The Isle of Wight In October

What’s happening on the Isle of Wight this October? Here is a round up of things we things we think you would enjoy on your October self catering break on the Isle of Wight. There are some great things going on the Isle of Wight for throughout October, especially October Half Term, if you haven’t picked your accommodations yet, why not take a look at what The Wight Holiday Company have to offer… Properties. The Wight Holiday Company can offer all self catering holiday accommodation guests discounted ferry crossings to the Isle of Wight with both Red Funnel and Wightlink.

Festival Of Light

Every evening from 30th September to 4th November, 6pm – 10pm, visitors can experience the lush colours, flavours and magic of the Asian sub-continent set in Robin Hill’s glorious autumnal ancient woodland as they venture on a journey of discovery of India.

This unique outdoor event takes on a fresh approach which will immerse visitors in different experiences within each woodland area, transformed by innovative, contrasting themes and lighting effects.

From the bright lights and digital feel of modern India, venture into the wild and enchanting forests, discover elephants, tigers, monkeys … creatively brought to life. Walk down the highway and find yourself amidst the hustle and bustle of urban life and Indian bazaars as well as absorb the aromas of Indian cuisine.           

Blackgang Chine Illuminations                 

Blackgang Chine’s famous illuminations will once again light up during the Autumn 2017 half term!

Enjoy the park by day, and then as the light begins to fade, enjoy the magical experience of the famous evening illuminations.

Plus, don’t miss their additional half-term shows!

Isle of Wight Literary Festival

Names announced for this year’s Literary Festival, Thursday 12th October – Sunday 15th October, include Andrew Marr, author, distinguished print and television political journalist and presenter of The Andrew Marr Show on BBC 1 and Start the Week on BBC Radio 4,  Val McDermid, Scotland’s Queen of the psychological thriller, Dame Jenni Murray, the doyenne of the renowned and long-running BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour since 1987, Jim Al-Khalili, Professor of Physics, author and Presenter of The Life Scientific on BBC Radio 4,  and Xiaolu Guo, Granta Best Young British Novelist and Orange Prize short-listed author of I Am China. 

A full programme of events is provided especially for young people aged four to 18+ at Northwood House and in the custom designed Youth Zone. Comprised of the Inspire Yurt, the Imagine Yurt and the Entertain Hall, the Youth Zone hosts entertainers, storytellers, authors and theatre productions.   

Continuing the Literary Festival’s musical tradition and in association with Newport Jazz Festival Weekend, dance to and enjoy the beat of the Gypsy Jazz Band Gramophone Party Friday, 13th October. The Gramophone Party conjures up a world of vanished speakeasies and smoky music hall’s.

Spooky Shenanigans 

It wouldn’t be October half term without some spooky shenanigans across the Island. Check out Wizard Week and Halloween Fright Night at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway if you dare!  

Carisbrooke Castle turns into spooky castle this half term with a range of different activities across the castle and dress in your best spooky costume to be in with the chance of winning a prize.  

If you’re visiting the famous Needles Landmark Attraction, keep an eye out for ghostly goings on as you walk round the park! 

A visit to Tapnell Farm Park will keep the little monsters amused with a range of activities from Bugs and Beasties Encounters through to a Dress your Mummy as a Mummy competition.  

And if you want your little one to enjoy halloween, why not head to Bebeccino in Newport where there will be a number of exciting events taking place, including a Quiet Halloween Party, a Day of the Dead Halloween Party for children a little older and more adventurous, Halloween Pottery Painting, an Owl Encounter event, and Huxley’s Harry Potter Themed Magic Show. Click on each event for more information and pricing.

Halloween Half Term Extravaganza at Arreton Barns

There are plenty of treats (no tricks) at Arreton Barns this half term. Head on over from Wednesday 25th October to Friday 27th October for Halloween themed fun, There will be spooky treasure hunts, creepy creatures, magic shows, and much more! The event will come to a dramatic close with a fabulous fireworks finale on Friday 27th October from 7:30pm.