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Jump for July Joy

There’s never a dull moment here on the sunny Isle and we’ve put together some great ideas to get you out and about in July. Whether you’re looking for family fun, sailing activities or something for nature lovers and historians, the July calendar is jam packed with great things to do and see.

For Family Fun

Jump for July Joy on the Isle of Wight

For generations, Blackgang Chine has been at the top of the must go to list for the Isle of Wight. The oldest theme park in Britain, it’s a fantastic day out for all the family and you can be part of the park’s 175th birthday celebrations. Discover dinosaurs, fight pirates, become sheriff of your own town or explore a sunken shipwreck in the Underwater Kingdom. There’ll also be celebratory fireworks every Monday and Wednesday from the 23rd of July.

Robin Hill is another great family day out and will have Jungle Fever every Tuesday and Thursday evening from the 24th of July with the park staying open unit 10pm. There’ll be life sized animal puppets, tropical birds, live music and some great character meet and greets, all in the ‘wild forests’ of Robin Hill. Apart from going wild, Robin Hill has a fabulous mix of activities for all ages as well as all of the climbing you can manage as you experience the new Squirrel Run high up in the trees.

Jump for July Joy on the Isle of Wight

There’s always loads to do at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway and in July there are some events that you’ll be sure to want to attend. Fancy some inspired music and dance? Silk stockings and military machines? Then the 1940s Experience on the 7th and 8th of July is for you. Enjoy the Spitfire Sisters along with the Cinque Port Lindy Hoppers and experience 1940s train travel. For younger visitors there’s also The Railway Folk! on the 29th to the 31st of July. Be awed by the stories of Pirate Paul, entertained by the pirate skills workshop or make your way through the watery world of the giant sunken galleon, all included in the price of your ticket.

Jump for July Joy on the Isle of Wight

There are furry friends galore, a giant bouncing pillow and all manner of other activities in the Play Barn at Tapnell Farm Park. Go walkabout with the wallabies, meet the marvellous meerkats and see who’s hanging out in pets corner. With an onsite café and the Cow Restaurant, you won’t go hungry either! The park is open daily throughout the year and your little explorers will love the great mix of activities available.

Set in 35 acres of stunning rural landscape, Calbourne Water Mill contains one of the oldest working water mills in the country, dating back to the Domesday Book. On the 21st and 22nd of July there’ll be a Fairytale Weekend with Shetland ponies, unicorns, fairies and a volcano bubble machine. Go dressed up as your favourite prince or princess!

Jump for July Joy on the Isle of Wight

For something a little more coastal there’s the Needles Battery. Join a guided tour on the 25th of July and discover why the fort was built, why a shot has never been fired in anger, and the role it played through two world wars. Or watch the world famous Round the Island Race with breakfast on the 7th of July from 6am. There’s also a chance to tick some things off your 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ list on the 25th of July including kite making, wild art or simply walking up a big hill!

For little pirates and would be Jack Sparrows, there’s Shipwreck Isle at Appley Beach on the 8th of July. With pirate fun, sword fighting, re-enactment, drums and games and including the Shipwreck Isle treasure hunt. And don’t forget there are still bear hunts to go on with Official Bear Hunt Weekends  at St Helens Duver on the 14th and 15th of July.

For Salty Old Tars

Jump for July Joy on the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is world famous for its sailing, races and sailing community and during July there are some dates of sailing activity note.

To kick the season off, there’s the Round the Island Race on the 7th of July with 1600 boats crewed by some of the biggest names in sailing, as well as keen amateurs which skim past The Needles - round St Catherine's Point and Bembridge Ledge and back to the Solent. There’s also the Panerai British Classic Week ,the only UK regatta forming part of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge series which will take place from the 14th- 21st July in Cowes and of course August will see one of the world’s greatest sailing events, Lendy Cowes Week.

If you can’t wait for Cowes Week, then enjoy the Charles Stanley Direct Cowes Classics Week in the meantime – it’s all about racing traditional yachts on the water and enjoying fabulous social events ashore.

A Step Back in Time

Jump for July Joy on the Isle of Wight

Queen Victoria’s country retreat Osborne House will be open throughout the summer months and on the 25th and 26th of July will host the London Capital & Finance horse trials. Set to attract some of the best horses and riders to the Isle of Wight from all over the country, this is an unmissable day with Victorian amusements, dog shows and agility as well as great shopping to complete the experience.

All kids (even grown up ones) love a castle and from the 28th of July to the 5th of August you can train to be a knight’s apprentice and get involved in knight training, etiquette, storytelling and craft throughout the day at Carisbrooke Castle. Have you got what it takes?

Fab Festivals, Music & Theatre

Jump for July Joy on the Isle of Wight

There are carnivals and festival galore during June with Isle of Wight Pride hosting UK Pride 2018 in Ryde on the 21st July including a colourful parade and entertainments. There will also be the UK Pride Opera Festival beginning on the 15th of July with Casanova’s Ball.

If you’re recovering from Isle of Wight Pride, how about refreshing whizz down the Ryde Slide on 22nd July? The 200 m inflatable water slide will be back on Union Street on the Sunday after Pride, with all proceeds going to local Isle of Wight charities.

Jump for July Joy on the Isle of Wight

Rhythm Tree will return to Calbourne on the 13th, 14th and 15th of July with its usual rich mix of high quality music and family fun for its 9th consecutive year a great weekend at Three Gates Fam.

Cocktails and live music? Don’t mind if we do! Join the line- up of acoustic artists at The Boathouse every Thursday throughout July. There’s also live summer music in the garden at The George in Yarmouth on the 21st and 29th of July where you can enjoy not just the music but the view too. Or if blues are more your thing then see Stompin Dave and his band at Quay Arts on the 6th of July.

If you’re feeling theatrical then Join The Wight Strollers for Priscilla Queen of the Desert as they journey across the Australian Outback in this fabulous, feel-good musical from the 6th to the 8th of July.

Naturezone

Jump for July Joy on the Isle of Wight

The Island is the perfect place for nature lovers and during July there are great events to get your magnifying glass out for!

Apart from hunting for bears, there are Nightjar walks at Mottistone and wildlife walks at Newtown Creek with its meadows, woodland and saltmarshes, there’s also a Magnificent Meadows Day to enjoy.

If you like your animals a little more domesticated then The County Show is a chance to experience our wonderful farming heritage and local produce first hand in a day that combines entertainment and fun along with competitions and sampling local wares.

Getting Here

It couldn’t be easier to get to the Isle of Wight by car and passenger ferry and by hovercraft. You can find helpful information on travel to the Isle of Wight, and a range of timetables, links and advice to assist you in getting around the Island once you are here.

Don’t forget to check out our offers page for travel, accommodation and attraction deals to the Isle of Wight.

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