10 Things To Do On The Isle Of Wight This August
03 August 2016
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August has arrived and there’s so much to do throughout the Island this month. Here’s our top ten things to do during August. See you there?!
Dates: 22nd July – 28th August
Location: Across the Island
Cost: £2.50 (cash only)
What could be better than enjoying a film alfresco in one of the Island’s most picturesque spots? Returning for another year, the Travelling Cinema allows you to do just that! The cinema will be popping up in the most beautiful locations, such as Mottistone Gardens, Carisbrooke Castle and Ventnor Botanic Gardens and showing classics such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic Park and Quadrophenia – the latter just in time for the Isle of Wight Scooter Rally!
Shanklin Main Carnival
Date: 3rd August
Location: Various locations in Shanklin
Starting early in the evening, the Shanklin Carnival will see the streets of the town get well and truly into the carnival spirit with processions and floats!
Cowes Week 2016
Dates: 6th – 13th August
Location: The Parade, West Cowes, PO31 7QJ
The oldest and largest sailing regatta in the world returns to Cowes this month! The highly anticipated annual event will see 8,000 competitors racing and 10,000 spectators take to the shore to witness all the fun of the Cowes Week in it’s full glory, during the eight days. On Friday 12th August, the famous fireworks will send off the penultimate day of celebrations in style!
Victorian Weekend at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway
Dates: 6th and 7th August
Location: The Railway Station, Station Road, Havenstreet, PO33 4DS
Cost: Adults from £11.50, children (5-15) from £6.00, families (2 adults and 2 children), from £29.00
Uncover a forgotten world of travelling theatre, complete with Victorian maids and favourite songs, all whilst travelling on a steam train! Dress up for the day to really get the true Victorian Weekend experience – either your own Victorian attire, or hire it for the day!
Dates: 9th – 14th August
Location: Church Street, Ventnor, PO38 1SW
Growing from a festival (inspired by the Edinburgh Fringe) created by students in 2010, the Ventnor Fringe now showcases the talents of 300 performers from all across the world! Expect to be surprised by midnight ‘lock ins’ in the library, mystery tours and sing-a-longs in woodland, along with so much more, in this fantastic arts festival.
V-Dub Island 2016
Dates: 18th – 22nd August
Location: South Fairlee Farm, Fairlee Road, Newport, PO30 2JU
Cost: From £12 per adult
The V-Dub Island weekend offers an event-packed weekend of fun for VW enthusiasts and music lovers alike. Local bands will take to the stage, filling the air with sweet music, there will be the popular Show and Shine arena, along with the renowned drive out procession to the beach! If you’re a VW lover, get the V-Dub Festival in your diary!
Dates: 20th and 21st August
Location: Fighting Cocks Crossroads, Bathingbourne Lane, Sandown, PO36 0LU
Cost: Advance tickets (available from Red Funnel) are priced at £9.00 per adult, £5.00 per child (aged 5-15), £8.00 for seniors and £26.50 for a Family Ticket (2 adults, 2 children).
The Island’s biggest summer show is back! With garlic marquees hosting cookery shows, hundreds of stalls boasting the best crafts and arts by local sellers, along with local produce and tempting garlic-y themed foods, a giant fun fair, events arena and so much more, the Garlic Festival is a fun day out for all the family!
Isle of Wight Scooter Rally
Dates: 26th – 29th August
Location: Quay Road, Ryde, PO33 2HH
Cost: From £10.00
Known for being the world’s largest gathering of vintage and modern scooters, the Isle of Wight Scooter Rally scoots into Ryde for the Bank Holiday weekend! First held in 1980, the rally has gone from strength and now attracts up to seven thousand riders each year who enjoy camping, live music, traders and international cuisine!
Ryde Carnival Week
Dates: 29th August – 3rd September
Location: Various locations across Ryde
Starting in 1888, Ryde’s Carnival is an age-old tradition that still excites locals and those from across the Island too. This year’s theme is musical extravaganza and the party spirit will be bought alive with three processions, exciting marching bands and carnival queens, along with exciting events throughout the week!
Sandown Illuminated Carnival
Date: 31st August
Location: Eastern Gardens, Sandown
Before the evening’s Illuminated Carnival enjoy family fun on the beach with classic games such as sack races, flip flop flinging and a tug of war between 2-4pm. Then, watch as the town illuminates with a float procession through the streets from 8.30pm!