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Welcome to our Isle of Wight Events Guide

Check out our Isle of Wight events listings below for your guide to what's happening on the Isle of Wight in 2016. There really are events for everybody from rock festivals to cycling and walking festivals, hedgelaying competitions to ploughing matches.

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Upcoming events for 2017

Isle Walk Festival 2017
Island wide | 29 Apr 2017 - 14 May 2017
The popular Isle of Wight walking festival returns under the new name Isle Walk in 2017.

Isle of Wight Action Challenge
Island wide | 29 Apr 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
The Isle of Wight Challenge is an amazing, two day walking, jogging or running adventure set in fantastic scenery.

Isle of Wight Randonnee
Island wide | 30 Apr 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
The Randonnee is a free non-competitive cycle ride established by the Wayfarers cycle touring club over 30 years ago.

The Night Rider & Night Runner Challenge
Shorwell | 06 May 2017 - 06 May 2017
The 2017 Red Funnel Night Rider and Night Runner Challenge will be held after sunset on the 6th May.

Wolverton Folk and Blues Fair
Shorwell | 13 May 2017 - 13 May 2017
Wolverton Manor in Shorwell forms the stunning backdrop to the annual Folk and Blues Fair, featuring the Island's best folk and blues musicians.

Walk the Wight
East to West | 14 May 2017 - 14 May 2017
If you enjoy walking in beautiful scenery and love a challenge then why not lace up your favourite boots and sign-up for this years Walk the Wight?

Newport Isle of Wight Jazz Weekend
Newport | 01 Jun 2017 - 04 Jun 2017
The annual Newport Isle of Wight Jazz Weekend is one of the UK's most highly regarded small jazz festivals, attracting jazz fans and top-quality musicians from all over.

MondoMix Festival
Calbourne | 02 Jun 2017 - 04 Jun 2017
The Red Funnel supported, MondoMix Festival at Calbourne is for music lovers who cherish live performance and enjoy discovering new and unfamiliar sounds.
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Isle of Wight Festival
Newport | 08 Jun 2017 - 11 Jun 2017
The legendary Isle of Wight Festival returns 8-11 June 2017. Headliners include Arcade Fire, Rod Stewart, Run DMC and David Guetta.
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Round the Island Race
Island wide | 01 Jul 2017
One of the world’s largest and most famous yacht races attracts sailors of all ages and abilities from across the globe, sailing some 1700 boats.

Classic Isle Music Festival
Whippingham | 08 Jul 2017 - 09 Jul 2017
Classic Isle 2017 promises classical music fans an experience to remember with a rolling program of performers from every genre of classical music designed to inspire.
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Rhythm Tree Festival
Shalfleet | 14 Jul 2017 - 16 Jul 2017
Now in its 8th year, the Rhythm Tree Festival, the Isle of Wight's most original, fun-filled, family friendly festival, returns to Three Gates Farm in Shalfleet.
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Cowes Week
West Cowes | 29 Jul 2017 - 05 Aug 2017
Cowes Week has been part of the British sporting summer calendar since 1826 and is by some margin, the largest sailing regatta of its kind in the world.

Ventnor Fringe
Ventnor    | 08 Aug 2017 - 13 Aug 2017
The Ventnor Fringe festival promises a 6 day wonderland of pop-up bars and boutique venues, featuring more than 300 artists from across the world.

V-Dub Island Festival
Newport | 11 Aug 2017 - 13 Aug 2017
V-Dub Island is back between 11-13 Aug 2017 at Fairlee Farm near Newport and it's bigger, better and more family friendly than ever! It's a must for VW ehtusiasts.
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Jack Up The 80s
Ryde | 12 Aug 2017 - 13 Aug 2017
This superb family friendly festival is now in its fifth year and continues to go from strength to strength. On the Island there's a real passion for reliving the 80s.
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Isle of Wight Garlic Festival
Sandown | 19 Aug 2017 - 20 Aug 2017
Set against a beautiful backdrop of rolling green hills and farmland, the Isle of Wight Garlic Festival from 19-20 August 2017 is food and entertainment at its very best.
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Isle of Wight Scooter Rally
Ryde, Sandown | 25 Aug 2017 - 28 Aug 2017
Scooterists have been descending upon the Isle of Wight since the 1950s when owning a scooter was part and parcel of being a mod along with wearing sharp suits.

Island Steam Show
Havenstreet | 25 Aug 2017 - 28 Aug 2017
A celebration of all things powered by steam happens every August at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway on the Isle of Wight and this year is the 43rd Island Steam Show.

Cowes Classic Powerboat Race
West Cowes | 26 Aug 2017 - 27 Aug 2017
The 200-mile spectacular Cowes Classic 2017 Offshore Powerboat Race sets off from Cowes on Sunday, 27th August 2017. This classic race has long been recognised on the Island.

Wolverton Manor Garden Fair
Shorwell | 02 Sep 2017 - 03 Sep 2017
The Wolverton Manor Garden Fair is the largest and most popular garden event on the Island. It is held in the grounds of Wolverton Manor, a beautiful Jacobean House.

Eklectica Music Festival
Downend | 09 Sep 2017 - 10 Sep 2017
Eklectica is the Isle of Wight's brand new boutique music festival occupying the old Bestival slot at Robin Hill, near Newport between 9-10 September 2017.

IW Cycle Fest
Island wide | 23 Sep 2017 - 01 Oct 2017
Set on the spectacular Isle of Wight, the IW Cycle Fest will start in style on Saturday 23rd September and run until 1st October 2017.

Isle of Wight Day 2017
Island wide | 23 Sep 2017 - 23 Sep 2017
The second ever Isle of Wight Day is the Island's very own "Red Nose Day", where the entire community is encouraged to cover the Isle of Wight in celebratory bunting.

Festival of Light (Electric Woods)
Downend | 30 Sep 2017 - 04 Nov 2017
Light triumphs over darkness at the electric woods Festival of Light, a creatively themed light, colour and sound spectacular inspired by the Hindu Festival of Diwali.

Isle of Wight Literary Festival
West Cowes | 12 Oct 2017 - 15 Oct 2017
The Isle of Wight Literary Festival (12-15 Oct 2017), is an opportunity for book-lovers to celebrate the written and spoken word. No matter what your literary taste, there's something for everyone.

Classic Buses, Beer & Walks Weekend
Island wide | 14 Oct 2017 - 15 Oct 2017
Are you a fan of real ale, classic buses or walking? The Isle of Wight Classic Buses, Beer & Walks Weekend (14-15 October) is a fantastic pub crawl (by bus) around the Island.

Harp on Wight Festival
Ryde | 20 Oct 2017 - 24 Oct 2017
Harp on Wight, the Isle of Wight's very own harp festival returns between 20-24 October 2017. Now in it's 4th year, Harp on Wight is back with even more concerts.

Blackgang Chine Illuminations
Blackgang | 21 Oct 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
During the Autumn half term, Blackgang Chine’s famous illuminations will once again light up the night sky. Why not have fun in the park during the day, and then be amazed by the illuminations by night.

Cowes Christmas Festival
Cowes | 16 Dec 2017 - 17 Dec 2017
With a host of great quality exhibitors and festive entertainment between 16-17 December 2017, it’s a Christmas event not to be missed. Showcasing a range of go food, arts and crafts and music.

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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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