Isle of Wight events are happening all year round, with something to suit all interests. In total, more than
1000 local, national and international events and concerts are staged in the Isle of Wight every year,
making it the ultimate place to be seen, to compete and to party.
The Isle of Wight festival scene is a huge draw for visitors. The summer months sees music and cultural
festivals taking place in June and July, while major sports events are held on the island throughout much
of the year including Cowes Week in August.
For those who enjoy the outdoors, there are many local carnivals, celebrations and fetes taking place
through the year, confirming the Isle of Wight’s reputation as England’s Carnival Island.
Latest Events Major Events 2013
Isle of Arts Festival (19/04/13 -21/04/13)
Using different venues in Ventnor, there will be one or more featured headline events each day, supported by
exhibitions and cultural events including arts, photography, comedy, drama, film and literature. The festival will also
showcase local Isle of Wight talent and give Islanders of all ages and backgrounds the chance to join in workshops
and art projects. Headline Acts include Alan Davies, of QI and Jonathan Creek fame, See our Facebook page and
Walking Festival Dates (04/05/2013 - 19/05/2013)
Now in its Fifteenth year, the festival boasts 16 days of unbeatable, informative and healthy walks. For 2013,
organisers have compiled a full programme of walks for all abilities and ages, from toddlers to the more mature, from
hikers to casual walkers join us on a mission to get fit and healthy, while having a lot of fun and enjoyment, there
couldn’t be a better place than the stunning Isle of Wight. Walks are led by very knowledgeable and popular leaders
who share their stories and history of the Island.–
Yarmouth Old Gaffers Festival Dates (31/05/2013 - 02/06/2013
The 17th Yarmouth Old Gaffers Festival -It is hoped that the usual hundred or so gaff rigged vessels will fill the
harbour and many will race in The Solent during the weekend. There will be non stop daytime free entertainment in
and around the picturesque town and there will be the wonderful variety of stalls on the Green and in The Square.
There will also be a craft fayre, real ale bar, food stalls, flower festival, display of classic vehicles and many other
exciting and popular attractions.
Isle of Wight Festival 2013 Dates (13/06/2013 - 16/06/2013)
The legendary Isle of Wight Festival returns to it's usual June weekend for 2013, offering it's usual blend of the
biggest names in music and some of the up and coming stars of the future.
The line up has not yet been finalised, but with previous headliners including: Paul McCartney, Jay-Z, Pink, David
Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Sterophonics and Coldplay the beautiful setting and nostalgic roots will once again blend
together to create a unique festival experience.
Cowes Week (03/08/2013 - 10/08/2013)
The world renowned yachting regatta.
Isle of Wight Garlic Festival (17/08/2013 - 18/08/2013)
For those used to buying garlic in the supermarket you will be amazed at the many types of varieties available and the
number to different foods they can be used in, including Ice Cream! The Garlic Festival, it's in its 26th year, and it
promises to be the best yet. Its not just GARLIC. Superlative acts, the very best of local produce, and high-quality
arts and crafts. There's so much to see in giant marquees, and the huge arena will feature a stunning programme of
Bestival (05/09/2013 - 08/09/2013)
The award winning Bestival returns for 2013, after one of it’s most successful years to date in 2012.
There is no line-up yet confirmed for the Bestival 2013, but be sure to expect the usual varied line-up of top bands,
DJs and entertainment!
Isle of Wight Cycling Festival. (21/09/2013 - 29/09/2013).
The Isle of Wight Cycling Festival provides the perfect opportunity to get off the beaten track and enjoy some of the
Island's most beautiful, unspoilt countryside. Rides vary from pleasant meanders through pretty villages to Cycle the
Wight, a 70-mile road route around the Island’s spectacular coastline.
The festival kicks-off in Newport with a day of family entertainment, including the hilarious Sink or Swim. Watch
from the riverbank as homemade pedal-powered crafts attempt to make it across the River Medina without getting
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