Activities & events, Isle of Wight
The Isle of Wight is the perfect destination whatever the time of year and whatever the weather there is a wide variety of compelling attractions and places to visit.
If you like history then take a walk in the footsteps of Queen Victoria and explore the grounds of her favourite holiday home, Osborne House. Or, let your imagination run wild and picture battles taking place at the ancient Carisbrooke Castle. For an action packed afternoon why not try racing around go-cart tracks. Alternatively, The Robin Hill Country Park is an award winning theme park that's packed with rides and adventure play. There's swinging Pirate ships and a thrilling 4D HD motion cinema. If you're looking to take things easy, you can talk to the animals at Tapnell Farm or hire some bikes and enjoy the many cycle lanes. But you might simply want to spend day having some good old fashion fun at the seaside with Ventnor, Shanklin and Sandown being very popular choices.
The Isle of Wight is a fun filled playground for those at home on the water. Of course watersports can be as relaxing or as adrenalin fueled as you wish. Why not indulge in some gentle swimming in the blue waters or maybe try windsurfing, sea kayaking, snorkeling, coasteering or diving. For sea lovers the atmosphere of 'Festival of the Sea' will entice you, an event that celebrates everything nautical and takes place in June and July each year. The world's best-known sailing regatta is the Isle of Wright Cowes week, one of the UK's oldest sporting events dating back to 1826. It attracts up to 1,000 boats, with 40 races taking place. The Solent becomes a truly spectacular sight, as it fills with a variety of yachts, boats and dinghies stretching out as far as the eye can see. This popular event usually takes place in the first week of August.
On land, the Isle of Wight Walking Festival is the biggest such event in the UK and Europe and takes place in May. For a second chance to experience the highlights of walking, you could try the slightly smaller version in October.Many will also be well aware of the world-renowned Isle of Wight Festival held annually June, while Bestival is a major music festival that takes place in September each year. There's also the 'Acoustic Isle' event which happens in the springtime, a fantastic programme of live and local music with over a 100 gigs in 11 days.
If you like to shop, then the capital, Newport, and is a great place for shopping; and also offers an extensive range of entertainment options and attractions. Ryde (is actually the largest town on the island) has a great selection of boutique shops as well as galleries and museums to visit while Ventnor has a range of vintage shops for you to browse.