Isle of Wight Events Diary 2020

The Isle of Wight springs into life come April, when Easter egg hunts fill the island with joy, before having a two-week walking festival, which is said to be the largest walking festival in the UK! The bi-annual Old Gaffers Festival in Yarmouth, brings colour to the shoreline, with the sailing regatta. The Isle of Wight Festival takes place in June, bringing thousands of revellers to Seacole Park in Newport, the heart town of the island.  The Great Wonderfest will return for the second year in 2020 with great big music acts, tv stars, awesome activities and a big dose of family fun all in one place. The Isle of Wight County Show is also a big hit for the Island, this takes place at the County Show Ground in Northwood, Cowes.

In July 2017, the Isle of Wight Celebrated the first ever Pride event, that brought colour and happiness to the streets of Ryde. This is now an annual event that takes place every once a year on the Island.

If you have a love for Garlic, then head over to the Garlic Festival in August, this makes a great day out, along with the famous Cowes Week, which is the largest sailing regatta in the world! There are also over a dozen of carnivals that take place at various of towns across the island, including Ventnor, Ryde, Newport, Sandown and Cowes.

The largest gathering of scooters in the world comes to Sandown Airport in 2020 (previous years it has been held in Ryde). The Isle of Wight Scooter Rally takes place over the August Bank Holiday every year. Ryde hosts the second day of the International Classic Car Show in September, with the first taking place at Newport Quay.

Electric Woods events, which take place at Robin Hill Country Park, brings themed light shows and illuminations to the grounds of the park. 2020 will see a variety of new and repate events across the year.

Why not visit Osborne House in East Cowes, the holiday home of Queen Victoria! They also have great outdoor concerts on the grounds. Fireworks light up the skies several times in the year across the Island, bringing families together to enjoy magical moments together. As Halloween approaches, the Isle of Wight turns into the ‘Isle of Fright’ and our resident ghosts and ghouls come out to play!

CORONAVIRUS: Please make sure you check with each event directly if they are still going ahead. There have been loads of cancellations following the COVID-19 outbreak.

Check out the comprehensive list of events provided by Visit Isle of Wight below…

NB: Dates correct at time of publication (11th Jan 2020)

 

DateEventTown
5th April 2020Island Heritage Train Days at Isle of Wight Steam RailwayHavenstreet
5th - 17th April 2020Easter Lamb Feeding at Tapnell Farm ParkYarmouth
10th - 14th April 2020Easter Fun at Isle of Wight Steam RailwayHavenstreet
2nd - 3rd May 2020Isle of Wight ChallengeChale
3rd May 2020Island Heritage Train Days at Isle of Wight Steam RailwayHavenstreet
4th May 2020May the Fourth be With You at Tapnell Farm ParkYarmouth
8th - 10th MayThe 15th Annual Isle of Wight Real Ale Festival at Isle of Wight Steam RailwayHavenstreet
16th - 17th May 2020HullabalooSandown
16th-17th May 2020Rydabus Running WeekendRyde
16th May 2020Wolverton Folk & Blues FairShorwell
17th May 2020Isle of Wight Festival of Transport at Isle of Wight Steam RailwayHavenstreet
23rd - 26th May 2020Sky High at Robin Hill Country ParkNewport
23rd - 31st May 2020May Half Term at Tapnell Farm ParkYarmouth
23rd - 31st May 2020Get Hands on with History at Carisbrooke CastleNewport
23rd - 30th May 2020May Half Term at Blackgang ChineChale
26th - 28th May 2020The Great Victorian Show at Osborne HouseEast Cowes
27th - 31st May 2020Isle of Wight Jazz WeekendNewport
29th - 31st May 2020Spring Gala at isle of Wight Steam RailwayHavenstreet
30th May 2020Round the Island RaceCowes
30th - 31st May 2020Isle of Wight Festival of RunningFreshwater
11th - 14th June 2020Isle of Wight FestivalNewport
14th June 2020Island Heritage Train Days at Isle of Wight Steam RailwayHavenstreet
20th - 21st June 2020Blooming Gardens at Osborne HouseEast Cowes
20th - 21st June 2020Steam Punk and Evening Trains at Isle of Wight Steam RailwayHavenstreet
28th June 2020Royal Isle of Wight County ShowNorthwood
23rd July 2020Newport Main CarnivalNewport
25th July 2020Sandown Children's CarnivalSandown
25th July 2020Sandown Main CarnivalSandown
3rd - 4th July 2020Fires of San Juan at Robin Hill Country ParkNewport
4th - 5th July 2020The 1940's Experience at Isle of Wight Steam RailwayHavenstreet
10th - 12th July 2020Rhythmtree FestivalCalbourne
11th - 12th July 2020Island Motor Show at Isle of Wight Steam RailwayHavenstreet
12th July 2020Island Heritage Train Days at Isle of Wight Steam RailwayHavenstreet
16th - 19th July 2020The Wight PromsCowes
18th July 2020Isle of Wight PrideRyde
18th July 2020Real Ale Train at Isle of Wight Steam RailwayHavenstreet
18th - 25th July 2020British Classic WeekCowes
22nd July - 31st August 2020Summer at Blackgang ChineChale
24th July - 31st August 2020Jungle Fever at Robin Hill Country ParkNewport
24th July - 31st August 2020After Dark at Robin HillNewport
25th - 31st July 2020Cowes Classics WeekCowes
25th July - 2nd August 2020Get Hands on with History at Carisbrooke CastleNewport
26th - 28th July 2020The Railway Folk at Isle of Wight Steam RailwayHavenstreet
28th July - 2nd August 2020Ventnor FringeVentnor
30th July - 27th August 2020Summer Sunset Shindigs at Tapnell Farm ParkYarmouth
TBC August 2020Freshwater CarnivalTotland
22nd August 2020Newport Illuminated CarnivalNewport
4th August 2020Shanklin Children's CarnivalShanklin
5th August 2020Shanklin Main CarnivalShanklin
6th August 2020Cowes Main CarnivalCowes
8th August 2020Shanklin Illuminated CarnivalShanklin
12th August 2020Ventnor Children's CarnivalVentnor
12th August 2020Ventnor Main CarnivalVentnor
22nd August 2020Ventnor Illuminated CarnivalVentnor
29th August 2020Cowes Illuminated CarnivalCowes
31st August 2020St Helens CarnivalSt Helens
26th August 2020Ryde Children's CarnivalRyde
26th August 2020Sandown Illuminated CarnivalSandown
27th August 2020Ryde Main CarnivalRyde
5th September 2020Ryde Illuminated CarnivalRyde
4th - 6th August 2020The Making of Englishness: Civil War at Carisbrooke CastleNewport
6th - 10th August 2020The Great WonderfestNewport
8th - 9th August 2020Jack Up The SummerNewport
14th - 15th August 2020Sail GPCowes
8th - 15th August 2020Cowes WeekCowes
9th August 2020Island Heritage Train Days at Isle of Wight Steam RailwayHavenstreet
15th - 16th August 2020Isle of Wight Garlic FestivalSandown
22nd August 2020Vegan FestivalVentnor
28th - 31st August 2020The 46th Island Steam Show at Isle of Wight Steam RailwayHavenstreet
28th - 31st August 2020Isle of Wight International Scooter RallyRyde
28th - 30th August 2020Cowes Powerboat RacesCowes
6th September 2020Morris Minor Rally at Isle of Wight Steam RailwayHavenstreet
13th September 2020Island Heritage Train Days at Isle of Wight Steam RailwayHavenstreet
11th - 14th September 2020Heritage Open Days at Isle of Wight Steam RailwayHavenstreet
12th September 2020International Classic Car Show - Newport QuayNewport
13th September 2020International Classic Car Show - Ryde EsplanadeRyde
19th September 2020Isle of Wight DayIslandwide
19th - 20th September 20204th Isle of Wight Cider & Cheese Festival at Isle of Wight Steam RailwayHavenstreet
26th - 27th September 2020Autumn Gala at Isle of Wight Steam RailwayHavenstreet
2nd - 31st October 2020 (selected dates)Festival of the Dead at Robin Hill Country ParkNewport
4th October 2020Island Heritage Train Days at Isle of Wight Steam RailwayHavenstreet
10th - 11th October 2020Classic Beer, Buses and WalksVarious
16th - 31st October 2020 (selected dates)Terror Island at Blackgang ChineChale
17th - 18th October 2020Costume Character Days at Isle of Wight Steam RailwayHavenstreet
19th - 31st October 2020 (selected dates)Frights & Sprites at Blackgang ChineChale
21st - 25th October 2020Teddy Bear Days at Isle of Wight Steam RailwayHavenstreet
23rd - 27th October 2020Harp on Wight InternationalRyde
26th - 30th October 2020Victorian Falconry at Osborne HouseEast Cowes
27th - 31st October 2020Spooky Farm Fun at Tapnell Farm ParkYarmouth
27th - 31st October 2020Wizard Week at Isle of Wight Steam RailwayHavenstreet
31st October 2020Fan TC ConCowes
31st October 2020Halloween Fright Night at Isle of Wight Steam RailwayHavenstreet
1st December 2020Heros Weekend at Tapnell Farm ParkYarmouth
28th November - 31st December 2020 (selected dates)Polar at Robin Hill Country ParkNewport
1st - 24th December 2020 (selected dates)Christmas at Tapnell FarmYarmouth
1st December 2020Christmas Lights Switch On at Tapnell Farm ParkYarmouth
5th - 6th Dec, 12th - 13th Dec, 19th - 20th Dec, 22nd - 24th Dec 2020Santa Specials at Isle of Wight Steam RailwayHavenstreet
4th, 11th and 18th Dec 2020Santa's Evening Specials at Isle of Wight Steam RailwayHavenstreet
12th December 2020Christmas Carvery Night at Isle of Wight Steam RailwayHavenstreet
26th December 2020Boxing Day Specials at Isle of Wight Steam RailwayHavenstreet

 

For a full list of the many varied events the Isle of Wight will host this year, please go to Visit Isle of Wight’s consumer website – just click this link!

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