Giant Waterslide to come to Bestival 2015!By Ella Downing
Bestival is known for being a festival that is about much more than just the music. Alongside its usual madness this year a 200m giant water slide will be present to keep festival goers entertained.
The idea has been on the cards since 2013 when Wayne Whittle, then Mayor of Ryde, was sent a photo of Bristol’s 'Park and Slide,' a 100m water slide built in the centre of Bristol by artist Luke Jerram. After noticing that the location was similar to Ryde’s Union Street, Whittle decided to try and make it happen, and now it has! Whittle said:
“Ryde is a unique place that deserves a unique event. Union Street is the perfect venue, thanks to Bestival’s help and the community’s enthusiasm and assistance, it’s finally all downhill from here. I can’t wait to join in the fun on the 12th, there’s no better way to fund raise. Oh, we do like to be beside the seaslide!”
The slide will be premiering in Ryde on Sunday the 19th of July and circa 300 islanders will get to ride it, all to raise money for four local charities.You can enter to be a water slider at www.bestivalrydeslide.net by donating just £5 or text BEST001 to 70970 (which will also donate £5) before Tuesday 30th June. The more times you donate, the higher the chance of winning a place to slide beside the seaslide.
The slide will then be at Bestival from the 10th to the 13th of September. Bestival creator Rob da Bank said:
“We always like to get involved with really exciting and really mad stuff at Bestival, so when Wayne spoke to me about bringing a huge inflatable water slide to the Island and running it down the middle of Union street in Ryde, I couldn’t possibly refuse. Chances like this don’t come along all that often and it’s all for a lot of great causes, so please do donate some money and see how you get on with the luck of the draw!”
Plus aside from being super fun, you could always use the slide as a shower for the weekend!