Events on the Isle of Wight
June and July

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Summer sunshine with all those delightful events on the Isle of Wight during June and July. They attract large crowds and no wonder. Where else would one want to be! Festivals, the County Show as well as popular cycling events. Why not walk round the Island? That way one can find all sorts of out of the way nooks and crannies.

It is the beginning of Carnival time, check the right hand column.


The Round the Island Yacht Race at the Needles

The Leaders of the Round the Island Race pass the Needles
Photograph © Graham Horn


Yarmouth Old Gaffer's Festival  Thousands flock to this festival in Yarmouth every year. 25th May 2023. An Old Gaffer??? To those in the know it is a fore and aft rigged sailing ship. (Not an old country yokel!!) This lovely harbour is filled - the cream of the Old Gaffers fleet will be there, plus visiting traditional sailing, steam and motor vessels  Masses of free entertainment on the shore.

JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race   15th June 2024. This is one of the most popular sailing event on the calendar, Entries are now open. Spectacular sight!!!!

The Isle of Wight Festival will be held on 20th to the 23rd June 2024.

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Royal Isle of Wight County Show 8th and 9th July 2024. One of those not to be missed county shows! Royal Isle of Wight Agricultural Showground, Northwood.

Rhythm Tree Festival  Sticelett Farm. Sundown Sessions are being held this year instead of the Festival. 7th and 8th July

Cowes Week   There is just nothing like it - the incomparable Cowes Week. 27th July to the 2nd August 2024. The oldest and largest sailing carnival in the whole World. Thousands of competitors and spectators.

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Shalfleet Lake

Shalfleet Lake
Photograph © Graham Taylor

The Island has so many wonderful places just waiting to be discovered. Here are a few. 

Shalfleet is in the north of the Island with its own shop. The parish itself is really a collection of little rural villages on the shoreline. Very pretty.

Newport is the county town of the Island and more or less in the centre. It lies on the River Medina which has been an important part of the town all its life, being the waterway to the Solent. The town makes a good centre for an Island visit as it is easy to get anywhere on the Island from Newport.

Northwood is in the north of the Island not far from Cowes on its southern side. Close to the Coastal Path. 

Yarmouth is the entry point from the mainland at Lymington. It is reckoned to be one of the smallest towns in the UK, but packs its own punch nevertheless. Venue for events throughout the year. Yarmouth Castle is owned by English Heritage.

The Isle of Wight Steam Railway holds many events during the year and warrants a visit or two. It is a real pleasure for all the family, whether you remember the old steam trains or just love them. Runs from Smallbrook to Wootton.

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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Steam engine IOW

One of the trains used by the Isle of Wight Steam Railway
Photograph © John Lucas

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It's Carnival Time

Mardi Gras  8th July 2023. Simeon Street Recreation Ground.

Newport Main Carnival  20 July 2024.

Sandown Carnival  27th July 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.

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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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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