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10 of the best events on the Isle of Wight this year

The UK’s holiday Island offers a year full of fun and variety and if you have never been before, you don’t know what you are missing!

Isle of Wight Walking Festival – April 30th-May 15th

With more than 200 organised walks, the Isle of Wight Walking Festival boasts 16 days of unbeatable, informative and healthy walks for all abilities.  A great way to explore its spectacular scenery, wildlife and heritage, all walks are led by knowledgeable guides, who share their stories and history of the Island www.isleofwightwalkigfestival.co.uk

Festival of the Sea June – 18th– July 3rd

From the swashbuckling swagger of Shipwreck Isle in Ryde to the arrival of the world’s leading annual solo sailing race, the Solitaire Bompard – Le Figaro in Cowes – plus lots of nautically-themed entertainment and activity for the whole family – the Festival of the Sea is one of the most eye-catching coastal events anywhere around the UK coastline this summer http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/whats-on/events/festival-of-the-sea

The Isle of Wight Festival – June 9th-12th

The 2016 Isle of Wight Festival will once again be staged at Seaclose Park, in Newport on the Isle of Wight with headline performances by Queen + Adam Lambert, the Stereophonics and Faithless www.isleofwightfestival.com

Ventnor Fringe – August 9th-14th

A celebration of the arts, showcasing emerging and established talent across every creative discipline on the Isle of Wight as well as artists from around the world.  This year it will be expanding with the International Festival www.vfringe.co.uk

Cowes Week – August 6th-13th

Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week will take place this year from Saturday August 6th to 13th, and will feature an exciting and diverse blend of competitive sailing – as well as a strong social scene including Ladies Day – and the famous fireworks that take place on the final Friday of the event http://www.aamcowesweek.co.uk

The Garlic Festival – August 15th&16th

A vast array of eats, sights and sounds, the Isle of Wight Garlic Festival has become one of the Island’s most iconic events and is a superb family day out. Alongside the celebration of garlic (including in ice cream and beer form) there is live entertainment and music as well as hundreds of local arts and craft stalls http://www.garlic-festival.co.uk/

Ryde Carnival – September 1st

The oldest carnival in Britain dating back to 1886, Ryde Carnival is the largest community celebratory event of its kind on the Island. A spectacular fusion of carnival costumes, dance and performance http://www.rydecarnival.com/ryde-carnival-dates-2016/

Bestival – September 8th-11th

Another of the UK’s leading music festivals, Bestival will this year be staged in Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Wight between September 8th to 11thth.  The Cure, Major Lazer, Hot Chiip and Fat Boy Slim are amongst those to have already confirmed they will be playing this year http://www.bestival.net

The Isle of Wight Literary Festival – October 12th-16th

See and hear a cornucopia of literary talent at the Isle of Wight Literary Festival held at Northwood House in Cowes.  In addition to talks there will be walks, workshops, competitions, debates, children’s story telling, lots of music and a chance to sharpen your wits at a pub quiz http://www.isleofwightliteraryfestival.org/

Isle of Fright (October half-term)

Take an enchanted steam train trip, wander through the magical Electric Woods, visit the former haunts of smugglers and have the fright of your life at Spooky Castle as you visit the Isle of Fright this October half-term http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/whats-on/events/isle-of-fright

For all other events, please go to www.visitisleofwight.co.uk

Image attached: ‘Film in the Woods’ held during Ventnor Fringe, please credit Jon Ritchie.



Isle of Wight is on track for a great end to the summer

150 years of rail travel on the Isle of Wight is to be marked on the Island at the end of August.

Tickets for the special celebrations across the Island on Saturday, August 30th are already on sale at £18.64, and include unlimited rail travel on all Island Line services, the Isle of Wight Steam Railway and a return vintage bus service between Shanklin and Ventnor Gardens.  Discounted admittance for Ventnor Botanic Gardens is also included in the price.

The day has been designed to give visitors the chance to step back in time and travel through 150 years of rail transport and life on the Isle of Wight.  Celebrations will include a vintage vehicle display at Ryde, as well as steam fairs, stalls and entertainment across a large selection of the island’s stations.

While Ryde Esplanade Travel Centre will stage the Isle of Wight Railway’s 150 Exhibition, Brading Station will host a 1950s day, which will include signal box tours as well as vintage and memorabilia stalls.

Visitors to Shanklin Station can party through 150 years, and enjoy a selection of local traders’ stalls and vintage vehicles while enjoying a glass of Pimms or Rail Ale.

Tickets can be bought in advance by telephoning 01983 882204, or can be bought for £20 on the day from the Booking Office.  Anyone wanting to visit the island from the mainland for this event will also be given the opportunity to purchase combination tickets with the ferry companies.

For full details, visit http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk/events/150-years-of-rail.aspx.

The Isle of Wight recently launched its Time Travel app and passports (http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/inspire-me/time-travel) for its visitors, and Ryde Carnival – reputedly the oldest carnival in the UK – also fits right in with the end of the summer school holidays fun.

Dating back to 1887 and the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria, who became a lifelong patron of the event, Ryde Carnival will this year feature a Children’s Procession on Friday August 29th, followed by Ryde Illuminated on August 30th when hundreds of participants and many thousands of spectators will join the fun.  For full details, visit http://www.rydecarnival.com.

Visitors to the Island wanting to fast-forward to the 21st century this August Bank Holiday will also have an opportunity to watch the Formula One of the Sea powerboat Cowes-Torquay-Cowes endurance race (http://cowestorquaycowes.co.uk/timings/).

For further details of August Bank Holiday events and accommodation on the Isle of Wight, visit www.visitisleofwight.co.uk.


 For further information, please contact:

Sue Emmerson, Isle of Wight Press Officer

Tel: 07766 705672

E-mail: sue@visitwight.co.uk