Each of our events and attractions have their own unique identity, and each one 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.
In late February, visit the Island to enjoy the live and local music which fills the pubs and venues for Acoustic Isle. Walk through the town and hear the dulcet tones of an acoustic guitar spilling out on to the street. Make your way inside to warm up by a cosy log fire with a pint of tasty local beer. Acoustic Isle sees the Isle of Wight host 100 gigs over 10 days and celebrates the Isle of Wight's thriving local music scene.
As the cold subsides, 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. Summertime also marks the beginning of the music festival season, with the world-famous Isle of Wight Festival starting the party!
In June, the Island celebrates its maritime heritage with the Festival of the Sea. Over two weeks attend a range of amazing nautical events from bustling race villages that come with world-famous yachting races, to the pirate-themed Shipwreck Isle, a two day event packed with nautical family fun!
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 in Ryde, which is the biggest gathering of scooters in the world! Ryde also hosts the second day of the International Classic Car Show in September, with the first taking place at Newport Quay.
As Halloween approaches, the Isle of Wight turns into the 'Isle of Fright' and our resident ghosts and ghouls come out to play! The Island's favourite attractions host Halloween themed events to send shivers down your spine...
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 the past few years and will be returning this year bigger and better than ever!
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The Isle of Wight Walking Festival runs from 2 to 17 May, and features a packed programme of walks and walking-related events, from alpaca and zombie walks.
The festival gets underway on Saturday 2 May and among the opening weekend highlights...
The Isle of Wight Challenge 2-3 May 2015 - presented by Action Challenge, is a unique test of mental determination, for a number of great causes while you run or walk 56 or 106 km.
Over the bank holiday weekend, many sail around it, thousands...
The fairies invite you to join in their fantastical fairy fling, with all things magical on offer for would be fairies and their friends.
The Randonnee is a non-competitive cycle ride established by the Wayfarers in 1985. It takes place on the Sunday of the early May bank holiday. (This year – 1st May)
A 3 mile walk with the Ranger looking at Spring wildlife, including birds. Bring binoculars if you have them. Some rough and muddy paths, steep slopes and stiles. Meet at Windy Corner car park, Old Blackgang Road, Niton.
An interesting circular walk exploring some of the local history and Island heritage, with some stunning views along the way. Dogs on lead welcome. Meet at Bembridge Windmill.
A gentle stroll through the meadows and woods overlooking Newtown Harbour to listen to the dawn chorus. Finish with a drink and breakfast. A walk of about 2 miles with some potentially wet and muddy paths. Bring binoculars if you have them.
Fete / Fair
The sixth annual Wolverton Folk & Blues Fair will take place in the stunning grounds of Wolverton Manor, Shorwell, IW on Saturday 14th May 2016. 11.30am to 8.00pm.
After a sell-out successful launch in 2011, the festival has been gaining...
Follow event signage on the day, BEMBRIDGE
Walk the Wight is our biggest fundraising event of the year, with up to 12,000 people taking part across the four different walks and through the Schools Walk the Wight scheme. Advance registration is free but compulsory.
Show / Display
Featuring an array of railway and road vehicles of all shapes and sizes, the focus will be on transport from the last 60 years.
Our explosive Cowboy Showdown returns bigger and better than ever! Join our Sheriff and his deputy as they try to keep Cowboy Town safe from the Outlaws.
PLUS lots of fun and mayhem in the park with our Dodo and Dino characters!
Come and see our amazing squawk birds Bonita and Diaz as they host an exciting daily programme of games and activities in our lower valley – It’s our very own ’Squawk Olympics’ and everyone’s invited to get...
The aim of this year's event is to have several of our own locomotives in steam together, plus a guest loco from another railway making the Gala an opportunity to do something different. (Visiting loco still to be confirmed and subject to...
Make the most of your visit to the windmill and lean about some of the wild flowers that you can find in the area.
Our Needles XC Half Marathon is one of the toughest and most scenic half marathon's in the county. The 13.1 mile route will take you over downs and heathland, past historic monuments and of course you'll glimpse the most iconic landmark on the Isle...
One of the UK's most highly regarded small jazz festivals.
Newport Jazz Weekend is now an established annual event on the Isle of Wight. It features the very best of UK jazz, covering all styles. For four days in the Isle of Wight's main town of Newport there is non-stop jazz. The event is non-profit...
A MIXTURE (MIX) OF NEW (MONDO) MUSIC
The MondoMix is for people who cherish live performance and enjoy discovering new and unfamiliar music in the context of an unpretentious welcoming independent festival.
The World Village Project team...