Whoop! It’s that time of year when it seems to be a Bank Holiday every other weekend and the Monday blues feel like a thing of the past (Hallelujah!). Here on the Isle of Wight, you will find plenty of things to do and some great events taking place. So no matter what the weather (although we are keeping our fingers crossed for more sunshine) here is our guide to some of the things to do on the Island this Bank Holiday Weekend…
Isle of Wight Walking Festival
Running from the 4-19 May, take in the beautiful scenery of the Island in the best way possible and choose from the many walks on offer. There are short walks, mammoth walks and everything in between; coastal walks, in-land walks, historical walks and foodie walks. So no matter what your ability, make the most of the beautiful month of May and get out and explore the Isle of Wight.
Visit isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk for more information.
14th Annual Real Ale Festival
Ale fans rejoice – the Isle of Wight Steam Railway is hosting it’s 14th Real Ale Festival this weekend. Choose from over 40 real ales (including a good range brewed right here on the Isle of Wight) and sever real ciders. There is live music each afternoon, plus refreshments and a steam train service running for those who fancy a ride. There is free admission to the Festival which is open from 11am till 7pm on Saturday and Sunday and from 11am till 5pm on Bank Holiday Monday. Find out more here.
All Along the Riverbank
Take the whole family out and explore the wildlife at this delightful outdoor arts and countryside festival taking place on May Day. Discover more about the local environment with family and friends. The event, now in its third year, is held on bank holiday Monday alongside a stretch of the River Yar between Sandown and Newchurch. This area is home to an abundance of diverse plants and wildlife, social history, rich archaeological finds, woodland and marsh nature reserve. Visitors are encouraged to walk, cycle or ride the two-mile-long trail at their own pace.
For more information visit thenewcarnivalcompany.com
May the Fourth be with you!
Star Wars and Sci-fi fun takes over Tapnell Farm Park on Saturday. Enjoy close combat galactic training: Learn the art and skill behind sword fighting with space combat masters. Design a Space Robot plus, there’s face painting, themed music and decorations, space treats to purchase from the cafe and shop, and special guests from across the universe with the Isle of Wight Garrison. Get your entry tickets here.
Moules & Frites Fridays
The return of a very popular evening, Moules and Frites Fridays returns to The Fishbourne. This time you can savour the French classic every Friday evening throughout May. Find this event and more at thefishbourne.co.uk