The Isle of Wight is a natural playground for families; there are so many places to have fun every day.

But how do you plan your visit without missing out on the best events the Island has to offer? Here’s our guide to the best family-friendly events in 2018.

And don’t forget…during the summer break (23 July – 2 September 2018) you can take up to two children aged 5-15 for free with every adult foot passenger day return ticket.  You can book the offer online or quote “Kids Go Free” at our ticket offices.

Blackgang Chine’s Birthday Bash

23 July – 29 August 2018

Beginning 23 July to 29 August, join in the fun for Blackgang’s Birthday Bash and help celebrate 175 years of fun on the Island.

This event offers endless family fun with non-stop events and attractions for all ages. Children can immerse themselves in the theatrical live-action Cowboy Show and enjoy their 15 minutes of fame by becoming the stars of the show. Adventure into the fairy show, as the Fairy Queen and her friends help to bring a touch of magic to the celebrations. There’s also a chance to take part in a circus workshop, where kids can learn how to juggle, plate spin and more.

Every Monday & Wednesday a stunning firework display ends the evening, followed by a character farewell to send guests on their way.

Lendy Cowes Week

4 – 11 August 2018

The annual Lendy Cowes Week returns to the Island. Each day, enjoy thrilling regatta racing with special programmes set to take place throughout the week, including live music day, family day, youth day, Cowes parade and Red Arrows display and Cowes week fireworks.

Jack up the 80s, Ryde

10 – 12 August 2018

Don’t miss this family-friendly throwback festival featuring popular chart acts. Take the kids back to a time when disco balls were spinning, we were voguing and cassette tapes were tangling. And the little ones (12 years and under) enter the festival for FREE*!

The kids’ marquee offers a bright, friendly and welcoming environment where families can enjoy a range of creative fun such as pebble painting, pottery painting, salt dough models, games and more! It will also feature a chill out area with cushions and books to read plus colouring and games for younger children. There will be a free outdoor play area with garden games, mats, sand pit, giant Jenga and Connect 4.

Various stalls will also be offering face painting motifs, glitter tattoos and the Chill Out field will be home to kids rides and inflatables and Vintage Island Amusements.

*All under 12’s must be accompanied by an adult ticket holder in order to qualify.

Jack up the 80s family fun

Garlic Festival, Sandown

18 – 19 August 2018

This unique show offers food and entertainment at its very best. There are huge garlic and food marquees, cooking demonstrations from top Island chefs, children’s entertainers, archery and a giant funfair.

There are local craft and market stalls, talented animals and arena entertainment. Plus, live music on the big stage, a big beer tent and straw bales so you can relax together and enjoy the atmosphere.

Fairweather Festival

31 August – 1 September 2018

Fairweather Festival takes place at the Sandown Airport from 31 July – 1 August and includes a line-up of some of the biggest artists from around the world.

The festival is aimed at providing something for the whole family so kids can enjoy a full fun fair, children’s area, glitter, street food, stalls & games and more.

Official Bear Hunt Weekend, St Helens

8 – 9 September 2018

Families looking for adventure can run through the wavy grass and splosh through the waves when they go on a Bear Hunt at St Helens.

These special weekends, hosted by the National Trust, will feature fun nature-themed activities for little ones, inspired by the children’s book ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’.

Explorers can find out about the wildlife around them as they hunt for hidden bears across the grassy dunes and sandy beach.

And don’t forget, you can win lots of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt prizes and a holiday to the Isle of Wight in our competition.

Eklectica, Robin Hill

7-9 September 2018

A boutique music festival with a twist, Eklectica is now in its second year.

Set in the stunning woodlands of Robin Hill Country Park, Eklectica will be playing host to The Fratellis, Scouting for Girls, Tinchy Stryder, The Hoosiers, Pixie Lott and Toploader.

Enjoy a fully immersive festival experience and make the ancient woodlands your home for the weekend with a camping package. The Family Camping area offers a relaxed atmosphere with like-minded families looking for a chilled out festival experience.

Isle of Wight Day

22 September 2018

While the summer months may be coming to an end, squeeze in one last day of fun at Isle of Wight Day.

This special day features various activities and events like the Big Parade, Island’s Got Talent, beach clean-ups with Nipper The Crab, Dish of the Isle of Wight Day, Songs of Praise, Island Art Extravaganza and more. This event also helps to raise money for some fantastic Isle of Wight causes so visitors can enjoy themselves and give-back all at the same time.


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