What's on in July - Isle of Wight

In July, summer is officially here on the ever-sunny Isle of Wight. ‘But what is there to do in July?’ we hear you ask. Plenty, that’s what, for all the family!

Musical Marvelousness

Rhythmtree Festival - What's on in July - Isle of Wight Summer Opera Fest - What's on in July - Isle of Wight

The ever-popular family music festive Rhythmtree returns to Three Gates Farm on the 12th, 13th and 14th of July with headlines The Orb and Alabama 3 amongst its usual eclectic line up. Camp, chill and enjoy a range of food, drink and entertainment.

Live music Thursdays return to the Boathouse with acoustic sets being played on the patio – have a cocktail, listen to the sounds and watch the sun go down…

Channel your inner Pavarotti or Maria Callas and enjoy opera in three venues across the Island at the annual Isle of Wight Summer Opera Fest. With a Lieder evening on the 18th of July, Viva Verdi on the 19th and Tea at the Opera on the 21st, as well as internationally renowned pianist Angela Pascale, they’ll be events to remember.

The 21st of July will see Brading Roman Villa hosting The Island Highland Gathering - The Celtic Show with 6 pipe and drum bands, marching bands, Scottish dancing not to mention whisky tasting and Scottish food. So, get your kilt out of mothballs and get on over there!


Ventnor Fringe Festival - What's on in July - Isle of Wight The Wind in the Willows - What's on in July - Isle of Wight

The Island has a rich tradition of theatre and July sees The Ventnor Fringe Festival celebrating its 10th birthday. The week-long Festival will run from the 23rd to the 28th of July and will see the town totally transformed into a whole world of pop up venues and bars in every conceivable space, hosting over 100 different shows.

Ventnor Botanic Garden will host two outdoor theatre shows in July. The 26th will see the classic Wind in the Willows whilst the 28th sees Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream come to life. Presented by Quantum Theatre, these are the perfect summer picnic treat.

Sporty July

Race the Sun - What's on in July - Isle of Wight Panerai British Classic Week - What's on in July - Isle of Wight

Race the Sun, Isle of Wight on the 6th of July and experience an event that tests you in speed, strength and stamina cycle 44 miles, trek the spectacular Tennyson Trail and canoe a course down the River Medina, all in support of Action Medical Research.

From the 13th to the 20th of July enjoy one of sailing’s most popular regattas the Panerai British Classic Week. With a full and varied programme with racing organised by the Royal Yacht Squadron, it’s the premier event in the classic racing calendar.

Join in with the Charles Stanley Direct Cowes Classics Week from the 27th of July to the 2nd of August which is all about racing traditional yachts on the water and enjoying fabulous social events ashore. With Metre boats, Classic Racing Dayboats, Classic Yachts, Old Gaffers and Spirit of Tradition Yachts, there’s as much for the spectators as the sailors!

July Adventures for Kids and Families

Jungle Fever - What's on in July - Isle of Wight Goodleaf Woodland Adventure - What's on in July - Isle of Wight

Jungle Fever reaches Robin Hill from the 23rd of July to the 29th of August with majestic life-sized African animal puppets including Annie the giraffe ready to be ‘fed’ in the park. And don’t forget, there’s also the gianormous adrenaline inducing summer slide which is open from the 20th of July.

Woodland and tree climbing have been in children’s DNA since the beginning of time and you can not only forest bathe but learn some real woodland skills with Goodleaf’s Woodland Adventure on the 31st of July. Take home a woodland souvenir that you’ve made yourself and pretend you’re Ray Mears for a day. Goodleaf also run fun, exhilarating tree climbing sessions for people on the autism spectrum with one taking placing on the 26th of July.

Family favourites Blackgang Chine will run their Big Night Out from the 20th of July with all the usual favourites including cowboys, fairies and fireworks on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Tapnell Park Farm will also have their Sunset Shindigs from the 25th of July every Thursday until the end of August - expect circus skills and showmen, delicious pizzas, plenty of play and some of the most wonderful sunset views on the Island.

Newport will hold its Main Carnival on the 25th of July and Sandown will hold its children’s Summer Carnival on the 26th. Expect costumes, music, dance and fun for all the family.

The Island Steam Railway is holding a whole host of events during July including the 1940’s Experience where you can enjoy 1940s train travel and relive the hustle and bustle of a country railway station where wartime activities collide with every day rural life. There’s the Heritage Day on the 14th of July giving you a chance to learn the story of the Victorian and Edwardian railway vehicles as well as the Island Motor Show taking place on the 13th and 14th, a real ale evening on the 20th and The Railway Folk from the 28th to the 30th.

Foodie July

Vegan Festival - What's on in July - Isle of Wight Decadent Cream Teas - What's on in July - Isle of Wight

Ventnor Botanic Garden will be the scene of The Island's Vegan Festival. The garden will be filled with vegan related stands, ranging from food to clothing and skincare products, plus activities in the health and fitness studios

The Fishbourne Inn will be delighted to serve you a cream tea every day during July between 3pm and 6pm on their patio (weather permitting!). Upgrade to Prosecco for a touch of decadence…

Other Super July Events

Royality, Racing & Rigging - What's on in July - Isle of Wight Inflatable Rainbow Run - What's on in July - Isle of Wight

See an exhibition of work by world renowned marine photographer Hamo Thornycroft featuring many unseen photographs of the iconic 2001 America's Cup Jubilee! VIP drinks reception of the 11th of July. And later in the month there’s Royalty, Rigging & Racing - enjoy a walk around Cowes with Isle of Wight Guided Tours and delve into Cowes' fascinating past.

Walk, run or dance your way through the Island's happiest 3k at this year's Inflatable Rainbow Run in aid of Wessex Cancer Trust taking place on July 28th and raise money for Islanders affected by cancer.

Head to Dimbola for the amazing Iconic Bowie photographic exhibition which runs throughout July and is a major retrospective of the extraordinary life of David Bowie showcasing both stunning and intimate portraits of Bowie by some of the world's greatest photographers.

There are, of course, plenty of outdoor things to do that won’t cost you a penny with miles of beaches and coastal paths to walk along and cycle tracks for you to take a leisurely ride along, so pack your trainers and your bike and come on over.

Getting here

Whatever you decide to do and however you’re travelling, it couldn’t be easier to get to the Isle of Wight via Lymington, Southampton, Southsea or Portsmouth. There are regular rail connections to the south coast via SWR.

Travelling as a foot passenger is simple due to our excellent transport links with trains, buses, foot passenger ferries and our hovercraft service. Our friendly and knowledgeable Travel Ambassadors are on hand to help you decide where to go, what to see, and of course how to get there using sustainable transport – meaning you’ll also be helping us to protect our environment too.