Guide to what's on Isle Wight 2011, just a rough
guide based on last year- but should give you a good insight.
Osborne House, Gardens & Swiss Cottage
The country retreat of Queen Victoria and her beloved Prince Albert.
Visit the sumptuous Royal Apartments and the intimate family rooms,
including Queen Victoria's bedroom where she died in 1901. Marvel at
the awe-inspiring Indian décor and exquisite gifts in the Durbar
Room and take a peek at life 'below stairs' in the Table Deckers'
Rooms. Unwind in the spectacular grounds with stunning views across
the eastern Solent and don't miss the newly restored Victorian
Walled Garden with flowers, triumphal arches of Victoria plums and
hot houses full of exotic plants.
Take a Victorian horse & carriage ride to Swiss Cottage where the
Royal children played and see the miniature furniture made
especially for them. Next door is a fort, a little museum housing
their collections and their flower & vegetable gardens with garden
Special activity sheets help children get the most from their day.
There is a children's play area, the lovely Terrace Restaurant and
Orangery, café and tea rooms serving children's meals. Baby changing
facilities are available.
Opened in 2006, The Petty Officer's Quarters houses a café, an
extensive shop and exhibition which covers various aspects of the
sumptuously furnished house and magnificent grounds, as well as the
lives and personalities of the Victorian royal family and the
servants who cared for them.
7-9 May 2011 (actual date not fixed yet), Cowes Yacht Haven
RIBEX is the world’s only boat show dedicated solely to Rigid
Inflatable Boats. Includes World launches of RIBS and related gear,
RIB rides, demonstrations & attractions, new area for 'Starter RIB
Packages', test leisure & professional craft in open water,
excellent on the spot show deals, air, land & sea displays,
excellent food & bar on site. Ribex is a fun and exciting family day
RIBFEST 2011 (actual date not fixed yet)
8 May 2011 (actual date not fixed yet). Cowes Yacht Haven
On the night of the 8th of May, the ‘RIBEX ROCKS’ festival stage
will see chart topping, high-energy, folk rock artist, Seth Lakeman
and his band, headlining a three band concert bill that will also
include, ‘Special Guests’, Swans In Flight.
Isle of Wight Spring Walking Festival 8-23 May 2011 (actual date not
With more than half of the Island recognised as an Area of
Outstanding Natural Beauty and 500 miles of well-maintained
footpaths , it's no wonder the Isle of Wight is home to the UK's
largest walking festival. There are over 200 guided walks for 2011
(actual date not fixed yet), many of which are themed including
heritage trails, fossil hunting and even a speed dating walk!
Whether you’d like to build your confidence through Fire walking,
increase your mental and physical wellbeing through Tai Chi and
Meditation or find that special someone through Speed Dating, the
Walking Festival has it all.
ISLAND GAMES 2011 Athlete accommodation isle of Wight
The Isle of Wight has won their bid to host
the 2011 Island Games, after fighting off tough competition from
Bermuda in the final two. The decision was made at the Annual
General Meeting of the Island Games Association, which took place in
Rhodes on Saturday 8th July
The Isle of Wight has been an enthusiastic member of the
International Island Games since the inaugural Games were held in
the Isle of Man in 1985. We have also been participants in the World
Youth Games since their inception
Sports include Archery Athletics BadmintonBasketball Cycling
Football Golf Sailing Shooting - Clay Pigeon Shooting - Target
Squash Swimming Table Tennis Tennis Volleyball Windsurfing
Family Discovery Walks: Short walks with plenty of exciting things
to see and do, in town, country or on the beach. Walk in the
footsteps of prehistoric dinosaurs or learn about the secret life of
rock pools. For children, join in the Pram and Toddler walks – a
great way to enjoy a stroll with the family. Alternatively join in
one of our fascinating Story walks where children can walk along the
shore at low tide searching for sea glass, driftwood and limpet
shells – which will be woven into further tales.
Ghost Walks: We won’t let you rest when darkness falls! Keep close
behind our guides as they regale you with tales of mystery and
Food Walks: The guilt free way to have your cake and eat it! Honey
for Tea and Chale Tea Party walks will burn off enough energy to
enjoy guilt free indulgence of tea and cakes.
Garden Walks: The Garden Isle offers an abundance of breathtaking
flora and fauna. Take in the stunning scenery and historical gardens
on one of the many garden walks – Changing the Beds at Osborne,
Bedding and Bluebells.
The festival culminates in"Walk the Wight" a challenging 26.5 mile
walk around the Island in aid of The Earl Mountbatten Hospice.
Shorter walks and a flat walk are also available.
Walk the Wight
16 May 2011 (actual date not fixed yet), Bembridge to Alum Bay
Register now for the 20th anniversary of Walk the Wight. This is the
largest sponsored walk in the South and covers the breadth of the
Isle of Wight raising money for the Island’s Hospice which cares for
over 800 terminally ill patients every year. In 2009 over 11,500
people Walked the Wight raising over £319,000 towards patient care.
Isle of Wight Festival
11-13 June 2011 (actual date not fixed yet), Seaclose Park, Newport
JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race
19 June 2011 (actual date not fixed yet), starting at Cowes
One of the world’s largest and most famous yachting races, the
JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race takes place in
Cowes, Isle of Wight, England and attracts an annual entry of up to
Fresh from scooping the prize for Best Major UK Festival at the 2007
UK Festival Awards, the legendary Isle of Wight Festival is once
again set to thrill tens of thousand of fans on the 12th, 13th &
26 June 2011 (actual date not fixed yet), Havenstreet
For One Night Only, a sensational open-air festival of jazz
featuring the World famous Pasadena Roof Orchestra, the fabulous
Swing Commanders and the good-time Goose Island Syncopators. Gates
open from 5pm and you can bring your own picnic or delve into the
Station Restaurant which is available until 7pm. Our Real Ale Bar
and Wine Bar will be open all evening
Mosaic of Words Storytelling Festival
30 April - 2 May 2011 (actual date not fixed yet), Brading Roman
The Island Storytellers are presenting a storytelling festival for
all ages at Brading Roman Villa over May bank holiday weekend.
Activities include a meal at the villa accompanied by stories, a
workshop, children's and adult's performances and a storytelling
31 July-7 August 2011 (actual date not fixed yet), Cowes/Solent
A permanent fixture in the summer social calendar, Cowes Week offers
a fantastic experience for sailors and non-sailors alike. Held since
1826, this prestigious regatta attracts up to a thousand boats
ranging from hi-tech super yachts to classic day boats. Thousands of
spectators flock to Cowes each year to soak up the unique party
atmosphere which culminates with a spectacular firework display on
the Friday night.
Rhythm Tree Festival
16-18 July 2011 (actual date not fixed yet), Calbourne
A fusion of didgeridoo, Samba and World Music in the beautiful
setting of Calbourne Water Mill. The line-up includes the awesome
Baka Beyond, Kanagaroo Moon and many more making it one of the
hottest world music festivals of the summer.
Isle of Wight Garlic Festival
14-15 August 2011 (actual date not fixed yet), Totland Bay
August Family Events at Carisbrooke Castle
Throughout August, Carisbrooke Castle, Nr Newport
Children will love dressing up as Norman soldiers or Civil War
troopers, and meeting the castle's famous donkeys, while for the
grown-ups, the new Edwardian style Princess Beatrice Garden is a joy
Over 20,000 visitors are expected to attend, sampling the famous
garlic sausages, garlic beer, and even garlic Ice Cream. The event
also showcases the best of Island produce, plays host to the Wurzels,
Alvin Stardust, remarkable circus performers and exotic animals, not
to mention a huge beer tent and classic car show.
The British Powerboat Festival
25-30 August 2011 (actual date not fixed yet), Cowes, Isle of Wight
The Formula One of the Sea, powerboat racing returns to the Solent
with the Cowes-Torquay-Cowes endurance race and the UIM Marathon
Series World Cup. With thrills on the water and plenty of shoreside
entertainment, its a great day out for the whole family.
36th Island Steam show
27 -30 August 2011 (actual date not fixed yet), Havenstreet
An action-packed show and great family day out! Stunning shows
including ‘Legends’ Medieval Jousting in the main arena, will make
you gasp, cheer and laugh … And see silly things to do with traction
engines, plus lots to keep you entertained all day! Climb aboard the
traditional fairground rides ... And marvel at the beautifully
maintained traction engines, vintage cars, motorcycles and old
wagons. With steam train rides, stalls, country crafts,
refreshments, and even a Red Indian encampment, the Island Steam
Show will make your August Bank Holiday a weekend to remember!
Isle of Wight Scooter Rally
28-30 August 2011 (actual date not fixed yet), Ryde
Held in Ryde over the August bank holiday, the Isle of Wight Scooter
Rally has been taking place for over 10 years and is now firmly
established in the Isle of Wight event calendar. Every August bank
holiday thousands of scooter enthusiasts from all over the world
descend on the Island to celebrate iconic Italian design and British
Wolverton Manor Garden Fair
4 & 5 September 2011 (actual date not fixed yet), Shorwell
Set in the magnificent gardens of Wolverton Manor the annual Garden
fair features stalls and horticulturAl displays from local and
mainland nurseries, as well as a themed Elizabethan village complete
with fantastical costumes, delicious food and magical musicians. The
fair is run in aid of Age Concern and many other deserving local
10-12 September 2011 (actual date not fixed yet), Robin Hill Country
Robin Hill will once again come alive with the sound of music!
Bestival devotees can expect another eclectic and inspired range of
artists for 2011 (actual date not fixed yet). The music is only part
of what makes Bestival so magical. The family friendly atmosphere
and weird and wonderful events and attractions such as the famous
fancy dress carnival and the inflatable church helped make Bestival
2009 the "Best Medium Sized Festival" at the UK Festival Awards.
Isle of Wight Cycling Festival
18-26 September 2011 (actual date not fixed yet), Island wide
The Cycling Festival returns for 2011 (actual date not fixed yet)
with its mix of events and activities to suit all ages and
abilities. Hardcore cyclists can take their pick from the notorious
Hills Killer Challenge; a gruelling orienteering mountain bike race
against the clock, over 3, 7 or 14 hills, or attempt to "Cycle the
Wight" a 65 mile road ride around the Island in aid of the British
Heart Foundation. Alternatively, you can simply join in with one of
many rides taking place all over the Island, and enjoy the stunning
scenery from the comfort of your saddle.
Big Wight Matter
24-26 September 2011 (actual date not fixed yet), Brighstone
Now in its second year, Big Wight Matter is set to be THE family
walking festival on the Isle of Wight. The weekend festival is a
time for you to enjoy with your family the breathtaking coastal
views and beaches of West Wight, with a 15 mile walk and a shorter
walk for little legs. Come Saturday evening, you can dip tired toes
into the pool at Brighstone, or revel into the night with a hog
roast, games, beer tent and live music as the sun sets over the
Big Wight Matter is being organised to support the charities
brainstrust and Brain Tumour Research
October Half Term Monday 25th – Friday 29th and Sunday 31st
It may spooky ... It might be scary ... But you’ll have a Wizard
In a puff of steam, marvel at the magic shows, explore the
enchanting Woodland Walk, enjoy relaxing steam train rides, see owls
and birds of prey ... But are you brave enough to meet the bats?!
Dress-up as wizards, witches and other spooky characters – there’s
prizes each day for the best costumes – and enter our Halloween
It’s Halloween fun for all the family at Haven Street railway during
Autumn Half-term week.