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Isle of Wight Events 2015

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Check out our Isle of Wight events listings below for your guide to what's happening on the Isle of Wight in 2015. There really are events for everybody from rock festivals to cycling and walking festivals, hedgelaying competitions to ploughing matches. Sign-up to My Red Funnel or follow us on twitter for the latest event news.

Music Festivals & Concerts

Isle of Wight Festival 2015

The Isle of Wight hosts two multi-award winning music festivals, the legendary Isle of Wight Festival takes place each June and Bestival every September. In addition, there are many smaller more intimate music events and festivals.

Main Events: Jan-Mar | Apr-Jun | Jul-Sep | Oct-Dec

Family Fun events

Isle of Wight Family Fun Events 2014

Many events on the Island are family friendly and of interest to children of all ages but we've highlighted below some of our family favourites.

Main Events: Jan-Mar | Apr-Jun | Jul-Sep | Oct-Dec

Exhibitions, Fairs, Shows & Rallies

Isle of Wight Scooter Rally

From steam shows to scooter rallies, the Isle of Wight calendar is jam packed with shows, exhibitions and rallies.

Main Events: Jan-Mar | Apr-Jun | Jul-Sep | Oct-Dec

Food & Drink, Arts & Film, Gardens & Crafts

Wolverton Manor Garden Fair Isle of Wight

The Island has a great reputation for fresh food and organic produce and the many food related festivals and garden show's offer a great way to see and taste what's available.

Main Events: Jan-Mar | Apr-Jun | Jul-Sep | Oct-Dec

  • Ryde Farmers Market  |  Every Saturday 8:30-12:30  |  Ryde Town Centre
  • Cowes Food Show | 2015 date TBC | Fountain Yard, Cowes
  • Isle of Arts Festival 01-04 May 2015 | Ventnor
  • Festival of the Sea  22-29 Jun 2015  |  Island wide
  • Isle of Wight Open Studios | 2015 date TBC | Island Wide -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  • Ventnor Fringe Festival  | 11-16 Aug 2015  |  Ventnor
  • IoW Garlic Festival  |  15-16 Aug 2015  | The Garlic Farm, Newchurch
  • IoW Film Festival  2015 date TBC  |  Ventnor ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  • Wolverton Manor Garden Fair | 05-06 Sep 2015 | Wolverton
  • Sweetcorn Fayre  | 2015 date TBC  |  Arreton Old Village
  • IoW Literary Festival  |  15 - 18 Oct 2015  |  Cowes
  • Cowes Christmas Festival  | 2015 date TBC | Cowes

Guided Walks, Talks & Special Interest events

Star gazing on the isle of wight

With over 50% of the Island designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty there is no shortage of guided walks, lectures and events for lovers of nature and the great outdoors.

Main Events: Jan-Mar | Apr-Jun | Jul-Sep | Oct-Dec

  • Guided Fossil Walks  25 Jan 2015 | Yaverland -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  • Guided Fossil Walks  14-18 Feb 2015  |  Various
  • IoW Autumn Walking Festival  |  2015 date TBC  |  Island-wide

Land based sporting events

Isle of White Cycling Festival

From hedge laying and ploughing competitions to full on triathlons, randonnee's and walking festivals, the Isle of Wight offers a wide range outdoor activity events.

Main Events: Jan-Mar | Apr-Jun | Jul-Sep | Oct-Dec

Water based sporting events

cowes powerboat festival

Surrounded by water, the Isle of Wight offers some of the best sailing and water related sports found anywhere in the UK. Cowes Week is the highlight of the yacht racing calendar whilst the British Powerboat Festival is all about engine power.

Main Events: Jan-Mar | Apr-Jun | Jul-Sep | Oct-Dec

Note: We try very hard to keep events listings up-to-date but changes can occur at very short notice so please check with the event organisers before leaving home. Red Funnel accepts no liability for information that is publsihed in good faith.

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Local events

YMCA Winter Wonderland, 30 January

30 January - Community at YMCA Nursery Newport

FREE (suitable for under 18s)


YMCA Nursery Newport are celebrating 10 years of providing support and childcare to the community this month, and they are celebrating with a FREE event on Friday 30th January, from 17:30 – 19:30; ‘YMCA Winter Wonderland’!

This free event is open to all, and there will be some fantastic activities available for the whole family, including a Disney’s ‘Frozen’ themed area. Coleman’s Farm will be coming along with some animals to cuddle, plus we will be toasting marshmallows by the fire and there will be tasty hot refreshments available.

FREE parking behind the nursery - follow the signs!

Quay Comedy Club, 30 January

30 January - Comedy at Quay Arts


Our monthly Comedy Club with three great comics performing in the Theatre for a cabaret experience. Tickets £12 in advance or £14 on the door. Doors from 7pm, Bar and set menu available on the night served between 7-8pm.

January Line-up:


Fin Taylor
Fin Taylor is a stand-up comedian who, at the age of just 23, has gigged internationally, warmed up for TV shows such as Never Mind the Buzzcocks and BBC1’s Pointless, and supported Glenn Wool on tour.

A regular performer at the Edinburgh Festival, he has appeared in prestigious showcases such as The Lunchtime Club (2011) and The Big Value Show (2012), and in 2013 his 40-minute solo show Cramp played to full houses throughout the month.

“Highly rated up-and-comer” The Guardian “Original, Distinctive and Fresh” Chortle

Carly Smallman
Carly Smallman sings funny songs. She was born in 1985, but didn’t begin performing stand-up comedy until 2009. Her unique blend of outrageous impropriety and adorable sincerity has established her as a firm favourite on the comedy circuit. She has played at some fabulous venues, from major weekend comedy clubs, to arts centres, to the Hammersmith Apollo to her living room!

She has appeared as a panellist on VIRAL TAP (ITV) doing stand-up on THE ROB BRYDON SHOW (BBC2), was a regular cast member for hidden camera show SECRET INTERVIEW (Channel 5), moaned about irritating individuals on THE MOST ANNOYING PEOPLE 2011 (BBC3), and criticised people’s life choices on THE TOP 50 PLASTIC SURGERY SHOCKERS (E4). She has also written and performed sketches for BBC Comedy Online, and has been heard on WHAT’S SO FUNNY (BBC Radio 4 Extra) with Rufus Hound.

Competition terrifies Carly, but she was a Musical Comedy Awards Finalist (20110), a Laughing Horse Semi-Finalist (2010), and finalist and first runner-up in the Bedford New Comedian of the Year (2010). In 2009 and 2010 she was an Amused Moose Hot Starlet, and in 2009 she was also shortlisted for the final of the Musical Comedy Awards.

She once filmed an advert for ‘Take A Break’ Magazine…her Mum was really proud.

‘A bundle of energy’…The Sun ‘Smutty, outspoken jollity’…The Telegraph

Andrew O’Neill
Andrew O’Neill is a stand-up comedian, a metalhead, an amateur occultist and a musician. He’s pretty much been a show off since birth. He created comedy sketches in assemblies at school, and pissed away his A Levels making comedy films with his mates on his brother’s camcorder.

He has done a bit of telly, (including Never Mind The Buzzcocks, and Saxondale with Steve Coogan) and lots of radio (including BBC Radio 1, Radio 4, Radio 4 Extra, and 5live) but live is where the hidden mind-control signals planted in his work are most effective.

He is a bit of a regular on the comedy stages at Download, Sonisphere, Bloodstock, Leeds and Reading festivals. He’s opened for Amanda Palmer off of the Dresden Dolls, done audience warm-up for Never Mind the Buzzcocks, hosted the Metal Hammer Golden Gods, played at Torture Garden and the Bizarre Magazine Ball and loads of other events where people mainly wear shiny things.

He is a vegan, as you can tell by the fact that he has a lithe, sinewy body. He is a heterosexual transvestite, as you can tell by the fact that he wears female clothes and fancies girls. He is not a goth. This is an understandable error, but there is a difference between a metaller who cross-dresses and a goth. And if need be he will fight you to demonstrate that difference. He has nothing against goths. Some of his best friends are goths. Their food is lovely and they have natural rhythm.

“An increasingly distinctive, imaginative act… brilliant, genuinely unexpected lines are added to the mix. At this rate, it won’t be long until he’s huge” Chortle

“One of the funniest comedians on the circuit at the moment… hitting new heights of comedic brilliance” TimeOut

“He’s got a natural optimism and love of silliness that leaves you feeling remarkably positive… a winning blend of polemic and off-beat whimsy.” The Guardian

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Quay Arts works with Off The Kerb Productions to bring you the best in comedy and entertainment. In short Off The Kerb are serious about comedy. With over 30 years’ experience in the business and their internationally renowned artists have won numerous prestigious awards ranging from the British Comedy Award to the coveted if.comedy Award (previously the Perrier Award).

The monthly Comedy Club delivers three comics who will make you belly laugh at a price you can afford. Performances contain adult themes and strong language.

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