Events on the Isle of Wight
April and May

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Events on the Isle of Wight in April and May bring forth the Island in its Spring Gown. All the delights of the Events and the wonderful scenic Island with its bays, little villages, rolling landscape and pretty towns. There is no place like the Isle of Wight in Spring.


Events

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Cowes Waterfront
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April

Memorial Ploughing Match  2nd April 2017. New Wolverton Farm, Shorwell.

Shanklin Chine.  Opens on 7th April 2017 with with Chine Lumière illuminations from 26th May to 30th September. Open again from 21st October with Chine Lumière illuminations until 29th October.  One of the oldest attractions on the Island it still holds its magic. 

Heritage Goods Days 9th April 2017. Havenstreet Station, Isle of Wight Steam Railway.

Easter Fun for the kids. 14th to 17th April 2017. Isle of Wight Steam Railway, Havenstreet Station.

The Isle of Wight Spring Walking Festival This is the UK's Largest Walking Festival - The Isle of Wight Walking Festival will be held between 29th April to the 14th May 2017. Lots of walks to choose from! Why not make it spring break. Lovely idea.

Spring Real Ale Festival to be held on 29th and 30th April, and 1st of May 2017 in the Havenstreet Station Isle of Wight Steam Railway.

Isle of Wight Randonee. The event this year will be held on 30th April 2017. This year's rides will be in a clockwise direction and there is a choice of 100km and 55km rides.


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May

Isle of Arts Festival  Sadly this event will no longer take place due to financial constraints. Pity, it was popular. Thanks to the organisers who did so much work for this event.

Wolverton Folk & Blues Fair 13th May 2017. Wolverton Manor, Shorwell.

Walk the Wight. for the Isle of Wight Hospice is to be held on Sunday 14th May 2017. Walk all over beautiful countryside.

Springtime Evening Steam and Carvery. Isle of Wight Steam Railway, Havenstreet Station. 20th May 2017.

Isle of Wight Festival of Transport. 21st May 2017. Isle of Wight Steam Railway, Havenstreet Station.

May Spring Gala 27th to 29th May 2017. Isle of Wight Steam Railway, Havenstreet Station.

Special Exhibition by Ivan Berryman 27th to 29th May 2017. Isle of Wight Steam Railway, Havenstreet Station.

The Scarecrow Festival   The Isle of Wight is known for its festivals but this one beats the cake!!! The biennial Gatcombe and Chillerton Scarecrow Festival will next be held on 27th May to 4th June 2017.

Isle of Wight Challenge 29th and 30th April 2017. This is a beautiful walk which ever challenge you pick. Full Challenge is 106 miles, Half Challenge 53km, Quarter Challenge 25km. Or what about the 2 day Challenge 53km per day with camping overnight, that one sounds pretty good. AllChallenges start at Chale.


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Places

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Sloop Inn, Wootton Bridge
Website owners recommendation!!!
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Wootton and Wootton Bridge combined villages by the pretty Wootton Creek. 

Shanklin A pretty seaside town on the east side of the Island. Very popular and deservedly so. Charming Old Village is at the top of Shanklin Chine and the Chine itself is a lovely place to visit. The beach is sandy with sandstone cliffs behind. Plenty of attractions.

Shorwell  is a very pretty little village a few miles from Newport. There is a bus service from the town. One of the places on the Island that Queen Victoria loved. There is a pub, a post office and a shop. If you are a walker, Shorwell makes a useful centre.

Yarmouth  One of the entries to the Island with a car ferry from Lymington in Hampshire. Yarmouth Castle makes a great place for a picnic with sea views as a backdrop.

Freshwater Home of Alfred Lord Tennyson is you are interested in poetry. He lived at what is now the Farringford Hotel. It is a town with plenty of shops,situated on the tip of the western part of the Island. Large chalk cliffs and a pretty beach. The sea is awesome in winter as it crashes against those chalk cliffs. In the summer the beach is safe for children.

Ventnor One of those delightful little seaside towns on the east side of the Island. Hilly and beautiful. A very popular sandy beach. Because of St Boniface Down the town has a much more sheltered climate than any on the Island. Visit the Botanic Gardens to see the tropical plants that are able to grow in this climate. Quite surprising.

Cowes One of the major entry ports to the Island. There is a catamaran from Southampton. Cowes is the start of the Isle of Wight Coastal Path. The town is most famous for the world well known Cowes Week.

Bembridge is right on the easternmost point of the Island. The Harbour is an area of Special Scientific Interest. Brading Marshes is a RSPB area. Those two alone point to the beauty Bembridge. There are many attractive walks in the vicinity.  Quite a few shops to cater for visitors and the many locals as well.

Alverstone is another area of Special Scientific Interest along with Alverstone Marshes and Alverstone Mead. Treasure trove for nature lovers. A most beautiful area. 

Brighstone is a few miles southwest of Newport, where several species of dinosaur were found in eighteen hundreds. An attractive village with thatched cottages in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


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We hope you have a pleasant stay and an enjoyable event.


Other pages that may be of interest

Isle of Wight

Events in South West England

Events in Devon

Events in Dorset

Events in Hampshire

Events in Somerset

Events in Wiltshire


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Useful Information

Accommodation

Hotels can be found locally from Wessex Hotels

There are some delightful cottages around the county. Probably one near where you would love to stay.

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Car Rentals

Want a cute car? Large car? Small car? Whatever you need you will find it here. You will probably find your favourite car hire firm here and Car Rentals do not add a penny to their price for looking all over for you!


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Why not travel by Coach

If you do decide the leave the car at home and help the environment too, why not go National Express. They run coaches all over the country. Some pretty good fares too.

Just imagine - sit back and relax, no hassling with the traffic!!!

Do you know that you can book on your mobile phone and they will send the ticket as a text!!!!


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Trains

Virgin Trains is an excellent main line railway.

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More Public Transport

Traveline is a very useful resource for public transport throughout Wessex, even local buses. There are other pages on Traveline for other parts of the country.


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