As summer rolls to a close, the August Bank Holiday weekend (Fri 23 – Mon 26 August) is the perfect chance for one last adventure and the Isle of Wight has plenty in store for visitors. With events to delight children and parents alike, families can enjoy a great weekend or day trip to see out the end of summer in style. And with Wightlink’s Kids Go Free offer still running until 4 September, families can enjoy their Island adventure alongside some fantastic savings.
Wightlink’s top recommendations this August Bank Holiday include:
Jungle Fever at Robin Hill (until 31 August)
Family fun never ceases on the Isle of Wight and children will love Jungle Fever, which includes the opportunity to meet majestic life-sized African animal puppets at Robin Hill Country Park. The event features live music, character meet and greets – including the chance to meet Annie the giraffe, Jabi the zebra and Lenny the lion – as well as special jungle-themed performances. With the event finishing on 31 August, the Bank Holiday is the perfect chance to enjoy some jungle action before it’s too late. Tickets start from £24 per person.
Blackgang Chine’s Big Night Out (Friday 23 & Monday 26 August)
At Blackgang Chine’s Big Night Out you can expect visits from resident characters including Cowboys, Pirates, Dodos and Fairies. With workshops, entertainers and shows, there’s guaranteed to be plenty of fun summery shenanigans.
Head down to Pirate Cove as the sun sets and watch it transform into one giant dance floor with a live DJ, an epic party atmosphere and bubble machines – there will be plenty of excitement to keep the kids dancing through the evening.
Junior Track Days (until 28 August)
For families with budding drivers aged 8 – 15, Junior Track Days at Wight Karting are a great chance to let kids be adrenaline junkies for the day. Children can enjoy their own driver training academy and, by the end of the day, will have trained to race from levels 1 – 5 and be ready for faster karts. These days offer a great day to keep the kids entertained while parents can sit back and relax.
The 45th Island Steam Show at Isle of Wight Steam Railway (23 – 26 August)
The 45th Annual Island Steam Shown is an action-packed event for families, and with much more than just the steam railway on show. Visitors can see the Haven Falconry’s beautiful birds of prey as well as enjoy a terrific line-up of live bands, fascinating crafts stalls and tasty refreshments. And of course, the highlight of the day will be to settle back for a steam train ride throughout the Island’s beautiful countryside, as well as the chance to take a look at the vintage cars and motorcycles on display.
Isle of Wight Scooter Rally (23 – 26 August)
Also returning this year is the Isle of Wight Scooter Rally and Wightlink is offering 20% off ferry travel for those attending. Modern and vintage scooters will take over Ryde and Sandown for a weekend of events, including performances and a big ride-out on Sunday 26 August. Further entertainment will include a number of bands and DJs to enjoy, such as Maybe Oasis, the Signatures and Target 5.
With all of this and more, August Bank Holiday is a fantastic time to head to the Isle of Wight and enjoy a last chance to try out some of the Island’s best summer events and activities.
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