Isle of Wight Events and Festivals

(Isle of Wight, England, UK)

Isle of Wight Events, Festivals and Things to DoMany visitors organising a trip to the Isle of Wight ensure that their travel plans coincide with a festival of their choice. Interestingly, there are actually more carnivals held here (per capita) than any other location in the UK.

The summer season sees a series of crowd-pulling sailing regattas, with Cowes Week each August being a real highlight. With its origins in the 1820s, Cowes Week is actually one of the longest-running annual regattas in existence and attracts approximately 1,000 boats, competing in some 40 daily sailing races.

September sees the arrival of the hugely popular Bestival, a live music event first held on the Isle of Wight in 2004 and now drawing more than 50,000 festival-goers. Past artists performing at the four-day Bestival include the likes of the Cure, the Pet Shop Boys, the Prodigy, Primal Scream and the Scissor Sisters, amongst many others.

National Public Holidays

(If Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year's Day falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the next weekday becomes a public holiday).

Calendar of Festivals and Events 2014 / 2015