7 and a return costs £13. A full list of prices and times can be found here.

Floating Bridge 

The Floating Bridge is back in service after repair works.

From tomorrow (Thursday) until Saturday (15), it will run between Cowes and East Cowes from 5am.

On those days, the last journey from Cowes to East Cowes will be 1.20am.

The Floating Bridge will operate a limited service on Sunday (16). The first sailing from Cowes to East Cowes will be 6.30am and the last 12.50am.

The festival timetable can be viewed here.