Getting Here

Where’s The Festival?

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: Chiswell, Fortuneswell, New Ground, Grove, Easton and Wakeham.

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.

Where To Stay

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 & enjoy more of b-side.

The Aqua, Castletown, Portland, Dorset DT5 1BD

Visitors to the b-side festival save 10% when they stay at The Hotel Aqua. The offer also includes a 10% discount on pre-booked evening meals. To book, visit and hit the Book Now button. To get the discount, use code bside2018 when prompted.

77 Fortuneswell, Portland DT5 1LY

Quote ‘b-side festival’ for a great discount off current prices

If you'd like to know more and find other places to stay, please scroll to the bottom of the page to download the attached PDF document that lists of a whole range of different places to stay on the island. 

How To Get To Portland

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
Weymouth Cars 01305 782222


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 [K4] Weymouth to Portland, does a circuit of the island as far as Southwell. It runs approx. every 10 mins Monday – Friday, 15 mins Saturday - Sunday, and every 20-30 mins in the evenings.

The 501 from Kings Statue Weymouth to Portland Bill via Portland Castle and Easton, runs five times daily. Visit or call 0345 602 0121 (Mon – Sat 7am-7pm, Sun 7am-6pm).

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 from Weymouth to Portland. Enjoy a refreshing sea journey through Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour.

Jump on board at Weymouth Brewers Quay at 10.30am, 12.30pm or 2.30pm. The journey takes 40 mins and returns at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm, with later sailings at peak times. 

£6 Adult Single, £10 Return. Bookings can be made in advance or bought directly at the Harbour Side Kiosk. It is essential to check sailing times on 01305 785000 / 07749 732428 or via their Twitter feed here.

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.

Festival Guide 2018

Want to see what we programmed for 2018 Festival? The 2018 Guide can be viewed online with our interactive reader. You can also download a PDF copy using the link below. 

Download Festival Guide 2018 PDF Download Festival Guide 2018 PDF (3.1MB)