Where is the campsite located?
The campsite is located on top of Portsdown Hill within Fort Widley’s grounds, a Victorian Fort built to protect Portsmouth the wonderful waterfront city. Victorious Festival is located just 8 miles away.
CAR PARK SAT NAV POSTCODE: Fort Widley, Portsdown Hill Rd, Portsmouth PO6 3LS
How do I get to the campsite?
Train Station: Cosham Train Station is the closest train station to the campsite and is only a 10-minute taxi journey away.
Taxi: Below is a list of taxi numbers for the Portsmouth area. Portsmouth is notorious for extremely reasonable taxi, plus sharing taxi costs with friends can work out to cost a lot less than you think.
Aqua Cars – 023 92 666666
City Wide – 023 92 833333
Andi Cars – 023 92 696969
Uber – App available to download to your smart phone
Big Green Coach: You can hop on a low cost executive coach from 25 pick-up locations across the UK.
Choose either a day return coach to the festival site or our weekend service which drops you off at the campsite! Find Out More Here.
Pre-book car park: The Portsdown Hill festival campsite car park is located conveniently adjacent to the campsite. Campsite parking tickets are £10 + booking fees and can be purchased here.
Car Park Sat Nav Postcode: Fort Widley, Portsdown Hill Rd, Portsmouth PO6 3LS
Do I need a ticket for the campsite?
Yes –tickets are available per person and there are three type of tickets available:
- “Over 18 camping tickets” can only be used by persons age 18 or over
- “5-17 camping tickets” can be used by young people age 5 to 17 years old and can only be purchased by an appropriately aged adult
- “Under 5 camping ticket” can be used by children under the age of 5 and can only be purchased by an appropriately aged adult
All camping ticket holders must also have a ticket to attend at least one of the Victorious Festival dates at Southsea Common; Friday 25th, Saturday 26th or Sunday 27th August 2017 and show this ticket on entry to the campsite along with their Portsdown Hill campsite ticket.
What are the policies regarding Young Persons (under 18yrs old) and Childs camping tickets?
If you’re purchasing a Young Persons or Child Camping Ticket you are confirming that you are either the parent, legal guardian or nominated guardian responsible for the young persons or children you are purchasing the ticket for. You must complete the Legal / Responsible Adult Guardian form and bring this with you to the campsite entry point before being allowed to pitch.
- Any Adult campsite ticket holder may accompany a maximum of 4 young persons or children
- Adults accompanying young persons in their teens must be approximately age 26+ to ensure that all teens are overseen by someone of a responsible age
- Young persons and children must camp with their responsible adult. There will be no teens camping separately away from their adult group
- Young persons and children must always remain with their responsible adult within the campsite, festival site and all re-entry points
Will my campsite ticket also gain me entry into the festival?
No – you will need to purchase separate general admission festival tickets for each day you wish to attend the festival.
Does my campsite ticket include a space at the campsite car park?
No – you will need to purchase campsite car parking tickets separately.
Can I buy a campsite ticket on the day?
No – all campsite tickets need to be purchased in advance.
How many campsite tickets can I buy?
There is no limit on the amount of tickets that can be purchased,
However, you must ensure they are in accordance with the information listed under ‘What are the policies regarding Young Persons (under 18yrs old) and Childs camping tickets?’
Where is my campsite ticket?
The ticket will have been sent to the email address you bought it with. If for some reason this has been lost/deleted/did not arrive then please email email@example.com
Do I have to print my campsite ticket?
Yes, as stated at the time of booking you need to print your ticket and bring it to the campsite with you as you would any other normal ticket.
How do we get to and from the festival site from the campsite?
To make your journey to and from Victorious Festival easy we’ve laid on Camp & Ride shuttle buses for you. Your campsite wristband allows you to use this free service as many times as you like during your stay (approx. 20 min journey each way).
Bus operating times will be 16:00PM – 00:00AM Friday 25th August and 09:00AM – 00:00AM Saturday 26th August and Sunday 27th August. Thus we ask you not to utilise your car once it has been parked up in the campsite car park.
Please be aware – if you leave the car park you must purchase another car park ticket to return, and you stand the chance of losing your parking spot. It is strongly recommended that your car remain parked until you are prepared to vacate the campsite. Car parking spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come basis.
What time does the Camp & Ride shuttle bus run from and to?
Camp & Ride bus operating times will be
- 16:00PM – 00:00AM Friday 25th August
- 09:00AM – 00:00AM Saturday 26th August / Sunday 27th August
Will I need to bring I.D.?
A Challenge 25 policy will be operating and enforced at the entrance when exchanging tickets for wristbands and across the Portsdown Hill Campsite. If you can’t provide valid identification when asked, you will be asked to leave the site and come back with your ID. So if you are lucky enough to look 25 or younger, please make sure that you bring an acceptable form of identification. Valid forms of ID include:
- An in date photographic driver’s license or provisional licence
- A valid passport
NB: No photocopies and no out of date ID will be accepted
Where can I find lost property?
Lost property will be kept at the Welfare Tent which will be situated near the Camp & Ride entrance.
Is the campsite accessible for disabled customers?
There will be a dedicated disabled camping area which will be close to campsite facilities and the Camp & Ride entrance. Please note Portsdown Hill campsite at Fort Widely is on top of Portchester Hill, thus it is sloped and uneven in areas – and the ground is all grass.
Disabled bays will be available within the campsite car park – however you’ll need to contact firstname.lastname@example.org to apply carer’s tickets and disabled campsite car park passes.
What time does the campsite open & close?
The campsite will open at 10:00AM on Friday 25th August and at 07:00AM on Saturday the 26th and Sunday 27th August.
The campsite will be closed at 02:00AM on all three nights. Make sure you are back by that time or you will be turned away.
The campsite must be vacated by 02:00PM on Monday 28th August.
What time does the campsite car park open and close?
The campsite car park will open at 10:00AM on Friday 25th August and at 07:00AM on Saturday the 26th and Sunday 27th August.
The campsite car park will be closed at 02:00AM on all three nights. Make sure you are back by that time or you may be turned away.
The campsite car park must be vacated by 02:00PM on Monday 28th August.
Can I come and go from the campsite car park?
If you leave the car park, you must purchase another car park ticket to return and you stand the chance of losing your parking spot. It is strongly recommended that your car remain parked until you are prepared to vacate the campsite. Car parking spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come basis.
NB: You are not allowed to sleep in your vehicle in the campsite car park.
To make your journey to and from Victorious Festival easy we’ve laid on Camp & Ride shuttle buses for you. These are free to use as many times as you like during your stay (approx. 20 min journey). Thus we ask you not to utilise your car once it has been parked up in the campsite car park.
Where is the campsite car park located?
The campsite car park is adjacent to the campsite.
Can I camp anywhere within the campsite?
The campsite has two areas – the regular campsite and the family campsite – you must camp in the area (regular/family) that you have booked.
Regular campsite wristbands will not be able to gain entry into the family campsite.
We’re happy for groups to camp near each but we politely ask that people are considerate and not to set up overly large “camping areas” to ensure everyone has enough room to enjoy the campsite and all have a fair amount of space.
Can I bring alcohol?
Over 18s with valid ID (Challenge 25 policy will be in operation) are allowed to bring a reasonable amount of alcohol into the campsite per adult, as described below:
- This is for personal consumption in the campsite ONLY and will not be allowed on the Camp & Ride shuttlebus or brought into the Victorious Festival site, where there are several bars available
- A reasonable amount is defined as: 1 crate (24 cans) of beer or cider OR the equivalent of 2 x 70cl bottles of wine OR 1 wine box OR the equivalent of 1 x 70cl bottle of spirits
- Alcohol must be decanted into non-glass containers before your arrival to the campsite
- There are NO EXCEPTIONS regarding quantities or glass containers
Are we allowed to use BBQ’s/camping stoves at the campsite?
Yes – but they can ONLY be used in the designated cooking areas using small purpose built off-the-ground BBQs and camping stoves. No campfires, flares, fireworks, Chinese lanterns, naked flames etc. are allowed. Disposable aluminium BBQs are not allowed.
Please be aware you are not allowed to bring in camping gas canisters above 5kg.
Can I bring my dog/guide dog?
Guide/Assistance dogs are permitted, but no other animals are allowed on site.
Are there cash machines at the campsite?
No not at the campsite – however there will be cash machines located around the festival site. Please note it is a cash only site.
Will there be lockers and phone charging at the campsite?
Yes – these facilities will be available at both the campsite and festival site for a reasonable fee – great for keeping your stuff safe!
However, it is advisable to leave valuables at home.
Can I bring my own portable toilet?
Due to onsite sanitary and hygiene considerations, personal portable toilet units are not permitted into the campsite or festival site. This is a very important condition of entry and customers attempting to bring in portable toilets will have it confiscated. There will be a sufficient number of toilets supplied in the campsite and festival site.
Can I bring my camper van / motorhome / trailer tent to the campsite?
No – this campsite is for tents only.
What am I not allowed to bring into the campsite?
You will not be permitted to bring in any of the following:
- Drugs, illegal substances such as NOS/nitrous oxide
- Weapons or anything that can be interpreted as a weapon
- Chinese lanterns, fireworks, torches or flares
- Camping gas canisters above 5kg
- Generators of any kind
- Portable/chemical toilets
- Any glass/glass bottles
- Lasers or airhorns
- Sound systems
What facilities are available at the campsite?
What facilities are available at the campsite?
The follwoing facilities are available for you at the campsite.
- General store and basic camping supplies shop
- Food and coffee stalls
- 24hour security
- Medical and welfare presence
- General lighting
- Cooking areas
- Rubbish disposal area
- Mobile phone charging
- Camp & Ride service to the festival
Are there any shops/restaurants near by the campsite?
There aren’t any shops within walking distance of the campsite – however there will be a general store on the campsite.
There will also be food and drink stalls (non-alcoholic) on site offering breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
Plus, next door to the campsite there is a family friendly pub called The Churchillian and a famous burger van called Mikes Monster Burgers. But please be aware that these are outside of the campsite and are located on public highways. You must take extra caution, day or night, of vehicles when crossing roads and walking on verges (as there are no pavements)
Can I leave my tent behind after the festival?
No – the Portsdown Hill campsite location at Fort Widley on top of Portsdown Hill is a beautiful natural site and we want to keep it that way so please help us by keeping it clean and tidy. Please ensure you do not leave anything other than “general waste” in the designated areas – please take all large items home with you e.g. tents, chairs, sleeping bags, re-usable BBQs, etc. Please respect the land as horses will be grazing here after the festival and any stray plastics or rubbish may be harmful to them.