Skip to main content

Red Funnel to offer big discounts on advance ferry bookings as 2020 Isle of Wight Festival line-up is announced

Wed, Dec 4 2019

The Isle of Wight Festival is returning once again to celebrate its 50th anniversary from 11th-14th June 2020 and is kicking off the summer festival season with an all-star line-up of music icons.


Headline acts include Lionel Richie and Lewis Capaldi making their show debut on the Friday night, Snow Patrol and The Chemical Brothers on the Saturday evening and Duran Duran, in a UK festival exclusive, closing the Main Stage on Sunday night.  

Red Funnel continues to offer early bird vehicle ferry travel rates, with lead-in fares from £28.50 each way at select times during off-peak dates (9, 10, 13, 14, 16, 17 June) and fares from £46.50 each way at select times during peak dates (11, 12, 15 June).

The company’s Black Friday Sale offering of 1/3 off vehicle ferry travel can also be used to book crossings for which early bird fares have already sold out, effectively making ALL crossings for the Festival period currently on sale.  

With the Black Friday sale offer ending this Friday, 6 December and with the early bird travel fares on for a limited time, right now is the ideal time or festival goers to book their preferred travel dates and maximise savings. Customers booking now and booking quickly will also benefit from the best selection of crossings times and avoid disappointment as sailings fill up.

Red Funnel is also making it easier for customers to book their Festival tickets and ferry travel together as the company will sell a limited supply of Festival tickets on its website from 09:00am this Friday, 6 December.

Fran Collins, CEO of Red Funnel, commented: “We are very excited to see the Isle of Wight Festival return for 2020. What a fantastic line up! Connecting festival goers to the action is something we look forward to every year and our teams are already busy making plans for ensuring customers have the best possible experience, which starts from the moment they arrive at the terminal. We also have a fantastic series of early bird travel offers available right now, so anyone planning to attend the Festival should really consider booking their Festival tickets and ferry travel this Friday and securing some great savings.”

Customers purchasing Festival tickets and ferry travel via Red Funnel can also benefit from the company’s interest-free payment plan option help spread the cost of travel and tickets. The plan works as follows:

Full order booking fee + 20% of the order value payable at the time of purchase

  • 20% of order value to be paid on 31 January 2020
  • 20% of order value to be paid on 28 February 2020
  • 20% of order value to be paid on 31 March 2020
  • 20% of order value to be paid on 30 April 2020

As Red Funnel’s ticket allocation for Festival tickets is limited, those seeking to benefit from the spreading the cost using Red Funnel’s payment plan are advised to book Festival tickets and ferry travel quickly on 6 December to avoid disappointment.

To ensure the best and lowest rate on ferry travel, customers should check early bird vehicle ferry fares at as well as compare against Red Funnel’s Black Friday Sale To compare, customers should simply enter their preferred travel dates on both booking pages to look for the best deals.

Those seeking more assistance can phone Red Funnel’s Contact Centre at 023 8001 9192 where agents will be happy to assist and advise on best rates and payment plan options. Note that a £5 booking fee applies for telephone bookings.


For further information regarding Red Funnel, please contact:

Lisa Norman or Kirsti Pawlowski at McKenna Townsend

T: 01425 472330

E: [email protected]

About Red Funnel

Red Funnel is the original Isle of Wight ferry company with roots tracing back to 1820. Based in the UK port of Southampton, Red Funnel carries 2.3m passengers and over 800,000 vehicles on its ferry route between the UK port of Southampton and East Cowes and 1.1m passengers between Southampton and West Cowes on its Red Jet Hi-Speed service.  In addition to ferry travel, Red Funnel is the only cross-Solent operator to offer ferry inclusive bonded holiday accommodation, attraction tickets, festival and event tickets and activity packages. Sub-brands include ‘Red Jet’ (the Hi-Speed passenger only ferry service serving West Cowes) and two food & beverage brands, ‘Steam Coffee Company’ and ‘ReFuel’.  The Company is a founder member of Visit Isle of Wight Ltd, the Island’s not for profit destination management organisation and Red Funnel sponsors or supports most of the Island’s premier events including the IW Festival, Cowes Week, Isle of Arts, The Red Funnel IW Literary Festival, IW Newport Jazz Festival, Isle Walk Festival, Ventnor Fringe Festival and Wolverton Manor Garden Show as well as a range of community and niche interest events. Red Funnel’s 2019 Charity of the Year is Mountbatten Hospice, Isle of Wight.

For more information visit: