Nettlecombe Farm holidays and fishing lakes, Isle of Wight
Nettlecombe Farm holidays and fishing lakes, Isle of Wight

Events

Isle of Wight events are happening all year round, with something to suit a variety of interests. In total, more than 1,000 local, national and international events and concerts are staged on the Isle of Wight every year, making it the ultimate place to be seen, to compete and to party.

Live music
The Isle of Wight festival scene is a huge draw for visitors. The summer months see outdoor music festivals taking place from May to September, including the world-famous Isle of Wight Festival which draws a star-studded line-up from across the globe. Every year a new event is added to the busy calendar. Whether your thing is folk, pop, classic or world music, you’ll be sure to find your perfect gig on the Island.

Arts and literature
The Island has a long tradition of inspiring artists from Charles Dickens to Lord Tennyson, who often wrote about his home here. Thankfully arts and literature are enjoying a renaissance on the Island. As well as established galleries dotted across our towns, events like the Wight Proms, Literary Festival, Open Studios and, one of our favourites, the Ventnor Fringe Festival have firmly taken their place in the calendar.

Sporting events
As the global mecca of the sailing industry, even those of us not taking part are treated to spectacular sights as thousands of colourful spinnakers go up during Round The Island Race, or as the Sail GP boats pass. Throughout the year there is an event for almost every ability and pursuit – from triathlons to yoga festivals. The outdoor way of life here attracts people from far and wide, meaning novices can learn from some of the best teachers and instructors available.

England’s carnival island
From town carnivals throughout the summer months to charity swims on Boxing day and torch-lit Bonfire Night processions, the Island calendar is full of traditions being replayed and reinvented.

Upcoming events include...


Carnival Season

Sunday 26th June 2022 - Tuesday 30th August 2022

During the summer months, the Isle of Wight bursts into carnival season with over 20 of the Island villages and towns playing host to a local carnival. Performers, artists, bands, carnival queens and local characters come out to entertain the crowds.

Carnival Season

Isle of Wight Pride

Saturday 16th July 2022

The annual Isle of Wight Pride event takes place in Ryde and is a very popular and fun filled pride festival. Great atmosphere and fun for all ages making it highly worth a visit.

Jay Miller's Circus

Friday 22nd July 2022 - Tuesday 30th August 2022

JAY MILLERS CIRCUS IS BACK, with a fantastic family show, suitable for all ages.

Join us as we bring you, possibly, the best show to date! Enjoy the smell of the Candy Floss, the fresh Popcorn & the traditional greasepaint, creating a family fun experience where the atmosphere is pure Circus!

Ventnor Fringe Festival

Friday 22nd July 2022 - Sunday 31st July 2022

Ventnor Fringe is the Isle of Wight's multi-award-winning arts festival. Take the pilgrimage and enjoy ‘pop up’ cinemas, basement bars, pianos in the streets, gigs in local's houses, mystery tours and intimate church shows in and around the eclectic hillside town of Ventnor. 

Jack Up The Summer

Saturday 13th August 2022 - Sunday 14th August 2022

Hazelgrove Farm, Ashey Road, Ryde, Isle of Wight PO33 4BD. In 2022 Jack Up Events are spreading the fun with a feast of retro music events taking place throughout the year including a boutique mini-fest at their new farm site in Ryde. Their Jack Up Summer Party will be a family-friendly celebration of popular music from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s featuring a variety of internationally renowned tribute acts from George Michael to Tom Jones to help bring back the good times.

The Wight Proms

Thursday 18th August 2022 - Sunday 21st August 2022

Open-air picnic concert festival at Northwood House in Cowes celebrating classical music, musical theatre & comedy. Last year saw live filming for Songs of Praise as well as headline comedians Alan Davies and Shappi Khorsandi entertaining guests into the evening.

Isle of Wight Classic Car Extravaganza

Saturday 3rd September 2022 - Sunday 4th September 2022

Now in its 21st year, the famous Isle of Wight Charity Classic Car event promises to be the biggest and best ever. Vehicles from all over the UK and mainland Europe will be attending this unique two-day show on the 3rd and 4th September 2022. There will be a spectacular collection of vintage, classic, custom and retro cars and other rare vehicles. This two-day event will guarantee to delight children and adults of all ages.

Tour of Britain races to the Island - Stage 8

Sunday 11th September 2022 - Sunday 11th September 2022

The UK's most prestigious cycle race, the Tour of Britain comes to the Isle of Wight for the first time in 2022. The event offers an amazing sporting spectacle for visitors and locals alike, seeing 19 of the world's top teams race across the Island's varied and picturesque landscape.

Spectators at Ryde can expect over 100 pro riders on the Stage 8 start line, including the top British domestic teams, a GBR national team as well as multiple Tour de France winners - making the Tour of Britain one of the biggest sporting events the Island has ever seen. One certainly not to be missed!

A thrilling spectator experience, the Island plays host to the grand finale of the race in September. Organisers and competitors look forward to the challenge of a new location and landscape - particularly the brutal hills and breath-taking views!

Isle of Wight Literary Festival

Thursday 6th October 2022 - Sunday 9th October 2022

A popular annual event in the Isle of Wight calendar, the Isle of Wight Literary Festival will be held between the 6th and 9th October 2022.

The festival will have a range of authors and presenters. Criminal psychology, history, celebrities, good story telling, and of course - subjects related to the Isle of Wight - there will be something for everyone.

Isle of Wight Walking Festival

Saturday 8th October 2022 - Sunday 16th October 2022

Lace up those walking boots and set off on your very own adventure through the English countryside! The Isle of Wight Walking Festival is one of the UK’s longest running walking festival's. With over 100 volunteer-led walks on offer, local and visiting walkers of all ages and abilities set off on trails across the Island’s picturesque landscape.

Walkers will get up close and personal with the best of the Island's stunning scenery, as they journey from the beautiful chalky cliffs of the west coast to the lush green rolling hills of the east.

There are walking festivals in May and October 2022. 

* 8 Oct 2022 to 16 Oct 2022

Isle of Wight Walking Festival

Walk the Wight

Sunday 14th May 2023 - Sunday 14th May 2023

Walk the Wight is Mountbatten Hospice's biggest fundraising event of the year, with up to 12,000 people taking part across four different walks. The main walk of 26.5 miles from Bembridge to the Needles at Alum Bay takes in some of the most beautiful sights the Island has to offer.

It's also possible to join for just a stretch - with those of us embarking on the flat route, schools walk or joining / ending at Carisbrooke Castle also getting a special medal! 

EMH Walk the Wight

Round the Island Yacht Race

Sunday 25th June 2023

The annual Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club, is a one-day yacht race around the Isle of Wight. The race regularly attracts over 1,700 boats and around 16,000 sailors, making it one of the largest yacht races in the world. 

Round the Island Yacht Race

Awakening Festival

Thursday 6th July 2023 - Thursday 7th July 2022

With Awakening wellbeing workshops, self-care sessions, inspirational talks and sound sessions alongside a blissful blend of yoga and meditation classes, as well as a delicious range of holistic therapies to enjoy throughout Saturday and a half day Nature Calls Big Chill session on Sunday.

Rhythmtree Tree Festival

Saturday 8th July 2023 - Monday 10th July 2023

The Rhythmtree World Music Festival is an independent music festival situated on beautiful farmland close to the famous West Wight Heritage Coast. Now in its sixth year, the Rhythmtree Festival has a great reputation for showcasing an extraordinarily diverse mix of world influenced music.

Rhythmtree Festival
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