Surrounded by the deep blue sea, Islanders have always had a special bond with the sea. Come and visit during Festival of the Sea, 23 June to 9 July 2017 and enjoy the celebrations on and off the water.


Set sail from Southampton for the Isle of Wight and get ready to enjoy the summer's 'Festival of the Sea' celebrations! Soak up the sunshine and the laid back, Island summer vibe as an amazing range of nautical events take place.

It's the perfect time to visit – why not hire an electric Twizy car or an electric bike and admire the stunning scenery whilst cycling easily from town to town? Stop off at one of our beachside cafés and enjoy a delicious seafood platter whilst watching colourful sails floating along the horizon. For family fun, visit the race villages that come with the major sailing events, or just spend a day topping up your tan on the beach while the kids compete to build the best sandcastle! See the Island at its sunny best and enjoy the relaxed, nautical atmosphere of Festival of the Sea.

Ahoy me hearties! hop aboard for Shipwreck Isle! This fantastic event, now in its 3rd year, is set to return to the golden sands of Appley Beach from 23rd June to 9th July 2017.

Make your way to the shore and meet a group of no-good pirates whilst taking part in a range of fun-filled swashbuckling activities! This pirate extravaganza is completely free to attend and is a guaranteed fun day out for children and parents alike.

The world-famous JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Yacht Race takes place on 1 July 2017 in Cowes and sees 1700 boats circumnavigating the Isle of Wight. The race day is quite a spectacle, so be sure to reserve a good spot at a beachside café to watch the colourful spinnakers pass by.