Autumn comes to the Isle of Wight
Visitors to The Isle of Wight this autumn will be able to enjoy a bumper crop of seasonal colours, courses and activities throughout the months of October and November.
One of the best ways of enjoying the Island’s famous autumn colours along both its coast and countryside is to sign-up to one of the 100-plus walks in the line-up of walks during the Autumn Walking Weekend, which is this year set to run from Friday, October 25th to Monday, October 28th. Following in the footsteps of everything from alpacas to dinosaurs, the Autumn Walking Weekend is a spin-off from the ever-popular annual Isle of Wight Walking Festival, which has taken place on the Island for the last 15 years and is now widely recognised as the biggest Walking Festival in the UK. For more details, visit http://www.isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk/.
Another option is to stay a night on The Isle of Fright to enjoy some seasonal japes between October 19th and November 3rd. Coinciding with the school half-term holidays, when it will be possible for overnight visitors to pick-up some out-of-season accommodation deals, The Isle of Fright’s full schedule of events are on a special section of the Visit Isle of Wight website, and draws on a spooky seafaring history and dark Victoriana heritage. And while “The Apocalypse is Coming” (to Puckpool Park, from October 30th to November 3rd) there’s now a complete listing and further details on how to get here, and where to stay, at http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/events/isle-of-fright.
Bonfire Night will once again be celebrated in traditional style at Yarmouth’s historic harbour on Tuesday, November 5th. A Torchlight Parade and Firework Display has been held here for many years now. It all starts with a party in the Square, followed by a parade to the Common that provides a grandstand for the firework display offshore. For more details, visit http://www.yarmouthcarnival.org.uk/events-coverage-photos/guy-fawkes-fireworks/.
Another seasonal occasion on the Island these days is Farmer Jack’s Pumpkin Day on Saturday, October 26th when visitors can take their decorated and carved pumpkins along to Farmer Jack’s farm shop for a bit of Halloween fun. Opportunities to cook, or carve, a pumpkin from scratch, meanwhile, are also available between October 26th, and 31st. For more details, visit http://www.farmerjacks.co.uk/events/.
Other autumn activities scheduled for October and November on the Island this year include Stargazing Weekends at the Island Planetarium (http://www.islandastronomy.co.uk/stargazingweekends.html) and a Fungus Foray at Newtown National Nature Reserve, October 19th at 10am (http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/local-to-you/london-and-south-east/things-to-see-and-do/isle-of-wight/).
For some guaranteed autumn colours, it’s best to head to the Electric Woods Autumn Aurora where, from October 18th to November 2nd, Robin Hill’s stunning ancient woodland will be brought to life by creative lighting, sound and special effects (http://www.robin-hill.com/events).
Last, but by no means least, the Isle of Wight Literary Festival takes centre stage from October 18th-20th this autumn, with tickets costing from just £4.00 per talk, to £13.50 per day; or £34 for a full weekend pass. Speakers this year include Westminster wit Simon Hoggart, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Penelope Keith. For a full schedule, visit www.isleofwightliteraryfestival.org.
All tourist information relating to the Isle of Wight can be found at www.visitisleofwight.co.uk
For further information, please contact:
Sue Emmerson, Isle of Wight Press Officer
Tel: 07766 705672