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.
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”
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Saturday 2nd to 9th August – Cowes
The event is a mix of competitive sailing and a vibrant social scene, attracting over 8500 boats &
On Friday 15th is the spectacular Fireworks Extravaganza.
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
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
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.
Thursday 14th to Monday 18th August – Freshwater
Whether you’re ready to unleash your competitive streak in one of the festivals crazy competitions
or lay back on V-
See their own site for Ticket costs and camping details etc
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.