July to September
We've highlighted the premier Isle of Wight summer events below together with a detailed listing of all Island events taking place during the period 1st July to 30 September. Click on the links for more details and information about how to book or buy tickets.
Below are a list of events from last year. To see this years events please click here
JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race
02 Jul 2016, starting at Cowes
One of the world's largest and most famous yachting races, the JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race takes place in Cowes, Isle of Wight and attractsan annual entry of up to 1800 boats. Enticing competitors from all around the world. The Round the Island Race attracts entries from all manner of boats from classic yachts to modern racing vessels bristling with the latest technology. More...
Isle of Wight Arts Open Studios
15-25 Jul 2016, Islandwide
Artists and makers open their homes or studios to visitors for two Open Studios weekends, giving the opportunity to meet them in their working environment, find out about how they work and should you choose, make a purchase. IoW Open Studios...
2016 dates TBC, Blackgang Chine
Monday nights are Dino Nights: 'Are you brave enough?'. A whole evening of dinosaur entertainment will take place every Monday during the summer holidays. Come and meet Shadow and Sheila and their baby dino friends. Plus are you brave enough to enter 'Restricted Area 5' in the evening when the dinosaurs begin to stir? Buy Tickets...
Big Night Out Fireworks Extravaganza
Every Wednesday between 27 Jul-31 Aug 2016, Blackgang Chine
Back by popular demand, the 'Big Night Out' Fireworks Extravaganza will take place every Wednesday during the summer holidays. Enjoy an evening of fun and entertainment including street performers, magicians, roaming dinos, live music, a BBQ and to bring your day to a spectacular end, an awe-inspiring musical firework display set off from the cliff edge! Buy Tickets...
Music & Magic in the Skies
Jul & Aug 2016, The Needles Park
Every Thursday from 28 July to 25 August, The Needles Park will be putting on a pyromusical extravaganza 'Music & Magic in the Skies', with heaps of free entertainment throughout the day. Music & Magic in the Skies...
06-07 Aug 2016, Chale Recreation Ground
The Chale Show returns to the Isle of Wight this August to promote horticulture and raise vital funds for Island based charities. The event is set to be a fantastic weekend packed full of childrens' entertainment, live music and over 1500 exhibits. Chale Show...
Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week
06-13 Aug 2016, Cowes/Solent
Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week offers a fantastic experience for sailors and non-sailors alike. This prestigious regatta attracts thousands of boats of all sizes and classes. Soak up the unique party atmosphere, which culminates with a spectacular firework display on the Friday night. Cowes Week...
Ventnor Fringe Festival
09-14 Aug 2016, Ventnor
The Ventnor Fringe is a unique celebration of the arts, showcasing emerging and established talent across every creative discipline. Each year it attracts more than 300 performers from across the world that together transform Ventnor into a wonderland of pop up bars and secret venues. Ventnor Fringe Festival...
Jack up the 80s
13 - 14 August 2016, Newchurch
Don't miss the ultimate family friendly festival coming to the Island this August. Jack up the 80s is back for a fourth year and is bigger than ever. See great acts like Leo Sayer, Paul Young and Five Star. Find out more and buy tickets here.
18-22 Aug 2016, South Fairlee Farm
V-Dub Island is for all Volkswagen owners new and old, Vee Dub enthusiasts and like-minded people. Featuring the best entertainment, heaps of family fun and lots more beside. Discounted ferry travel available. Buy V-Dub Island Tickets...
Isle of Wight Garlic Festival
20-21 Aug 2016, Near Newchurch, Sandown
Over 20,000 visitors are expected to attend, sampling the famous garlic sausages, garlic beer, and even garlic Ice Cream. The event also showcases the best of Island produce, plays host to bands, remarkable circus performers and exotic animals, not to mention a huge beer tent and classic car show. For the first time you can buy tickets in advance, exclusively through Red Funnel. Isle of Wight Garlic Festival...
Classic Isle Music Festival
20-21 Aug 2016, Northwood House, Cowes
The Islands First Classical Music Festival encompassing the weekend of 4th to 6th September 2015. Local and International performers from Classical backgrounds coming together on the Island for the first time. Buy tickets or find out more.
Isle of Wight Scooter Rally
26-29 Aug 2016, Ryde
Held at Smallbrook Stadium in Ryde, the Isle of Wight Scooter Rally has been taking place for over 10 years and is now firmly established in the Isle of Wight event calendar. Every August bank holiday thousands of scooter enthusiasts from all over the world descend on the Island to celebrate iconic Italian design and British youth culture.
Isle of Wight Scooter Rally...
42nd Island Steam show
26-29 Aug 2016, Havenstreet - Tickets on sale now (save 10%)
An action-packed show and great family day out! Stunning shows including ‘Legends’ Medieval Jousting in the main arena, will make you gasp, cheer and laugh. Climb aboard the traditional fairground rides ... And marvel at the beautifully maintained traction engines, vintage cars, motorcycles and old wagons. With steam train rides, stalls, country crafts, refreshments, and even a Red Indian encampment! Isle of Wight Steam Show...
Wolverton Manor Garden Fair
03-04 Sep 2016, Shorwell
Set in the magnificent gardens of Wolverton Manor, the annual Garden Fair features stalls and horticultural displays from local and mainland nurseries, as well as a themed Elizabethan village complete with fantastical costumes, delicious food and magical musicians. Wolverton Manor Garden Fair...
Isle of Wight Cycling Festival
2016 dates TBC, Island wide
With its mix of events and activities to suit all ages and abilities, hardcore cyclists can take their pick from the notorious Hills Killer Challenge; a gruelling orienteering mountain bike race against the clock, over 3, 7 or 14 hills, or attempt to "Cycle the Wight" a 65 mile road ride around the Island. Alternatively, you can simply join in with one of many rides taking place all over the Island, and enjoy the stunning scenery. IoW Cycling Festival...
Cowes Classic Offshore Powerboat Race
04 Sept 2016, Cowes, Isle of Wight
The 2016 Cowes-Torquay-Cowes race could be the best for many years with two traditional offshore races, the Cowes-Torquay-Cowes and the Cowes-Poole-Cowes. With thrills on the water and plenty on shore entertainment, it's a great day out for the whole family. Cowes Classic Powerboat Race...
08-11 Sept 2016, Robin Hill Country Park, Newport
Robin Hill will once again come alive with the sound of music and Bestival devotees can expect another eclectic and inspired range of artists. The music is only part of what makes Bestival so magical. The family friendly atmosphere and weird and wonderful events and attractions such as the famous fancy dress carnival and the inflatable church help make Bestival a fitting finale to the festival season. Bestival Isle of Wight...
2016 dates TBC, Arreton Old Village
The annual Sweetcorn Fayre at Arreton Barns will be celebrating everything corn related during the last weekend of September. Held in aid of Beaulieu House Respite, you can join in the fun to experience all that corn has to offer, with giant fritters, competitions, games, BBQ, vintage craft stalls, fairground rides and so much more. IoW Sweetcorn Fayre...