Press release publish date: 9:35 am Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
2017 is set to be another bumper year for events and activities on the Isle of Wight and as the year gets into full swing, Wightlink Isle of Wight Ferries has highlighted its top picks from blockbuster festivals, sports extravaganzas and family favourites – there is something for everyone. And, with three brand new events coming to the Island this year, 2017 is the perfect time to experience the Isle of Wight.
Four amazing festival frolics
Acoustic Isle Festival 24 February – 6 March
For those seeking a laid-back, relaxed festival vibe, Acoustic Isle is the perfect reason to visit the Isle of Wight this winter. Spread in venues across the Island, Acoustic Isle also enables visitors to explore and relax, as they watch live music in cosy village pubs serving the best in delicious local food and drink, and often offering accommodation as well.
The Isle of Wight Festival 8-11 June
This iconic festival is known as one of the best music festivals in the UK – and is not to be missed. Winner of the Best Family Friendly Festival in the 2016 Family Traveller Awards, it is ideal for music lovers of all ages, and with headliners this year including Arcade Fire, Rod Stewart, David Guetta and Run DMC, it is not to be missed. Plan ahead and book ferry travel soon to take advantage of Wightlink’s Early Bird Ferry Fares until 31 January 2017.
Ventnor Fringe 8 – 13 August
Originally created by a team of local students in 2010, Ventnor Fringe follows the core principles of the famous Edinburgh Fringe that inspired it, in which any artist can take part. From musicians to comedians, poets to dancers and pop-up cinemas to woodland sing-alongs, the Ventnor Fringe is an exciting place for a culture vulture. Ventnor Fringe has grown into one of the Island’s most exciting new eclectic festivals, attracting performers from all over the world.
Jack up the 80s 11 – 13 August
With the artists Jason Donovan, Alexander O’Neal, Bruce Foxton From The Jam and The Real Thing already confirmed, this 80s revisit in Ryde is sure to be a hit. Tickets will be on sale from 23 January, so make sure to grab these tickets while they’re hot – after all, they are Especially For You.
Two seriously sporty endeavours
NEW Isle of Wight Festival of Running 2-4 June
New to the Island for 2017, the Festival of Running will see runners of all abilities taking to the beautiful countryside to explore the Island on foot. From fun runs to half marathons, every level of runner is welcome to enjoy what is set to be a fantastic running event for all the family.
Isle Walk 2017 29 April – 14 May
This popular – and free – walking festival will take place between 29 April and 14 May in 2017, so visitors and locals alike can experience the Island up close on trails all over the Island’s countryside and beaches. Wightlink are encouraging visitors to Drive Less, See More, to help make the trip a true change from the hectic pace of everyday life. Book early to get the best deals, and Wightlink can whisk you across to the Island to make the most of the outdoors.
Four of the best cultural and quirky activities
NEW Number One Island 19 January, and every month afterwards
Bestival founder Rob da Bank is launching his latest creation on the Isle of Wight, as Number One Island makes its debut at The Cow Co, Tapnell Farm, on January 19th. This will be a monthly music night showcasing the musical talents on the Island – including artists, bands and producers.
NEW Isle of Wight Pride 15 July
Taking place on the streets of Ryde this summer, this is the first time that the Isle of Wight will host a Pride. This is being planned as an inclusive day out for all the family, who will be able to enjoy a parade through the streets and help to celebrate the diversity and community of the Isle of Wight.
Sandown Carnival 30 July
Celebrate 127 years of Sandown Carnival for a fantastic day of family fun. With an extravaganza of activities, parades, competitions and more, culminating in a fantastic fireworks display, the Sandown Carnival is a great day out on the Isle of Wight.
Isle of Wight Day 23 September
This day of celebration will bring together businesses, community groups, towns and villages all in a fun-filled day, which will boast a food festival in Bembridge harbour, a Grand Parade and many more family-friendly activities. This is a fantastic way to experience the very best of Island life – and will be a day out to remember.
With all this and more to come, 2017 is the year to visit. The Isle of Wight is the place to be and Wightlink Ferries is the way to get there. So what are you waiting for? Book in advance to get the best ferry prices and plan your trip to the Island in 2017.
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