Prepare to be afraid — very afraid. Blackgang Chine is introducing a terrifying new event to the Isle of Wight calendar this autumn —Terror Island – Part 2. It promises to be packed full with chilling attractions and innovative storylines — as well as plenty of brand-new nightmares.
Fast becoming one of the Island’s most popular events, expect dozens of delicious ales on offer at a line-up of different Island pubs, with over 70 vintage buses to help get you there in this ultimate pub crawl.
Images from iwbeerandbuses.co.uk
Head to the historic, magnificent Grade II-listed Northwood House in Cowes for a seriously impressive line-up of writers and speakers that number explorers to poets.
Following the long-term success of Robin Hill’s Electric Woods Festival of Light, staged after nightfall, there’s a new Day of the Dead event for 2020. Known in Mexico as Dia de Los Muertos, where cities country-wide celebrate life through the ages, it will feature sensory experiences and culinary delights from Latin America, as well as an explosive fiesta performance guaranteed to waken the dead.
Images taken from robin-hill.com
The Island’s very own Red Nose Day, this is a spectacular celebration of all that is good and magical about the Isle of Wight, from parades to parties.
Now in its 19th year, the event held in both Newport and Ryde promises to be as thrilling as ever, with ancient vehicles motoring in from all over Europe.
Images taken from visitisleofwight.co.uk
Cowes Week 2020 has been cancelled. The event will return on 31 July – 7 August.
Watch top yachtsmen and women showing off their incredible skills on the water at one of the world’s premier yachting events —and then enjoy the party back on land. The highlight promises to be SailGP after historic speeds were reached during its European debut on the Isle of Wight last year. The “host” GB team will have to fend off the likes of China, France, Australia, Japan and the US when the world’s fastest sail racing boats soar around the Solent on 14-15 August. Last year, Egypt Point saw crowds of more than 24,000 turn up to watch the action, with a total global audience of more than 230 million enjoying the thrills and spills.
Images taken from cowesweek.co.uk
The 46th Island Steam Show has been cancelled due to Covid-19. Please check iwsteamrailway.co.uk for updates.
This is an action-packed event and a great family day out at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway in Havenstreet. Featuring traction engines, vintage cars and motorcycles, and ancient wagons, plus fairground rides, live music, food stalls and real ale.
Images taken from iwsteamrailway.co.uk
Unfortunately Ryde Carnival 2020 has been cancelled due to Covid-19. Please check the website for further updates.
There are many town carnivals taking place on the Island this summer, but Ryde Carnival is the oldest, first held in 1888 to mark Queen Victoria’s Jubilee (and yes, Her Majesty did attend).
Images taken from rydecarnival.com
‘It is with much regret and sadness that we have to announce the 37th Annual Isle of Wight Garlic Festival will no longer take place this year and is postponed until 21st and 22nd August 2021.’ Please go to garlicfestival.co.uk for updates.
Tickle your taste buds with garlic sweetcorn, garlic beer and even garlic ice cream and garlic fudge at this fun-filled weekend of entertainment, live music and activities near Sandown.
‘It is with much sadness that we have had to postpone the 94th Chale Show due to the Covid-19 crisis.The show will return next year on 31st July & 1st August.’
This traditional village fête is now celebrating its 94th year and is the quintessential Island summer event. Don’t miss the horticultural marquee with its giant vegetables, one of the biggest displays on the south coast.
Info and images taken from thechaleshow.co.uk
This year’s Ventnor Fringe has been cancelled due to Covid-19. The event will return 27 July-1 August 2021.
It’s the 11th year for one of the UK’s most popular fringe festivals. The multi-venue event features more than 400 emerging artists from across the UK and beyond, and is based in venues from churches to warehouses, launderettes to barber shops — and even some locals’ front rooms. The Fringe HQ — Ventnor Exchange — is a dynamic creative hub open all year round, combining a craft beer bar and record store.
Images taken from vfringe.co.uk
The Royal Isle of Wight County Show has announced the cancellation of 2020’s show due to Coronavirus. The next event will take place on Sunday 4 July 2021.
Animals are the stars of the day at this traditional country show, which is held at the Royal Isle of Wight Agricultural Society Showground and features everything from pigs to poultry.
Images from iwcountyshow.co.uk
The Isle of Wight Mardi Gras 2020 has been cancelled. The event will take place on Saturday 26th of June 2021.
Working closely with schools and colleges in the development of the event, the Isle of Wight Mardi Gras takes inspiration from the New Orleans original. This year’s theme is The Story of Carnival.
Images from thenewcarnivalcompany.com
Covid Update: The awakening will now take place on 19 & 20 September this year, and along with it a slight change of venue from Weston Manor in Totland to Northwood House in Cowes on the Island.
Taking place at Weston Manor House, Totland, the festival dedicated to wellbeing and self-care enters its second year, offering a host of experts alongside some of the Island’s holistic heroes. Expect treatments including massage, acupuncture and reiki.
Images from awakeningfestival.co.uk
Round the Island Race 2020 has been rescheduled to the 26th September.
One of the sailing world’s greatest spectacles. Get your pitch early and watch the 1,600-plus range of crafts storm past the Needles.
Images from roundtheisland.org.uk
Rydabus 2020 has unfortunately been cancelled. The event is provisionally re-scheduled for the weekend of 15th/16th May 2021. Please check the website for updates.
Celebrating 91 years, the Southern Vectis Omnibus Company is offering 35-plus vintage buses to hop on and off around the Ryde area. See the website for a route map.
Images from iwbusmuseum.org.uk
Now celebrating its 30th year, Earl Mountbatten Hospice’s inspiring walk attracts thousands of people, who stride out together across the beautiful Isle of Wight countryside to help those in need.
Images taken from iwhospice.org
Due to the developing and continuing Covid-19 outbreak the Isle of Wight Walking Festival is being postponed. The event is aiming to come back as an Autumnal Walking Festival sometime in October, dates and walks to be confirmed at a later date should it be safe to do so. Please check the website for updates.
One of the most popular events of its kind in Europe, the festival draws on 60 miles of dramatic Heritage Coastline and more than 500 miles of well-maintained and signposted footpaths. Trails include the 19-mile Yar River Trail, following the Island’s longest river, which is home to species such as water voles and kingfishers. The Isle of Wight Ramblers will be leading four circular walks as part of the festival, which enable keen walkers to complete the River Trail. Additionally, two new trails have been created linking Shanklin and Ventnor with the Yar River Trail, which will be premiered during the festival.
Images taken from the Isle of Wight Walking Festival website.
Due to Coronavirus this year’s event has been cancelled. Please check the website for updates on the 2021 event.
First established in 1985, this family-friendly cycling event follows the Round the Island trail in a choice of 100km or 55km routes.
This year’s event has unfortunately been cancelled. Registration for the 2021 event will open soon. Keep updated on the Isle of Wight Challenge’s website.
Great challenges need great settings and it certainly doesn’t get much better than the Island’s magical coast path, which will see over 2,000 participants walking, jogging and running the trails.
A brand new horror event that has made its home at the Blackgang Chine demolition site called The Cursed Mill – complete with it’s very own 16th century monk’s curse. Scary stuff.
One of the sailing world’s greatest spectacles – get your pitch early and watch the vast range of crafts storm past the Needles.
There are various vantage points you can choose to view the race from – see map below for more information:
This is the sixth year for this prestigious gathering of leading harpists in Ryde. In addition to a series of concerts, which offer a myriad of styles, there are also informative teaching workshops.
This is the second year for the annual festival of open-air picnic concerts at Northwood House in Cowes, catering to both lovers of classical music and musical theatre.
Head to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway in Havenstreet to be inspired by the music and dance of the 1940s. Expect lindy hoppers, songs from the swing era and ukulele performances.
A new family-based festival located at Oakfield School in Ryde that showcases local artists, bands and DJs, while raising money for various charities. It includes a comedy tent, an acoustic zone, food stalls and a gin and prosecco bar.
Join over 20,000 walkers and pick from over 250 walks via more than 500 miles of public footpaths, beaches and downloads, culminating in ‘Walk the Wight’.
Island folk and blues musicians get together for this one-day event in aid of Leukaemia Research and Brighstone Primary School. Includes a real ale tent, craft stalls and Morris dancing.
Soak up the sounds of great jazz featuring the very best of the current UK jazz scene, with top touring musicians as well as the cream of local talent. A two-day jazz tuition workshop with leading artists kicks off the event.
Catch the biggest names in rock and pop on the banks of the river Medina. This year’s headliners include David Guetta and Run DMC on the Friday night, with Arcade Fire topping the bill on Saturday, and Rod Steward rounding things off on Sunday. The festival boasts a huge age range, from babes in arms to grizzled old rockers – everyone is catered for. While it still leans heavily on the main stage and Big Top acts, there is plenty more fun to be had in other areas, such as the Kashmir Café, which showcases Isle of Wight bands and Island-brewed ales, and the Cirque de la Quirk, which injects a welcome streak of anarchy into the weekend.
The animals are the stars of the show, from pigs to poultry. The show is an all day event which includes various competitions and activities to get involved with. Children under 16 years of age have free entry when accompanied by an adult and parking is free.
Go on a voyage of musical discovery with this huge range of genres performing on several stages at this family-friendly festival set in an idyllic location.
Watch top yachtsmen and women on the water at one of the world’s premier yachting events – a and then enjoy the part back on the land.
An award-winning multidisciplinary arts festival featuring more than 300 performers from around the world. Enjoy pop-up cinemas, basement bars, pianos in the streets, gigs in houses, mystery tours and intimate church shows.
Formerly Jack Up The 80s, renamed to provide a richer variety of music. Family friendly throwback festival celebrating the upbeat, hand-clapping sounds of yesteryear with party hits from feel-good chart topping acts from the 80s & 90s
Tickle your tastebuds with garlic sweetcorn, garlic beer and even garlic ice cream and garlic fudge at this fun-filled weekend of entertainment with a focus on the excellent range of garlic grown at the nearby Garlic Farm.
The 200-mile classic race is one of power-boating’s toughest challenges.
It might be one of many town carnivals that take place on the Island, but Rude Carnival is the oldest – first held in 1888 to mark Queen Victoria’s Jubilee (and yes, she attended).
Now in its 15th year, the event promises to be the biggest yet, with vehicles from all over Europe.
Not just one day but a whole weekend of celebrations, with live entertainment, parades and parties, fun and festivals, among them the Bembridge Harbour Food Festival.
A month-long magical light extravaganza staged after nightfall in the woodland.
Head to the historic house for a fantastic line-up of writers and speakers, from explorers to poets. Tickets are available to purchase now from www.isleofwightliteraryfestival.org
There are dozens of different ales on offer at a line-up of different Island pubs, with 70 vintage buses to help get you there. Now in its third year, it celebrates–you guessed it, beer and buses–or to be more specific, real ale and vintage blues. It’s a collaboration between the Isle of Wight branch of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) and the Isle of Wight Bus Museum. The buses run every 30 minutes and might include vintages such as a 1992 Leyland Lynx 2, a 1965 Routemaster and a 1962 Bristol. The oldest bus taking part last year dated back to 1934 – a Bristol on loan from the British Vintage Bus Group.