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Eklectica - Robin Hill

July 29th – August 5th

What is Eklectica?

Described as a festival with a twist, Eklectica is an exciting combination of acts that promise to be diverse, quirky and creative – headlined by internationally renowned, show stopping tribute bands – all set within the unique woodland setting of Robin Hill. Expect the unexpected!

Acts announced so far

There are a range of exciting acts performing at Eklectica, from Ultimate Elton John and the Rocket Band - one of the greatest tribute acts in the UK, to Killer Queen - giving you that Freddie Mercury feeling and Michael Jackson starring Ben - for a thrilling end to the festival.

There are many supporting tribute acts performing through-out the weekend too. Saturday includes The Killerz, Mumma Mia Abba Tribute, as well as the world's original One Direction tribute band. 

Whilst on Sunday, you will be able to enjoy singing along with tribute bands Stevie Wonder, Duran 2 - a Duran Duran tribute, and Almost Olly, the Olly Murs Tribute Show and many more.

Artful Dodger, known for their hits Moving too Fast and Women Trouble, amongst others, have also joined the line-up for the festival.

The Amphitheatre will also feature a range of great entertainment, there will be fresh and exciting vibes coming from the Woodland area - and Africa is the setting for an oasis of fun and frivolity!


  • Tickets for Eklectica are available now from their website.
  • Enjoy great acts across the weekend and expect the unexpected.
  • Adult Day tickets only £35, and £65 for the weekend. Young Peoples tickets also available.
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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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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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