Isle of Wight Events Calendar
It's no secret that the Isle of Wight is one of the most captivating locations in the UK. Perfect for family holidays, weekend breaks or the occasional day trip to soak up everything it has to offer.
However, if the breath-taking scenery, rich history and friendly locals are not enough to draw you to the Isle of Wight, we have put together a calendar of events taking place throughout the year that shouldn't be missed.
2nd June - 4th June - Yarmouth Old Gaffers Festival 2017
With its roots dating back to 1959, The Yarmouth Old Gaffers Festival is a well-established great family day out.
The race originated when 3 local Gaffer skippers organised a race in Solent waters surrounding the Isle. This soon became an annual event and gained popularity with each successive race. In 1963 the race was combined with a neighbouring event on the East coast of the Isle and the Old Gaffers Association was born.
The event grows bigger each year and this year's event will include live music, street entertainment and much more.
8th Jun - 11th Jun 2017 - The Isle of Wight Festival
The Isle of Wight festival has grown from humble beginnings to become one of the biggest UK festivals, attracting some of the world's best known artists to come and perform.
For four days the Isle plays host to over 50,000 festival goers, many of whom make use of the camping areas offered.
Due to the huge numbers of visitors to the Isle during festival time, if you are planning a trip, but want to avoid the crowds it is best to do a bit of research beforehand.
Many restaurants, pubs and even roads are closed over the festival weekend which could affect your travel plans.
1st July - 3rd July 2017 - Round the Island Race
The Round the Island Race is a one day yacht race around the Isle of Wight, regularly attracting well over 1,700 boats and 16,000 sailors. The annual event is one of the largest yacht races in the world and the fourth largest participation sporting event in the UK.
The attraction to this particular event is the fact it lets experienced and novice sailors compete against each other in the same race - even featuring world renowned professional sailors. Whether you are thinking of participating or just going along to watch it is a must see.
29th July - 5th Aug 2017 - Cowes Week
Cowes Week is one of the most well-known events on the Island, celebrating all things sailing. The event attracts thousands of people from across the world with many celebrities turning out to watch the events.
The excitement is not just on the water, as Cowes is transformed into a bustling hive of entertainment, live music and great family fun.
9th Aug - 14th Aug 2017 - Ventnor Fringe Festival
For one week in August Ventnor is transformed into a hive of live music, film, theatre and comedy.
Celebrating all things creative it draws people from all over the UK to immerse themselves in the emerging talent which is on offer.
19th Aug - 20th Aug 2017 - Isle of Wight Garlic Festival
If you are looking for a change from the music festivals and sailing, then why not head over to the Garlic Festival. Celebrating the best of British garlic, there are cooking demonstrations, tasters and growing information.
The festival also offers live music, beer tents and entertainment making it an all-round fun family day out.