Maybe you like to shy away from the mainstream, have some alternative tastes or are just looking for something a bit different to do this summer. Whatever inspires you, try heading to one of these unusual events.
If you are looking for a family adventure this summer then you’ll need not look much further. Goodleaf Woodland Adventures are a chance for families of all ages to explore and have an adventure in the great outdoors. Get back to basics and enjoy the nature that surrounds you and reconnect with your family in the great outdoors.
Led by experienced outdoor instructor Matt, you’ll pick up a few outdoor skills from making a fire with natural materials as well as building a shelter or den. Forage for woodland materials and create your own keepsake, it can be anything from; a stick person, a woodland coat peg, or some nettle cord to use in a piece of woodland jewellery.
The activity is strictly by pre-booking only and full details on the venue and what to expect is given at the time.
All ages are welcome with a maximum of 8 people per session and don’t worry if it’s raining, it probably will still go ahead – pack your wellies and kagool!
Summer Opera Festival 18 – 21 July
If traditional music festivals aren’t your thing, then maybe the Summer Opera Festival is for you?
The event aims at bringing live opera concerts to community venues around the Island. In addition, profits from the four days will go towards a donation to support a number of local charities.
- 18 July at Holy Trinity Church, Cowes – Lieder evening.
- 19 July at St Catherine’s Church, Ventnor – Viva Verdi.
- 20 July – the group will take part in the celebrations of Isle of Wight LGBT Pride.
- 21 July at All Saints Church, Ryde – Tea at the Opera is an afternoon feast of popular arias and ensembles, from Puccini to G&S.
Advanced booking is recommended. A perfect way to spend a summer evening.
Book tickets ticketsource.co.uk/project-opera
Vegan Festival 21 July
2019 is officially the year of the vegan (who knew). Whether you are a fully fledged vegan or someone considering becoming one, then a visit to the Island’s Vegan Festival at Ventnor Botanic Garden should be on your agenda. You’ll enjoy a unique day packed with exclusively all things vegan. Wander around the event which will be filled with vegan related stands, ranging from food to clothing and skincare products. Visit the health and fitness studios in the main building for a whole host of activities to take part in.
Settle back with a drink or something tasty to eat while enjoying live music in the beautiful surroundings of the Garden.
Entry to the event is FREE.
Ventnor Fringe 23 – 28 July
The entire sunny seaside town of Ventnor is transformed into a fabulous arts and music festival. Enjoy ‘pop up’ cinemas, basement bars, pianos in the streets, gigs in local’s houses, mystery tours and intimate church shows at this award-winning festival.
Ska Wars 9 August
Kicking off the Jack Up the 80s weekend is Ska Wars!
Ska music originally came from Jamaica and started in the late 1950s. Hugely popular in the late 70 and early 80s, you’ll probably most familiar with bands such as Madness .
Look and listen as the Island’s very own Ska’d For Life go head to head with the mighty Bad Manners, fronted by the legendary Buster Bloodvessel!
Tickets are just £15 for adults, £10 for teens (aged 13-17) and kids under 12 get free entry.
Get ready for some serious entertainment and look forward to an evening of the very best of British two-tone/ska.
Let the battle commence!
Muddy Bull Run 28 September
How about getting down and dirty?
The Muddy Bull Run is the Island’s first ever cross county obstacle course! A challenging yet enjoyable run where you will get positively muddy.
Head to Three Gates Farm… about halfway between Yarmouth and Newport… get your running shoes on and run, jump, climb, swing and crawl through a muddy, messy course.
Designed to be both interesting and challenging, you’ll be stretching yourself physically, mentally and emotionally. Get a team together as some of the obstacles are more challenging than others and will need a ‘joined up’ approach.
Choose the course distance to best suit you… 10km with the 5km Bull Run using the first half of the course.
Fan TC Con 24 – 25 August
Calling all sci-fi, comic and fantasy fans! Fan TC Con is coming to the Island over the August bank holiday weekend. A fan-run event for fans, embracing the culture and phenomena that surrounds these genres.
So good, the Time Lord himself will be making an appearance. Expect to see celebrity guests such as Colin Baker i.e the sixth Dr Who, John Lesson (better known as K-9) Andrew Smith (author Full Circle), Martin Ballantyre (Harry Potter) plus many others.
You will also be able to see the Island’s very own superhero, The Wight Knight, as seen on This Morning. There’s a kids zone, charity auction, face painting, competitions, and a whole host more to keep you entertained throughout the weekend.
Book tickets eventbrite.co.uk/e/fan-tc-con-tickets