The Isle of Wight springs into life come April, when Easter egg hunts fill the island with joy, before having a two-week walking festival, which is said to be the largest walking festival in the UK! The bi-annual Old Gaffers Festival in Yarmouth, brings colour to the shoreline, with the sailing regatta. The Isle of Wight Festival takes place in June, bringing thousands of revellers to Seacole Park in Newport, the heart town of the island. The Isle of Wight County Show is also a big hit for the Island, this takes place at the County Show Ground in Northwood, Cowes.

In July 2017, the Isle of Wight Celebrated the first ever Pride event, that brought colour and happiness to the streets of Ryde.

If you have a love for Garlic, then head over to the Garlic Festival in August, this makes a great day out, along with the famous Cowes Week, which is the largest sailing regatta in the world! There are also over a dozen of carnivals that take place at various of towns across the island, including Ventnor, Ryde, Newport, Sandown and Cowes.

The largest gathering of scooters in the world comes to Ryde. The Isle of Wight Scooter Rally takes place over the August Bank Holiday every year. Ryde also hosts the second day of the International Classic Car Show in September, with the first taking place at Newport Quay.

Electric Woods events, which take place at Robin Hill Country Park, brings themed light shows and illuminations to the grounds of the park. September 2017 will see a brand new festival for the Island, with the boutique Eklectica Festival taking place at Robin Hill. Osborne House in East Cowes, which was once Queen Victoria’s holiday home,  where they have outdoor concerts throughout the year.

Why not visit Osborne House in East Cowes, the holiday home of Queen Victoria! They also have great outdoor concerts on the grounds. Fireworks light up the skies several times in the year across the Island, bringing families together to enjoy magical moments together. As Halloween approaches, the Isle of Wight turns into the ‘Isle of Fright’ and our resident ghosts and ghouls come out to play!

Check out the comprehensive list of events provided by Visit Isle of Wight below…

NB: Dates correct at time of publication


15th - 23rd February 2019Electric Woods ‘Spirit of the Orient’Robin Hill
31st March
11th - 13th April 2019
Mother’s Day Special @ IW Steam RailwayHavenstreet
11th - 13th April 2019IW Children’s FestivalNewport
14th April 2019Island Heritage Train Days @ IW Steam RailwayHavenstreet
19th - 22nd April 2019Easter Fun @ IW Steam RailwayHavenstreet
4th - 6th May 201914th Annual IW Real Ale Festival @ IW Steam RailwayHavenstreet
4th - 5th May 2019Isle of Wight ChallengeChale
4th - 19th May 2019Isle of Wight Walking FestivalIslandwide
5th May 2019Isle of Wight RandonneeIslandwide
11th May 2019Wolverton Folk and Blues FairShorwell
12th May 2019Walk the Wight with MountbattenIslandwide
12th May 2019Island Heritage Train Days @ IW Steam RailwayHavenstreet
18th - 19th May 2019Isle of Wight Ford Takeover @ Sandown AirportSandown
18th - 19th May 2019Rydabus Running WeekendRyde
19th May 2019Festival of Transport @ IW Steam RailwayHavenstreet
19th May 2019Isle of Wight Dog Festival
25th -27th May 2019Spring Gala @ IW Steam RailwayHavenstreet
25th May – 2nd June 2019Wild West WeekBlackgang Chine
28th May – 2nd June 2019IW Jazz WeekendNewport
1st - 2nd June 2019IW Festival of RunningFreshwater
9th June 2019Island Heritage Train Days @ IW Steam RailwayHavenstreet
13th - 16th June 2019Isle of Wight FestivalNewport
16th June 2019Workshop Open Day @ IW Steam RailwayHavenstreet
29th June 2019IW Mardi GrasRyde
29th June 2019Round the Island RaceIslandwide
30th June 2019Royal IW County ShowNorthwood
6th - 7th July 2019The 1940’s ExperienceHavenstreet
12th - 14th July 2019Rhythm Tree FestivalShalfleet
13th - 14th July 2019Island Motor ShowHavenstreet
13th - 20th July 2019Panerai British Classic WeekCowes
14th July 2019Island Heritage Train Days @ IW Steam RailwayHavenstreet
20th July 2019Real Ale Train @ IW Steam RailwayHavenstreet
23rd - 28th July 2019Ventnor FringeVentnor
23rd July – 29th August 2019Jungle FeverRobin Hill
25th July 2019Newport Main CarnivalNewport
26th July 2019Sandown Children’s CarnivalSandown
27th July 2019Sandown Main CarnivalSandown
27th July – 2nd Aug 2019Charles Stanley Direct Cowes Classic WeekCowes
28th - 30th July 2019The Railway Folk @ IW Steam RailwayHavenstreet
3rd August 2019Freshwater CarnivalFreshwater
3rd - 4th August 2019Newport Illuminated CarnivalNewport
3rd - 4th August 2019Chale ShowChale
6th August 2019Shanklin Children’s CarnivalShanklin
7th August 2019Shanklin Main CarnivalShanklin
8th August 2019Cowes Main CarnivalCowes
10th August 2019Shanklin Illuminated CarnivalShanklin
10th - 11th August 2019Jack Up The SummerNewport
10th - 17th August 2019Lendy Cowes WeekCowes
14th August 2019Ventnor Children’s CarnivalVentnor
14th August 2019Ventnor Main CarnivalVentnor
17th August 2019Ventnor Illuminated CarnivalVentnor
17th - 18th August 2019Garlic FestivalNewchurch
23rd - 26th August 201945th Island Steam Show @ IW Steam RailwayHavenstreet
23rd - 26th August 2019International Scooter RallyRyde
24th August 2019Cowes Illuminated CarnivalCowes
26th August 2019St Helens CarnivalSt Helens
28th August 2019Ryde Children’s CarnivalRyde
28th August 2019Sandown Illuminated CarnivalSandown
29th August 2019Ryde Main CarnivalRyde
29th August – 1st September 2019The Wight PromsCowes
31st August 2019Ryde Illuminated CarnivalRyde
1st September 2019Morris Minor Rally @ IW Steam RailwayHavenstreet
8th September 2019Island Heritage Train Day @ IW Steam RailwayHavenstreet
12th - 15th September 2019Heritage Open Days @ IW Steam RailwayHavenstreet
14th September 2019International Classic Car ShowNewport
15th September 2019International Classic Car ShowRyde
21st September 2019Isle of Wight DayIslandwide
21st - 22nd September 20193rd IW Cider & Cheese Festival @ IW Steam RailwayHavenstreet
27th - 28th September
4th - 5th October
11th - 12th October
18th October – 3rd November 2019
Festival of Light inspired by DiwaliRobin Hill
6th October 2019Island Heritage Train Days @ IW Steam RailwayHavenstreet
10th - 13th October 2019IW Literary FestivalCowes
12th - 13th October 2019Classic Beer, Buses and WalksIslandwide
19th - 27th October
30th October – 2nd November 2019
Wicked NightsBlackgang Chine
27th - 31st October 2019Wizard Week @ IW Steam RailwayHavenstreet
31st October 2019Fright Night @ IW Steam RailwayHavenstreet
30th November – 1st December
7th - 8th December
14th - 15th December
21st - 24th December 2019
Santa Specials @ IW Steam RailwayHavenstreet
26th December 2019Boxing Day Specials @ IW Steam RailwayHavenstreet


For a full list of the many varied events the Isle of Wight will host this year, please go to Visit Isle of Wight’s consumer website – just click this link!