In recent years, the Isle of Wight has become synonymous with the word ‘Festival’, and this is usually in relation to the Famous music festival, held once a year in the centre of the Island. However, we’re not just about Music and Wellies!
In addition to the plethora of Music Festivals, we also have some amazing activity and food based festivals taking place throughout the year and we’ve listed some of the main ones below:
Isle of Wight Festival – Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th June
The most famous of the Festivals and one of the highlights of the UK music festival season. Each year the island welcomes up to 90,000 people to the Isle of Wight Festival for one long weekend in June who come to see a line-up you’ll not find anywhere else this year, including Arcade Fire, Rod Stewart, Run DMC, Kaiser Chiefs and buckets and spades more!
Jack up the 80’s – Sat 12th & Sun 13th August -
The clue is in the name. Jack up the 80’s is slightly more low key weekend music festival, held on the Garlic festival ground in Arreton and features a host of names from the 80’s, including Jason Donovan and Alexander O’Neal. This is a family friendly event with a great deal of acts taking place during the day. Fancy dress is heavily encouraged and celebrated at this festival.
VeeDub – 11th to 13th August
Another family friendly festival, the VeeDub Festival is held just outside of Newport. The event is aimed at VW owners and enthusiasts and includes a long weekend of camping, lots of daytime activities and performances from a variety of artists.
Eklectica @ Robin Hill – 9th & 10th September
This is a brand new event, which is currently shrouded in mystery (at time of writing) and is taking place on the former site of the Bestival which has now moved to Dorset. Line-up announcements are expected imminently…
It’s not just about the music…..
Cycling festival 23rd September to 1st October
Having lived on the Isle of Wight for most of my life, I'm fully aware of just how surprisingly hilly the island can be in places and feel sweaty just at the thought of trying to cycle up St Boniface down in Ventnor. However there are a great deal of people who love the routes and exploration that the island has to offer for cyclists of all levels and ages.
Whilst cycling is popular all year round on the island, the annual Isle of Wight Cycle Fest is a focal point for fans of Lycra and long hill climbs
The Garlic festival - 19th & 20th August
Farming is a large part of the island economy and one of the many island exports we are famous for is garlic, which is grown in and around the village of Newchurch, where you'll find the fabulous Garlic farm cafe.
The Garlic festival is a country style fair with dozens of stalls offering all sorts of garlic flavoured goodies, including beer and even garlic ice cream. The main arena has shows and performances taking place throughout the day. In addition to food and beer, you’ll also find a huge selection of local arts and produce and of course a funfair to keep the bigger kids happy!
Hops festival 25th to 28th September
Ventnor botanic gardens are once again hosting their annual hops festival, to celebrate the harvest of their very own home grown hops for use in their own beer.
The hops festival is just one of many events taking place at the botanical gardens this year. For a full list of events click here