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Victorious Festival 2019 – Review

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September 8, 2019

We love Victorious Festival, but it is safe to say that the weather hasn’t always been kind to us.

This year, it was positively glorious, with wall to wall sunshine from beginning to end and not a drop of rain in sight.

Victorious is the UK’s Biggest Metropolitan Festival which is set on Southsea Common, over looking the Solent.

Victorious Festival

The festival starts on Friday afternoon, but due to work commitments we travelled up to Portsmouth on the Saturday and Sunday, taking advantage of their park and ride facilities.

Victorious Festival

We started both days getting our faces painted or glittered and making floral headdresses before exploring so see what was going on.

Victorious Festival

Victorious is a brilliantly family friendly festival and has a large Kids Arena open from 10am-6pm on Saturday and Sunday, which is a mini-festival in itself.

Victorious Festival

The Kids Arena features an abundance of family-friendly activities including face painting, karaoke, mini fairground rides and even a gaming zone, all of which are completely free to mini festival-goers! 

Victorious Festival

We spent a good portion of both days in the Kids Arena, with one of the kids favourite activities being the Lidl Mudder event.

Victorious Festival

This area was filled with fun challenges for them to try, like launching into a foam pit, or beating the vertical wall.

Victorious Festival

Sebby’s favourite activity from last years festival was back and he took his Jedi Training very seriously!

Victorious Festival

Most of the activities are all run by local groups and there was also the chance to pose with football trophies from Portsmouth FC, make nutcrackers with the theatre company and various other craft activities.

Victorious Festival

The only downside to the kids arena is there is not enough to do for older children like Isaac who is too old for many of the activities on offer, but isn’t quite at the age where he wants to relax, explore and enjoy the music.

Victorious Festival

We did find that the D-Day Museum was open and free to enter, which all the kids enjoyed exploring.

Victorious Festival

It was also air conditioned, so the perfect place to cool down and avoid spending too much time in the hot sun.

Victorious Festival

For music lovers, there are numerous stages offering music from local performers and music from around the world, to artists we all know and love from the charts.

Victorious Festival

There are two main stages: The Common Stage, which is set on Southsea Common and the Castle Stage, which sits adjacent to Southsea Castle.

Victorious Festival

This year, Victorious Festival staged a bit of a coup and had booked Lewis Capaldi. I don’t think I have ever seen the Castle Stage so packed.

Victorious Festival

He put on an amazing show, although if taking young kids to see him, be aware that he is a little bit sweary.

Victorious Festival

Getting from the Castle Stage after his performance to see James Bay on the Common Stage was a challenge, as it seemed most of the audience had the same idea.

Victorious Festival

Other acts we enjoyed seeing over the two days were All Saints, Professor Green and Razorlight.

Victorious Festival

We would have liked to stay and watch Rudimental and New Order, but by 8pm the kids had had enough and wanted to head home.

5 things you need to know before you go

Kids Arena

The Kids Arena is not open on Friday, so if you are planning on doing all three days, be aware that there isn’t much for them to do on Friday.

Victorious Festival

The Kids Arena is open from 10am to 6pm, but be aware that you may have to queue or book time slots for popular activities.



There is family camping available, but it is not onsite and is a good half an hour bus ride away, so you can’t just pop back to the tent to recharge your batteries.

Food and Drink

Probably our biggest bugbear was that you are not allowed to take your own food and drink inside – they even confiscated a bag of Maoams.

Take empty water bottles with you and fill them up at the free water stations which are dotted around the festival.

There is plenty of food and drink available to buy. I would advise you to shop around as the prices differ throughout the site. Most places were taking payments by both cash and card.

Victorious Festival

Shade and Shelter

The Kids Arena is set amongst the trees so is lovely and shaded, however, the rest of the festival is open with no shade, so make sure you take hats and/or umbrellas.

Victorious Festival


The teen / adult fairground costs extra per ride (£2.50pp), so factor this into your budget.

Victorious Festival

Victorious Festival will be back on 28th/29th and 30th August 2020. Tickets are on sale now and cost from £25


Do you enjoy going to festivals?

Disclaimer: We were guests of Victorious Festival for the purpose of a review. All thoughts and opinions are our own

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    September 9, 2019

    Looks like you all had a nice time. I love the face painting.

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    Ella @ Typical Mummy

    September 9, 2019

    We absolutely love family-friendly festivals and this is one I hadn’t heard of before! It looks like you had great fun. I can’t believe they even confiscated a bag of Maoams though!!!!

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    September 9, 2019

    Looks like you had a fantastic time! It’s great that the weather was a vast improvement over previous years as well!

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    Laura Schwormstedt

    September 10, 2019

    Oh wow what a cool and fun family-friendly festival and yes the weather looks glorious this year!! It’s going on the summer festival list
    Laura x

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    Laura Dove

    September 10, 2019

    This looks like so much fun! Every time I read about a festival like this I really want to go, and you were so lucky with the weather!

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    Cristina Petrini

    September 10, 2019

    These are the festivals that make me regret the joy of summer. Very beautiful.

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    Cyndi Buchanan

    September 10, 2019

    This looks like a fantastic festival! I love how family friendly it looks. Too many festivals are just for adults.

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    Jennifer Gladwin

    September 10, 2019

    I’m so glad the weather was kind for you this time! I’d love to see Razorlight!

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    Suzy McCullough

    September 10, 2019

    What a fabulous festival. That’s good to know about the camping and good job it didn’t rain this year! All the different activities sound great fun

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      September 11, 2019

      Looks like y’all had an absolute blast! The obstacle course would be our favourite. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    karen reekie

    September 10, 2019

    Looks like it was perfect weather and a fantastic time. We haven’t done a festival with my kids mainly cos of M’s SPD but this looks like it might be fun and he would enjoy it.

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    Sabina Green

    September 10, 2019

    I have never heard of this festival before but it looks like a brilliant family festival and you had perfect weather for you all.

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    Va Anne Rome

    September 11, 2019

    What a fun experience you had! This looks like an awesome festival, I can see how happy your kids are.

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    September 11, 2019

    Seem like everyone has a blast in Victorious Festival, lots of activities to make kids busy and excited. Love the face painting, so cute.

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    September 11, 2019

    What a brilliant fun festival. I got to admit that I have never been to one and I know I’m missing out. Definitley going to put it in my to do list for 2020

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    Catherine Santiago Jose

    September 11, 2019

    Wow, this festival sounds like a lot of fun and by reading this article I can feel how amazing time you’ve had in that place and I am sure kids really had a wonderful experience into this festival.

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    Ashley Rollins

    September 11, 2019

    What a fun festival! The kids look like they’re having a blast and I love the face painting!

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    September 11, 2019

    Sounds like a great weekend’s entertainment, its one I’ve never heard of but looks like one the children would really enjoy, definitely one to add to the list if we are ever on holiday in the area during that week. Also lovely to see you attending a festival in decent weather, and not just in the rain!

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    Rebecca Smith

    September 11, 2019

    This looks like such a wonderful festival for the whole family!

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    September 11, 2019

    This is a brilliant post, I hadn’t heard about it before. Interesting about the kids area not being open on all days and the camping being so far away. I don’t know if we’d enjoy that. We saw Lewis at Big Feastival and the kids kept looking at me in shock at his language! 😀

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    September 11, 2019

    I love the makeup for kids! I’d turn into a kid myself with it too 😉

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    Sue-Tanya Mchorgh

    September 11, 2019

    How nice. It seems like a great festival for kids.

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    Jay Mih

    September 11, 2019

    This sounds amazing! Wish we have something like this here in the U.S.

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    September 11, 2019

    Looks amazing- not heard of this festival before but I’d love to visit now!

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    Jasmine Hewitt

    September 12, 2019

    never heard of this festival. but looks like the kids really enjoyed it!

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    Shannon Gurnee

    September 12, 2019

    It looks like you and your family had so much fun! I love all of the pictures you shared.

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    September 12, 2019

    I like that the hours are 10 to 6. That gives you time to get home and get some rest before the next day.

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    September 12, 2019

    This looks so good. The face paint is lovely, she looked awesome!

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    Melanie williams

    September 14, 2019

    I love all your piccys. Looks like you had an amazing time at this festival, so much to see and do x

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    Candy Rachelle

    September 15, 2019

    That is surely a fun and exciting festival. Hope you enjoyed it to the fullest. The face looks so great.

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    September 17, 2019

    This looks amazing and you were lucky with the weather

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