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Have a splendid September on the Isle of Wight

It’s back to school time for some, but here on the sunny Isle there’s still plenty to do. From food events to classic cars and Isle of Wight Day, there’s something for everyone this September.

For Foodies

Hops Festival - September - What's On - Isle of Wight Tasting Menu - September - What's On - Isle of Wight

Celebrating the autumn harvest and fresh local produce, get yourselves along to some great foodie events.

Cider and Cheese Festival anyone? Head to the Island Steam Railway and have a pint as you watch the trains go by. Or why not try A Wine Night With a Difference at the Fishbourne Inn on the 21st comparing bottles of fizz with a Majestic Wines expert. The Boathouse also has its ever popular Steak Night every Friday during September – but do book first.

There’ll be lots of local produce to try at the Bembridge Harbour Food Festival as well as local tipples on the weekend of the 21st or try different sausages and cider in Cowes Yacht Haven at the brand new Sausage and Cider Festival with live music, DJs and plenty of bangers!

Talking of festivals, Ventnor Botanics is holding its annual Hops Festival on the 22nd with beer tasting of course, live music and a barbeque. Chef Tom Bull will be producing a seven course tasting menu at the Seaview Hotel on the 27th showcasing the best of Island produce whilst over in Arreton on the 28th and 29th the 13th annual Sweetcorn Fayre will be taking place. This year’s theme is Nora Niblet’s Pirate Party so dig your eyepatch and parrot out and join in.

Off the Rails will be having a special evening of food and music on the 8th with a Touch of the West End featuring Broadway and West End star Earl Carpenter accompanied by cellist Yvonne Marie Parsons and including a three course fine dining menu and songs from the best of musical theatre.

Transport Yourself

Stream Railway - September - What's On - Isle of Wight Wight Karting - September - What's On - Isle of Wight

One of the best of British, the Morris Minor will be celebrated at the Morris Minor Rally at Havenstreet. Get your Moggy out of mothballs and come on down. Or if custom cars, retro and vintage cars are more your thing, then the International Classic Car Show is for you. On Saturday the 14th the show will be at Newport Quay. All the funds raised will be donated directly to the Isle of Wight Round Table to support children in need on the Island. On the 15th it will be on Ryde Esplanade. All the money raised will be donated directly to the Earl Mountbatten Hospice in Newport.

Let the train take the strain and visit the Island Steam Railway to learn about its Victorian and Edwardian rolling stock on one of its Heritage Days or drive yourself in a go kart at one of Wight Karting’s Sunday afternoon special events and channel your inner Lewis Hamilton…

Special Events

Age UK Isle of Wight's Powder Run Wedding Fayre - September - What's On - Isle of Wight

The 21st of September is the day to celebrate everything that’s wonderful about the Island on the 4th annual Isle of Wight Day. Jump on a ferry and join in!

The hugely popular Festival of Light which celebrates Diwali will once again take place at Robin Hill from the 27th featuring the Electro Light Circus and the Holi Powder Arena as well as light and sound shows.

Porchfield Cricket Club will be hosting the annual Powder Run in aid of Age UK where you can run or walk the fun filled 2k course or if you fancy something a bit longer then there’s the Isle of Wight Round where over two days, you’ll run a total of 50km on day one, and 60km on day two. Taking place on the 7th and 8th.

Planning your big day? Then you’ll need to go along to Quay Arts for their free entry Tie the Knot Wedding Fayre which will help you to decide about all of those important decisions. And look after your mind and body with a Mindfulness and Wellbeing Retreat filled with meditation, relaxation and stretching to get you in shape – on the 6th to the 9th. Or if matters of the mind are what you’re interested in, head to Freshwater for the Mind Body Spirit Health Psychic Fair on over the 21st and 22nd.

Getting Here

Getting here - Isle of Wight

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.