In addition to being a treasure trove of history and culture, the Isle of Wight plays host to some seriously fun and diverse events! Here's our pick of the upcoming crop:-
1. The Isle of Wight Festival
Taking place from 13th to 16th June, the festival is the UK's first major music event of the summer.
The festival dates back to the late 1960s with icon Jimi Hendrix making one of his final appearances in 1970. The festival was revived in 2002 and has gone from strength to strength seeing some top acts as headline including Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones and The Who!
A must for music lovers!
2. Lendy Cowes Week
10th to 17th August.
Cowes Week is the largest and oldest sailing regatta in the world. The annual event promises some serious racing mixed with some serious fun!
Over the 8 days of the event, Cowes plays host to some 8000 competitors and 100,000 spectators. If you haven't booked your accommodation yet, now's the time to do it!
3. International Classic Car Show
14th and 15th September.
Based at Ryde, the event is now in its 18th year and continues to draw the crowds to see a spectacular collection of vintage, retro and rare and classic cars together with the more eclectic models!
4. The Wight Proms
29th August - 1st September
Taking place in the grounds of Northwood House, Cowes the Wight Proms has fast become a "must do" event on the Isle of Wight. Comprising comedy, musicals and culminating with the famous "Last Wight of the Proms" the event is a great family feature in the calendar.
5. Isle of Wight Literary Festival
Thursday 10th to Sunday 13th October.
Again taking place in and around Northwood House, the literary festival is moving into its 8th year and promises yet again to bring a varied and exciting programme. Past speakers include Val McDermid, Andrew Marr and Michael Morpurgo.
6. Isle of Wight Buses, Beers and Walks Weekend
Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th October
Doing just as the name suggests, the weekend-long event is a riot of vintage buses, pub stops and lovely walks through the idyllic Isle of Wight.
Don't worry, this year there are plenty of "family themed" venues to appeal to drinkers and non-drinkers alike!