Events on the Isle of Wight
Being an historic tourist destination, aside from the many attractions, there are also many events. If you’re interested in what’s happening on the Isle of Wight during your stay, below are a few of our favourite events on the Isle of Wight. Go to the Official Tourism website for the Isle of Wight to see a full list of all events.
The Isle of Wight Walking Festival was founded in 1999 at which time it featured a programme of just 39 walks through the landscapes of the beautiful Isle of Wight. Since then it has grown to become the biggest walking festival in the UK and Europe, with over 250 walks taking place as part of the main event in May and another 70 plus walks in its ‘Autumn Walking Weekend’ which takes place in October. The Walking Festival features a variety of walks and accompanying events that include celebrity appearances and talks, heritage walks and trails and fossil hunting excursions along the coast of the UK’s official “Dinosaur Capital”. There is even a ‘speed dating’ walk which boasts a success rate of four marriages and a baby, as well as creating many friendships and relationships.
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, competitions and attractions taking place. http://www.riwas.org.uk/?q=county-show
The annual Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club, is a one-day yacht race around the Isle of Wight. The race regularly attracts over 1,700 boats and around 16,000 sailors, making it one of the largest yacht races in the world and the fourth largest participation sporting event in the UK after the London Marathon and the Great North and South Runs. Competitors come from all over the UK, other parts of Europe and as far away as the USA to follow the 50 nautical mile course round the Isle of Wight. Starting on the famous Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes, the fleet races westabout, to The Needles, round St Catherine’s Point and Bembridge Ledge buoy, and back into the Solent to the finish line at Cowes.www.roundtheisland.org.uk
The Isle of Wight Festival is an annual event held at Seaclose Park, Newport, this huge festival plays host to an incredible line up and around 75,000 people attend every year. . Many of the acts are yet to be announced, but the current line up can be found here: www.isleofwightfestival.com
Lendy Cowes Week, also known as “Cowes Week”, offers a great mix of competitive sailing and social activities. The 8,500 competitors range from Olympic and world class professionals to weekend sailors. In excess of 100,000 spectators come to watch the sailing, enjoy the parties and live entertainment, and to experience the unique atmosphere. It is genuinely a one-of-a-kind event. www.cowesweek.co.uk
A family-friendly camping festival at Fairlee Farm offering a fun-packed weekend for Volkswagen enthusiasts and music lovers alike. With over 80 bands and DJs across four stages you’re guaranteed a fun-filled weekend.
Set against a beautiful backdrop of rolling green hills and farmland, the Garlic Festival is located just outside of Newchurch. Huge garlic marquees, featuring cooking demo’s all day long.100’s of Arts and Craft stalls, businesses and mouth watering food. Local produce to tempt your taste buds. Talented animals and arena entertainment. Live music on stage and in beer tent. Children’s entertainment, archery and giant fun fair. Free parking. www.garlic-festival.co.uk