Harp on Wight, the Isle of Wight's very own harp festival returns between 26-30 October 2018. Now in it's 5th year, Harp on Wight is back with even more concerts, lectures and teaching courses. Pop down to Ryde to listen to, and learn more about this magical instrument.


Harp on the Wight features: -

  • Concerts
  • Workshops
  • Lectures
  • Harp Competition
  • Harpmaking Course
  • Harp Showroom  and much more

The 2018 festival is from 26th to 30th October with courses and workshops during the day and concerts in the late afternoons and evenings.

Please see the What's On tab above for the concert schedule.

2018 Programme tbc



Travelling to Ryde via Southampton is straightforward by car or public transport.

By car - catch the ferry to East Cowes and then head south on the A3021 and then east on the A3054 to Garfield Road in Ryde. The journey will take about 20 minutes.

On foot - Option 1: catch the Red Jet to West Cowes. From here, Southern Vectis operate frequent buses to Newport (service 1). Change at the bus station for Ryde (service 9). Option 2: catch the passenger vehicle ferry to East Cowes and then a bus from outside Waitrose to Ryde (service 4). You can also catch the more frequent bus to Newport (service 5) and change at Binfield Corner for the bus to Ryde (service 9) - please ask the driver where you need to change. 

Taxis are also available outside the East & West Cowes terminals. For car hire, we recommend Enterprise - they will pick you-up from either terminal if you tell them your arrival time.


"Enjoyed my first visit to the Isle of Wight and would like to thank everyone for the warm welcome. I would very much like to support the Festival in 2017. Many thanks." Sandy (Silver Spears) 2016

"Harp on Wight is terrific new harp festival, with easy access to venues, accommodation, shops and restaurants, right in the heart of the seaside resort town of Ryde. It has loads to offer anyone with an interest in harps, with classes, workshops, talks, concerts and an exhibition all geared to a wide variety of players from beginner through to professional. Lovely atmosphere, friendly staff, great organisation, fun students – it's got a lot going for a young festival. I really enjoyed myself at the third festival in 2016, and I hope it keeps going strong!" Bill Taylor 2016

"What a fantastic experience. This festival was one of the best events I have ever attended. From the outstanding concerts, to the smooth running of the courses, the friendly staff and fantastic staff behind the scenes, this festival is incredible. I highly recommend it to everyone that likes the harp, no matter how much experience you have, there is something for you. I cannot recommend attending this festival enough." Fran Barsby 2016

"I had a wonderful time teaching and performing at the Harp on Wight Festival. It was an honour to be invited to such a lovely harp festival. The festival team were very welcoming and organised, and the accommodation & hospitality were well thought-out. The venue for the harp exhibition and my concert was a beautiful and atmospheric church. The workshop facilities were in another nearby church, and it was great to have everything within walking distance. Dinner or drinks at Michelangelo's was a lovely end to some of the days. It's great that this young festival have such an enthusiastic team of organisers/volunteers to keep everything running smoothly! I hope they have many more successful festivals!" Cheyenne Brown 2016

"Thanks for once again working so very hard to bring so much harp magic to the Island. What a wonderful variety of people you brought together – all with such amazing talent, each making their beautiful harps sing in completely different and awe-inspiring ways, and some of them even showing us how to make ours sing better too. The organisation and sheer hard work of your team is so dedicated, and so very much appreciated. Many thanks again." Sarah Wright – Harp Student 2016

20% off vehicle Travel

You can get 20% off travel to Polar at Robin Hill (between 29 Nov - 21 December) using the express booking engine below. Valid for ferry crossings from Southampton to East Cowes. Standard terms and conditions of carriage apply.

Ferry Travel


No. travelling - 1 adult