Set sail for the Isle of Wight and get ready to enjoy the summer’s ‘Festival of the Sea’ celebrations! Soak up the sunshine and the laid back, Island summer atmosphere as an amazing range of nautical events take place. It’s the perfect time to visit – why not hire an electric bike and admire the stunning scenery whilst cycling easily from town to town? Stop off at one of our beachside cafés and enjoy a delicious seafood platter whilst watching colourful sails floating along the horizon. For family fun, visit the race villages that come with the major sailing events, or just spend a day topping up your tan on the beach while the kids compete to build the best sandcastle! See the Island at its sunny best and enjoy the relaxed, nautical atmosphere of Festival of the Sea.
Man the riggings for Shipwreck Isle! This fantastic event, now in its second year, is set to return to the golden sands of Appley Beach from June 18th – 19th. Make your way to the shore and meet a group of no-good pirates whilst taking part in a range of fun-filled swashbuckling activities! This pirate extravaganza is completely free to attend and is a guaranteed fun day out for children and parents alike.
Make the most of the Island’s world-renowned sailing scene and travel to Cowes to enjoy the race village that comes with the impressive Solitaire Bompard – Le Figaro. The race sees 21 highly skilled solo sailors set out on an epic journey from France via the Isle of Wight. To celebrate their stopover, Cowes will burst to life with exciting activities day and night. The race village pops up in Cowes from June 22nd – 26th.
The world-famous JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Yacht Race takes place on July 2nd and sees 1600 boats circumnavigating the Isle of Wight. The race day is quite a spectacle, so be sure to reserve a good spot at a beachside café to watch the colourful spinnakers pass by. For a list of all the events happening so far, scroll down to the bottom of the page.
The Isle of Wight is renowned for its culinary delights and Festival of the Sea is a great time to explore all the local beachside cafes and restaurants to taste some of the Island’s favourite local produce.
A RESTAURANT WITH A VIEW
The Three Buoys in Appley is certainly a restaurant with a view! Sit at your table and enjoy looking out across the water and see Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower in the distance. You’ll see the magnificent forts standing in the middle of the channel, built to protect England from a French invasion in the 1860s. The restaurant serves a delicious range of local produce, from freshly baked local bread to artisan roasted coffee. Make a booking on a Friday to enjoy Moules Frite Friday where you can enjoy this seafood favourite at a special rate.
A BEACH HUT WITH A DIFFERENCE
For the perfect, relaxing lunch by the sea, book a table at The Beach Hut in Bembridge – and if you’re on the Island whilst the Round the Island Race is taking place, even better! This tiny but perfectly formed eatery offers a fantastic range of Mediterranean influenced food which you can enjoy whilst looking out to sea as colourful spinnakers dance along the water. Forelands, the beach where the café is located, is the perfect beach for rock-pooling and taking in the Island’s stunning scenery, so why not take a beach towel and bucket and spade and make a day of it?
TRY OUR ‘NATIONAL DISH’
Down at Ventnor Haven Fishery you can try out the Island’s ‘National Dish’! Crab on chips is a firm favourite with visitors and locals alike and Ventnor is the perfect place to pick some up and sit on the beach looking out over the English Channel. If you’re feeling decadent, why not try some lobster on chips!? Ventnor beach is a great place to relax and enjoy the sunshine and even take a dip! If you’d prefer to explore, spend some time walking along the seafront and up to the beautiful, historic village of Bonchurch.
SANDY SHORES & STUNNING SCENERY
For a break packed with family fun, Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park could be the place for you. Situated right next to the beach, it’s the perfect location to spend lazy summer days building sandcastles before strolling back to your caravan for a relaxing evening watching the sun set.
A LITTLE LUXURY
Luccombe Manor in Shanklin is the perfect retreat for those wishing to escape the rat race and be in the heart of the Island’s countryside, whilst also enjoying stunning sea views! Explore the coastal walks and venture down to Shanklin beach for a visit to the thatched Fisherman’s Cottage for a tasty local brew and some chips. The Old Village in Shanklin is a wonderful place to explore – streets lined with thatched buildings and olde worlde gift shops. Buy a vintage postcard and a stick of rock, or explore Shanklin Chine, the Isle of Wight’s oldest tourist attraction.
RENT A COTTAGE
If you’d prefer to have your own space, rent a holiday cottage with stunning sea views. Holiday rentals are dotted all over the Island, so pick your favourite beach and see what’s nearby.
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Beckford Road, WEST COWES
An exhibition to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Medway Queen Club.
PS Medway Queen entered service in 1924 and made her last voyage on 9 September 1963. She was towed to the Isle of Wight in August 1965.