Isle of Wight Steam Railway Events
Join the Steam Railway for a jam packed calendar of events. Over the next few months they’re spoiling us with a steam fair, morris minor rally, a cider and cheese festival, 1960s weekend, Autumn gala and much more heading into the colder months! Details for their events can be seen below or on their website.
Island Steam Fair
25 August – 28th August 2023
Back for its 48th year, the Island Steam Fair is a popular weekend with so much to see and enjoy for the whole family.
Steam engines, fair ground rides, traditional games and refreshments, historic vehicles, live music, falconry displays, steam trains and an action packed programme of entertainment throughout the day in the arena.
Tickets start from £15.00 per adult and £6.50 per child.
There’s plenty of activities to choo-choose from at this event!
Morris Minor Rally
3rd September 2023
A day dedicated to the first car to sell a million! Visit Havenstreet to see a whole host of Morris Travellers, Saloons, convertibles, vans, pickups and custom classics on display.
Admission to the Morris Minor Rally and Havenstreet Station is free! Tickets to ride the Steam Railway are available to purchase online or at the booking office.
Cider & Cheese Festival
9th – 10th September 2023
A regular fixture on the Railway’s events calendar, the Cider & Cheese Festival is always a big hit. With over 30 ciders to try and a huge variety of cheeses, we can’t wait for this one!
Bars are open from 11am – 5pm and admission is free! If you wish to boat the steam train, usual operating day fares apply.
16th – 17th September 2023
Music, fashion and trains! The team at Isle of Wight Steam Railway have transported Havenstreet Station back to 1967 to celebrate all things sixties!
Dress up is encouraged, (but not essential), to really experience 1967 at its best. Live musical performances from The Carnaby Band and The Hillmans will keep you entertained.
For this weekend only, they will be renaming two Ivatt locomotives, continuing the tradition of naming locomotives after local towns and villages.
Admission to the station and 1960s weekend are £8 per adult and £2 per child. To ride the trains, additional fares will apply.
23rd – 24th September 2023
A special gala weekend featuring island heritage locomotives in action.
Ticket information and timetables to follow.
Teddy Bear Days
7th – 8th October 2023
Kids travel free with their teddy bears!
If you go down to the Railway today
You’re sure of a big surprise
If you go down to the Railway today
You’d better go in disguise!
For every bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain
Because today’s the day the
Teddy Bears take over the Railway
William the Station Master bear will be making the rules and he’s allowing all children who come to the railway with their favourite bear, a FREE journey on the railway. (Maximum of 4 free children per fare paying adult).
Beer & Steam
14th – 15th October 2023
A celebration of Real Ales and Steam!
Choose from a huge selection of real ales and ciders for those with a sweeter tooth at the railways Autumn beer festival. You’ll have the opportunity to try local brews from Yates’, Goddards and Island Brewery, alongside ales from Yorkshire, Somerset and more.
Entry is FREE and the bar is open from 11am – 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. If you wish to board the steam train, usual operating day fares apply.
23rd – 27th October 2023
A wickedly, wonderful week at the steam railway as witches, wizards and other ghouls take over Havenstreet.
Magic shows, falconry displays, treasure hunts and rides on the steam train with a crafty witch who will be dealing out treats and maybe a few tricks. This is one of our favourite IOW Steam Railway events and too spooktacular to miss!
Race the Train
4th November 2023
This is a running event with a difference! Can you complete a 5km run faster than an Isle of Wight Steam train? The run will be between Wootton and Havenstreet and whether you’re a seasoned runner, a parkrun plodder or an active family, this promises to be an event to remember.
Racers will register and board the train at Havenstreet to ride the line to Wootton station. On the locomotives whistle, both runners and the train begin the race. The 5km route takes you through Wootton, on a woodland trail and back to Havenstreet. The train will go to Smallbrook Junction and then back to Havenstreet. Who will make it there first?
Entry is £15 for adults and £10 for under 18s, including train journey and medal for all runners. Non-running supporters can join the train: £10 for adults and £5 for under 18s.
Race 1: Aimed at Keen runners aged 16+
Registration: 09:15 – 10:10
Train departs: 10:15
Race starts: 10:30
Race 2: All ages and abilities welcome
Registration: 10:15 – 11:10
Train departs: 11:15
Race starts: 11:30