b-side festival takes place all over the Isle of Portland; we are a scattered site festival which means we don’t have one main festival venue so it’s a great way to experience and see all the island has to offer. We have lots of new work and events taking place all over Portland in the following areas: Fortuneswell, Chiswell, New Ground, Church Ope and Portland Bill.
Portland is a small island connected to the mainland by the causeway. If you make your way to any of the above areas you will be in easy reach of b-side events and installations.
There are loads of great B&B’s, cottages and hotels on the island. Some of our local hotels and B&B’s have offered some special packages for b-side visitors this year as well as a NEW Festival weekender offer so you and your friends can stay all weekend and enjoy more of b-side.
The Aqua, Castletown, Portland, Dorset DT5 1BD
Festival Special - 40% off single night stays, plus a new B-Side 'Weekender' tariff: stay for any 2 festival nights or more and save an additional 15%. Just quote ‘b-side festival’ on your booking form http://www.hotelaqua.co.uk.
77 Fortuneswell, Portland DT5 1LY
Quote ‘b-side festival’ for a great discount off current prices http://www.portland77.co.uk
If you'd like to know more scroll to the bottom of the page to download a PDF document that lists of a whole range of different places to stay on the island.
Trains to Weymouth run from London Waterloo via Southampton Central and Parkway (South West Trains) and from Bristol Temple Meads (First Great Western). Take a look at The Trainline for train times.
Taxi contact numbers:
Weyline 01305 777777
Portline 01305 821600
Buses run very frequently between Weymouth and Portland. Links to areas further afield are available too such as Dorchester, Exeter and so on.
Buses run frequently between Weymouth and Portland. Links to areas further afield are available too, such as Dorchester and Exeter. Service Number 1 from Kings Statue Weymouth to Portland, does a circuit of the island as far as Southwell. It runs approx. every 10 mins Mon – Sat, 15 mins Sunday, and every 20-30 mins Sunday evening.
The 501 from Kings Statue Weymouth to Portland Bill via Portland Castle and Easton, runs five times daily. Visit www.firstgroup.com or call 0345 602 0121 (Mon – Sat 7am-7pm, Sun 7am-6pm).
Portland Community Bus 1 is a Community Transport service from Castletown to Portland Bill, available for anyone to use.
From the South and London: Follow the A35 towards Dorchester, but turn off on the junction for the A354 (that has signs for Weymouth).
From the West Country: Follow the signs for Bridport, and then at the roundabout near Morrisons take the coast road towards Weymouth, or the main road towards Dorchester.
Once you are in Weymouth there are many signs for Portland. Click here for up to date travel information.
Parking information click HERE
There is a daily ferry service from Coastline Cruises in Weymouth harbour, to Portland. Enjoy a refreshing sea journey through Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour.
Jump on board at Weymouth Harbour (South Side) at 10.30am, 12.30pm or 2.30pm. The journey takes 50 mins and returns at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm, with two later sailings on weekends.
£5 Adult Single, £10 Return. Bookings can be made in advance or bought directly at the harbourside. It is essential to check sailing times on 01305 785000 / 07749 732428.
Portland is a great place to cycle and it’s a fantastic way to see the festival too, for all info on cycle routes in Dorset visit this link.
The 2016 Guide can be viewed online with our interactive reader. You can also download a PDF copy at the link below. The Festival Guide will be available to pick up for free at various locations around Portland before and during the festival, including Outpost and Whitestones Cafe.
Download Festival Guide 2016 PDF (3.4MB)