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Why is there an admission charge for this year’s festival?show / hide
The Kitesurfing Armada Festival is now in its eighth year. It began as an event which brought the kitesurfing community together to raise funds for charity. It has now grown into an annual festival celebrating the amazing sport of kitesurfing, promoting the stunning coastline and beauty of Hayling Island, continuing to raise funds for local charitable causes and delivering a great festival weekend of live music, family entertainment and fun, which is open to all. The festival attracts in excess of 10,000 people over the 3 days and the costs to deliver the event have grown considerably since it began. The free schools day alone last year had 400 children from 12 local schools attending to learn about the environment and enjoy a day with us. We want to continue all these activities, and also want to ensure the festival as a whole continues to improve each year. There has already been new investment in the 2020 event, especially in the live music offering. We are aiming to bring some great bands to the Armada this year, which we hope everyone will enjoy, and which will step up the quality of the festival once again. To help us ensure the festival is sustainable into the future, and can continue to support the good causes we partner with, we now have a nominal admission charge. However, we have done our best to ensure the admission price remains as low as possible, and is significantly cheaper than other festivals of this kind. Also we are not charging for children 17 years and under, there is a 50% discount for anyone aged 65 and over and a 31% discount for all weekend tickets. Thank you for your ongoing support to the festival, and we look forward to seeing you all on Hayling Island this summer!
What are the admission prices for 2020?show / hide
Please see our Tickets - 2020 page for full details. Adult Tickets will start from £6.00
What is the age of a child at the festival?show / hide
All children aged 17 years and under are free of charge, however everyone will require an individual ticket and must be accompanied by an adult 18 years and over. A maximum of 3 children can be booked per adult.
Does my admission ticket allow entrance for the whole weekend?show / hide
Daily tickets only allow admission to the festival on the specific day as purchased. Weekend tickets allow admission to the festival from Friday 19th – Sunday 21st June 2020. Weekend tickets represent a 31% discount versus buying individual day tickets.
Can I buy my ticket on the day?show / hide
We strongly recommend you buy your tickets in advance to avoid any disappointment as the event is subject to capacity restrictions.
Can I camp at the festival?show / hide
Yes, there are a variety of campervan and camping options available to purchase. All camping prices include Friday 19th, Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st June until event closes at 5pm. Please note, there is no overnight camping on Sunday 21st June
If I am camping, can I arrive on the Saturday 20th June?show / hide
The campsite opens at 11 am on Friday and closes at midnight. It then opens again on Saturday morning at 10am. You will receive your ticket when you arrive on site. If you would like to set up next to your friends, we advise that you arrive together. A couple of important Health and Safety bits: Please do not bring any glass onto site, there are loads of kids around and this helps keep everything safe. Please also note that BBQ's and open fires are not allowed in any of the campsites or campervan areas for obvious reasons! But you are welcome to enjoy a BBQ on the beach, a safe distance away from the beach huts. For full fire safety information please click here. Please remember there is a no re-entry rule in place on the Armada site. This means you can't drive in and out of the festival after your car or campervan has been parked. It needs to stay there until you leave. We have been asked to reduce vehicle movement throughout the festival area in order to keep everyone safe - and there are a lot of busy car parks at the festival. This is a very common rule at other festivals and we don't want any accidents. So to be clear- if you drive out of the festival after you have been parked by the stewards, you won’t be able to come back in so please just arrive equipped with everything you need for your visit.
What level of subsidy is there for Kitesurfers?show / hide
Kitesurfing is at the very heart of the festival and our aim is to ensure that there are as many kitesurfers on the water as possible. We are therefore committed to ensure our event is accessible to as many people as possible. Tier 1 Tickets for kitesurfing participants start at £25 for the weekend.