The Great Outdoors
13th March 2012
Experience The Great Outdoors at its best on the Isle of Wight this summer as the Island plays host to a variety of sailing, cycling and walking based spectacles. There really is something for everyone to enjoy:
Historic Tree Tour
8 February 2012, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Join Osborne's head gardener for a wander through the grounds and wider estate admiring the wealth of beautiful trees. Many were very early introductions to this country, many are too tender to be grown far from the South coast but most were planted as gifts to the Royal family or as commemorative trees to mark specific family or State occasions. Lunch will be provided. – pre-booking essential
National Trust: winter bird walk
19 February 2012, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join us for a guided walk around Newtown National Nature Reserve looking at overwintering birds. Wellingtons recommended. Please bring binoculars if you have them. Sorry, assistance dogs only. Meet in the visitor point car park opposite Newtown Old Town Hall (SZ 423 906)
The Isle of Wight Walking Festival
5-20 May 2012
IslandwideNow in its 12th year this award winning festival has an eclectic mix of 200 walks over 16 days, from official trails and photographic tours to spectacular scenic hikes and seaside story walks for the kids - plus the famous Isle of Wight speed-dating walk!
Wight Challenge 2012
19 May 2012
Jersey Camp, Porchfield. A 20 mile cycling, 8 mile running and 3 mile open canoeing challenge. Competitors take part in teams of three to have fun and raise money for Wessex Heartbeat
Ryde Rowing Club Annual Regatta 2012
19 May 2012
The annual regatta will take place near the Ryde Rowing Club Appley Park Clubhouse, with a course set out to the east of Ryde Harbour approach channel, at the eastern end of Ryde Canoe Lake
Yarmouth Old Gaffers
25 – 27 May 2012
Yarmouth Family entertainment as Yarmouth's picturesque harbour is filled with more than 100 visiting traditional sailing, steam and motor vessels, including the cream of the Old Gaffers fleet. On shore there will be a huge range of activities keeping the 20,000 plus expected visitors entertained from morning till night all weekend.
JP Morgan Fleming Round the Island Yacht Race
30 June 2012
Cowes The annual race around the Isle of Wight which from its small beginning in 1931 with just 25 entries, has grown to see a record 1600 boats complete the 60-mile course. Whether you're taking part or are just interested in this unique spectacle, you'll find the Island's coastline offers several vantage points for spectators to view the yachts close at hand, especially around the Needles and along the south coast.
Chale Show 2012
4 Aug - 5 August 2012, 11.00am – 5.00pm
Probably the most traditional and distinguished family summer show on the Island. Boasting an incredible display of horticultural exhibits, a craft marquee, antique fair, farmers market, steam fair & vintage vehicles, the Chale Show has now been running for over 80-years
11 – 18 August 2012
Cowes This unique British sporting event, where men and women compete equally and where amateur sailors race against Olympic and World Champions, combines competitive racing with tremendous fun for the 8,500 competitors racing each day plus around 80,000 spectators who enjoy a fantastic line up of shoreside entertainment day and night..
Isle of Wight Cycling Festival
15-23 September 2012
Islandwide A fantastic way to see the most picturesque areas of the Island, including themed cycle rides for the whole family. For the super-fit, try 'Cycle the Wight', a 65 mile road route around the Island's spectacular coastline and 'The Hills Killer' a challenging orienteering ride set against the clock.
Wight Challenge 2012
22 September 2012
Jersey Camp, Porchfield
A 20 mile cycling, 8 mile running and 3 mile open canoeing challenge. Competitors take part in teams of three to have fun and raise money for Wessex Heartbeat
Isle of Wight Autumn Walking Weekend
19 – 22 October 2012
IslandwideFrom amblers to ramblers, with over fifty walks in the programme, this festival offers you a wide choice of walks for all ages and abilities, giving you the chance to enjoy the colour of our autumnal walks. The Speed Dating walk is as popular as ever. It provides the perfect environment for couples to get to know one another and its success has resulted in three weddings to date! Watch this space for more weddings!