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Isle of Wight Festivals and Events

Isle of Wight Events 2006


January 2013



February 2013

February shows at The Shanklin Theatre

The UK Pink Floyd Tribute Show
Date: 16/02/2013

Spotlight (IOW) Ltd Presents "Tribute"
Date: 17/02/2013

Two's Company Present The Vagina Monologues
Date: 19/02/2013

The Strawbs
Date: 21/02/2013

Colin Fry - The Happy Medium Celebrating 35 Years
Date: 22/02/2013

New London Opera Players presents TOSCA
Date: 23/02/2013


Spirit of the Orient

Date: 16/02/2013 to 24/02/2013
Location: Robin Hill

Celebrate the coming of Chinese New Year with a special series of openings of Robin Hill and the Electric woods during this February half term, 16th-24th Feb 2013, a memorable day and evening out for all the family.


Donkey Quest and Carrot Trail

Date: 16/02/2013 to 24/02/2013
Location: Carisbrooke Castle

Carisbrooke Castle is famous for the donkeys who work in the well-house. Come along and follow the Carrot Trail and the Donkey Quest. Don’t forget to collect your prize!


Half Term Open week & Train Service

Date: 18/02/2013 to 22/02/2013
Location: IW Steam Railway - Havenstreet

Take a stroll around Havenstreet Station, and see the restoration work being carried out in the carriage and wagon workshop. A great opportunity to enjoy Havenstreet Station and to take a ride on a diesel-hauled train


Royal Fun for Kids

Date: 18/02/2013 to 22/02/2013
Location: Osborne House

Enjoy Punch and Judy shows throughout the day and find out more about what life was like for Victorian Children in the entertaining show Royals and Rascals.


Isle of Wight Hedgelaying Competition

Date: 23/02/2013

Each year, the Isle of Wight Hedgerow Group organises the Isle of Wight Hedgelaying Competition,


March 2013

March shows at The Shanklin Theatre

Date: 01/03/2013

Al Murray - The Only Way Is Epic Tour
Date: 02/03/2013

An Evening With Charlie Landsborough
Date: 05/03/2013

Cream Of Clapton
Date: 08/03/2013

A Night Of Dirty Dancing
Date: 09/03/2013

IOWMCF Gala Extravaganza
Date: 24/03/2013

Sound of Music - The Island Savoyards
Date: 28/03/2013 to 01/04/2013


Isle of Wight Grand National & Ashey Scurry

Date: 24/03/2013
Location: West Ashey Farm, Ryde

The Isle of Wight Grand National and Ashey Scurry is a series of amateur horse races over cross country, post and rail and natural hedges.


Kids Go FREE and Easter Fun

Date: 28/03/2013 to 12/04/2013
Location: IW Steam Railway - Havenstreet

Kids Go Free over the Easter holiday period from 28th March to 12th April inclusive. Enjoy a great day out with the children at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway!


Spring Nature Trail

Date: 29/03/2013 to 14/04/2013
Location: Bembridge Windmill

A great way to celebrate this Easter with the children. There's an Easter Treasure Hunt, Colouring and Crafts and an Easter Bonnet Parade every day at 1.45pm.


Easter Egg-Citement

Date: 31/03/2013
Location: Mottistone Manor Gardens

Find the clues hidden round the garden then solve the puzzle to claim your chocolate egg.


April 2013

April shows at The Shanklin Theatre

Complete Madness
Date: 06/04/2013

Jethro UK Tour 2013
Date: 11/04/2013

Rock 'n' Roll Paradise
Date: 12/04/2013

Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band
Date: 13/04/2013

Jack the Ripper - A 21st Century Investigation
Date: 15/04/2013

Russian Cossacks - Russian State Dance Ensemble
Date: 16/04/2013

IDTC Presents Blast From The Past
Date: 18/04/2013 and 21/04/2013

Date: 19/04/2013

Military Wives
Date: 20/04/2013

Patsy Cline The Concert
Date: 26/04/2013

The Shaolin Warriors
Date: 27/04/2013


Memorial Ploughing Match

Date: 07/04/2013
Location: Atherfield farm

The Isle of Wight Traction Engine Club held the first Memorial Ploughing Match at Mottistone Manor Farm by kind permission of Todd and Jackie Carder on Sunday 5th April 2009. The event was organised to remember four members who sadly all passed away in 2008, all keen ploughman.


Isle of Arts Festival

Date: 19/04/2013 to 21/04/2013
Location: Ventnor Town

A special 3 day festival to celebrate music, film, drama, art, photography and so much more. Dotted all around Ventnor Town there's a chance to see everything you want to see at this festival.


Spring Garden Show

Date: 27/04/2013 to 28/04/2013
Location: Robin Hill

Bringing together an array of RHS plant nurseries, IOW food and music and arena events the biggest spring event on the Isle of Wight is returning for another year!


May 2013

May shows at The Shanklin Theatre

The Best Of The West End
Date: 02/05/2013 to 26/05/2013

Julian Clary - Position Vacant: Apply Within
Date: 03/05/2013

Chas & Dave Back For The Fans
Date: 04/05/2013

Chinese State Circus
Date: 06/05/2013 to 07/05/2013

The Reduced Shakespeare Company
Date: 08/05/2013

Queen of The Dance
Date: 10/05/2013

Jake & Elwood Blues
Date: 11/05/2013

Talon - The Best Of Eagles
Date: 17/05/2013

Roy Chubby Brown 2013
Date: 18/05/2013

Jenny Eclair Eclairious
Date: 24/05/2013

Chris Ramsey: Feeling Lucky
Date: 29/05/2013


Real Ale Festival 2013

Date: 04/05/2013 to 06/05/2013
Location: IW Steam Railway - Havenstreet

With Beers sourced from local island brewers, as well as around the country, what better place to relax and enjoy a steam train ride whilst relaxing with your favourite tipple, or maybe trying something new?


Isle of Wight Walking Festival

Date: 04/05/2013 to 19/05/2013

The Island has over 500 miles of well- maintained and signposted footpaths around 30 miles of Heritage Coastline, while more than half of the Island is recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


Walk The Wight 2013

Date: 12/05/2013

From humble beginnings in 1991, Walk the Wight is now regarded as the largest annual fund-raising event on the Island. Every year, thousands of walkers journey from one end of the Island to the other in aid of the Earl Mountbatten Hospice. With several walks to choose from, this event is accessible to all, whether you are an experience hiker or looking for a fun-filled family day out.


Wolverton Folk and Blues Fair

Date: 18/05/2013
Location: Wolverton Manor

Wolverton Manor, Shorwell will once again provide the stunning backdrop to this exciting Island event. The Wolverton Folk & Blues Fair will take place on Saturday 18th May 2013, raising money for Leukaemia Research and Brighstone School. The live music stage will provide a full programme, featuring the best of the Island’s Folk & Blues musicians, from solo acoustic to full electric bands. The line-up includes The Sail Pattern, The Wild Oats, The MoonShiners, Holly Kirby, Nick Cane Band, Laurie McVay & Tony Farinha, The Herd and Clive Thomas with more to be confirmed.

This family friendly event will include tented cafes, serving an interesting variety of freshly cooked local produce. With an IW real ale beer tent, BBQ, Tea tent serving teas & cakes, plus children’s activities, and even Circus Skills and Zumba workshops, The Wolverton Folk & Blues Fair looks set to be a celebration of all that’s good about our Island’s local food & music talent.

With limited numbers, it is advisable to buy tickets in advance.

Admission: £5 (£7 on the gate). Children under 12, Free

Advance tickets available from: The Village Shop, Brighstone,
                                              Shorwell Post Office,
                                              Briddlesford Farm Shop,
                                              Waterstone’s bookshop, Newport.


Festival of Transport

Date: 26/05/2013
Location: IW Steam Railway - Havenstreet

Featuring an array of railway and road vehicles of all shapes and sizes, the focus will be on transport from the last 60 years. Every vehicle on display is someone’s pride and joy, and they want to show it off to you. If you just love cars and heritage transport come and see them all displayed!


Yarmouth Old Gaffers Festival

Date: 31/05/2013 to 02/06/2013
Location: Yarmouth

Yarmouth's picturesque harbour will be filled with life and colour with more than 100 visiting traditional sailing, steam and motor vessels, including the cream of the Old Gaffers fleet.


June 2013

June shows at The Shanklin Theatre

A Celebration of Jane Austen With Robert Powell
Date: 02/06/2013

LDN Wrestling
Date: 07/06/2013

Glenn Miller Orchestra
Date: 08/06/2013

Derek Acorah - The Eternal Spirits Tour
Date: 21/06/2013

Elkie Brooks
Date: 22/06/2013

Dennis Locorriere Point Zero Tour
Date: 29/06/2013


JP Morgan Fleming Round the Island Yacht Race

Date: 01/06/2013
Location: Cowes

Round the Island race sets sail from Cowes and races around the Island and back to the start line, where over 1,700 boats take part. You can catch the race from most coastal places, but some great local spots can be found at Fort Victoria in Yarmouth or Ventnor Seafront.


Isle of Wight Music Festival

Date: 13/06/2013 to 15/06/2013
Location: Seaclose Park, Newport

Newports Seaclose Park is transformed every year into the biggest event on the Isle of Wight. Attracting some of the biggest names in pop, with 2013 set to be no exception, people of all ages and places visit for this spectacular weekend! This years favourites include Bon Jovi, The Killers and The Stone Roses.


Shorwell Midsummer Fair

Date: 22/06/2013
Location: Shorwell

Shorwell Midsummer Fair - Saturday June 22nd
13.30 to 17.00 at Northcourt, Shorwell,
Stalls, Entertainment, Teas, Northcourt gardens open (all in aid of Shorwell village charities and organisations)


Midsummer Jazz

Date: 22/06/2013
Location: IW Steam Railway - Havenstreet

The Isle of Wight Steam Railway proudly presents a sensational open-air festival of jazz featuring the outstanding Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen, the high-energy Jive Aces and the brilliant young Tipitina.


The Royal Isle of Wight Agricultural Society County Show

Date: 29/06/2013
Location: Royal Isle of Wight Agricultural Society Show Ground, Northwood

The Royal Isle of Wight Agricultural Society supports, and raises awareness of, agriculture and the natural environment on the Isle of Wight. They host the Royal Isle of Wight County Show that dates back to the reign of Queen Victoria. It's a traditional county show with entertainment for all!


July 2013

July shows at The Shanklin Theatre

Horrible Histories - Terrible Tudors
Date: 05/07/2013 to 07/07/2013

Horrible Histories - Vile Victorians
Date: 06/07/2013 to 07/07/2013

Abba Reunion
Date: 12/07/2013

Big Girls Don't Cry featuring The East Coast Boys
Date: 20/07/2013

Barry Cryer "Twitter Titters" With Colin Sell
Date: 24/07/2013


Stompin' Dave's Blues3

Date: 05/07/2013
Location: Quay Arts, Newport

Amen Promotions in association with Quay Arts are pleased to announce the exciting Stompin’ Dave’s Blues3. Three of the UK’s top roots/blues artists performing original electric and acoustic blues as a trio at Quay Arts, Newport, on Friday 5th July from 7.30pm.
Stompin' Dave Allen - vocals/guitar/banjo/harmonica/piano. A master of all kinds of American roots music, ranging from bluegrass to electric blues guitar and boogie piano.
‘A master …a true original’ The Daily Telegraph.
Earl Jackson - vocals/bass/guitar. Well known on the British Rock'n'Roll circuit with appearances on BBC TV including The Jonathan Ross Show.
Sam Kelly - drums. Five times blues drummer of the year and voted into the Blues in Britain ‘Gallery of the Greats’, Sam has recorded and performed with artists such as Gary Moore, Robert Plant, Dr. John, Paul Jones, Imelda May and many others.
Support comes from popular Island bluesman Damien Paul and his band who will kick the evening off with a set of original material from his latest album, ‘Mostly True’.
Don’t miss this night of great music and supreme entertainment! Tickets £12 advance, £14 on the door.
Box Office 01983 822490 or online at
Doors 7pm. Support Act 7.30pm in the Café. Main act 8.30pm in the Theatre.


The 1940's Experience

Date: 06/07/2013 to 07/07/2013
Location: IW Steam Railway - Havenstreet

It's back to the hustle and bustle of railway station life in the 1940's as the Steam Railway is transformed for a weekend of 1940's music, dancing, military machines and wartime activities.


Cowes Classics Week

Date: 15/07/2013 to 19/07/2013
Location: Cowes

The Cowes Classics Week incorporates the Metre & Classic Keelboat Regatta


Newport Jazz Weekend

Date: 19/07/2013 to 21/07/2013
Location: Newport

The line-up for Newport Jazz Weekend 2013 is taking shape as the organisers look to top the great success of last year's inaugural event.


Isle of Wight Rhythm Tree Festival

Date: 19/07/2013 to 21/07/2013
Location: Calbourne Watermill West Wight

The RhythmTree Festival is an annual three day music event held on the Isle of Wight. Now in its third year the RhythmTree is attracting an ever increasing attendance from people looking for something very different in the UK music festival calendar.


Cowes Dinghy Week

Date: 27/07/2013 to 31/07/2013
Location: Cowes

Cowes Dinghy Week is a bit of an adventure for the visitor. One of the major attractions of sailing at Gurnard is that it rarely fails to be exciting and challenging. With good sea breezes, a strong tide and choppy water it’s always a rewarding sail.


August 2013

August shows at The Shanklin Theatre

The Dolly Parton Story
Date: 03/08/2013

Roy Orbison and Friends
Date: 16/08/2013

Date: 23/08/2013 to 25/08/2013


Cowes Week 2013

Date: 03/08/2013 to 10/08/2013
Location: Cowes

Cowes Week is a fusion of many exciting elements, with its great mix of competitive sailing and social activities.


Yarmouth Carnival Week

Date: 10/08/2013 to 17/08/2013
Location: Yarmouth

A week of events held around Yarmouth town, for all ages to get involved in.


Ventnor Fringe Festival

Date: 14/08/2013 to 17/08/2013
Location: Ventnor

The Isle of Wights very own answer to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Ventnor Fringe Festival attracts artists and performers from all over the world to perform in around around the Ventnor Town Centre.


V-Dub Festival

Date: 15/08/2013 to 19/08/2013

A special themed festival for all V-Dub enthusiasts. A chilled, laid-back weekend full of music, entertainers and fancy dress, and a drive out over the weekend, its fun for all enthusiasts.


Ryde Carnival

Date: 17/08/2013
Location: Ryde

Ryde Main Carnival is the second of the carnival’s that Ryde Carnival Association stage. On a warm summers evening locals and visitors line the streets to get a taste of what’s to come, friends old and new meet and have fun.


Isle of Wight Garlic Festival

Date: 17/08/2013 to 18/08/2013
Location: Fighting Cocks Crossroads Sandown

With over 300 stalls, music, events and attractions, and of course the main theme of garlic, one of Britains best food festivals returns for another year.


39th Island Steam Show

Date: 23/08/2013 to 26/08/2013
Location: IW Steam Railway - Havenstreet

An enchanting weekend with performances from Mr Alexander's Travelling Show, the chance to relax in the Sanctuary, and of course the traditional fairground rides and journey through the countryside on one of the steam trains.


Wolverton Manor Garden Fair

Date: 13/08/2013 to 01/09/2013
Location: Shorwell

The gates open at 10.00 and close at 17.00 with entrance £6.00 for adults and children under 12 are free. There are special price plans for families and two day tickets are availabe. The emphasis is on the visiting nurseries alongside the wonderful Island nurseries with all the associated activities of a genuine Garden Fair with every sort of entertainment for every sort of person.


September 2013

September shows at The Shanklin Theatre

Johnny Cash Roadshow
Date: 14/09/2013

An Evening With Tony Benn
Date: 16/09/2013

Joe Longthorne
Date: 21/09/2013

Buddy Holly's Winter Dance Party
Date: 27/09/2013

Jackson Live in Concert
Date: 28/09/2013



Date: 05/09/2013 to 08/09/2013
Location: Robin Hill Country Adventure Park Newport

The multi-award winning Bestival marks the end of the major festival season, and it takes place here on the Isle of Wight. With more camping space, the addition of a vintage cinema and the appearance of Orbital, this year is set to be bigger and better than ever before. Sailors are the theme, so get your ticket and your welly boots and start costume-hunting!


Little Britain Challenge Cup Regatta

Date: 12/09/2013 to 15/09/2013
Location: Cowes

The Little Britain Challenge Cup is a sailing regatta for the construction industry, and with more than 3000 competitors, makes it the biggest regatta in the UK after Cowes Week.


Isle of Wight Cycling Festival

Date: 14/09/2013 to 29/09/2013

Each day of the festival, which runs from 14th to the 29th September 2013 offers cyclists the opportunity to sample different cycling routes that will take in the most picturesque areas of the Island as well as local landmarks.


October 2013

October shows at The Shanklin Theatre

T-Rextasy - I Love To Boogie
Date: 04/10/2013

Psychic Sally: On The Road
Date: 17/10/2013


Isle of Wight Autumn Walking Weekend

Date: 25/10/2013 to 28/10/2013

With more than half the Island recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Autumn Walking Weekend with over 60 walks is a must for visitors and locals alike.


December 2013

December shows at The Shanklin Theatre

An Audience with Michael Portillo
Date: 03/12/2013


Santa Steam Specials

Date: 07/12/2013 to 24/12/2013
Location: IW Steam Railway - Havenstreet

Soak up the festive atmosphere at Havenstreet station with a visit to Santa. Stroll through the sparkling Winter Wonderland before meeting Santa who’ll have a gift for every child. Settle back and relax with a cosy 10-mile round trip on the steam trains through the Island’s winter countryside, and enjoy FREE entertainment for the children.


Mince Pie Steam Train Specials

Date: 26/12/2013
Location: IW Steam Railway - Havenstreet

After the indulgence of Christmas Day, discover the Island's hidden winter landscape ... Settle back in a warm and comfortable Victorian and Edwardian carriage to enjoy a steam train journey through the Island’s unspoilt winter countryside, or hop off at one any station to enjoy the seasonal air!

An ideal way to unwind after the frivolities of Christmas Day - And there are seasonal refreshments for every adult and child!



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