Three days, multiple acts and a tonne of things to do; Victorious Festival sees out the summer from the banks of Southsea and is one epic way to spend the August bank holiday weekend. Also, it’s a mere 5-minute cycle ride from my house.
Obviously the music line up is pretty sweet – with The Libertines, Paloma Faith and Stereophonics all headlining in the past – but there are many more things to do at Victorious Festival, beyond the stages…
1. Enjoy some retail therapy
Not your usual fruit and veg affair, Market Way is a row of stands and stalls between the Common and Castle Stages. It’s got loads of crafty items, local goods, knick knacks and great food all luring you further away from your budget, but we all need a festival momento, right?
2. Knock back a beer
Beer isn’t exactly a rarity at a festival but what makes Victorious so great is that there’s lots of it and while you’re run of the mill brews are around, so are the craft numbers and authentic ales. This can all be found in the Real Ale Village and with three days, I reckon you can make your way through the list, or at least a good dent in it all.
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3. Sip back the Champers
Seeing as Victorious is a city festival, you can definitely leave the dirt and grime behind and make it more of a classy affair. Start off by sipping on the Champs at Southsea Castle. A top spot in the seaside city, Victorious adds a touch more class to Henry VIII’s former spot by pitching up a Summer Champagne Bar. Definitely one of the more unique things to do at Victorious, so I hope you’ll indulge.
4. Run away with the circus
After seeing Happy’s Circus at Victorious, no doubt you’ll be straight online googling trapeze classes near you and wondering how good you’d look in a leotard. This troupe have all the bells and whistles of your traditional circus but pitch up for the crowds to see at Victorious with their acrobats, sword balancers and fire eaters. Take a break from the live acts and enjoy entertainment of an entirely different kind.
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5. Relax on the beach
For a festival, we’re usually packing the wellies but for Victorious make room for the flip flops because it’s goodbye fields and hello beach. Right on the coast, Victorious backs onto the Southsea Beach meaning you can combine a little sunbathing and toe dipping at the same time as listening to the likes of Kaiser Chiefs, Paul Weller and Happy Mondays – for this year anyways.
Read my Ultimate Guide to Southsea Beach here.
6. Visit the kids arena
If you’re bringing your kids, borrowing the neighbours’ little ones or indeed just fancy being a big kid yourself, check out the kids arena. This is an entire zone dedicated to the wee ones that doesn’t cost a penny. While the CBeebies big names and cartoon heroes might not be the acts topping your list, Ready to Rock School, BellaCrafts and a crocodile assault course might succeed in making you a little envious at all the cool things the kids can do.
7. Get adventurous
Again proving it’s a family affair, the Kingswood Adventure Zone has loads of activities for all ages. Here you can burn off some of that festival energy by trying your hand at fencing, testing your strength at climbing or go for the tamer side of things by crafting a dream catcher.
8. Travel to another world
With your feet firmly in Southsea, prepare to be transported across the globe in the World Music Village. This area plugs in the coolest and quirkiest acts from all over but mixes it up with sessions of spoken word and tai chi — random combination but it works. Inside the village, you’ll also find The People’s Lounge where all kinds of arty types convene to show Portsmouths’ own selection of local talent too.
9. Get your Victorious picture
Did you even go the festival if you don’t have a picture of you and your friends posing near the big letters? Disperse and climb on the giant Victorious letters for the ultimate “we were here” moment. Try elbowing your way onto it at night when the letters are all lit up and look a little cooler.
I’m definitely going to Victorious this year, it’s one of the highlights of my festival calendar.
See you there!