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Hovertravel June, 11 2019

Five Festival travel tips for the Isle of Wight Festival

Flying across the Solent at up to 50 knots on the world’s only year-round commercial passenger hovercraft service is THE way to get to the Isle of Wight Festival. These awesome machines have carried everything from letters to lion cubs and pigeons to poodles.

Travelling to the festival probably means you are going to be packing significant quantities of drink, so the team at Hovertravel has provided a few tips to get the most out of your hovercraft flight.

  1. No drinking on board - If you are carrying a drink – finish it, bin it or it will be taken from you to be disposed.

  2. No drunks allowed onboard - You may have started to get into the festival spirit early but if you are too drunk, the pilot and crew are legally allowed to stop you travelling.

  3. Pack sensiblyAlthough you are likely to be carrying 10x your own body weight in beer, the Hovertravel crew will help to ensure the safe transit of your luggage, even if it means disassembling your sack truck.

  4. Pack responsibly Hovertravel is unable to accept any dangerous goods on our hovercraft and, yes, this includes gas canisters in camping equipment.

  5. Forget your passportContrary to urban myth you do not need your passport to travel to the Isle of Wight. Hovertravel offers ten-minute crossings from Southsea, Portsmouth to Ryde on the Isle of Wight every thirty minutes. For more details visit

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