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Events & Festivals

Autumn on the Isle of Wight

1 October - 30 November

The Isle of Wight is a fabulous place to visit in the Autumn.  The scenery is outstanding and the colours breathtaking and there's still so much to see and do, whether you are looking for that all important rest and relaxation, heritage and culture or a bit of fast paced exhilarating activity!

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Isle of Wight Walking Festival

April 28th – May 13th 2018

The popular Isle of Wight Walking Festival returns from 28 April to 13 May 2018 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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Newport Jazz Festival 2018

30 May - 3 June 2018

Newport Jazz Weekend is the best established jazz festival in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, regularly attracting star names from all around the UK and further afield including the USA and Australia. Taking place in half term week, it is popular with locals, holidaymakers and jazz fans who make a trip to the Island especially for the chance to see some of the best jazz singers and musicians around. There are some wonderful venues with great acoustics, all within a short distance from each other which results in a small, bustling and vibrant festival feel. As well as the main acts, there are many free local bands and other musicians playing in pubs, restaurants and other venues around town. There is always live music on somewhere around the Town, often free of charge. The music itself is accessible and popular, ranging from Dixieland / traditional jazz, to mainstream and modern, and latin / funk.

Don't forget to book a lovely comfortable room at The Royal Esplanade Hotel, we're right next door to all public transport links, so getting to Newport is easy! Call 01983 562549 for best rates.

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Isle of Wight Festival

21 - 24 June 2018

Celebrating their 50th Anniversary in 2018, this is an event not to miss.  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 - first headliners to be announced 4th December 2017 - watch this space!

As expected this is a VERY busy time for the hotel, so get your reservations in quick!

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Isle of Wight Mardi Gras 2018 - Ryde

30 June 2018

IW Mardi Gras is a carnival with a fantastic themed parade. It will feature 800 children and young people in fabulous carnival costumes performing some great choreography.

This years theme is Global Biospheres and will be produced to support the IW Area of Outstanding Beauty’s application to have the Island recognised as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Make a weekend of it and stay at the fabulous Royal Esplanade Hotel, Ryde - call for the best rates and special weekend offers 01983 562549.

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UK Pride 2018

21 July 2018

Isle of Wight Pride are extremely proud and excited to have successfully secured the hosting of the national event UK Pride 2018.  After beating off stiff competition the national panel selected Ryde, Isle of Wight as the home of the 2018 event.

UK Pride status will enable the Island to build on the success of the inaugural IW Pride event in 2017 and create a major celebration of diversity and inclusivity, showing the rest of the UK what an amazing place the Island is.  With a host of smaller events leading up to the Main Event, please see their website for full details.

This will truly be a spectacle not to be missed with everybody celebrating the occasion.

For best rates for accommodation please call direct on 01983 562549.

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Isle of Wight Cowes Week Sailing Regatta

Isle of Wight Cowes Week Sailing Regatta 4th - 11th August 2018

Lendy 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.

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Classic Beer, Buses and Walks

Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th October 2018

Classic Buses operating free heritage services between Pubs serving Real Ales. Or walk between pubs if you prefer.  There are also a number of walks to take part in. See link for more details.

Visit the Isle of Wight, travel in style in the heritage fleet and taste the best ales the Island has to offer in the best locations.

When you get back to the Royal Esplanade you can carry on sampling some of the best Real Ales we have on offer, straight from our own Heritage Brewery in Burton 


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