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Nordic Spirit Festival Ferry FAQs


Can I take my car on the ferry?

This is a foot-passenger ferry only. If you wish to drive to the ferry port, there is parking at Triangle Car Park where you can leave your car before boarding the ferry (charges apply at your own expense).

What is the address of the port?

Town Quay Marina, Town Quay SO14 2AQ. Follow the signs, past the car park to the courtyard where our private queuing area will be.

What time do I need to be at Town Quay for the outbound crossing?

Please arrive at least 45 minutes before your ferry departure time.

How long does the crossing take?

1 hour 15 mins (approx.) Departing from Southampton (Town Quay Marina) to West Cowes (Thetis Wharf).

How do I get to Town Quay Marina from Southampton train station?

There are buses operated by Unilink and First from Southampton Central Station to Town Quay. They operate very frequently and cost £2- £3 pp. Alternatively there is a ‘QuayConnect’ service departing from Southampton train station to the Marina.

How much luggage can I take on-board?

There isn’t a limit on how much luggage you can take on the ferry, however please bear in mind that there are limits on the bus shuttle. If large items such as trolleys cannot fit onto the bus shuttle, you may have to organise your own transport from Thetis Wharf to the festival site (that would be your expense).

What happens if I miss my sailing?

We will endeavor to get you on the next available sailing that has space on that day (although not guaranteed), there will be three that operate daily. You will need to ensure plenty of time to arrive before the last departure. We will not make any overnight arrangements (that would be your expense).

Are there any additional ferry times apart from the ones stated?

No, our ferry sailings on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th June are at 10am, 1pm and 4pm. For the return journey on Monday 19th June, they are at 9am, 12pm and 3pm.

Do I need to bring any confirmation or tickets with me?

No, as long as you and all persons in your group have registered, our staff will be able to check you in when you arrive at the terminal. However, please bring ID with you to confirm that you are 18+.

Where is the shuttle drop-off and pick-up point?

When you get to the IOW, the shuttle bus will take you directly to the festival site bus drop-off point (gate A3). The bus will pick you up from the same place on the return. Please ensure you have your Nordic Spirit wristband on to enable you to board.

What time do I need to be at the bus station on the 19th?

We advise the following timings to allow plenty of time to board the bus and the ferry:
• 09:00 ferry (bus station 07:15 approx).
• 12:00 ferry (bus station 10:15 approx).
• 15:00 ferry (bus station 13:15 approx).

Will there be food and drink on the ferry?

1 welcome drink is included, we have an on-site bar where you can purchase additional (alcoholic and non-alcoholic). If any food or alcohol is being taken in your own luggage for the festival please note this will need to be stowed in the cloakroom throughout the crossing for passenger safety.

Are there cloakroom facilities onboard? There is a dedicated space where you can store bags/rucksacks and camping equipment, this will be on the bottom level of the ferry.

Are there W.C facilities on-board?

Yes, there are multiple facilities on-board.

Will there be any Covid-19 restrictions in place?

As with attending the festival, we ask that all our passengers do not enter the site if you believe that you may have been infected with Covid-19 and/or you are displaying symptoms of Covid-19

Can I leave my car at the terminal?

There is parking at the Triangle Car Park which is very near the terminal (charges apply)

What happens when I get to West Cowes?

There is a designated shuttle bus stationed at Thetis Wharf (IOW) that will drop you at the festival campsite entrance. Brand Ambassadors will be on-site to direct you to the shuttle pick-up point.

How long is the shuttle journey from West Cowes to the festival campsite?

The shuttle bus journey is 30 minutes (Approx.), however this may be longer due to high traffic. It is advised that you bring some refreshments for the journey.

Will I be given a wristband to enable me to board?

You will be given a wristband which allows you to board the ferry and bus so please ensure you keep this on throughout your weekend. Visit our Nordic Spirit stand at the festival with your wristband and claim a free drink!

Is there anything else I need to know?

When attending the event, photography audio and video recording may occur. By entering the event premises, all passengers consent to such recording media and its release, publication, exhibition or reproduction.

These FAQs are subject to the Nordic Spirit Terms and Conditions

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