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Isle of Wight Events 2017


Sun 26th March


Travel in style to the famous races at West Ashey Farm by a Steam Powered Iron Horse!

Park for FREE at Havenstreet Station then catch the steam train to Ashey Station for a day at the races.

Ashey Scurry Gates open 10.30am. Entrance to races charged separately – Adults £5.00.

Admission to our new Train Story Discovery Centre is included in your ticket price.

Sun 26th March 2017


Give Mum a relaxing treat on Mothering Sunday and join us for a special day out. With spring in the air it’s a wonderful time to take a steam train journey through the countryside followed by lunch in our Refreshment Rooms.

Each mum taking a steam train ride will receive a special gift of spring flowers to make her feel really special!

Admission to our new Train Story Discovery Centre is included in the Steam Train Fare.


Sun 2nd April 2017

Memorial Ploughing Match

The Memorial Ploughing Match is in aid of the Earl Mountbatten Hospice and will be held at New Wolverton Farm. Free entry. For further details visit

Sat 29th April – Sun 30th April 2017

Isle of Wight Challenge

The Isle of Wight Challenge is being held over the May Bank Holiday weekend and is presented by Action Challenge. Enjoy the spectacular Island scenery as you run, jog or walk either the 56km ‘Half-Island’ course or the full 106km coastal loop. Join this charity challenge in aid of a number of great causes as a team of friends, colleagues or family, and support each other, or on your own, and meet fellow challengers along the way. for full details.

Sun 30th April 2017

2017 IOW Randonnee

The 2017 Randonnee will take place on Sunday 30th April.

This year’s rides will be in a clockwise direction and there will be a choice of 100km and 55km rides. The Event starts at 9am and finishes at 6pm.


Sat 29th April – Sun 14thMay 2017

Isle of Wight Walking Festival

The Isle of Wight Walking Festival has been held on the Island every May since 1999 and is the largest walking festival in the UK. It is an extremely popular event and attracts huge numbers from all over the world. The festival offers numerous guided walks that cater for all ages and abilities. Included in the festival is “Walk the Wight”, a long distance sponsored walk, with proceeds going to the Earl Mountbatten Hospice. For full details of all walks,

20th May – 21st May 2017

The first is the Rydabus Running Weekend –

A Celebration of Southern Vectis ‘MAP’ routes around Ryde in the 1970s.

This takes place over the weekend of Saturday 20th May and Sunday 21st May 2017 from 9 30 am until 7pm each day. read more


Thu 8th – Sun 11th  June 2017

Isle of Wight Festival

Major UK music festival held over three days at Seaclose Park in Newport. The Isle of Wight Festival is one of the most well-known Isle of Wight events and the 2017 line-up features the usual abundance of top acts including Rod Stewart, Clean Bandit, Kaiser Chiefs, George Ezra, The Vamps, Rag ‘N’ Bone Man and many more. For full line-up and ticket info visit:


Sat 1st – July 2017

Round The Island Race

Round The Island Race is the largest and most famous yachting race in the UK. The race starts and finishes at Cowes and covers a 50-mile course around the Isle of Wight. Some of the biggest names in the sailing world compete with weekend sailors and family crews in this annual yachting extravaganza.


Sat 5th – Sun 6th August 2017

Chale Show

Fun for all the family with free parking. Events and entertainment over the two days includes horticultural marquees, stalls, entertainments, craft, antique, indoor market, side shows and food & drink outlets with a licensed area. For further information visit:

Cowes Week

Sat 29th July – Sat 5th August 2017

Cowes Week is probably the most well-known of all Isle of Wight events, with around 1000 boats and 8500 competitors taking part in this world famous sailing regatta. With its exciting racing schedule and superb shore side activities, Cowes Week offers something for everyone. Cowes Week Website

Sat 19th – Sun 20th August 2017

Isle of Wight Garlic Festival

The Garlic Festival is held at Newchurch Showground, next to the Fighting Cocks pub at Arreton on the Newport to Sandown road. As well as the world famous Isle of Wight garlic, the very best of Island produce is also showcased, with hundreds of stalls selling food and a diverse range of arts and crafts, plus live music. Free parking. Website

Fri 25th – Mon 28th  August 2017

Isle of Wight Scooter Rally

Held at Smallbrook Stadium in Ryde, this is widely recognised as the biggest scooter event in the world. A fun-packed weekend for the scooter enthusiast culminating with a round the Island ride-out, this is an event that just has to be attended by every self-respecting scooterist. For more information visit:


Sun 3rd Sept 2017

Morris Minor Rally

The first British car to sell a million! The ‘Moggy Minor’ is fondly remembered and is still a much-loved car.

See a host of Travellers, saloons, convertibles, vans, pick-ups and custom classics on display at the annual Morris Minor Rally at Havenstreet Station. Autojumble, refreshments and train rides available!

Fri 15th – Sat 16th September 2017

Little Britain Challenge Cup

The Little Britain Challenge Cup is the largest corporate yachting regatta in Europe, as well as the biggest UK gathering of senior figureheads from the construction and property industry. The regatta is held at Cowes and is one of the industry´s top social sporting events of the year. Website:

Isle of Wight Classic Car Extravaganza

Sat 16th – Sun 187h Sep 2017

Newport Quay & Ryde Esplanade

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.

Vehicles from all over the UK and mainland Europe will be attending this unique two-day show.


Sun 8th  Oct 2017

Isle of Wight Marathon

Held since 1957, the Isle of Wight Marathon starts and finishes at Ryde with medals awarded to all finishers.

More info:

Spooky Castle

Saturday 21st Oct – Sunday 29th Oct 2017 Carisbrooke Castle

Let your little horrors scare themselves silly this Halloween with creepy crafts, spooky activities and ghost hunting galore! Take part in a knee trembling, spine tingling trail around the castle grounds to find the hidden tomb and discover who lies within… Create your own spooktacular decorations in the craft area and wander the grounds with the ghoulish ghost hunter as he tells gruesome tales of times gone by. A real hair raising family adventure that’s freakishly good fun! Will your little witches and wizards be brave enough to enter the spooky castle, where things go bump in the day as well as the night…?


Arreton Barns Bonfire Night

Friday 3rd Nov 2017

Arreton Barns is hosting the annual Arreton Bonfire and Fireworks night on 4th November 2016. As well as the well-known huge bonfire and impressive firework display, there’ll be a BBQ of local burgers and hotdogs, too!


Sat 2nd – Sun 3rd Dec 2017

Victorian Christmas at Osborne House

Step back in time and experience a traditional Victorian Christmas at Osborne House in East Cowes where you will see Queen Victoria´s holiday home dressed for the festive season. Delight at the Dickensian characters and enjoy carol singing and traditional entertainment. Booking is essential for groups. For prices and tickets call 0870 333 1183.

From Sat 5th Dec 2017

Enjoy a Wight Christmas at The Needles Landmark Attraction

Join us for a Wight Christmas at The Needles, with the Island’s most famous Christmas Grotto returning for another unforgettable month of magical entertainment. With the real Santa Claus in residence on the weekends of the 5th & 6th, 12th & 13th, 19th & 20th plus Monday 21st  and Tuesday 22nd  December  we’re spreading the Christmas cheer to families across the Island.

With free parking, free children’s rides, free Jurassic golf, free sweet making and glass making demonstrations and not forgetting our free elves workshop.


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