1. The Carnival Capital of the UK
The Isle of Wight is home to the oldest carnival in the UK. Ryde Carnival was first held in 1888, following a highly successful and hugely popular event of the previous year, which marked the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria who attended the event herself. This year’s Ryde Carnival takes place on Thursday, August 27th.
2. Dinosaur Isle
Named the “Dinosaur Capital of Britain” in 2013, the Isle of Wight is the perfect destination for anyone inspired by the latest Jurassic World movie. Download the Dinosaur Isle app to follow in the footsteps of giants and have photographs taken with them. Dinosaur Isle at Sandown, meanwhile, is an interactive museum with life-sized reconstructions, some of which move, that also houses over 1,000 fossils.
3. Sailing Isle
The Isle of Wight’s world-famous Cowes Week is scheduled to take place this year from August 8th to 15th. But Visit Isle of Wight and Universal Yacht Charter have also joined forces to create a new Bike & Sail experience for the summer.
4. Music Isle
Having already successfully staged the latest edition of The Isle of Wight Festival, the Island will be staging v-Dub between July 23th and 27th, followed by one of the world’s best music festivals, Bestival, from September 10th to 13th.
5. Isle of Arts
Each July, Isle of Wight artists and crafts-people open their studios, homes or exhibit in public venues over two open studios weekends. This gives visitors the opportunity to meet local artists, see their work and find out more about the techniques they use and the passions which inspire them. Open Studios will be held in West Wight from July 17th to 20th and in East Wight from July 24th to 27th.
6. Garden Isle
The newly introduced “Wight in Bloom” has as its Patron Alan Titchmarsh, and will result in a garden party/awards ceremony this August. Perennially popular with green fingered visitors, the Island can lay claim to Osborne House, Ventnor Botanic Gardens, and Appuldurcombe House with all of its Capability Brown associations.
7. Taste of the Wight
Rachel Koo will be the special guest at this year’s Garlic Festival over the weekend of August 15th/16th; the Isle of Wight’s annual Sweetcorn Fayre will this year take place on September 26th to 29th; and the Bembridge Harbour Food Festival is set for September 25th/26th. Take a look at the full listing of Taste of the Wight events.
8. Attractions Isle
Enjoy the Island’s mix of attractions this summer, including Punch & Judy at Osborne, the Knight School at Carisbrooke Castle, The Railway Folk at the IW Steam Railway, Dino Nights at Blackgang Chine and Music & Magic in the Skies at The Needles Landmark Attraction with entertainment for the whole family. There are also lots of outdoor nature activities like nature trails, bug hunts as well as lizard safaris at Ventnor Botanic Gardens - and a unique rock-pooling opportunity under the Pier.
9. Pure Wight
Adventurous visitors should consider Compton or Freshwater Bay for surf lessons, or kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding to hidden caves and Victorian forts. For a thrilling view of the coastline, take a high-speed RIB ride around The Needles. Find out more about Pure Wight adventures.
10. Bicycle Island
Red Squirrel Trail has been tailored for cyclists who prefer car-free cycling on mainly flat, gentle routes. Stop-off at golden beaches and cafes passing woodland and the wild flower grassland of Alverstone Mead nature reserve. Bringing your own bike? Island Coaster buses can take up to six bikes each. Find out more about cycling in the Isle of Wight and the bike hire companies.
For all other information about the Isle of Wight, visit www.visitisleofwight.co.uk.