Events on the Isle of Wight
October November and December

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It may be late autumn and winter, but the Island still has things to do. Such is the climate of the Island that even in winter it is possible to perhaps cycle, run or walk some of the beautiful paths that dot the Island. There are events going on - The Literary festival or fireworks and Christmas brings its own ambience to the lovely towns and villages.


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Festival of Light 1st October to 5th November 2016. Inspired by Diwali. Robin Hill Country Park. A spectacular sound and light show.

Blackgang Chines Illuminations 1st, 7th and 8th, 14th and 15th, 21st and 22nd to 29th for half term. Truly magic.

A Day at the Bay. 1st October 2016. A delightful day of music in aid of charity. Various venues and various genres,

Small Ships Race Cowes 1st October 2016. A very popular event on the Solent with disabled and young crews taking part. First timers some of them may be but it is highly competitive as well as fun.

Diesel Gala Isle of Wight Steam Railway Havenstreet. It is 50 years since diesel came to the IOW Railway. Rare opportunity to see diesels at work. 1st and 2nd October 2016.

Harp on Wight Festival 6th to 10th October 2016. Ryde.

Isle of Wight Open Marathon 60th Anniversary. It will be held on October 9th 2016. Venue is the Isle of Wight Community Club, Park Road, Cowes.

Island Steam Days IOW Steam Railway 9th October 2016 How did railways run in the 1940's.

Isle of Wight Literary Festival  12th to 16th October 2016. there are various venues in the Cowes area.

Beer, Buses and Walks 15th and 16th October 2016. The Depot, Park Road, RYDE. Chance to ride again on historic buses as they ply FREE networks over the weekend. Connects 60 pubs serving real ale.

The Autumn Walking Weekend 21st to 24th October 2016. Various walks round this lovely isle.

Autumn half term at Robin Hill 22nd October to 30th October 2016. Newport. This one looks great fun. Toboggon rides and other great rides, tree top skywalk, falconry and fun and adventure.

Spooky Castle Carisbrooke Castle 22nd to 30th October 2016. Prepare to be scared!!!! Dare you!!

Wizard Week at IOW Steam Railway. 24th to 28th October 2016. Another delight for half term perhaps. Steam rides, wizardry and magic. Walk through the Enchanted Woodland Walk.

Osborne House, Autumn Adventures. 25th to 27th October 2016. Discover the secrets of this wonderful garden.

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November Celebrations Sandown. November 5th 2016. Esplanade and beach. It will be different this year!! No Carnival Parade but lots of celebrations including fireworks!!

Festive Guided Walks at Osborne House. 16th November to 22nd December 2015. How did Queen Victoria and Prince Albert celebrate Christmas with their children.

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Victorian Christmas at Osborne House 3rd to 4th December 2016. You might meet Queen Victoria or Santa!! Roast chestnuts, traditional games, entertainers and much more.

A Servant's Christmas at Osborne House. 19th to 20th December 2016. What was it like for the servants as they prepared for Christmas.

Cowes Christmas Festival 17th and 18th December 2016. At the Yacht Haven. One of the biggest Christmas festivals on the Island.

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Cowes If you are coming from the mainland it is an excellent entry point from Southampton. Cowes itself is a very pleasant seaside town with a shingle beach. Plenty of shops and accommodation, but in the summer it is best to book, for the town is a popular holiday destination not only for yachting folk. 

Havenstreet. The main place for the Isle of Wight Steam Railway events and the Railway Museum. The stations are Smallbrook, Ashey Havenstreet and Wootton. Havenstreet is only a short distance to Ryde.

Arreton is a very old village few miles east of Newport. Arreton Barns is situated in the village. There is a craft village and the Shipwreck Centre and Maritime Museum are within the complex. 

Yarmouth Another of the entry ports to the Island, this time from the lovely town of Lymington.  English Heritage own Yarmouth Castle. The town is a pleasant mix of pleasant country town and port. 

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

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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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Anyone with events on The Isle of Wight who would like to list their event here please contact us via the Feedback form, we would love to hear from you. The event should have its own website so that our visitors can find you and obtain more information.

The events on the Isle of Wight should be capable of attracting crowds, large village fete size and above, similar to those listed here.

Our observations show that's main visitors are those that love walking, cycling, horse riding and other like minded pursuits, but we welcome all attractions as we have many other visitors as well that we love to cater for. Posting events on this page is free.

We reserve the right not to include events on The Isle of Wight that are not suitable for legal or other reasons.

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Useful Information


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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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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