Have an Awesome August on the Isle of Wight

With the school holidays well underway and the Island full of happy visitors, there’s something for everyone to do. From carnivals and festivals to open air films, sailing and food, all of the family will have something that takes their fancy and here are some of our favourites to get you going!

For Sporting Types

Sporting activities on the Isle of Wight

Lendy Cowes Week from the 4th to the 11th of August is arguably the most famous yachting event on the global summer calendar. And even if you’re not a sailor there’s loads of entertainment in the yacht havens and on the esplanade day and night. Take a picnic and sit on the green on the last Friday and watch the spectacular fireworks when the sun’s gone down or join a spectator boat to see the action.

If you like your boats with a bit of oomph then what about Offshore Powerboat Racing? From Cowes to Torquay and back, the event will take place on the 25th & 26th of August and celebrates 58 years this year. The boats will be located at the wet pits at each end of the race course and excellent viewing opportunities will be available for spectators.

Pedal power more to your liking? From the 25th of August to the 2nd of September, The Isle of Wight Cycling Festival will take with a launch weekend featuring a retail village, rides suitable for all ages and abilities, local cuisine, entertainment and incorporating the SpyVelo 100 mile Cyclo-Sportive.

Also during Cowes Week, for something just a bit different, get the best view of the sailing with recreational tree climbing experts Goodleaf Tree Climbing for a tree climb. Great fun for adults and kids alike.

Fantastic Festivals and Cool Carnivals

Fantastic Festivals and Cool Carnivals on the Isle of Wight

Originally created by a group of young people in 2010 and now a multi award winning event, The Ventnor Fringe showcases emerging and established talent across multiple creative disciplines. From the 7th to the 12th of August in various venues across the town, more than 300 performers will entertain and amaze.

Jack up the 80s return for a sixth year on the 10th to the 12th of August. Don your ankle boots, leg warmers and ra ra skirts and enjoy the retro tones of Leo Sayer, Shalamar and Toyah amongst others at Smallbrook stadium. Or if the classics are more your genre, then the brand new Wight Proms at Northwood House from the 17th to the 19th of August will get your Union Jacks waving. As well as classical music, there’ll be comedy, music workshops and a ‘Last Wight at the Proms’ on the Sunday evening.

If you’re a foodie, then The Garlic Festival is the festival for you. The Island’s biggest summer show, there are huge garlic marquees featuring cookery demos all day long, arts and craft stalls, local producers to tempt your taste buds, talented animals and arena entertainment and live music. Taking place on the 18th and 19th of August.

August is official carnival season on the Island and these feel good events never fail to delight. With music, fantastic costumes, floats and entertainment the carnivals will take place on various dates throughout August in Shanklin, Ventnor, Cowes, Newport , St Helens, Ryde and Sandown.

Fun for all the Family

Fun for all the family on the Isle of Wight

Blackgang Chine celebrates its 175th birthday this year and you’re invited! Every Monday and Wednesday until the 29th August, the park will be celebrating its birthday in style with their famous fireworks lighting up the sky and adding some sparkle to your summer! There are live action cowboys show too as well as fairy fun with the Fairy Queen and dragon tales from Cedric, the lovable dragon.

Ever wanted to be a knight? Then Carisbrooke Castle is the venue to show you how. Watch the Knights Tournament and feel the heat of this fiery contest as rival knights show their prowess at archery and swordsmanship on the 7th to the 9th of August or watch The Joust where four of the most skilful knights in the Kingdom, mounted on their magnificent steeds, battle for love or eternal sorrow. From the 12th to the 14th of August.

Steam over to the railway to have a great weekend out at the 44th Island Steam Show. There are live bands, traction engines, comedy and entertainment and rides on the steam railway if you just want to kick back and relax. Suitable for all ages groups, it a perfect family weekend from the 24th to the 27th of August.

There may not be any official bear hunts in August, but for teddy bear fans there will be a picnic. Isle of Wight Scouts are holding the Island’s Biggest Teddy Bears Picnic on the 25th of August. It's open to anyone of any age, so grab your Teddy Bear and a picnic and come to Northwood House. Or go along to the Isle of Wight Pearl and have a Bear Hunt Pearl Experience. Pick a pearl and then have it mounted into a sterling silver Bear Hunt setting. All during August.

Fun for all the family on the Isle of Wight

“That’s the way to do it,” says Mr Punch as he avoids Judy and a rather fearsome crocodile at Osborne’s Punch and Judy Show on the beach. The shows take place for the whole month of August and are a must see with an ice cream. Or how about channelling your inner Grand Designs by building the best sandcastle ever with the National Trust! On Compton beach on the 1st of August and Yaverland on the 15th, will you be the last castle standing?

One of the Island’s favourite summer events is the Chale Show. With one of the largest horticultural marquees on the south coast with over 1200 exhibits, vintage and steam vehicles, children’s magic, a stampede horseback display and motorcycle stunt show, there’s plenty for all age groups to do and see. And with food and licensed bars to keep you from getting hungry or thirsty, the show on the 4th and 5th of August is a must visit.

The perfect way to cool down on a hot day is on Robin Hill’s summer slide. Make a splash and slide 100m down the dual waterslide and race your friends and family to the bottom. This guest attraction is open daily from 11am until the 1st of September and runs in 30minute sessions, with the last session starting at 4pm. There’s also Jungle Fever on Tuesdays and Thursdays until the end of August - see life-sized animal puppets, including the roar-some king of the jungle, a towering giraffe and beautiful tropical birds along with music and live performances.

Chilled Nostalgia

Chilled Nostalgia on the Isle of Wight

If you were around in the sixties and are a scooter lover, then the Isle of Wight International Scooter Rally is where you’ll be on the August bank holiday weekend. More than 5000 classic scooters will descend on the Island and the entertainment kicks off from Thursday 23rd of August. Ryde’s Pavilion and Balcony Bars will be open for entertainment from 7pm every evening.

Enjoy the views and a chilled glass of something at The George Hotel’s summer garden music session every Sunday during August. Or head over to the Fishbourne Inn or the Boathouse for Sunday acoustic afternoons.

Al fresco films are all the thing and the Island has two in August to enjoy. Watch The Greatest Showman at The Garlic Farm on the 3rd of August or enjoy Made in Dagenham on the 18th of August at Mottistone Gardens.

Getting Arty and into Nature

Getting Arty and into Nature on the Isle of Wight

There are arty activities galore, especially if you’re trying to tick your ’50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’ list. Make Hebridean hobby sticks at Bembridge Windmill or tick off no.44: Go bird watching, or no.31: Hunt for bugs at Newtown . You could also go to Mottistone Gardens and try no.18: Create some wild art or no.41: Plant it, grow it, eat it – the possibilities are endless…

Bring your binoculars and see if you can spot the blue butterflies of the chalk down land on a Butterfly Walk on a gentle stroll of around 2.5 miles on the 3rd of August.  There’s also a Wildlife Walk around Newtown wandering across grassy meadows, through ancient woodland and to the edges of the delicate saltmarsh . Also at Newtown from the 14th of August to the 27th there is an exhibition of paintings featuring Isle of Wight themes, Island Scenes by local artist Mary Golding.

Lots to do and lots to see so get on over to the sunny Isle and get going!

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.

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