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Isle of Wight Biosphere Festival

Sail over for to the Isle of Wight Biosphere Festival for less with our great travel offers, valid 29 & 30 June 2024: 

  • £12.90pp Red Jet day return
  • 15% off vehicle ferry day return

T&Cs apply - see below for details.

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Isle of Wight Biosphere Festival

A weekend for local communities to celebrate the Isle of Wight's UNESCO Biosphere status together, with events for everyone, all over the Island!

The Isle of Wight was awarded Biosphere Reserve status by UNESCO in 2019, only the seventh place in the UK to achieve this. It is a recognition of the unique combination of nature, people and places we have here, where communities and the environment work together in an increasingly sustainable way.

The festival will include two days of talks and workshops on a variety of Biosphere subjects at the Quay Arts Centre in Newport, as well as a weekend of family fun and learning at the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary's FOCAS Festival. But it doesn't stop there, all around the island there will be events exploring local nature and our human connections with it. Most events are free and family friendly!

Confirmed events include: crafty activities for children at six local libraries, an open day at a local Wildlife Trust rewilding site, a Creative Biosphere market, a great oak walk, a wellbeing walk, a mindful forest walk and an arty walk, learning to identify moths from an overnight moth trap, a community clay art workshop, a fashion upcycling drop-in and exhibition, a permaculture food forest open day, a literary launch, a digital heritage trail, a an evening of songs about trees, and creative consultations for young people across two Newport venues. There will also be a bike ride for kids, a day of nature activities, storytelling and more.

For the latest programme see the event website and sign up to the mailing list

Please note some events will require booking, see individual event listings for details.

Getting There

From Southampton: Set sail to East Cowes with your car and up to 7 passengers, or hop on our hi-speed Red Jet service as a foot passenger and arrive in West Cowes in under 30 minutes. Take advantage of our ferry travel offers by booking via this page.

By bus: Onward Southern Vectis bus connections are available from both our Island terminals - get to where you need to be by planning your journey here.

By car: Find addresses for all of the events in the Festival Programme

Travel Offer T&Cs

Vehicle Ferry: Valid for a day return vehicle ferry crossing on 29 or 30 June 2024, with up to 7 people (additional passenger rates available) in a car. Subject to availability. Conditions: Not valid with any other Red Funnel offer or concession, including standard Travel Card holder discounts. Valid for new bookings only. We reserve the right to withdraw this promotion without prior notice. Standard conditions of carriage apply. Offer available online only.

Red Jet: Valid for a £12.90pp day-return trip on 29 or 30 June 2024. Offer valid all day and travel must start in Southampton. Carriage is subject to availability and is on a first come first served basis. Note: It is not possible to pre-book specific sailing times with Red Jet tickets. Offer available online only.