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!

Below is a list of the headline events in 2018 provided by Visit Isle of Wight…

NB: Dates correct at time of publication


Dates Event Area
28th April – 13th May 2018 The Isle of Wight Walking Festival 2018 Islandwide
13th May 2018 Walk the Wight 2018 Islandwide
30th May – 3rd June 2018 Newport Jazz Weekend 2018 Newport
1st June – 3rd June 2018 Isle of Wight Festival of Running Freshwater
21st June – 24th June 2018 Isle of Wight Festival 2018 Newport
30th June 2018 IW Mardi Gras 2018 Ryde
7th July 2018 Round the Island Race 2018 Cowes
8th July 2018 Shipwreck Isle 2018 Ryde
8th July 2018 Royal Isle of Wight County Show 2018 Northwood
13th July – 15th July 2018 Rhythm Tree 2018 Calbourne
21st July 2018 Isle of Wight Pride Ryde
21st July 2018 Newport Main Carnival Newport
27th July 2018 Sandown Children’s Carnival Sandown
28th July 2018 Sandown Main Carnival Sandown
1st August 2018 Shanklin Main Carnival Shanklin
4th August 2018 Shanklin Illuminated Carnival Shanklin
4th August – 11th August 2018 Lendy Cowes Week Cowes
7th August – 12th August 2018 Ventnor Fringe 2018 Ventnor
8th August 2018 Ventnor Children’s Carnival Ventnor
8th August 2018 Ventnor Main Carnival Ventnor
10th August – 11th August 2018 Jack Up The 80’s Vol 6 Ryde
11th August 2018 Ventnor Illuminated Carnival Ventnor
15th August 2018 Cowes Main Carnival Cowes
18th August – 19th August 2018 Isle of Wight Garlic Festival Newchurch
18th August 2018 Newport Illuminated Carnival Newport
23rd August – 26th August 2018 Isle of Wight International Scooter Rally 2018 Ryde
25th August 2018 Cowes Illuminated Carnival Cowes
27th August 2018 St Helens Carnival St Helens
29th August 2018 Ryde Children’s Carnival 2018 Ryde
29th August 2018 Sandown Illuminated Carnival Sandown
30th August 2018 Ryde Main Carnival 2018 Ryde
1st September 2018 Ryde Illuminated Carnival 2018 Ryde
15th September 2018 International Classic Car Show 2018 Newport
16th September 2018 International Classic Car Show 2018 Ryde
22nd September 2018 Isle of Wight Day 2018 Islandwide


For a full list of the many varied events the Isle of Wight will host in 2018, please go to Visit Isle of Wight’s consumer website – just click this link!