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Isle of Wight Events 2018


APRIL 2018

Isle of Wight Bear Hunt Adventure Weekend

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Adventure Weekends

Newtown | 14 Apr 2018 – 15 Apr 2018

Enjoy an Isle of Wight Bear Hunt Adventure Weekend, in partnership with the classic book and film We’re Going on a Bear Hunt New! As seen on Channel 4.


Isle of Wight Walking Festival

Isle of Wight Walking Festival

Island wide | 28 Apr 2018 – 13 May 2018

Sponsored by Warner Leisure Hotels, the popular Isle of Wight Walking Festival returns from 28 April to 13 May 2018. The festival offers visiting walkers of all ages.

Dogs allowed, Guided Tours/Walks


MAY 2018

Isle of Wight Action Challenge

Isle of Wight Action Challenge

Chale, Island wide | 05 May 2018 – 06 May 2018

The Isle of Wight Challenge is an amazing, two-day walking, jogging or running adventure set in fantastic scenery, with white cliffs, sandy beaches, and stunning views.

Car parking, Food & Drink, On site camping, Accessible by bus, Toilets, Guided Tours/Walks


Isle of Wight Randonnee

Isle of Wight Randonnee

East Cowes, Island wide | 06 May 2018 – 06 May 2018

The Randonnee is a free non-competitive cycle ride established by the Wayfarers cycle touring club over 30 years ago. This year, it takes place on Sunday 6th May 2018.

Car parking, Food & Drink, Toilets, Guided Tours/Walks


Hullabaloo

Hullabaloo

Sandown, Shanklin | 12 May 2018 – 13 May 2018

Following a successful trial in 2017, Hullabaloo is back, bigger and better for 2018 from 12-13 May. Covering an area the size of a theme park.

Disabled friendly, Car parking, Accessible by bus, Live Entertainment, Toilets, Free admission


Wolverton Folk and Blues Fair

Wolverton Folk and Blues Fair

Shorwell | 12 May 2018 – 12 May 2018

Wolverton Manor in Shorwell forms the stunning backdrop to the annual Folk and Blues Fair, featuring the Island’s best folk and blues musicians and special guests.

Disabled friendly, Dogs allowed, Car parking, Food & Drink, Licensed bar, Accessible by bus, Live Entertainment, Toilets


Walk the Wight

Walk the Wight

East to West | 13 May 2018 – 13 May 2018

If you enjoy walking in beautiful scenery and love a challenge, then why not lace up your favourite boots and sign-up for this year’s Walk the Wight?

Dogs allowed, Car parking, Accessible by bus, Guided Tours/Walks


The Night Rider & Night Runner Challenge

The Night Rider & Night Runner Challenge

Shorwell | 19 May 2018 – 19 May 2018

The 2018 Red Funnel Night Rider and Night Runner Challenge will be held after sunset on the Saturday 19h May. This family friendly charity event is for mountain bikes.

Car parking, Food & Drink, On site camping, Licensed bar, Accessible by bus, Live Entertainment, Toilets


Real Ale Festival

Real Ale Festival

Havenstreet | 26 May 2018 – 28 May 2018

Enjoy a pint of your favourite tipple as you watch the trains go! The 13th Isle of Wight Real Ale Festival is at Havenstreet Railway Station from 5-7 May 2018.

Disabled friendly, Dogs allowed, Car parking, Food & Drink, Licensed bar, Live Entertainment, Toilets, Free WiFi, Gift shop, Accessible by train


Battle for Wolfsholm

Battle for Wolfsholm – Viking re-enactment

Calbourne | 26 May 2018 – 28 May 2018

Come and meet the real Vikings in the Battle for Wolfsholm between 26-28 May 2018 at Calbourne Water Mill. See how they lived, trained, fought and died in battles.

Dogs allowed, Car parking, Food & Drink, Licensed bar, Live Entertainment, Toilets


The Three Ivatts - tribute weekend

Campaign – The Three Ivatts – tribute weekend

Havenstreet | 26 May 2018 – 28 May 2018

Steam down to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway from 26-28 May 2018 to see the three Ivatt locomotives in steam together on the Isle of Wight.

Disabled friendly, Dogs allowed, Car parking, Food & Drink, Licensed bar, Toilets, Free WiFi, Gift shop, All weather, Accessible by train


Newport Isle of Wight Jazz Weekend

Newport Isle of Wight Jazz Weekend

Newport | 31 May 2018 – 03 Jun 2018

The annual Newport Isle of Wight Jazz Weekend is one of the UK’s most highly regarded small jazz festivals, attracting jazz fans and top-quality musicians from all.

Disabled friendly, Car parking, Licensed bar, Accessible by bus, Live Entertainment, Toilets, All weather


JUNE 2018

Mondo Mix Festival

Mondo Mix Festival

Calbourne | 01 Jun 2018 – 03 Jun 2018

The Red Funnel supported, Mondo Mix Festival at Calbourne is for music lovers who cherish live performance and enjoy discovering new and unfamiliar sounds.

Disabled friendly, Car parking, Food & Drink, On site camping, Licensed bar, Accessible by bus, Live Entertainment, Guide Dogs Only Toilets


Isle of Wight Festival of Running

Isle of Wight Festival of Running

Freshwater, West Wight | 01 Jun 2018 – 03 Jun 2018

Are your running shoes ready for a fantastic new challenge? The inaugural Isle of Wight Festival of Running takes place in West Wight between 1-3 June 2018.

Car parking, Food & Drink, Accessible by bus, Live Entertainment, Toilets, Guided Tours/Walks


Isle of Wight Festival

Isle of Wight Festival

Newport | 21 Jun 2018 – 24 Jun 2018

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the legendary Isle of Wight Festival returns to Seaclose Park in Newport on the beautiful Isle of Wight from 21-24 June 2018.

Disabled friendly, Car parking, Food & Drink, On site camping, Showers, Licensed bar, Accessible by bus, Live Entertainment, Guide Dogs only, Toilets


JULY 2018

Round the Island Race

Round the Island Race

West Cowes, Island wide | 07 Jul 2018 – 07 Jul 2018

7 July 2018 – One of the world’s largest and most famous yacht races attracts sailors of all ages and abilities from across the globe, sailing some 1700 boats.

Disabled friendly, Dogs allowed, Car parking, Food & Drink, Licensed bar, Toilets, Free admission


Royal Isle of Wight County Show

Royal Isle of Wight County Show

Northwood | 08 Jul 2018 – 08 Jul 2018

8th July 2018 – The annual Royal Isle of Wight County Show is a fantastic day out for all the family, combining entertainment and fun with the opportunity to enjoy.

Disabled friendly, Dogs allowed, Car parking, Food & Drink, Licensed bar, Accessible by bus, Live Entertainment, Toilets


Shipwreck Isle Pirate Festival

Shipwreck Isle Pirate Festival

Ryde | 08 Jul 2018 – 08 Jul 2018

8 July 2018 – Set on one of the Island’s longest and widest beaches, the Shipwreck Isle Pirate Festival returns to Appley Beach in Ryde on Sunday 8th July 2018.

Disabled friendly, Dogs allowed, Car parking, Food & Drink, Accessible by bus, Live Entertainment, Toilets Free admission


Rhythm Tree Festival

Rhythm Tree Festival

Shalfleet | 13 Jul 2018 – 15 Jul 2018

Now in its 9th year, the Rhythm Tree Festival, the Isle of Wight’s most original, fun-filled, family friendly festival, returns to Three Gates Farm in Shalfleet.

Disabled friendly, Car parking, Food & Drink, On site camping, Showers, Licensed bar, Live Entertainment, Guide Dogs only, Toilets


Isle of Wight Arts Open Studios

Isle of Wight Arts Open Studios

Island wide | 13 Jul 2018 – 23 Jul 2018

For 11 days from 13-23 July 2018, Isle of Wight artists and crafts-people open their studios, homes or exhibit in public venues.

Car parking, All weather, Free admission


Panerai British Classic Week

Panerai British Classic Week

Cowes | 14 Jul 2018 – 21 Jul 2018

The 16th edition of the Panerai British Classic Week returns to Cowes from 14-21 July 2018. The annual regatta of British Classic Yacht Club attracts entries.

Car parking, Food & Drink, Showers, Licensed bar, Live Entertainment, Toilets


Isle of Wight Pride

Isle of Wight Pride

Ryde | 21 Jul 2018 – 21 Jul 2018

The second Isle of Wight Pride is being staged in Ryde on Saturday 21st July 2018 and also plays host to UK Pride 2018. We’ve got great early bird ferry offers for cars.

Disabled friendly, Dogs allowed, Car parking, Food & Drink, Licensed bar, Accessible by bus, Live Entertainment, Toilets, Free admission


Cowes Classics Week

Cowes Classics Week

Cowes | 22 Jul 2018 – 27 Jul 2018

The Charles Stanley Direct Cowes Classics Week is all about racing traditional yachts on the water and enjoying fabulous social events ashore. Metre boats.

Car parking, Food & Drink, Showers, Licensed bar, Live Entertainment, Toilets


Island Highland Gathering

Island Highland Gathering

West Cowes | 22 Jul 2018 – 22 Jul 2018

The Island Highland Gathering and Country Fayre is back, taking place on Sunday 22 July 2018. The Gathering raises money for Island Charities; Challenge and Adventures.

Disabled friendly, Car parking, Food & Drink, Licensed bar, Live Entertainment, Toilets


Blackgangs Big Birthday Bash

Blackgangs Big Birthday Bash

Blackgang | 23 Jul 2018 – 29 Aug 2018

You’re invited to the ultimate party to celebrate Blackgang Chines 175th birthday throughout the Summer Holidays! Every Monday and Wednesday from the 23rd July to 29th August.

Disabled friendly, Dogs allowed, Car parking, Food & Drink, Baby changing, Accessible by bus, Live Entertainment, Toilets, Free WiFi, Gift shop


London Capital and Finance Osborne Horse Trials

London Capital and Finance Osborne Horse Trials

East Cowes | 25 Jul 2018 – 26 Jul 2018

The London Capital and Finance Osborne Horse Trials is an exciting and ground-breaking eventing format to be held at Osborne House from 25-26 July 2018.

Disabled friendly, Car parking, Food & Drink, Licensed bar, Accessible by bus, Live Entertainment, Guide Dogs only, Toilets, Gift shop, English Heritage


AUGUST 2018

Lendy Cowes Week

Lendy Cowes Week

West Cowes | 04 Aug 2018 – 11 Aug 2018

Cowes Week has been part of the British sporting summer calendar since 1826 and is by some margin, the largest sailing regatta of its kind in the world with 1,000s of boats.

Disabled friendly, Dogs allowed, Car parking, Food & Drink, Licensed bar, Live Entertainment, Toilets, Free admission


Ventnor Fringe

Ventnor Fringe

Ventnor | 07 Aug 2018 – 14 Aug 2018

Disabled friendly, Car parking, Food & Drink, Licensed bar, Accessible by bus, Live Entertainment, Toilets, All weather


Fireworks Cruise from East Cowes

Excursion – Fireworks Cruise departing from East Cowes

Cowes | 10 Aug 2018 – 10 Aug 2018

Join us on Friday 10 August 2017 for our special Cowes Fireworks excursion from East Cowes, aboard one of Red Funnel’s stylish vehicle ferries.

Disabled friendly, Car parking, Food & Drink, Baby changing, Licensed bar, Accessible by bus, Live Entertainment, Toilets, Free WiFi, Gift shop, All weather, Accessible by train


Jack Up The 80s

Jack Up The 80s

Ryde | 10 Aug 2018 – 12 Aug 2018

10-12 August 2018 – Jack Up the 80s is a superb family friendly festival which continues to go from strength to strength. On the Island there’s a real passion for retro.

Disabled friendly, Car parking, Food & Drink, Licensed bar, Accessible by bus, Live Entertainment, Guide Dogs only, Toilets


Isle of Wight Garlic Festival

Isle of Wight Garlic Festival

Sandown | 18 Aug 2018 – 19 Aug 2018

Set against a beautiful backdrop of rolling green hills and farmland, the Isle of Wight Garlic Festival from 18-19 August 2018 is food and entertainment at its very popular.

Disabled friendly, Dogs allowed, Car parking, Food & Drink, Licensed bar, Accessible by bus, Live Entertainment, Toilets, Gift shop


Isle of Wight Scooter Rally

Isle of Wight Scooter Rally

Ryde, Sandown | 23 Aug 2018 – 26 Aug 2018

Scooterists have been descending upon the Isle of Wight since the 1950s when owning a scooter was part and parcel of being a mod along with wearing sharp suits, parkers.

Car parking, Food & Drink, On site camping, Licensed bar, Live Entertainment, Toilets


Island Steam Show

Island Steam Show

Havenstreet | 24 Aug 2018 – 27 Aug 2018

A celebration of all things powered by steam happens every August at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway on the Isle of Wight and this year the 43rd Island Steam Show., Disabled friendly, Dogs allowed, Car parking, Food & Drink, Licensed bar.

Toilets, Free WiFi, Gift shop, All weather, Accessible by train


Isle of Wight Cycle Fest

Isle of Wight Cycle Fest

Island wide | 25 Aug 2018 – 02 Sep 2018

Set on the spectacular Isle of Wight, the IW Cycle Fest is a free event which starts on Saturday 25 August and runs until 2 September 2018.

Car parking, Food & Drink, Toilets, Gift shop, Guided Tours/Walks


Cowes Classic Powerboat Race

Cowes Classic Powerboat Race

West Cowes | 25 Aug 2018 – 26 Aug 2018

The 200-mile spectacular Cowes Classic 2018 Offshore Powerboat Race sets off from Cowes on Sunday, 26th August 2018. This classic race is a must see.

Disabled friendly, Car parking, Food & Drink, Licensed bar, Toilets, Free admission


SEPTEMBER 2018

Wolverton Manor Garden Fair

Wolverton Manor Garden Fair

Shorwell | 01 Sep 2018 – 02 Sep 2018

1 – 2 September 2018 – The Wolverton Manor Garden Fair is the largest and most popular garden event on the Island. It is held in the grounds of Wolverton Manor.

Dogs allowed, Car parking, Food & Drink, Licensed bar, Accessible by bus, Toilets, Gift shop


Eklectica Music Festival

Eklectica Music Festival

Downend | 07 Sep 2018 – 09 Sep 2018

Eklectica is the Isle of Wight’s boutique music festival at Robin Hill (near Newport) from 7-9 September 2018. Now in its second year, acts already announced.

Disabled friendly, Car parking, Food & Drink, Licensed bar, Accessible by bus, Live Entertainment, Toilets


The Secret Widget Fest

The Secret Widget Fest

Calbourne | 07 Sep 2018 – 09 Sep 2018

The Secret Widget Fest rocks up at Calbourne Water Mill between 7-9 September 2018. This small family friendly blues and rock festival promises a great weekend of music.

Disabled friendly, Car parking, Food & Drink, On site camping, Licensed bar, Accessible by bus, Live Entertainment, Guide Dogs only, Toilets


International Charity Classic Car Extravaganza

International Charity Classic Car Extravaganza

Newport, Ryde | 15 Sep 2018 – 16 Sep 2018

Don’t miss the famous Isle of Wight Charity Classic Car show from 15-16 September 2018. Now in its 17th year, it promises to be the biggest and best ever with vehicles.

Dogs allowed, Car parking, Accessible by bus, Free admission


Isle of Wight Day 2018

Isle of Wight Day 2018

Island wide | 22 Sep 2018 – 22 Sep 2018

Now in its third year, the Isle of Wight Day is the Island’s very own “Red Nose Day”, where the entire community is encouraged to cover the Isle of Wight in celebration.

Disabled friendly, Dogs allowed, Car parking, Food & Drink, Licensed bar, Accessible by bus, Live Entertainment, Toilets, Free admission


Bembridge Harbour Food Festival

Bembridge Harbour Food Festival

Bembridge | 22 Sep 2018 – 23 Sep 2018

Back for its third year, the Bembridge Harbour Food Festival is from 22-23 September 2018. The festival is a must for food lovers and showcases the great food available.

Dogs allowed, Car parking, Food & Drink, Accessible by bus, Toilets, Free admission


OCTOBER 2018

Red Funnel Isle of Wight Literary Festival

Red Funnel Isle of Wight Literary Festival

West Cowes | 11 Oct 2018 – 14 Oct 2018

The Red Funnel Isle of Wight Literary Festival (11-14 Oct 2018), is an opportunity for book-lovers to celebrate the written and spoken word.

Disabled friendly, Car parking, Food & Drink, Live Entertainment, Toilets, Guided Tours/Walks, All weather


Classic Buses, Beer & Walks Weekend

Classic Buses, Beer & Walks Weekend

Island wide | 13 Oct 2018 – 14 Oct 2018

Do you love real ale, classic buses & walking? We’ve got the vent just for you! The Isle of Wight Classic Buses, Beer & Walks Weekend (13-14 October 2018).

Car parking, Food & Drink, Licensed bar, Accessible by bus, Toilets, Guided Tours/Walks, All weather


Island Con

Island Con

Cowes, West Cowes | 20 Oct 2018 – 21 Oct 2018

After a very successful first year, the Island’s very own Comic Con called Island Con is back from 20-21 October 2018 at a new home in West Cowes.

Disabled friendly, Car parking, Live Entertainment, Toilets, All weather


Harp on Wight Festival

Harp on Wight Festival

Ryde | 26 Oct 2018 – 30 Oct 2018

Harp on Wight, the Isle of Wight’s very own harp festival returns between 26-30 October 2018. Now in it’s 5th year, Harp on Wight is back with even more concerts.

Disabled friendly, Car parking, Accessible by bus, Live Entertainment, Toilets, All weather


NOVEMBER 2018

Isle of Wight Ukulele Festival 2018

Quay Arts | Newport | 9 Nov – 11 Nov 2018

With live performances, workshops and open mics.

https://www.facebook.com/iowukulelefestival/


The Gruffalo visits Tapnell Farm Park for their Wild Woodland Weekend

Tapnell Farm | 10 Nov – 11 Nov 2018

Tapnell Farm Park are inviting you to take a stroll into the deep dark wood this Autumn, with an appearance from The Gruffalo at their Wild Woodland Weekend on November 10th and 11th.

The Gruffalo, the mythical monster who stars in Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s popular children’s books, will be appearing at intervals throughout the weekend, with a whole host of other woodland-related special guests and activities also on show.

Kids can take part in Gruffalo-themed craft activities, listen to story time readings, and enjoy tasty woodland treats in the Farm Park café. Tapnell will also be celebrating some of the other creatures from the deep dark wood, with Owls to meet from Haven Falconry, a snake display, and the Farm Park’s own collection of tiny harvest mice in their new area.

Tapnell Farm Park are inviting you to take a stroll into the deep dark wood this Autumn, with an appearance from The Gruffalo at their Wild Woodland Weekend on November 10th and 11th.

The Gruffalo, the mythical monster who stars in Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s popular children’s books, will be appearing at intervals throughout the weekend, with a whole host of other woodland-related special guests and activities also on show.

Kids can take part in Gruffalo-themed craft activities, listen to story time readings, and enjoy tasty woodland treats in the Farm Park café. Tapnell will also be celebrating some of the other creatures from the deep dark wood, with Owls to meet from Haven Falconry, a snake display, and the Farm Park’s own collection of tiny harvest mice in their new area.

In addition to catching a glimpse of The Gruffalo’s knobbly knees, and turned-out toes,visitors can also enjoy the rest of the park over the weekend, with Tapnell’samazing new interactive “Bug Shows”, otherfarm animals on hand to say hello, and all the fun play activities open as normal.

Tapnell Farm Park are inviting you to take a stroll into the deep dark wood this Autumn, with an appearance from The Gruffalo at their Wild Woodland Weekend on November 10th and 11th.

The Gruffalo, the mythical monster who stars in Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s popular children’s books, will be appearing at intervals throughout the weekend, with a whole host of other woodland-related special guests and activities also on show.

Kids can take part in Gruffalo-themed craft activities, listen to story time readings, and enjoy tasty woodland treats in the Farm Park café. Tapnell will also be celebrating some of the other creatures from the deep dark wood, with Owls to meet from Haven Falconry, a snake display, and the Farm Park’s own collection of tiny harvest mice in their new area.

In addition to catching a glimpse of The Gruffalo’s knobbly knees, and turned-out toes,visitors can also enjoy the rest of the park over the weekend, with Tapnell’samazing new interactive “Bug Shows”, otherfarm animals on hand to say hello, and all the fun play activities open as normal.


Dimbola Christmas Museum & Galleries

Dimbola Museum and Galleries | West Wight | 17 Nov – 18 Nov 2018

Don’t miss out on our popular annual Art & Craft Christmas Fair on the 17th & 18th November.

Find that unique handcrafted Christmas gift for someone special and browse the many stalls selling hand crafted items such as jewellery, glass work, felt work, photography, paintings and many more.

We will also be hosting a fundraising raffle to raise money for the museum (The Julia Margaret Cameron Trust)  Just £1 per ticket!

And if you are feeling peckish after all that Christmas shopping why not enjoy some of our festive treats on offer in our tearoom to get you in the Christmas spirit!


DECEMBER 2018

Ventnorville

At venues around Ventnor | 30 Nov – 2 Dec 2018\

With Winter Carnival Lantern Parade, synthetic ice rink, carol singing, Santa’s Grotto, entertainment and markets.

https://www.loveventnor.co.uk/ventnorville


Victorian Christmas

Osborne House | East Cowes | 1 Dec – 2 Dec 2018, 12pm-8pm.

Experience the spirit of a Victorian Christmas with traditional games and entertainment and meet Father Christmas.

https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/whats-on/victorian-christmas-osborne-01-12-18/


Santa Specials

Isle of Wight Steam Railway | Havenstreet | 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16 & 21 – 24 Dec 2018

With a Christmas market, entertainment, winter wonderland and meet Father Christmas. Then take a ten-mile round trip on a steam train.

https://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk/events/santa-specials.aspx


Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival

Brighstone | 6 Dec – 9 Dec 2018

Over 200 theme-decorated Christmas trees exhibited raising money for local charities.

At Brighstone Church, the Methodist Church, The Wilberforce Hall, The Three Bishops Pub, The Reading Rooms, Mottistone Church and the Isle of Wight Pearl.

The trees will remain at the Parish Church, Isle of Wight Pearl and the Methodist Chapel from December 10-31.

https://en-gb.facebook.com/Brighstonechristmastreefestival/


 

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