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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.




The annual Isle of Wight Autumn Walking Weekend takes place this coming weekend, with a huge variety of walks available. They range from toddles to challenging and the serious to the quirky.

Organised by the Isle of Wight Council and sponsored by major GPS firm Garmin, the weekend festival between 24 and 27 October promotes a healthy and fun way for residents and visitors to explore the Island ’s natural beauty, stunning coastline and rich history and its comprehensive network of footpaths.

The weekend complements the annual Isle of Wight Walking festival held each May – the largest event of its kind in the UK – and seeks to bring visitors to the Island outside of the main tourism season.

For the serious walkers and fitness fanatics, there’s the challenging round the Island walk, which is spread over three days. Fans of music nostalgia may be interested in the Hendrix in the West Wight Walk, which follows a route from Dimbola Lodge to the venue of the world famous 1970 Isle of Wight Festival. There’s also a walk where participants sing along and are welcome to bring instruments with them as well.

Animal lovers will enjoy the walking with alpacas event, or they could opt for the Labrador and cakes walk through Parkhurst Forest .

There’s the ever popular fossil walks, and even the chance to walk with a Harris Hawk. Returning once again is the famous speed dating walk, an even that has resulted in several marriages, a baby and is one that has gained national attention.

Shirley Smart, Isle of Wight Council executive member responsible for tourism, said: “The Autumn Walking Weekend is always very popular and this year features over 60 walks.

“There really is a huge variety for all ages to choose from. Getting out and enjoying our wonderful towns, villages and countryside is a great experience while also helping to keep fit.”

All walks are led by knowledgeable walk leaders, and full details are available at http://www.isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk/. A programme can also be picked up in council help centres and other local tourist attractions.

Alternatively, to request a programme email elaine.cesar@iow.gov.uk.

Information is also available on the event’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/isleofwightwalkingfestival and using @IWWalkingFest on Twitter.


The 16th annual Isle of Wight Walking Festival is officially launched on Saturday 3 May at a special event in St Thomas’ Square in Newport where walkers will have the chance to meet the festival’s walk leaders and sponsors.

It’s the ideal opportunity to find out about the 200-plus walks taking place over the 16-day festival which takes place between 2 and 18 May.

The event’s title sponsor’s Garmin will be explaining how GPS handheld devices can help people to get the most out of their walks. In addition they will be running an introduction to geocaching walk on Sunday 11 May, starts 2pm at Appley Park near the old golf hut.

For people interested in finding out more about GPS technology, Garmin is running a special training event on Saturday 10 May at Quay Arts in Newport between 7pm and 9pm. Garmin’s team of experts will be on hand to show walkers and outdoor enthusiasts how to make the most of integrated products such as GPS wristwatches and action cameras and explain online software can be used to track and record your favourite walks. The event is free, but places are limited, to book email elaine.cesar@iow.gov.uk.

This year’s festival includes a number of new walks, including the colourful carnival trail where walking meets art and carnival. Led by the New Carnival Company, the trail covers 100 miles over five days, linking all of the Island’s carnival towns and villages. There’s a chance for families to have fun outdoors in the ’50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾!’ walk – prepared to get dirty with activities ranging from bug hunting to geocaching in this hour-long walk with the National Trust near Shalfleet on Monday 5 May – start any time between 10am and 4pm.

Many old favourites return, including the famous speed dating walk which has resulted in many love matches including five weddings. The friendly, informal walk gives people the chance to meet like-minded people while enjoying the beautiful sea views along Shanklin Esplanade. More men are still needed to join the many ladies who have already registered for the walk – to sign up people should visit the walking festival website.

The gruelling 24-hour non-stop endurance walk around the Island returns on Saturday 17 May. For experienced walkers only, walk leader Martin Neville will guide hikers around the Island’s coastal path in what is probably the toughest walk in the festival’s programme.

For people looking to enjoy the Island’s beautiful scenery at a more leisurely pace, there are scores of gentle ambles to choose from, as well as many walks designed for children.

Try one of the many fossil walks, or the tiny tots and toddlers tea party in Niton, or the rock pool safari in Bembridge or duck feeding walk in Shanklin – full details can be found in the Isle of Wight Walking Festival’s extensive programme or online at www.isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk

Visitors to this year’s festival can take advantage of discounted ferry fares as event sponsors Red Funnel and Wightlink are offering special discounts for walkers – visit www.redfunnel.co.uk/walking and www.wightlink.co.uk/walking for details.

Councillor Shirley Smart, Executive member for economy and tourism, said: “There are walks for all ages and abilities at this year’s walking festival, I’m particularly looking forward to the carnival walks which are a vibrant addition to this year’s programme.”

For full details of all of this year’s walks, including the four-day autumn walking weekend in October, please visit www.isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk.

Issued by:

Anna Price, Media Team Leader

Tel: 01983 821000 ext 6253

Mob: 07976 347637

Email: anna.price@iow.gov.uk

The 2014 Isle of Wight Walking Festival (with an appeal for more men to sign-up to the Speed Dating Walk)

The UK’s biggest walking festival takes place this year between May 4th and 19th…and is in need of more men to take part in its Speed Dating Walk on Sunday, May 4th!

Now in its 16th year, the 2014 Isle of Wight Walking Festival, organised by the Isle of Wight Council and sponsored by Garmin, boasts 16 days of unbeatable, informative and healthy walks for all abilities.  All walks are led by knowledgeable guides, who share their stories and history of the Island.

Over half of the Island is recognised as an AONB.  And with its 60-miles of dramatic Heritage Coastline and more than 500-miles of well-maintained and signposted footpaths the Island has long been recognised as a walker’s paradise.

The full programme of walks, and registration forms, can be found on the Isle of Wight Walking Festival’s website www.isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk.

The Speed Dating Walk, meanwhile, has become a unique feature of the Festival, with five perfect matches resulting in five weddings…and one baby.  But organisers have put out an SOS, for more men to sign-up to this year’s walk.

For further details about the Isle of Wight as a whole, visit www.visitisleofwight.co.uk


For further information, please contact:

Sue Emmerson Press Officer

Tel: 07766 705672  E-mail: sue@visitwight.co.uk

Website: www.visitisleofwight.co.uk