Cowes Classic Offshore Powerboat Race

Recognised as one of powerboating's toughest challenges around 20 boats are expected to be in the line-up for this 200-mile classic. The participants will be looking for calm conditions like last year, allowing them to race for the finish in just under three hours.

The powerboat race sails between Cowes and Torbay, and this year marks it's 56th year. The 2015 winner Vector Martini Rosso driven by Peter Dredge, Simon Powell, Mal Crease and David Gandy averaged the fastest course speed ever at 94.55 mph!


Wolverton Manor Garden Fair

Billed as the largest garden fair on the Island, the Wolverton Manor in Shorwell opens its gates on 3rd & 4th September. Featuring over 120 island and mainland exhibitors representing a wide range of gardening and country arts and crafts. There'll be marquees with stalls displaying handicrafts and local art exhibitions as well as eateries and entertainments. Wight Falconry will be on hand with their birds of prey and you can also grab a canoe and paddle right around the moat!

With something for everyone look out for:


Jaguar Classic Car Show

The ultimate day out for petrol heads! Your chance to see examples of this British motoring marque from the past 40 years all on display in one place.

This day out strives to keep everyone happy with music from Joey Scott and the Medina Marching Band, stalls and trade stands for those that like to shop, plus a dog agility show, bouncy castle and a giant slide for the kids.

There will be a modest charge by the Jaguar Car Club for entry to the Showfield and tickets include free entry to the Train Story visitor centre.


Cowes Classics Week

Sailing in Cowes, Isle of Wight

Now in its 9th year Cowes Classics Week is all about racing traditional yachts on the water, or viewing them from the safety of the shore, depending on your preference and sailing skill of course!

Metre boats, Classic Racing Dayboats, Classic Yachts, Old Gaffers and Spirit of Tradition Yachts are all welcome to sail varied courses set on the Solent. If you're lucky enough to be a racer you can look forward to free high teas, parties and suppers at different club venues.


Ventnor Fringe

Ventnor Fringe, Isle of Wight

The Ventnor Fringe is the Island's version of the famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival - an arts festival encompassing all genres; poetry, music, art exhibitions. Wander through Ventnor and be intrigued and astounded by the array of talent surrounding you...

Date: Tuesday 9 August – Sunday 14 August 2016
Venues: around Ventnor
Contact address: The Ventnor Fringe Festival, PO Box 75, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, PO38 9BH

Seaview Farmers Market

Wight Locations, Seaview

There will be an exciting addition to the Village schedule of events this coming June with the start of a series of Farmers Markets to be held in the centre of the Village.

For those familiar with the Village of Seaview, you’ll know how vibrant and busy the village becomes in the Summer months and this new event will no doubt be a popular feature.

The Markets will be held in the Car park on pier road between 10.00 and 13.00.

Royal Agricultural Show

Wight Locations, County Show

The annual Isle of Wight agricultural show returns to the Show ground between Newport and Cowes this year on Sunday 26th June.

The ‘County Show’ as its more commonly known is a popular event on the island with locals due to the large rural and agricultural community on the Island.

The show is fantastic fun for families and there’s always plenty going on in the main arena area, where visitors are invited to get hands on and ‘come and have a go’.

Jazz on the Quay – Bembridge Harbour – 18th June

Wight Locations, Jazz on the Quay

There has been a reawakening…

Throughout the late 80’s and 90’s, Jazz on the Quay was an annual event held at Bembridge Harbour, and the organisers are thrilled to be able to bring the event back to life this coming June.

This musical extravaganza is being held in support of Ryde Inshore Rescue Independent Lifeboat, which is a very worthy cause and vital for the local community.


Our round up of Island music festivals

Acoustic Isle
24 Feb - 6 March
Hundreds of local musicians take to pubs, bars and restaurants to perform over this 12 day music festival. Simply book a table in a participating venue and enjoy your meal to your chosen musical genre!

Acoustic Isle

Roll back the years to the 1960’s and nobody would be surprised to hear that the Isle of Wight was a hot-bed for new and emerging musical talent. 1969 saw Bob Dylan plugging in his acoustic guitar and playing the Isle of Wight Festival rather than Woodstock. 120,000 people flocked to see him, opening the floodgates for over 600,000 fans the following year eager to lay eyes on the legendary Hendrix, The Doors and The Who.