What’s On in 2015?

 

MAY:

ISLE OF ARTS FESTIVAL

Friday 2nd to Monday 5th May, Ventnor

Headlining this year’s festival will be BBC presenter and gardener Monty Don, the Kyle Eastwood band,  writer and agony aunt Virginia Ironside, poet Roger McGough, Tenors UnLimited, The Old Thumper Jazz Band, the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, US comedian Rich Hall, and Edinburgh Fringe sensation Luke Kempner in “the Only Way Is Downton”. In other venues, you’ll be able to choose from events large and small covering music, drama, comedy, film, literature and visual arts.

www.artsisle.org

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WALKING FESTIVAL

Saturday 3rd to Sunday 18th May                                              

With over 100 different walks for all fitness levels, this festival is now the largest in the UK. It includes the famous, fundraising “Walk the Wight”

www.isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk

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WOLVERTON FOLK & BLUES FESTIVAL

Saturday 17th May – Wolverton Manor

A one day festival of folk & blues music set in the scenic grounds of Wolverton Manor with numerous bands, tented beverage stands, real ale tent, bbq and much more. Open 12:00pm to 8:00pm tickets £6.00 (£9 on the day) children under 12 free entry. In aid of Leukaemia Research and Brighstone School.

www.wolvertonmanor.co.uk

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YARMOUTH OLD GAFFERS FESTIVAL

Friday 30th May to Sunday 1st June – Yarmouth

Yarmouth Harbour will be filled with life and colour with more than 100 visiting traditional sailing, steam and motor vessels, including the Cream of Old Gaffers Fleet. On shore plenty of attractions, live music, craft fair, flower festival and so much more, morning till night all weekend. Car Parking Cost £5 www.yarmoutholdgaffersfestival.co.uk

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JUNE:

ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL

Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th June

A weekend packed with the hottest acts around today. Line up includes Biffy Clyro, Calvin Harris, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Kings of Leon and many more plus some old favourites like Alison Moyet, Boy George & The Specials. Full list of Acts and performance dates can be found the official website: Along with ticket prices, camping details, transport etc

www.isleofwightfestival.com

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JP MORGAN ROUND THE ISLAND RACE

Saturday 21st June – Cowes

A one day round the island yacht race, over 1,700 boats make it one of the largest yachts race in the world, with competitors from UK, Europe and and the USA follow the 50 nautical miles around the Island.

www.roundtheisland.org.uk

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MIDSUMMER JAZZ 

Saturday 28th June – Havenstreet

In its 6th Year, An open-air festival of jazz on Midsummer’s Eve. Take along a Picnic and enjoy a unique musical event for one night only featuring the legendary Mike Sanchez & his Band, Swing Commanders & The Bill Bailey Band to name a few. Hot Food & drink kiosk, The Jazz Bar serving Real Island Ale, Wine, Cider & Lager is open all evening. Open 4pm til very late – Ticket Cost £17-£20 Free Parking.

www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk

 THE ROYAL ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY SHOW

Saturday 28th June – Northwood

This is the show where cattle, sheep and poultry come first. It’s a fantastic day out for all the family, combining entertainment and fun with the opportunity to enjoy many aspects of Island country life and farming.

The Main Ring is the focus of the Royal Isle of Wight County Show. The action lasts all day. We are currently putting together a package of non-stop entertainment and will publish a full timetable of the competitions and attractions taking place. This year these will include:

Annual Poultry Show, Falconry displays, Livestock champions parade, Show jumping, Gun dog displays, Horticulture and craft tent, Goodleaf Tree Climbing, Local Celebrity Pole Climbing… and lots more

Ticket Cost Adults £7 Children Under 16 Free

www.riwas.org.uk

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CARNIVAL TIME!!

Main Parade

Newport on Saturday 20th July: 6:00-7:30pm

Sandown on Saturday 27th  July: 6:00-7:00pm Shanklin on Wednesday 7th August: 7:45 – 9:00pm

Ventnor on Wednesday 14th August: 6:00-7:00pm

Ryde on Saturday 17th August: 6:00-7:00pm

A fun packed day of activities for all ages, colourful floats and costumes. Come join the thousands of people who line the streets to watch the floats and street performers. An absolute riot of colour and pumping music

Illuminated Parades

Shanklin on Saturday 10th August: 8:00 – 9:15pm.

Sandown on Wednesday 28th August: 8:00-9:00pm

Ryde on Saturday 31st August: 7:30-8:30pm

An evening of activity & colourful floats  Dusk brings the floats to life in full Illumination. Not to be missed.

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JULY:

THE 1940′S EXPERIENCE

Saturday 5th-6th July – Havenstreet

Extraordinary Times … Extraordinary People! Inspired music and dance … Silk stockings and military machines … Men in uniforms and spivs doing deals – pure nostalgia! Jitterbug your way back to the 1940s, experience travel by steam train, and relive the hustle and bustle of a country railway station where war time activities collide with every day rural life. Be ‘wowed’ by the stunning female trio ‘The Three Belles’ singing spankingly good songs from the swing era, and jitterbug along with the Cinque Port Lindy Hoppers. Try the hairstyles and fashions of the day, tuck into corned beef hash and spam fritters in The Refreshment Rooms, and sample an ale from The Spitfire Bar!

www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk

NEWPORT JAZZ WEEKEND

Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th July – Newport

The head-line acts for Newport Jazz Weekend 2014 are now confirmed and tickets are now on sale. The event runs from 17 to 20 July and for the first time, will start on the Thursday with an opening night gig by the Derek Nash Acoustic Quartet at the Apollo Theatre. Featuring David Newton on piano as well as Derek Nash, the Sax Appeal leader himself, the group’s latest CD “Joyriding” is a mulipple award winner. On Friday there is a visit from the Simon Allen Quintet. A popular visitor to the Island, tenor saxophonist Allen is joined by top UK trumpeter Quentin Collins and a rhythm section which includes Tom Cawley (piano). Later on Friday, David Newton appears again at the Quay Arts centre this time in an intimate duo setting with Alan Barnes

See our full line up for Saturday & Sunday. Cost between £4 to £13.

www.newportjazzweekend.co.uk

RHYTHMTREE WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL

Friday 18th to 20th July – Shalfleet near Newport

Welcome to the Rhythmtree
If you didn’t already know the Rhythmtree has a great reputation for bringing together an extraordinarily diverse rich mix of high quality music.
Yes! You probably don’t recognise many of the bands on our line-up…. BUT THAT’S THE POINT!
Buy a ticket, come along and we will introduce you to some of the most exciting, dynamic and innovative bands that exist and thrive below the radar of today’s mainstream music scene.

Situated on beautiful tree surrounded farmland close to the famous West Wight Heritage Coast free camping and parking is included in our week-end ticket price and of course children 12yrs and under come for free!

www.rhythmtree.info

AUGUST:

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COWES WEEK

Saturday 2nd to 9th August – Cowes

The event is a mix of competitive sailing and a vibrant social scene, attracting over 8500 boats & 100,000 visitors. On Friday 15th is the spectacular Fireworks Extravaganza.

www.aamcowesweek.co.uk

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GARLIC FESTIVAL

Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th August – Arreton

The Islands biggest summer show packed with stage & arena Events, over 300 commercial stalls, funfair, vintage vehicle show and edible treats . The Island’s garlic flavours everything from hot crusty bread to moules, prawns, lamb, beer the list is endless. An all day eating experience.

Open 10am to 6pm – Tickets Cost £7.50 to £8.50, Children £5

www.garlic-festival.co.uk

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CHALE SHOW

Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd August – Chale

The most traditional & distinguished family show on the Island. A display of horticultural exhibits, crafts, antiques, farmers market, entertainers & stunt shows. Open 11am to 5pm – Tickets Cost £6-8 Children are free

www.thechaleshow.co.uk

 

JACK UP THE 80′S

Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th August - 

Owing to the warm reception received last August, we have decided to throw another family friendly festival. The purpose of Jack Up The 80′s remains the same, we aim to raise valuable funds and awareness for two important Island charities; Wight Crystal and the Way Forward Programme.

Wight Crystal are the widely recognised supplier of spring water and water coolers on the Isle of Wight. As a registered charity Wight Crystal work alongside  

The Way Forward Programme, which provides a programme of activities supporting people with physical and learning disabilities, autism and long term conditions.

We think you’ll all agree, the ticket price is amazing value! We’ve done our upmost to keep ticket costs as low as possible to ensure families have a first class weekend.

Ticket Cost Adults £20 Teens £10 Children Under 10 Free

www.jackupthe80s.co.uk

VENTNOR FRINGE FESTIVAL

Tuesday 12th to Sunday 17th August – Ventnor

Although no two fringe festivals are run in exactly the same way the term originates from the now world famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It’s name was coined by the journalist Robert Kemp, who described the unofficial companies performing at the same time as the second Edinburgh International Festival (1948) as a “fringe”, writing: “Round the fringe of official Festival drama, there seems to be more private enterprise than before”. The term stuck and has since been adopted by many other festivals who follow the same principles as the Edinburgh event.

The most important difference between a curated art or music festival and a ‘Fringe’ is that there are no programmers at the Fringe. Any artist of any creative discipline and at any stage in their career can take part, providing a suitable venue can be found.

In Ventnor, the vast majority of events are run in this way, with 100% of ticket sales going back to the artists and organisers of each event. The Fringe itself only applies a selection process to the Festival Bars, although the self contained Isle of Wight Film Festival and Lounge Around Town and Sunday School events also run semi-curated or curated programmes.

www.vfringe.co.uk

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ISLE OF WIGHT SCOOTER WEEKEND

Friday 22nd to Monday 25th August – Ryde

Widely recognised as the biggest scooter event in the world, this is a fun-packed weekend for the scooter enthusiast culminating with the awesome spectacle of the Island ride-out on the Sunday afternoon. Other highlights incl a spectacular custom scooter show, said to be the best display of custom scooters in Europe & various forms of live entertainment.

www.vfmscoot.com

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V-DUB ISLAND

Thursday 14th to Monday 18th August – Freshwater

V-Dub Island is back for 2014 and we can’t wait to get the party started! It’s our fourth year of sublime live music, taste-bud tantalising island foods and lashings of fun for every member of the family. Whether you’re ready to unleash your competitive streak in one of the festivals crazy competitions or lay back on V-Dub Island’s very own beach, we’re getting ready to give you a break you’ll never forget!

See their own site for Ticket costs and camping details etc

www.v-dubisland.com

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ISLAND STEAM SHOW

Friday 22nd to Monday 25th August – Havenstreet

In its 40th Year – The stunning shows in the main arena will make you gasp, cheer and laugh, keeping the kids entertained is all important, so as well as the traditional fairground and the arena events, there are trampolines, ‘Red Indian’ face painting and our children’s play area. Central to the Island Steam Show is the delight of the ‘living engineering’ of our vintage steam vehicles, many of which date from the early years of the last century. Revel in the colour and atmosphere, as you climb aboard a traditional fairground ride, and relish the spectacle of the beautifully maintained traction engines, vintage cars, motorcycles, trucks and old wagons.

www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk

 

IOW CLASSIC CAR SHOW

Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th September – Newport & Ryde

Now in its 13th Year, the famous Isle of Wight, Charity Classic Car event promises to be the biggest and best ever. Vehicles from all over the UK and mainland Europe will be attending this unique two-day show. Saturday 13th the show will be located at the characterful Newport Quay and all the funds raised will be donated directly to the Isle of Wight Round Table to support children in need on the Island. Sunday 14th the show will be held on the beautiful and exotic Ryde Esplanade and all monies on this day will be donated directly to the Earl Mountbatten Hospice in Newport. Both shows will be FREE to attend and access will be from 11am to 5.30pm.

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SEPTEMBER:

BESTIVAL  -

Thursday 4th to Sunday 7th September – Robin Hill Country Park

Offering a line-up of big music names and scene setters in a world of fancy dress, packed full of surprises, secret stages, colour & fun, top names plus many more. See their own site for Tickets prices and line up etc

www.bestival.net

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CYCLING FESTIVAL

Saturday 13th to Sunday 28th  September 

The Isle of Wight Cycling Festival provides the perfect opportunity to get off the beaten track and enjoy some of the Island’s most beautiful, unspoilt countryside. Rides vary from pleasant meanders through pretty villages to Cycle the Wight, a 70-mile road route around the Island’s spectacular coastline. www.sunseaandcycling.com

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OCTOBER:

AUTUMN WALKING WEEKEND

Friday 24th to Monday 27th October

A special extra event to follow on from the May Walking Festival. The walks include treasure hunts, wild food walks, ghost walks, twilight walks, friendship walks as part of the Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Nordic walking & down land & forest walks.

www.isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk

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NOVEMBER:

A VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS 

Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th November – Osborne House, East Cowes

Experience the spirit of a Victorian Christmas. Enjoy traditional side show games and take a ride on an original Victorian carousel. Delight in jovial entertainers including the Singing Chimney Sweeps. Meet Father Christmas and even Queen Victoria as you tour some of the festively dressed ground floor rooms of Osborne House.

www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/osborne-house

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DECEMBER:

SANTA AND MINCE PIE SPECIALS

Various Events; 6th to 24th December – Havenstreet

Soak up the festive atmosphere at Havenstreet station with a visit to Santa. Stroll through our sparkling Winter Wonderland before meeting Santa who’ll have a quality gift for every child. Settle back and relax with a cosy 10-mile round trip on our steam trains through the Island’s winter countryside and enjoy FREE entertainment for the children.

www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk

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