Events on the Isle of Wight
April and May

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Events on the Isle of Wight in April and May brings 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.


Cowes Waterfront

Cowes Waterfront
Photograoh © Gillian Thomas


Shanklin Chine.  Opens from the beginning of April to the beginning of November. This is a cashless site. One of the oldest attractions on the Island, it still holds its magic

The 2024 Isle of Wight Spring Art & Garden Fair 6th and 7th April 2024. Northwood House, Cowes. It is not the usual Easter weekend this year. 

Isle of Wight Randonee. The event this year will be held on  30th April 2023.  There is a choice of 100km and 55km rides.


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The Isle of Wight Ultra Challenge. 4th and 5th May 2024. This is a beautiful walk whichever challenge you pick. Full Challenge is 106 miles, 1st Half Option 52km, 2nd Half Option 54km. 1st Quarter Option 25km. 4th Quarter Option 25km. Do it your way, walk, jog or run.

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 11th and 19th May 2024. This is their 25th Anniversary this year! Why not make it spring break. Lovely idea.

Walk the Wight. for the Earl Mountbatten Hospice is to be held on Sunday 12th May 2024.  Walk all over beautiful countryside for an excellent cause.

Wolverton Folk & Blues Fair.  13th May 2023. Wolverton Manor.

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  TBC

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Sloop Inn Wootton Bridge Events on IOW

Sloop Inn, Wootton Bridge
Photograph © Copyright M Temple 2010

Wootton and Wootton Bridge combined villages by the tidal estuary, Wootton Creek. 

Shanklin A 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 if 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 are a Royal Society for the Protection of Birds 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. 

Brightstone is a few miles southwest of Newport, where several species of dinosaur were found in the 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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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.

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Farringford, now a hotel, but was at one time the home of Alfred Lord Tennyson, the poet
Photograph © Ron Strutt

Fancy staying or visiting Farringford? Easy to get to, it is south west of Yarmouth and the Lymington ferry. Apart from its own interest the hotel would make a good touring base.

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For train journeys all over the United Kingdom connecting the places you want to go efficiently and quickly.

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