5 July 2013

Lost at Sea - The New Free-Floating Arts Festival from the team behind Bestival

Lost at Sea - The New Free-Floating Arts Festival from the team behind Bestival

Lost at Sea - The New Free-Floating Arts Festival from the team behind Bestival





Passionate about changing the face of independent festival culture, the team behind Bestival, winner of the Best Major Festival 2012 and the multi-award winning Camp Bestival are proud to present something brand new and unique, Lost at Sea, a free-floating arts festival on the Isle of Wight. Featuring an exciting and eclectic programme of music, film, talks, theatre and comedy, Lost at Sea will be held in an array of distinctive venues around the UK’s most treasured island.

Rob da Bank says: “Ever since we started Bestival a decade ago we've met so many interesting musicians, film makers, artists, actors, poets, philosophers and all round free thinkers on the Isle of Wight. For a while I've thought about running a small and wide ranging arts and thought festival on the Island and myself and everyone else at Bestival HQ are very proud to announce our inaugural Lost At Sea. In 2013 we're presenting a finely curated and wide range of events from talks on food sustainability, to Edwardian train adventures, to sea shanty sessions and a concert of improvised jazz. I hope you'll join us for a mind expanding adventure on this beautiful island.”

Jay Rayner, who will be hosting a dinner as part of Lost at Sea says: “I'm delighted to be a part of the brand new Lost at Sea Festival, and to be bringing my Greedy Man In A Hungry World show to the Isle of Wight. There can be few better ways to debate knotty issues around food than over a good dinner.

Taking place from August 31st to September 5th in the lead up to Bestival, Lost at Sea offers a range of delights for all ages and tastes, whether you are a curious islander, a discerning Isle of Wight visitor or an adventurous Bestival veteran. You can purchase separate tickets for each event, making Lost at Sea an accessible and affordable new festival for everyone.

With a wealth of cultural treats on offer why not join us for Rob da Bank’s King Kong Alternative Soundtrack in the woods; revel in a theatrical Edwardian steam train adventure; savour supper with acclaimed food critic Jay Rayner; see jazz legend Courtney Pine performing in a Minster; have a laugh with Andrew Maxwell; witness the Amazing Bubble Show; sway along to Sea Shanties; ponder some Philosophy Bites and behold HAG’s enchanting theatre and puppetry.

But most of all enjoy getting Lost at Sea!

Full Show Listings:

Hag - Quay Arts – Theatre - Ages 10+

Saturday 31st August - 2.30pm and 7.00pm


Hag is a captivating show that fuses live action, puppetry, music and physical theatre for audiences of ages 10+. Quay Arts, Sea St Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 5BW

Rob da Bank's King Kong Alternative Soundtrack

Robin Hill Woods – Film with DJ

Saturday 31st August - 7.00pm


Bestival founder and Radio 1 DJ Rob da Bank has been digging through his record library and chosen an eclectic collection of tracks to accompany the greatest adventure-fantasy film of all time, much-loved, original 1933 classic, King Kong. Robin Hill Woods, Downend, Nr Arreton, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2NU

The Amazing Bubble Show

Medina Theatre – Kids Show Ages 2-11

Sunday 1st September - 11.00am


This incredible stage show celebrates the magic, art, science and the pure unadulterated joy of bubbles! Medina Theatre, Fairlee Road, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2DX

The Salon du The Express; an Edwardian Adventure by Rail

Isle of Wight Steam Railway – Family Theatrical Train Ride

Sunday 1st September - 2.00pm


Delight in this unique and magical journey aboard the award winning Isle of Wight Steam Railway. Interactive theatre company Gideon Reeling are hosting a very special ‘Salon du Thé’ ... a theatrical adventure with afternoon tea, on the truly beautiful Victorian and Edwardian carriages of this much loved Steam Railway. Isle of Wight Steam Railway, Wootton Station, Station Road Wootton, PO33 4RP

Sea Shanty Sundowners with the Crew and Dollymopps

Little Gloster – Live Music

Sunday 1st September – 4-30pm – 10 30pm


Watch the sun setting over the Solent as you listen to Sea Shanty harmonies from the Crew and the Dollymopps lilting on the breeze, sipping a rum-punch sundowner at the glorious seafront restaurant, Little Gloster. What a perfect way to spend a Sunday evening on the Isle of Wight. Little Gloster, 31 Marsh Rd Isle of Wight PO31 8JQ

Philosophy Bites: A Slice of Real Life

Royal Hotel – Talks and Dinner

Monday 2rd September - 7.00pm


David Edmonds and Nigel Warburton, from the hugely popular podcasts and website Philosophy Bites present a Slice of Real Life, through their insightful discussions of Love, Death, Charity and Happiness. With dinner at The Royal Hotel, Belgrave Road, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, PO38 1JJ

Jay Rayner: A Greedy Man in a Hungry World

Little Gloster – Talk and Dinner

Tuesday 3rd September - 7.00pm


“The doctrine of local food is dead and farmers markets are merely a lifestyle choice for the affluent middle classes”

Highly respected restaurant critic and BBC One Show reporter Jay Rayner will be hosting an exquisite dinner at the beautiful seafront restaurant, the Little Gloster. Combining hardnosed reporting with witty memoir, this talk will change the way you shop, cook and eat forever. Dinner will include four courses (including a drink on arrival) with a specially prepared ‘Taste the Difference’ menu. Little Gloster, 31 Marsh Rd Isle of Wight PO31 8JQ

Andrew Maxwell And Benny Boot

Quay Arts - Comedy

Tuesday 3rd September - 8.00pm


We are delighted to present an incredible double bill of comedy at Quay Arts, featuring Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and TV star Andrew Maxwell, and Benny Boot, hailed by critics and comics alike as one of the UK’s greatest and most original joke writers. Quay Arts, Sea St Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 5BW

Courtney Pine supported by IOW Youth Orchestra

Wednesday 4th September

Newport Minster – Live Music - 7.30pm


We are honoured to welcome to the Newport Minster the finest and most recognised jazz saxophonist on the planet, the mercurial Courtney Pine, supported by the talented local Isle of Wight Youth Orchestra, this will be a glorious night of music in the heart of our most treasured island. Newport Minster, The Parish Centre, Town Lane, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 1JU

For more information and full listings information on Lost at Sea please visit

Ticket Info / 0844 888 4410

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