So what is happening here on the sunniest Isle in the UK this July?
Well the headliners are without doubt the Pop Up Opera at the Garlic Farm on 7-8 July, Studio in the Woods on 14-17 July, the Open Studios weekend on 15-17 July, Folkstation on 8-10 July and new for 2011 Legends in the Park on 16 July. And please do not miss the Rhythm Tree Festival on 22-24 July featuring a multitude of musical genres and other worldly music (it’s didge city!).
But fear not there are a plethora of smaller, more village or specialist events that may take your fancy…
Nature, gardens and walks
Why not partake in the National Trust Guided Nightjar Walk at Mottistone Common on 12 July at 8.30pm? Meet at the car park at the bottom of Strawberry Lane Windmill, SZ 413837. The walk is 1.5 miles, bring binoculars and a torch. Or try the National Trust Guided Compton Down Summer Butterflies and Flowers Walk on 18 July. This one meets at Afton Down NT car park, SZ 368855 at 2pm.
On 16 July the Rookley Summer Show promises stalls, entertainment and a horticultural marquee at the Rookley Village Hall and Sports Ground from noon. While from 28-31 there are Summer Nature Trails at Bembridge Windmill.
On 30 July checkout the Chillerton Flower Show, with horticultural marquee, entertainment, craft and plant stalls and refreshments at Sheat Manor, Chillerton 2pm-5pm (a great chance to see this stunning private manor up close and personal!). Or in Sandown it is the Main Carnival leaving Culver Parade at 7pm.
For a Ghostly experience join one of the Spooky Ghost Walks at Appuldurcombe House, Wroxall, on 14 & 28 at 7.30pm.
July is the month of the artist with Arts events aplenty.
From 2-31 July visit Another Time, Another Place: 25 Years of Quay Crafts exhibition at Quay Arts, Newport, open everyday except Sundays.
While on 3 July at 6pm it is Ryde Arts Parade, a stunning event starting and finishing at Simeon Street Recreation Ground, Ryde, culminating in a firework display.
For combining a day on the beach with something ‘cultural’ make sure you have Compton Beach Open Arts Time Travels and Fossils Sculptures at Compton Beach, in your diary. Taking place on Saturday 16 at noon-6pm and Sunday 11am-5pm it promises the best of all worlds!
And if the Pop Up Opera at the Garlic Farm has wetted your appetite make sure you don’t miss A Night at the Victorian Opera at Osborne House, East Cowes on 17 July.
Something for les enfants…
And with the Summer Holidays upon us – let’s not forget the kids! Some key smaller events to look out for include; the Family Fun Day at Mottistone Manor, 27 July 11am-4pm; becoming a Junior Falconer at Appuldurcombe House, Wroxall, 11am-4pm on 27 July; take part in Sandown Children’s Carnival leaving Sandham Grounds at 2.30pm on 29 July; or discover the Space Discovery Day at The Island Planetarium, Fort Victoria, Yarmouth, on 30 July from 10.30am-2pm comprising two sessions lasting two hours.
The others that caught our eye are The 1940s Experience at IW Steam Railway, Havenstreet and The Ichthyosis Beach Soccer Cup at Appley Beach, Ryde both from 2-3 July. Or for those who love their cars the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club Regional Day Show at IW Steam Railway, Havenstreet, on 31 July is not to be missed!