Events & Festivals
With such a broad range of exciting events and festivals taking place on the Isle of Wight each year, it's little wonder it is nicknamed the "Festival Island".
Each of our events and attractions features it’s own unique character that reflects Island life. Add to the mix mild and sunny weather and great beaches and you can see why there are always plenty of reasons to visit.
The Isle of Wight Festival in 1970 was one of the largest ever global music festivals, and in keeping with its legacy there are many music festivals taking place throughout the year on the Island.
These include 2 award winning festivals, The Isle of Wight Festival (which has been resurrected in a new location in Newport) and the Bestival at Robin Hill Country Park. V-Dub Island, now in its fourth year, takes place in August at the original site of the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival at Afton Farm.
The island truly springs to life in April and May with a whole range of Easter themed events, followed by the 2 week Isle of Wight Walking Festival (the largest in the UK) and the Gaffers Festival, a colourful sailing regatta held in the picturesque harbour town of Yarmouth.
The year continues into the summer festival season with a range of musical and artistic talent in unusual settings across the Island, including both the Newport Isle of Wight Jazz Weekend and Rhythmtree Festival which provide a more specialist musical alternative.
A curious mixture of country fair, great cuisine and entertainment, The Garlic Festival in August makes a great day out, while Cowes Week in August, which is the largest sailing regatta event in the world, provides plenty of opportunities to get afloat! The August Bank Holiday weekend usually plays host to the Isle of Wight Scooter Rally, which is the biggest gathering of scooters in the world!
The Island also plays host to a star-studded cast of literary and artistic talent and this is reflected in an eclectic programme of cultural festivals and year-round carnivals. There are also regular firework displays and bonfires across the Isle of Wight in celebration of special events and occasions.
Also keep your eye out for the "Electric Woods" events, which take place at Robin Hill Country Park. Their themed lightshows and illuminations were hugely popular in 2013 and will this year be returning bigger and better than ever!
Our events calendar below details the biggest events coming up on the Isle of Wight in the next 12 months, or you can use our "What's On" search facility on the left hand side of the page to search a list of all our events.
Many of our accommodation and ferry travel providers offer exclusive discounts for visitors to Isle of Wight events and festivals.
Take a look at the latest festival and event offers for more information.
If you really want to enjoy the many events and festivals on the island then you really should book some accommodation.
Whether you are here purely for festival reasons or on a short-break with your family, you can rest assured that we have lots of hotels, bed and breakfasts, self catering cottages, holiday/caravan parks and campsites for you to choose from - many of which offer special promotions and discounts that coincide with the different events on the island. Plus many event-goers on the Isle of Wight return at a later date for a holiday, so it is always worth planning in advance!
A map is also advised to help you find your way around the island.