What’s On in 2014

 

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

Isle Of Arts Festival

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

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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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Shanklin Carnival

AUGUST:

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

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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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