Events and Festivals for 2018
These are juts a few of the Events and Festivals that are available on the Island.
- Shanklin Theatre
The Theatre is open all year round hosting a full programme of professional and amateur productions.
- Isle of wight walking festival. 21st April to 13th May 2018
Lace up those walking boots and set off on your very own adventure through the English countryside!
The Isle of Wight is often referred to as ‘England in Miniature’, so in just one day of walking you’ll be able to see the very best of the English countryside from sand dunes and pebbly coves to thatched villages and bustling sailing towns. You won't want to miss the Isle of Wight Walking Festival.
- Rydabus 19th May 2018
The Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum, is delighted to announce their 2nd RYDABUS event: a vintage Bus Running weekend offering transport enthusiasts and members of the public alike the opportunity to re-live bus operations from a bygone age.
- Newport Jazz Weekend. 30th May to 3rd June 2018 (10 miles)
Now in its Seventh year, Newport Jazz Weekend will take place from 30th May to3rd June. After the great success of our 2015 event we are pleased to announce that we will return at the same time next year with a slightly bigger event.
- Isle of wight Festival 21st - 24th June 2018 (10 miles)
Over the past Eleven years the Isle of Wight Festival is proud to have supported a wide range of charities both on and off the Island.
- Jack Up The 80s Festival. 10th & 12th August 2018.
Jack Up The 80s is the ultimate family-friendly Summer festival. Relive the good times of Frankie Says and Choose Life t-shirts, florescent headbands, leg warmers, legendary blockbuster movies and of course great music with acts like Paul Young, Five Star, Leo Sayer, Bad Manners, Nathan Moore and Bruce Foxton From The Jam, plus many, many more!
Jack Up The 80s, the Isle of Wight’s family festival, is to sponsor the Warriors in 2017. The fun time family festival will change location for 2017 and it will be held at the Warriors Andrew Younie Smallbrook Stadium in August.
- Cowes Week 4th - 11 August 2018 (13.5 miles)
Cowes Week will bring the world’s biggest sailing stars and excitement to competitors and spectators alike and with over 1,000 yachts and 8,000 competitors taking part in some top-class sailing.
- Old Gaffers 2nd - 4th June 2017 (18.25 miles)
- The Yarmouth Old Gaffers Festival is bi-annual attracts 6,000 participants and more than 25,000 visitors. The festival is a boon to Isle of Wight tourism and generates a lively atmosphere in Yarmouth. The town centre is traffic free and busy right through each evening.
- Garlic Festival 18th and 19th August 2018 (4 miles)
Set against a beautiful backdrop of rolling green hills and farmland, the Garlic Festival is located just outside of Newchurch at the heart of the stunning Isle of Wight. The Isle of Wight Garlic Festival is the islands biggest summer show and simply the best day out
- Jaguar Enthusiasts Club Show 12th Aug 2018
This is a well established show attracting many members from the mainland .
The new venue is Sandown Airport, one of the busiest grass strip regional airfields in the land, which is busy expanding massively under the guidance of it's new owners and will, by next summer, be a hugely impressive venue.
- Haven Street Railway Events (10 miles)
Take a Ride behind one of our vintage steam locomotives for a special journey back in time.
- 1940s Experience. (Haven Street Steam Railway) 1st - 2nd July 2017
Relive our 'Finest Hour' - Experience the exciting and most dangerous 1940s.
- Victorian Weekend. (Haven Street Steam Railway) 5th & 6th Aug 2017
Cowes Classic Power Boats. 26th– 27th August 2017.
It was back in 1961 at a party on his boat Drumbeat that Sir Max Aitkin decided to start the powerboat race. Ray Hunt, the designer of Drumbeat, pointed out that on the previous day it had been the Bertram boat, designed by him, that had won the Nassau-Miami powerboat race. Not to be outdone by the Americans Sir Max Aitken said, 'Let's have a race between my house (The Prospect in Cowes) and somewhere in the West, say Torquay,' and the race was born.
- V-Dub Island - 11th - 14th of Aug 2017
The Sixth V-Dub Island takes place at the festival's new home South Fairlee Farm, Newport on the Isle of Wight. A must for all Volkswagen owners' new and old, enthusiasts and like-minded people, V-Dub Island on the beautiful Isle of Wight is a fantastic long weekend of entertainment, heaps of fun and much much more.
- Classic Car Show 15th & 16th Sept 2018 (9.5 Newport & 8 miles Ryde)
Now in its 17th Year, the famous Isle of Wight, Charity Classic Car event promises to be the biggest and best ever.
- Isle of Wight Cycling Festival. TBC.
The festival includes a selection of fantastic rides with options for all levels, from the Chevy Chase Enduro to the Tiny Tots cycle adventure so whether you are a regular cyclist or infrequent rider there is plenty to choose from and don’t forget to make time to sample the great selection of local food and drink along the way. Highlights of the festival are available on the website now and the full programme of around 60 rides will be available in June.
- Ventnor Fringe Festival. 7th - 12th August 2018 (4 Miles)
The Ventnor Fringe is a modern pilgrimage for artists of all creative disciplines. Started by a team of teenagers in 2010 as the Isle of Wight's answer to the world famous Edinburgh Fringe, it hasn't look back since, and now takes place each August over four days in locations encompassing the entire town.
- British Scooter Rally. 24th - 27th August 2018
The world’s biggest gathering of vintage and modern scooters - The Isle of Wight International Scooter Rally
The first Isle of Wight International Scooter Rally was way back in 1980, scooter riders have come every August since, with numbers of participants numbering anywhere between four to seven thousand each year.