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Newsletter – Summer on the Isle of Wight

Newsletter – Summer on the Isle of Wight

Isle of WightSummer on the Isle of Wight

If you don’t come – YOU will miss out

Summer Events on the Isle of Wight

Ferry travel to the Isle of WightEvery week the isleofwight.com team produce our newsletter highlighting accommodation on the Isle of Wight, well this week, we want to show you what you will miss out on if you don’t come to our “Garden Isle.”

If you don’t come – You will miss out.


The Island has become known as Festival Island, not just because of the World famous music festival, but because of other great events, such as the festivals for Garlic, Sweetcorn, Jack-Up the 80’s, Eklectica and of course Cowes Week.  These are just a few main events that are waiting for you when you come to our shores.

We hope that you like what you see and remember, if you need to book accommodation, please either go to our website or use the contact details at the bottom of this newsletter.

See you soon.

Jack-Up the 80’s

Jack up the 80's Isle of WightJack Up The 80s is a three-day retro pop festival in its sixth year and provides a family weekend of musical entertainment from household chart names, food, attractions, kids arts and crafts and stalls.

British soul star, Jaki Graham will be performing. A highly-acclaimed performer, Jaki is renowned for putting on a great live set and loves the Isle of Wight having holidayed here many times.

English pop singer, songwriter and actor Chesney Hawkes is also part of the line up.  Jazz Funk band Shakatak will appear on stage at the festival.

Spandau Ballet’s Martin Kemp will hit the decks at Jack up the 80’s.

Shalamar will make the closing night of the festival a night to remember. This soul band were the pioneers of 80s dance music and instrumental in shaping the flamboyant era.



Eklectika Music Festival Isle of WightEklectica returns to Robin Hill Country Park outside of Newport on the Isle of Wight for a second year.

Scouting for Girls, The Hoosiers, The Fratellis, and Toploader are among the first bands to be announced as headliners for Eklectica 2018. Scouting for Girls will headline Saturday night supported by The Hoosiers and The Fratellis will headline Sunday supported by Toploader.  Friday night’s headliners are yet to be announced.

Scouting for Girls have sold over 1.5 million ablums, two million singles and they will be playing their debut platinum album.

The Hoosiers have sold over a million records and achieved smash hit singles ‘Goodbye Mr. A’, ‘Worried About Ray’, ‘Choices’ and top 10 albums ‘The Trick of Life’ and ‘The Illusion Of Safety’.

The Fratellis will be headlining.


Lendy Cowes Week

Cowes Week Isle of WightThere’s nothing quite like Cowes Week; the oldest and largest annual sailing regatta in the World and an iconic feature of the British sporting calendar.

The event boasts an 8-day schedule combining competitive racing and great fun for the 8,000 competitors racing and 100,000 spectators who enjoy a fantastic line up of shore-side entertainment day and night. Visitors can watch the sailing action from the shore or opt to get out on the water aboard a spectator boat.

The famous fireworks take place on the final Friday of the event. With so much to see and do, keep track of the event plans as they develop in the build-up, via the official site: www.aamcowesweek.co.uk


Garlic Festival

Garlic Festival Isle of WightThe Isle of Wight Garlic Festival near Newchurch is a great day out and packed so full of entertainment, live music, craft and Island produce stores it makes the perfect event for all the family to enjoy – garlic lovers or not.

There’s  a huge variety of food and producers on-site for the weekend, with handmade pickles, sauces, jams, artisan cheeses, loaves of bread, wine and cider all available. The field kitchens will be serving a wide variety of top quality hot tasty food.

ch one opens out on to its own decked veranda mounted by steps or a slope.

Three of the static caravans accept dogs although there is a limit of two dogs per caravan.


Isle of Wight Events Diary

See the Complete Isle of Wight Events Diary . If YOU don’t come – YOU will miss out.

We have great events for you to enjoy and take part in every day during the summer, whether it be a festival, summer fair, fireworks or a show..


Blackgang Chine Birthday Bash

Blackgang Chine Isle of Wight - Birthday BashYou’re invited to the ultimate party to celebrate our 175th birthday throughout the Summer Holidays! Every Monday and Wednesday from the 23rd July to 29th August, we will be celebrating our birthday in style with our famous fireworks lighting up the sky and adding some sparkle to your summer!

Immerse yourself in our theatrical live-action Cowboy Show, have your photo taken with the stars of the show, then decide whose side you’re on… whether you’re locking outlaws up in jail or staging the biggest bank robbery Cowboy Town has ever seen, the possibilities are endless!

Be enchanted by our fairy show, as the Fairy Queen and her friends bring a touch of magic to the celebrations. Come and transform yourself into a real Fairy at our Petal Parties and make yourself a beautiful headband to take home.


44th Island Steam Show

Isle of Wight Steam Show Watch the silly traction engines games, be awe-inspired by Haven Falconry’s birds of prey and enjoy a variety of displays and attractions to keep the whole family entertained throughout the day! These stunning shows in the main arena will make you gasp, cheer and laugh, while in our ‘Comedy & Entertainment’ arena Mr Alexander’s Travelling Show returns to enthrall and amuse and is accompanied by Martin Ordibans on the piano, plus there are humorous tales, comedy and oddball skills with Greg Chapman’s Condensed Histories.

What’s more, there’s a terrific line-up of live bands and music to enjoy each day on the woodland stage.

Relish the sight of beautifully maintained traction engines, vintage cars, motorcycles and old wagons, or simply settle back for a steam train ride through the Island’s unspoilt countryside.


The Knights Apprentice

Knights Apprentice Carisbrooke Castle Isle of WightGUIDE PRICES

Free for members
Adult Non-member £10.00
Concession Non-member £9.00
Child Non-member £6.00
Family Non-member £26.00


Have you got what it takes to be the Knights’ Apprentice?

Join us for a summer of hands on Medieval activities and crafts.

Get involved in knight training, etiquette, storytelling and craft throughout the day.

Design and paint your own shield or try on a mini harness of knight’s armour.

Have you got what it takes to be hired as a squire?


The Wight Proms

The Isle of Wight PromsThe brand-new annual festival of open-air picnic concerts at Northwood House, Cowes celebrating the Isle of Wight’s music, food and people, featuring red squirrels, free arts workshops and the inaugural ‘Proms Art & Sculpture Exhibition’

There has never been a music festival like this on the IOW, catering to lovers of both classical music and musical theatre.

The 4-day festival will take place on 16-19 August in the grounds of Northwood House, Cowes as well as inside the grade II* listed Georgian manor house.

Picnic hampers containing delicious IOW produce will be available to pre-order when purchasing tickets.


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Isle of Wight Scooter Rally

Isle of Wight Scooter RallyIsle of Wight Scooter Rally at the Balcony Bars August Bank Holiday Weekend.

As part of the world famous Isle of Wight Scooter Rally when up to Five thousand riders of classic scooters descend on the island, heading mostly to the coastal towns of Ryde & Sandown.

Starting Thursday 23th August located on Ryde’s Seafront at Ryde Pavilions Bar & from Friday 24th August above at The Balcony Bars Club. Best of British has a vast range of range of bands & djs, starting at noon each day which is free entertainment until 7pm, then ticketed from 8pm.

The Pavilion Bar opens at 7pm in the evenings and upstairs in the 600 capacity venue The Balcony Bars doors open at 8pm each evening.

For tickets please click here or in Person from Bagel Wrap, Union Street, Ryde, IOW Ryde Superbowl, Seafront, Ryde, IOW Visual Impact, Holyrood St, Newport, IOW.


UK Pride on the Island

UK Pride Isle of WightFor many years, the LGBT community of the Isle of Wight have kept a little secret hidden from the rest of the world. An idyllic retreat off the South Coast of England has become home to many LGBT individuals, couples, families and their children. Those who have moved away from the Island still hold fond memories of its diverse beautiful landscape.

Now, in it’s second year, the Island’s LGBT community is being recognised, celebrated and supported by the whole community, by hosting UK Pride in its second year. Situated on the stunning golden beaches of Ryde, IW Pride will include a colourful parade through the heart of the Victorian seaside town, information stalls, art opportunities for everyone to get involved with and a party on the beach. All the fun of a festival, whilst importantly raising awareness of the thriving LGBT community situated here and the vital contribution they make to the Island’s rich heritage.


Carnivals & Fireworks

Carnivals and Fireworks Isle of WightForget the long haul to Rio, come and celebrate the spirit of our fabulous Carnivals right here on the beautiful Isle of Wight. No matter what our age, we Islanders just love any excuse to dress up and get involved in some good old-fashioned fun!

Generations of Islanders still work tirelessly throughout the year and can’t wait to bring their spectacular event to an enjoyable climax for the enjoyment of everyone.  Events like these really do make great entries into your treasured memory book providing cherished, joyful times on which to reminisce for years to come.

Why not be one of the thousands of happy people who line our streets and join us at one of our many Carnival events which are on at various times throughout the day/night during the fabulous summer season.

Be sure to arrive early to bag yourselves a great vantage point!




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