Events & Festivals

With such a broad range of exciting events and Festivals taking place on the Isle of Wight each year, it's little wonder it is nicknamed the "Festival Island"!

The island hosts to some of the biggest global music festivals with the Isle of Wight and Bestival, some of the world's largest sporting events with Cowes Week and the Walking Festival, and have more Carnivals per square head of population than anywhere else in the UK!

Plus it's not all about the one-off events - there is plenty of regular entertainment taking place in the form of live music, shows, exhibitions and much more.

We have presented  details of a few of the biggest Festivals below – but for full details of all the year round Festivals and Events on offer – visit the island’s official Tourist Board website at www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/whats-on

Isle of Wight Walking Festival

April 29th – May 14th 2017


The popular Isle of Wight Walking Festival returns from April 29 to May 14 as IsleWalk17, with a wide choice of themed walks. It remains one of the UK’s biggest walking festivals, and allows participants to follow in the footsteps of everyone from Alfred Lord Tennyson to Jimi Hendrix; on the trail of everything from dinosaurs to the perfect dawn chorus; and heading everywhere from Queen Victoria’s Osborne House, to a non-stop walk around the entire 72-miles coastal path in 24 hours.

Most of the walks are free, although some walk leaders request a donation for their chosen charity. Below you’ll discover a summary list of all the walks taking place. To read more detail about each walk, including any essential booking details click on the link below:

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Isle of Wight Carnivals


When Summer arrives, the Island turns into Carnival Island. Each major town hosts an evening of colourful frivolity as a stream of floats make their way through the centre of town.

Thousands of onlookers line the streets to catch a glimpse of Rio on the Isle of Wight.

Floats are hugely varied and carry pageant queens, local community groups and even pets in fancy dress! Attending a carnival is a box you have to tick.

As well as being quite a spectacle, the Isle of Wight carnivals have their own claim to fame. The town of Ryde hosts the oldest carnival in the UK. Queen Victoria was a patron of the carnival which first took place in 1887 in celebration of her Diamond Jubilee.

  • Newport Main Carnival 2017 - 22 July 2017
  • It's Carnival Time at Robin Hill Country Park 25 July 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
  • Cowes Main Carnival 2017 - 26 July 2017
  • Sandown Children's Carnival 2017 - 28 July 2017
  • Sandown Children's Carnival 2017 - 28 July 2017
  • Sandown Carnival 2017 - 29 July 2017
  • Shanklin Children's Carnival 2017 - 1 Aug 2017
  • Shanklin Main Carnival 2017 - 2 Aug 2017
  • Shanklin Illuminated Carnival 2017 - 5 Aug 2017
  • Ventnor Main Carnival 2017 - 9 Aug 2017
  • Ventnor Illuminated Carnival 2017 - 12 Aug 2017
  • Newport Illuminated Carnival 2017 - 19 Aug 2017
  • Cowes Illuminated Carnival 2017 - 26 Aug 2017
  • St Helens Carnival 2017 - 28 Aug 2017
  • Ryde Children's Carnival 2017 - 30 Aug 2017
  • Sandown Illuminated Carnival 2017 - 30 Aug 2017
  • Ryde Main Carnival 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
  • Ryde Illuminated Carnival 2017 - 2 Sept 2017

To check out when all the Carnivals start check out the link below:

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Isle of Wight Festival of Running

2nd – 4th June 2017


Brand new for 2017 is the Isle of Wight Festival of Running. This fantastic new outdoor event gives fitness fanatics and first time runners the chance to see the best of the Isle of Wight’s beautiful scenery and getting fit at the same time.

With runs tailored for those just starting out (nice, flat routes!) to something a bit more challenging for the all-weather pros, the event has been set up as something the whole family can get involved in! The event is hosted by the extremely popular West Wight Sports and Community Centre. For more details and updates as they’re released, please check their official website or Facebook page.

Isle of Wight Festival

8th – 11th June 2017


Starting the summer in style, the award winning Isle of Wight Festival takes place in June every year in the town of Newport and is steeped in history and recognised around the world for its amazing line-up, mixing legendary artists with the hottest up and coming acts.

The Festival is famed for its heritage and as the UK’s first major music event of the summer; it gives festival goers a line up to love.

Acts currently announced:

  • Sunday Headliner: Rod Stewart
  • Saturday Headliner: Arcade Fire
  • Friday Co-Headliners: DJ David Guetta, Run DMC
  • Also announced: George Ezra, Bastille, Jack Savoretti, Rag 'n' Bone Man

Starting the summer in style, the award winning Isle of Wight Festival takes place in June every year in the town of Newport and is steeped in history and recognised around the world for its amazing line-up, mixing legendary artists with the hottest up and coming acts. The Festival is famed for its heritage and as the UK’s first major music event of the summer; it gives festival goers a line up to love. Click on the link below for more information:

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Isle of Wight Cowes Week Sailing Regatta

July 29th – August 5th


Cowes Week is an 8 day sailing regatta. It is one of the longest-running sporting events in UK history, dating back to 1826 when the regatta first took place with a fleet of only seven boats lined up on the start line! Cowes Week today attracts up to 1,000 boats, and is the world’s best-known sailing regatta.

Originally known as the Royal Yacht Squadron Regatta, Cowes Week became a regular fixture in the English Summer Season, thanks largely to the interests of George IV.

This established its traditional dates, which fit between Goodwood and the start of the grouse shooting season.

Click here for the latest on this year's event.

The Isle of Wight Cycling Festival

Starts Saturday 23rd September 2017


The Festival will start in style on Saturday 23rd September 2017. During the week which follows, multiple rides will take place from various locations – with accurate grading and all cycling disciplines covered, there will be rides suitable for every rider. The second weekend will be an off-road extravaganza, with a Cyclo-Cross race, junior racing, coaching sessions and the mighty 7 Hills MTB event. With a relaxed, family atmosphere throughout, plus local food vendors and live entertainment, the IW Cycle Fest will end with a cycle themed closing party. See link below for more information:

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