Events on the Isle of Wight
August and September

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It is summer and Events on the Isle of Wight during August and September include the flag events of Cowes Week and the Bestival. In every other year we see the Rolex Fastnet Race. Cowes is the sailing capital of the world. Bestival is one of the famous festivals on this Festival Island.

Carnivals are in full swing and the Island has quite a few. To see the list see the right hand column.


Cowes Week

Cowes Week
Photograph © Peter Trimming


Rolex Fastnet Race is run every two years. 2023 is the 50th Anniversary of the Fastnet Races. The City of Cherbourg will host the finish.

Isle of Wight Garlic Festival 17th and 18th August 2024. Outside of Newchurch. Food and entertainment in the heart of the Island.

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Little Britain Challenge Cup 13th and 14th September 2024. The premiere construction and property industry event. Two days of racing in the regatta plus shore entertainment.

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Ryde beach

The sandy beach at Ryde with Portsmouth in the background
Photograph © Lewis Clarke

Cowes.  All eyes are on this famous place during August with the most famous regatta in the world.  Cowes is in the north of the Island and an entry port from Southampton. The town is split into East and West Cowes that is connected over the River Medina with a chain ferry which would amuse the children. There are lovely walks, castle, plenty of shops and plenty to do in this delightful town.

Newchurch. Cyclists, one of the Sustrans routes, the 23, runs through this village. The village is in the south east of the Island with easy reach of both the county town, Newport and that lovely seaside town, Shanklin

Ryde  An entry port to the Island on the north east side, there is a ferry and the Hovercraft from Portsmouth. This is an attractive town with plenty of shops and things to do. There is a sandy beach that extends a long way out, consequently the pier, with the start of the Island Railway, is long too.

Robin Hill Country Park   It is a theme park with lots to do and an attractive place to do it in. This attraction sadly is now closed and has been placed for sale as a going concern.

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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NCN 23 near Newchurch

NCN 23 Cycle Path near Newchurch
Photograph © Gareth James

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It's Carnival Time

Ventnor Carnival 2024 TBC

Ryde Carnival   26th August to 2nd September 2023

Shanklin Carnival   2nd August 2023

Yarmouth Carnival Week  5th to 12th August 2023

St Helen's   August Bank Holiday Monday.

Cowes Carnival TBC 2024

Newport Illuminated Carnival 22nd August 2024

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Useful Information

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Public Transport

National Express

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.

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National Rail Journey Planner.

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

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Traveline is a very useful resource for public transport throughout Wessex, even local buses. In fact all over the United Kingdom.

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