It may be back to school for some, but there’s never a shortage of things to do, see and eat on the Isle of Wight in September. The weather is very often kind in this month, so there’s no excuse for not getting out and about for music, fun and merriment.

Isle of Wight Day

Isle of Wight Day

Celebrate everything that’s brilliant about the Isle of Wight on its own special day – the 22nd of September. With an Island-wide carnival of events including parades, food, drink and parties and with special offers in cafes, restaurants and attractions – it’s the biggest day on the Island’s calendar. If you’ve never joined in, make this the year that you do!

Eat, drink and learn

Eat, drink and learn with Robert Thompson on the Isle of Wight

One of the Island’s most respected chefs Robert Thompson is continuing his cook school in September and on through the autumn and winter months at Thompsons. Learn how to cook impressive dishes from scratch, watch Robert demonstrate and then go and enjoy a three course lunch featuring some of the morning’s dishes. Beginning on the 6th of September with butchery skills.

Robert is also hosting menu nights featuring cuisines from around the world. First up is India on the 13th of September.  Each night will feature a special tasting menu with an optional flight of drinks.

Steak Night Fridays and the Hops Festival on the Isle of Wight

Steak Night Fridays make a welcome return to The Boathouse in September. How do you like yours cooked? Sauce or no sauce? Fillet or sirloin? It’s your choice on Friday nights…

Ventnor Botanic Garden will hold this year's Hops Festival on the 16th September celebrating  the harvest of the hops grown on site at Ventnor Botanic Garden as well as the continuation of the tradition of picking them by hand. Live music and on site food will ensure that there’s a merry atmosphere.

Bembridge Food Festival and Oktoberfest on the Isle of Wight

The Bembridge Food Festival returns for a fourth year on the 22nd and 23rd of September to coincide with Isle of Wight Day – fill your boots with local produce and celebrate the Island’s day

It may be only September but Oktoberfest will be in full swing at St Helens Duver on the 22nd of September. There’ll be locally produced beers and ales to whet your whistle and live music. All in aid of local charity Kissy Puppy.

Back for a twelfth consecutive year at Arreton, one of the most popular family weekends, The Sweetcorn Fayre returns with its usual blend of entertainment, great food and activities for the kids. On over the 29th and 30th of September, it’s always a great date for the diary.

Rock and Light

Eklectica and Diwali the Festival of Light on the Isle of Wight

Returning for a second year,  Robin Hill’s Eklectica kicks off on the 7th of September. With headliners Scouting for Girls, The Hoosiers, The Fratellis and Toploader already announced, they’ll be joined by Tinchy Strider and Reggie Yates for a weekend of great music. Camping and day tickets both available.

Also at Robin Hill from the 29th September is Diwali – the Festival of Light. This festival celebrates India’s independence with colour, sound and entertainment that captures the essence of Indian culture.

Classics Galore

International Classic Car Show on the Isle of Wight

For classic car lovers, geeks and nerds the 17th annual Isle of Wight International Classic Car Show is one not to be missed. With vehicles from all over the UK and mainland Europe, there’ll be a spectacular display of vintage, classic, custom and retro cars as well as other rare vehicles. This is a two day, two location event with the 15th of September being held at Newport Quay (proceeds to the Round Table) and the 16th of September on Ryde Esplanade (proceeds to Mountbatten).

Get out and have an adventure

Get out and have an adventure on the Isle of Wight

It’s the last official Bear Hunt Weekend of the year at St Helen’s Duver on the 8th of September– so one more chance to splash splosh through the water or run through the wavy grass while your little explorers hunt for bears. There will be nature-themed activities for little ones, inspired by the children's book 'We're going on a Bear Hunt'.

Whatever your favourite nature pursuit is, there’s something for everyone on the Island and if we have an Indian summer then that’s the perfect weather to go and look at:

Butterflies – a ranger will guide you on a two mile walk across Compton Down one of the best sites for butterflies on the Island on the 2nd of September

Dinosaurs – Led by staff from Dinosaur Isle at Sandown Bay, bring a bucket for your finds and prepare for two hours of fossil hunting on the 3rd of September.

Delicate saltmarshes – on the 5th of September wander across grassy meadows, through ancient woodland and to the edges of the delicate saltmarsh to discover who lives at Newtown Creek on a guided walk.

Birds – guided birdwatching around Tennyson and West High Downs looking for autumn migrants. It’s four miles so wear your strong boots! 21st of September.

Travelling to the Island

Whatever you decide to do, 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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