Home to world-famous music festivals, through to internationally renowned sailing regattas, the Isle of Wight has a wealth of events sure to appeal to every taste.

Although headline acts such as The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, and Elton John have graced the Island with their presence, it’s sometimes easy to forget some of the more traditional old-school fun you can still enjoy on the Isle of Wight.

Long hailed as the ‘Carnival Capital’ of the UK, you’ll find events with a wealth of heritage and history behind them. Ryde Carnival’s Illuminated procession, is the longest-running Island carnival, first being held in honour of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887. Nowadays you can find ‘Notting Hill-style’ dancers and revellers alongside the traditional seaside carnival queens!

You’ll find that it isn’t just about the carnival parade itself, many towns and villages will adorn their streets with decorations, banners and flags. The carnival is seen as a day of celebration for the towns, often with a programme of live music and other family events throughout the day.  Ventnor Carnival is one of the Isle of Wight’s biggest celebrations of the summer, with local businesses decorating shops, pop-up performances around the town and the famous ‘Ventnor Comic-Jazz Band’ parading the streets throughout the day into the early hours.

After-dark the carnivals take on a different guise, the streets are filled with colour as processions light up the night, at certain events such as Ventnor, you’ll find that fireworks compliment the offering with many great spots to view from the town.

As the summer draws to a close, you still have an opportunity to experience this seaside summer tradition. This week you’ll find the illuminated processions for Newport and Cowes take place (Thursday and Saturday respectively). See our list for the rest of the carnivals taking place this summer.  

If traditional seaside fun is what you’re looking for, then Vectis Holiday Homes provides high-quality apartments suitable for travelling couples right through to the full family.  Closely situated to the Isle of Wight’s top beach resorts, Shanklin, Sandown and Ventnor and miles of unspoilt natural landscapes right on your doorstep.

Newport Illuminated Carnival

Thursday, 22 August

21:00

Cowes Illuminated Carnival

Saturday, 24 August

21:00

St Helens Carnival

Monday, 26 August

18:30

Ryde children’s Carnival

Wednesday, 28 August

15:00

Sandown Illuminated Carnival

Wednesday, 28 August

20:30

Sandown Illuminated Carnival

Wednesday, 28 August

20:30

Ryde Main Carnival

Thursday, 29 August

18:30

Ryde Illuminated Carnival

Saturday, 31 August

20:30