PLEASE FIND A SELECTION OF THE MAIN EVENTS WE HAVE SELECTED FOR YOU
ON THE ISLAND.
A FULL LIST CAN BE FOUND ON OUR TOURISM WEBSITE www.visitisleofwight.co.uk
ISLE OF ARTS FESTIVAL
Friday 1st to Monday 4th 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 2nd to Sunday 17th 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”
Sunday 10th May – Walk The Wight
Raising money for The Earl Mountbatten Hospice, the only hospice on the Isle of Wight and lead provider of palliative care to the Island community. We care for patients suffering from or affected by life-shortening illnesses and provide vital help and advice for their families, friends and carers. We are here to help Island people live well and die at peace in the place they choose.
WOLVERTON FOLK & BLUES FESTIVAL
Saturday 16th/Sunday 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.
WOLVERTON MANOR GARDEN FAIR
Saturday 5th & 6th September – Wolverton Manor
The original idea of a Garden Fair has now been expanded to include an emphasis on wildlife with a conservation tent showing bats and red squirrels, poultry from the Poultry Club and a variety of animals from alpacas, falcons and dogs.
We continue to enjoy the event every year & hope to keep it as originally intended, as a good day out for all ages with interesting things for everyone to do.
It is satisfactory that we have been able to raise significant sums of money for Age UK on the Isle of Wight and we hope this year will be even better, good weather would help!
YARMOUTH OLD GAFFERS FESTIVAL
Friday 29th May to Sunday 31st May – 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
ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th June
A weekend is packed with the hottest acts around today. Line up includes The Black Keys, Fleetwood Mac, Prodigy, Kool & The Gang, Lightening Seeds and many more. 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 27th 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.
Waiting to be announced – 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.
THE ROYAL ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY SHOW
Saturday 27th 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
Newport on Saturday 1st August: 6:00-7:30pm
Cowes on Thursday 6th August 6:00-7:30pm
Sandown on Saturday 25th July: 6:00-7:00pm
Shanklin on Wednesday 5th August: 7:45 – 9:00pm
Ventnor on Wednesday 12th August: 6:00-7:00pm
Ryde on Thursday 27th 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 plus Children’s Carnivals at selected Towns.
Newport on Wednesday 19th August time tbc
Cowes on Saturday 22nd August time tbc
Shanklin on Saturday 8th August: 8:00 – 9:15pm.
Sandown on Wednesday 26th August: 8:00-9:00pm
Ventnor on Saturday 15th August time tbc
Ryde on Saturday 5th September: 7:30-8:30pm
An evening of activity & colourful floats Dusk brings the floats to life in full Illumination. Not to be missed.
THE 1940’S EXPERIENCE
Saturday 4th-5th 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!
NEWPORT JAZZ WEEKEND
Now moved from July to 28th to 31st May – Newport
Now in its fourth year, Newport Jazz Weekend will take place from 28-31 May 2015.
Newport Jazz Weekend is sponsored by the Isle of Wight County Press and Red Funnel and is supported by Visit Isle of Wight.
Event Director, Jim Thorn, said “We now have a really good reputation amongst jazz musicians and audiences across the UK, and we are a firm fixture on the UK Jazz Festival calendar. There is already a lot of interest in our line-up for May. As always, local bands and musicians will be given as much exposure as possible and there will be jam sessions, workshops and master classes as well as open-air gigs and events which are free to the public“.
Cost between £4 to £24.
RHYTHMTREE WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL
Waiting to be announced in July – Shalfleet near Newport
Welcome to the Rhythmtree
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!
Saturday 8th to 15th August – Cowes
Sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management 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.
105th Yarmouth Carnival & Regatta Week on 15th to 22nd August
We are a non-profit organisation that, with the help of our members, brings people together in Yarmouth, Isle of Wight. We organise a number of events for our community throughout the year.
Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th 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 1st & Sunday 2nd 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
JACK UP THE 80’S vol 3
Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th August – Garlic Festival Field in Newchurch
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.
Acts include ABC, Go West, The Christians, Bruce Foxton from the Jam, Sonia and many more tribute bands.
Ticket Cost Adults £35-£40 Teens £15-20 Children Under 12 Free
VENTNOR FRINGE FESTIVAL
Tuesday 11th to Sunday 16th 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.
ISLE OF WIGHT SCOOTER WEEKEND
Thursday 27th to Monday 31th 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 23rd to Monday 27th July – Freshwater
See their own site for Ticket costs and camping details etc
ISLAND STEAM SHOW
Friday 28th to Monday 31st August – Havenstreet
In its 41st 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 19th & Sunday 20th September – Newport & Ryde
Now in its 14th 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 19th 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 20th 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 10th to Sunday 13th 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 5th to Sunday 27th 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
AUTUMN WALKING WEEKEND
Friday 23rd to Monday 26th 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
TBA 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 in 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.