AN ISLAND FOR ALL SEASONS
The Isle of Wight is the perfect place for your holiday. From the weather (we are a few degrees warmer than the rest of the UK thanks to our special microclimate) to our stunning countryside and beautiful beaches to explore, you can’t go wrong, whatever time of the year.
The Isle of Wight weather
There is no denying that the weather plays such a huge role when it comes to deciding what time of year to book a holiday. The Isle of Wight is definitely one of the sunniest places in the UK, meaning more bright days by the sea and better days in Spring and Autumn too.
To make the most of the weather, you should look at visiting from the beginning of June to the end of September. These are known for being the best months weather-wise and they typically have the least rainfall too. However, if you don’t mind wearing a coat and bringing an umbrella, temperatures aren’t too cold over the winter months either. The weather forecast tends to be very similar to the South East of England, most likely a little bit warmer and fresher!
If you have children then you may be restricted by school term times but if perhaps you’re looking for a quieter break or a different sort of family holiday then you can enjoy plenty of options.
As you may expect, July and August are two of the busiest months and thousands of holidaymakers will make their way to the island for a week or two. There are however benefits to coming at this time of year, such as increased ferry crossings and longer opening hours at attractions. If you’re wanting to visit at a slightly quieter time, you’re always best coming to the island during term-time when you’ll find destinations to be less busy.
Isle of Wight events
There’s no shortage of things to do on the Island and you may want to tie your holiday in with events like our walking and cycling festivals, or take in one of our renowned carnivals during your stay.
It’s worth checking the calendar to make sure your holiday doesn’t clash with an event that you aren’t interested in. Our most well-known event is undoubtedly the Isle of Wight Festival which is held near the end of June, with tens of thousands of attendees. This can be a busy weekend for the ferry operators and availability can be scarce on the vehicle routes especially on the Thursday and Friday, and then again on the Monday of the event. If you are coming to festival, why not extend your break and see more of the Island before you leave?
Cowes Week in August is another major event which can see accommodation prices rise in Cowes, East Cowes and around the River Medina. See our events section for full listings and don’t worry – most other events won’t affect your holiday or choice of accommodation or ferries.
Most expensive times
We all like to book a cheaper holiday if possible and like all destinations, by choosing quieter times you can save money on an Isle of Wight holiday.
However it is actually incredibly easy to book an Island holiday on a budget all year round. By being crafty with your ferry crossing you can keep costs donw and with so many different accommodation options to choose from, you can easily find something that works for the amount you’re wanting to spend. Like everywhere else, prices do tend to be higher in peak seasons though.
Booking your Isle of Wight holiday
There really isn’t a bad time to visit the island and the ‘best’ time for you will be dependent on what you’re wanting to get out of your holiday. Whether you come in the height of summer or the coldest winter months you will still have an amazing time and you’ll be spoilt for choice on the Isle of Wight.
When organising your trip to the Isle of Wight, be sure to browse the rest of our site. You will find lots of additional information about things to do, places to visit, restaurants to eat in and much more.