May has arrived and what better way to welcome in the Spring (and hopefully sun) than a series of traditional festivals and firm myiow favourites…
Kicking off is Mayfest 5th -7th May, back for a second year and promising all sorts of wonderful traditional English Folk celebrations including Maypole dancing, Morris Dancing, live music, great food, real ale and cider and a May Day carnival parade featuring stunning costumes on Sunday 6th May.
Also over the Bank Holiday weekend is Blackgang Chine’s 2nd Fairy Festival. Set to be a firm family favourite – this magical event features live ‘greenwood’ music provided by Lucid, JC & Angelina, wandering wizards, belly-dancing fairies, a spell-making workshop, the royal patronage of the Fairy Queen and her friend, the mischievous Puck, a ‘wishing’ tree, and even ‘fairy marriages’!
Hot on its heels is another event that popped up on the Isle of Wight for the first time last year – Pop Up Opera at The Garlic Farm. After a successful debut in 2011, pop along to the Garlic Farm on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th May for a performance of l’elisir D’amore by Donizetti (and don’t miss the delish Garlic Farm Cafe mezzes and nibbles).
With lots of outdoor events taking place across the Island this month (checkout our May special The Great Outdoors) Cycle Wight is the new one to watch this year – with the Wight Riviera Sportive bringing a closed road cycling event to the Island at last! Also don’t miss the golden oldies – the 14th Isle of Wight Walking Festival and the 21st Walk the Wight.
Yarmouth Old Gaffers brightens our shores on 25th – 27th May with a Jubilee inspired feel this year and live music including Friday night kick off by Radio One DJ Rob da Bank.
And watch this space for info to come on all the exciting Jubilee events taking place across the Island over the 1st -4th June…