Times are changing for British festivals. Two of Britain’s top music events have announced that they are relocating; Glastonbury Festival will soon be moving from the iconic Worthy Farm to Longleat in Wiltshire, whilst Bestival is moving from Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Wight, to a new home on the Dorset coast.
Whilst the news received mixed responses from British festival fans, it’s time to turn and face the strange (RIP Ziggy!). The Isle of Wight was a fantastic setting for the colourful and creative Bestival – with the journey over to the island adding to the experience – but we can definitely see the appeal of hosting the dress-up festival on this special part of the mainland’s south coast.
England’s South Coast is one of Britain’s top holiday destinations, not just because of the classic British beach towns, but also because of the large open spaces of countryside and natural beauty that most people didn’t even know was there! So it makes perfect sense to host Britain’s boutique fancy dress music festival in an enchanting location that inspires freedom, creativity and lots of dancing in a field.
So if you’re planning to don your fancy dress and head down to Bestival this year, go a little further and explore the amazing south coast. Here are some #OMGB moments that you can experience to shake off your Bestival hangover:
Lulworth Cove Coasteering
With Bestival being hosted on the historic Lulworth Estate, it makes perfect sense to visit Lulworth Cove while you’re there. Part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, Lulworth Cove attracts thousands of visitors every year, but to interact with the coastline in a more adventurous way, try out coasteering. Coasteering is a way of exploring an area of rocky coastline by climbing, jumping and swimming. Climb up the walls of the British coast, jump into the sea and swim through caves of water and into the beautiful bay. Plunging into the sea will shake of the post-festival hangover, that’s for sure.
Sundowners at Durdle Door
Just along the coast from Lulworth Cove, you’ll find Britain’s famous Durdle Door. It’s a funny sounding name, but a very special sight. Grab a bottle of wine with your mates and walk along the cliff edges just before sunset for sundowners in front of picturesque Durdle Door.
New Forest horse-riding
Feel like escaping to the real wilderness? Head to the New Forest, the largest open pasture land in Great Britain, and one of the only places where you’ll find ‘wild’ horses and ponies. Horse-lovers can book a lesson (on a tamed horse) at a nearby riding school and explore the rural New Forest by horseback. Look out for wild donkeys as well as ponies and enjoy the peace and quiet.
Hunt down the best sunsets in Southern England
Bali and Philippines may nail a beach sunset, but we reckon that the south coast can give them a run for their money. When the skies are clear, get in your car and hunt down the perfect sunset spot. The New Forest has plenty of contenders, but a personal favourite is along the Jurassic coast.
Fish and chips on the beach
No trip to the south coast is complete without the traditional fish and chips, preferably eaten with a wooden fork whilst fending off the hungry seagulls on the beach. Head east of Lulworth, to the quaint English beach towns of Studland, Swanage, Poole or Bournemouth and experience a true British seaside experience.
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