October Isle of Wight Events

October is a lovely month for a self catering holiday to the Isle of Wight and The Wight Holiday Company has some great self catering holiday accommodation offers for you, including free ferry travel with Red Funnel Ferries.

There are lots of fantastic events taking place across the Island for all ages. There are classic buses taking you on a trip to enjoy ale in great pubs, a literary festival packed with great speakers for you to enjoy, as well as festivals full of light and wonder, celebrating India’s 70th anniversary of independence.

You can also be inspired by a literary heroes trail and find out what it was like to live the on the Island during the reign of Queen Victoria.

Follow the lights

Robin Hill’s popular electric woods event, the Festival of Light, inspired by Diwali, returns this autumn. The event celebrates the 70th anniversary of India’s independence, with stunning lights, beautiful creative colour, sound and entertainment.

You can enjoy the sights and sounds of the festival every evening from 30th September to 4th November. Experience the lush colours, flavours and magic, set in Robin Hill’s glorious autumnal ancient woodland as they venture on a journey of discovery of India.

Discover the illuminations

Step into one of the oldest theme parks in the country and enjoy Blackgang Chine’s famous illuminations, which will light up the park during the autumn half term. Enjoy the excitement and magic of the park during the day and stay on for the evening to experience the famous illuminations. Head to Blackgang Chine on Fridays and Saturdays between 6th October and the 5th November.

Celebrate literature

The Red Funnel Isle of Wight Literary Festival returns from October 12th to October 15th, with a host of fantastic speakers and authors attending. The festival mainly takes place at Northwood House, an iconic Grade II* listed manor house in Cowes. Confirmed speakers include Andrew Marr, Val McDermid and Xiaolu Guo, amongst others. There is also a youth zone, with storytellers, the chance to invent their own magic and drawing workshops, for those aged 4 to 13.

And if that inspires you to find out more about literature on the Isle of Wight, why not take part in the Literary Heroes Trail.

Classic Beers, Buses and Walks

Why not enjoy a day out, with the Classic Beers, Buses and Walks event, taking place across the Island – with plenty of beers, buses and walks to enjoy. Join in on October 14th and 15th and look forward to a fantastic weekend and great beer. Classic buses are operating free heritage services between Pubs serving Real Ales. Or walk between pubs if you prefer

Even more in October

If you want to take part in some spooky activities and enjoy some wizarding wonders with your little one, you’ll love what Bebeccino in Newport are putting on. There are plenty of activities to get your teeth into, 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.

There is so much more to explore in October. If you are inspired by the new Victoria and Abdul film, why not follow in the footsteps of Queen Victoria, with Victoria’s Island Trail.

And why not be inspired by what is happening on the Island during the October half term. There are plenty of fun activities taking place across the Island, to help you make the most of your time.