Whatever time of year you decide to visit, the Island is bursting with life, from international sailing regattas and music festivals to walking festivals and illuminated woodland.
If you’re visiting before the summer season begins, it’s time to wrap up warm and take a walk across the Island’s stunning landscape, safe in the knowledge that a crackling log fire in a local pub awaits you at the end of your journey. In late February you’ll be able to enjoy that very experience with the added treat of live local music during the Island’s ‘Acoustic Isle’.
Watch out for the spectacular ‘Electric Woods: Spirit of the Orient’ in February, where the ancient woodland of Robin Hill (the location of September’s ‘Bestival’) is illuminated with a far eastern twist. This stunning spectacle celebrates Chinese New Year and treats visitors to an array of sights and sounds which transport them to the Orient.
With a summer extending longer than the rest of the UK, we hope to see you back again in June for ‘Festival of the Sea’, a collection of sea-faring events which tie in with the spectacular, world-famous ‘Round the Island Race’. The festival includes everything from sea shanties and beach art displays, to fishing and food tastings.
If you’re looking to discover some of the Island’s history, follow the Warrior Trail down to Brook Chine. The trail opens in early summer and commemorates the Island’s very own War Horse, Warrior, described as ‘The Horse the Germans Could Not Kill’. During his life on the Island, Warrior was ridden to Brook Chine and stood in the water, unflinching as the waves lapped around his legs – a sign that he’d do well in battle.
2015 also marks the bicentenary of the birth of Victorian pioneer photographer, Julia Margaret Cameron. Cameron was a close friend of poet laureate, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and central to the celebrity ‘Freshwater Circle’. Visit her house, Dimbola, now a museum and galleries, for a fascinating insight into her extraordinary life and work.
Whatever the season, it’s the perfect time to discover the many different shades of Wight.
What's on Offer
Places to Visit
The Island offers an impressive range of attractions from steam railways and Roman villas to animal parks and a working craft village.
Step back in time and run the ramparts of Carisbrooke Castle where King Charles I was imprisoned, or visit Osborne, the magnificent royal home of Queen Victoria. If you'd prefer to sit back and enjoy the scenery, visit The Needles Park at Alum Bay and ride down the cliff on the chairlift as you take in the Island's most iconic view, The Needles rock formation.
From country house hotels to restaurants with rooms and farmhouse B&Bs to glamping sites, there are a wide range of great B&B and self-catering accommodation offers available across the Island. Book online at www.visitisleofwight.co.uk.
There are car and foot passenger ferry crossings from Portsmouth and Lymington with Wightlink (www.wightlink.co.uk), from Southampton with Red Funnel (www.redfunnel.co.uk) or from Southsea with Hovertravel (www.hovertravel.co.uk).