Isle of Wight August 2017

With the summer season in full swing on the Isle of Wight here is a quick reminder of things to do on your self catering holiday on the Isle of Wight.

Robin Hill 

It’s carnival time!  Experience amazing days and stunning nights this summer, when the park and its attractions stay open late until 10pm every Tuesday and Thursday evening until 31st August 2017. 

Carnival entertainment starts from 6pm. Enjoy an evening of carnival themed fun and entertainment that includes our Squawk birds and Squawkettes in an evening procession with samba band parading through the woodlands, an amazing new Illusions Show, children’s dance workshops, Wings by Twilight and more.

Plus visitors can enjoy a summer evening BBQ in Africa, traditional ‘Fish ‘n’ Chip’ Supper in our serene woodland pond setting or relax with a drink in the Woodland Bar. Ride attractions and play areas will also be open until late. A great family night out!

For full programme of events, please visit

The Needles – Music and Magic in the Skies 

For five weeks only They’re open late every Thursday for a no-stop party of games, live music and street entertainment with a spectacular pyromusical finale* lighting up the skies above the Needles.

Thursday 3rd August until Thursday 31st August

With a thrilling range of free live entertainment taking place throughout the six week summer holiday period, the Needles is the ultimate family destination this summer.

For more details on free 2017 events please visit The Needles Website

*weather permitting

Blackgang Chine Fireworks 

Every Wednesday night during the school holidays – back by popular demand – the famous “Big Night Out”™ Fireworks Extravaganza!  This really is not to be missed. Enjoy an evening of fun and entertainment including street performers, an incredible fire show, a BBQ and … to bring your day to a spectacular end, the awe-inspiring musical firework display set off from the cliff edge!

For full programme of events visit

The Garlic Festival 

Set against a beautiful backdrop of rolling green hills and farmland, the Garlic Festival is located just outside of Newchurch at the heart of the stunning Isle of Wight. The show is food and entertainment at its very best. A vast array of eats, sights and sounds to suit all tastes and ages.

The Isle of Wight Garlic Festival is the islands biggest summer show and simply the best day out for all the family. Entertainment includes:

Huge garlic marquees featuring cookery demos all day long.
100’s of arts and craft stalls, businesses and mouth watering food.
Local produce to tempt your taste buds.
Talented animals and arena entertainment. Live music.
Children’s entertainers, archery and giant fun fair.

IOW International Scooter Rally 

From the 25th -28th August, one of the biggest scooter rallies in the world. Modern and Vintage scooters congregate at Ryde for the weekend, and plenty of entertainment if you’re not a scooter fanatic.

For more information:

Island Steam Show 

At Havenstreet on the 25th – 28th August (the same weekend as the scooter rally), the 43rd Island Steam Show. A great day of family entertainment, combines working steam exhibits, food stalls, interesting market stalls and a traditional fairground.

For more information visit:

British Powerboat Racing Club 

Cowes Classic International Powerboat Races

For Race Start Times please visit the website;  
– Parade of boats Cowes 08:45 am
– Cowes – Torquay (09:30 am)
– Parade of boats Torquay 13:30 pm 
– Torquay – Cowes (14:00 pm) 

Follow @ facebook British Powerboat Racing Club for latest race news.


Summer Shindigs and Fiesta

Summer Shindigs are returning to The Cow Co. Restaurant at Tapnell Farm. BIG summer parties every week of the holidays, with a different theme of family friendly entertainment each week.

For this week’s instalment, there’s no time for a siesta as the Sunset Fiesta Summer Shindig kicks off from 5pm.

Gather all your amigos and join them for a mojito (or two) to watch the sun go down and revel in toe-tapping live music from our unforgettable and authentic mariachi band, Vote Pedro.

Visit the vintage amusements and show off just how macho you can be at the coconut shy and shooting range.

Have a go on the Rodeo Bull and a bounce on the outdoor inflatables. There’ll be piñatas, sombreros, Mexican moustaches and even free ponchos, just in case the weather doesn’t hold out. But don’t worry, the party will move inside The Cow Co in case of bad weather.

Pay a visit to the pop up bar, there’ll be cocktails, buckets of beer and even Mexican Mocktails for the kids. The Cow Co will be serving take-out style food and there’ll be lots more family friendly entertainment everyone, whatever their age can enjoy including a face painter and giant lawn games.

Summer Shindigs begin at 5pm each week. It is free entry and there’s plenty of free parking.

Please note the rodeo bull and some other rides have a charge.

Summer Shindigs take place every Thursday from the 27th July until 31st August. Each week has a different theme, entertainment and activities. From 5pm to 9pm each week.


Summer Shindig: Sundown Cinema