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News Release 01-02-2008

Exciting Isle of Wight Events for 2008

The Isle of Wight is catching everyone’s eye this year with sensational festivals and events filling up the calendar. Whether it’s food, music, or action that you’re into, there’s loads to get excited about in 2008!

Jazz Festival   11 – 13 April
Located in and around Ventnor, The Isle of Wight International Jazz festival this April includes a wide array of the latest international jazz sounds. This year’s bold line-up is aimed at attracting a vibrant and varied audience with headliners such as Maceo Parker and his band, featuring Dennis Rollins. Book travel and accommodation with Red Funnel Holidays at Stay at luxury 5 star establishment The Hamborough from £98 per person including ferry travel. 

Isle of Wight Walking Festival 3-18 May                                                                  Why not explore The Isle of Wight by foot, taking in the beautiful scenery, breathing in the fresh air, and enjoying the wonderful array of flora and fauna? With over 200 featured walks including a Chinese Lantern walk, a speed dating walk and several dinosaur trails, the Isle of Wight Walking festival provides the perfect opportunity to explore this beautiful Island. The event culminates in Walk the Wight a sponsored walk raising money for the Earl Mountbatten Hospice. Last year over 5000 people walked the Wight, raising over £217,000 for patient care. No matter what your level of fitness, there’s sure to be a walk to suit you with three distances from 12.5km to 26.5km to choose from. This year’s walk is on Sunday 18 May, and promises to be another success! For more information on getting there visit

Big Wight 2008   24 – 25 May
Formerly known as the Wight Diamond Festival, this family friendly mountain biking weekend returns to the Isle of Wight on 24 – 25 May. Based at the excellent Ninham Country Holidays Park, amongst some of the Island’s most beautiful scenery and toughest hills, the campsite offers excellent facilities, and sees the return of “The Big Marquee” with it’s famous mix of tasty food and drink and live music. For more details, please see

Round the Island Race  28 June
When it comes to yachting, there’s really no better place than the Isle of Wight, and the JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race kicks off what promises to be an exciting Summer of sailing events. As one of the world’s largest and most famous yachting races, the 60 mile sprint takes place in Cowes, and every year attracts up to 1,800 boats and visitors from around the globe. Whether you're a seasoned sailor, or you don’t know your rudder from your rigging, this event offers a fantastic way to soak up the atmosphere. Book accommodation with Red Funnel Holidays at Stay half board for two nights at the New Holmwood Hotel in Cowes from as little as £135 per person including ferry travel.

Garlic Festival August 2008
The Isle of Wight is the place to be for garlic lovers in August with the annual Garlic Festival taking place at the showground in the tiny village of Newchurch. First organised in 1983, this two-day festival has since grown to become one of the largest foodie events on the Island. No fewer than 25,000 people attend each year to sample the locally grown garlic as well as the festival ambiance. Book accommodation with Red Funnel Holidays at . Stay at the Orchardcroft Hotel, near Newchurch from £50 per night including ferry travel.

Bestival   5 – 7 September
Forget your usual music festival, Bestival is the funkiest festival of the summer. The award winning three-day music festival  takes place at Robin Hill - a beautiful leafy country park near Downend and Newport in the heart of the Island. Since its inception in 2004, Bestival has quickly become one of the hottest music festivals worldwide, winning several awards including  Best Medium Sized Festival Award at the UK Festival Awards in 2007. The line-up is the most eclectic you’ll ever experience (last year’s acts ranged from Billy Bragg to the Beastie Boys), and the campsite experience, complete with fancy dress carnival and Morris dancing, makes this a truly unique festival.

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