Isle of Wight Events

 

There is no better way to add to the enjoyment of your short break on the Isle of Wight than by attending one of these memorable events.

Look through the event guide below then check your diary to make sure you do not miss out! Book your hotel accommodation via the availability box above right or call 01983 400500 to discuss your requirements further.

Isle of Wight Grand National
27th March 2011
The Annual Isle of Wight Grand National and Ashey Scurry will be taking place on Sunday 27th March 2011 at West Ashey Farm, Ryde.

http://www.iw-scurry.co.uk/index.html

 
Isle of Wight Grand National
Isle of Wight International Jazz Festival
TBC April 2011
World-class Jazz opens the Island's musical calendar with an exciting programme of over 40 main concerts and fringe gigs, featuring jazz superstars playing a wide range of jazz genres from New Orleans through Latin, Funk and Swing to Contemporary.

CLICK to view the line-up for the 2011 Jazz Festival

 
Isle of Wight International Jazz Festival
Isle of Wight Walking Festival
TBC May 2011
Did you know that every May the Isle of Wight hosts the UK's largest walking festival?

Not surprising when you learn that it has over 500 miles of well-maintained and signposted footpaths around 30 miles of Heritage Coastline, while more than half of the Island is recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

www.isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk


Isle of Wight Walking Festival
Ribex
13th - 15th May 2011

RIBEX is the world's only boat show dedicated solely to Rigid Inflatable Boats. •The ultimate arena for checking out new ribs •World launches of ribs and related gear •Test lesiure and professional crafr in open water •Get excellent on the spot show deals •Fun, exciting family day out •Rib rides, demonstrations and displays •Excellent food and bar on site

www.ribexhibitions.co.uk  

 Ribex
Old Gaffers Festival
3rd - 5th June 2011
During the Festival, Yarmouth's picturesque harbour will be filled with life and colour with more than 100 visiting traditional sailing, steam and motor vessels, including the cream of the Old Gaffers fleet. On shore there will be a huge range of attractions keeping the thousands of visitors entertained from morning till night all weekend

http://www.yarmoutholdgaffersfestival.co.uk/

 
Old Gaffers Festival
Isle of Wight Festival
10th - 12th June 2011
In the music festival calendar, early June is now very much associated with the Isle of Wight Festival and 2011 will be no exception.

Full line up yet to be announced

http://www.isleofwightfestival.com/

 
Isle of Wight Festival
Round the Island Yacht Race
TBC June 2011
The country's largest yacht race features over 1800 boats racing a 50 mile course around the Island. This truly is one of the most spectacular sights on the Island.

 

www.roundtheisland.org.uk

 
Round the Island Yacht Race
Sandown Carnival Week
Dates TBC
Nowhere is the Island's friendly, community spirit more evident than in its town carnivals that take place throughout the season. This season comprises approximately 17 Carnivals, 6 of which are illuminated, plus lantern processions throughout the year including the biggest, which takes place annually in Ryde on the last Sunday in November

 

www.sandowncarnival.com

 
Sandown Carnival Week
Scandia Cowes Week
6th - 13th August 2011
Since 1826 Cowes Week has played a key part in the British sporting summer calendar and is one of the UK's longest running and most successful sporting events. It now stages up to 40 daily races for over 1,000 boats and is the largest sailing regatta of its kind in the world.

Cowes Week is a fusion of many exciting elements, with its 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 - come and see for yourself!

www.skandiacowesweek.co.uk


Scandia Cowes Week
Isle of Wight Garlic Festival
20th - 21st August 2011
Now in it's 24th year, the Garlic Festival is a weekend to celebrate the Islanders' feat of selling garlic to the French! The event takes place at Newchurch (A3056 Newport - Sandown road) with over 250 stallholders selling such delights as garlic beer and garlic ice cream as well as a wealth of other locally produced delicacies. Further entertainment includes live music from local bands and displays from mountain bike daredevils Isle of Wight Garlic Festial
Sandown Illuminated Carnival
Date TBC
Sandown Illuminated Carnival Parade is one of the biggest on the island featuring, fire, hundreds of spectacular costumes, amazing floats and bands parading through the town's streets, all lit with thousands of colourful lights. Simply an amazing atmosphere!!!

www.sandowncarnival.com

 
Sandown Illuminated Carnival Parade
Little Britain Challenge Cup
8th - 11th September 2011
The Little Britain Challenge Cup, the construction industry regatta, is held in Cowes on the Isle of Wight, home of world yachting.

It allows everyone from MD's and designers to quantity surveyors and builders to escape the world of breezeblocks and blue prints and rub shoulders with notable faces in the sailing world, for a couple of days sailing in the Solent. The 200-yacht event is now the largest industry event in Europe and is the biggest in Britain after Skandia Cowes Week

www.littlebritain.co.uk

 
Little Britain Challenge Cup
Bestival
TBC September 2011
3 days of boutique festival fun for happy campers. 8 stages of live music, cabaret, DJ's and festival fun.

www.bestival.net

 
Bestival
Isle of Wight Cycling Festival
TBC September 2011
With wonderful scenery in areas of outstanding natural beauty, picturesque villages and a great network of cycle tracks, bridleways and quite lanes cycling is a great way to explore the Isle of Wight and is the best way to see close up what the countryside has to offer.

We have put together a selection of fantastic rides with options for all levels of cyclist, whether you are a regular cyclist or infrequent rider there is something that will suit you.

http://www.sunseaandcycling.com/


Isle of Wight Cycling Festival
Isle of Wight Walking Festival
TBC October 2011
The Isle of Wight Walking Festival is still getting bigger and better!! Still boasting over 300 walks in the programme. The comprehensive Walking Festival Programme will be available from 1st February.

www.isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk


Isle of Wight Walking Festival
Sandown 5th November Carnival Celebrations
5th November 2011
Sandown Lantern Parade marks the final carnival of the season with a spectacular parade of over 200 lanters culminating in a grand fireworks display.

www.sandowncarnival.com


Sandown Lantern Parade

 

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