The UK summer festival season is upon us, with the first of the major UK festivals taking place this weekend. Isle of Wight Festival remains firmly rooted in its heritage, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the inaugural festival last year in 2018.

Not only is it the first of the major festivals of the summer, but can also lay claim to enjoying some of the best weather of any UK festival, thanks to the Isle of Wight’s unique microclimate.

Of course everyone knows all about the headline acts on the mainstage, including Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, George Ezra, and Biffy Clyro, but there’s way more to the festival to discover than just the mainstage! Around its riverside location, you’ll find everything from paint parties, hidden bars, plus some of the best upcoming bands and artists from around the UK and further afield.

1) Make a difference…

Discover the Old Mout Cider Kiwi Camp, the little camp with a big impact! Inspired by nature, this year they’ve teamed up with WWF to protect global habitats and the Kiwi bird. With loads of fun ways for you to get involved and make a difference right here in Kiwi Camp with their fun ‘do good’ challenges, you can even bring an unloved item to the Camp to upcycle it. Complete all four challenges to be up with the chance of being crowned their ‘Ultimate Kiwi Hero’!

2) Find a quirky party in the woods…

If you go down to the woods, you’re sure to find an odd surprise.  Contortionists, fire eaters, DJ’s, comedians, jugglers, acrobats and aerial-artists are just a few of the wonders you’ll be able to find in the woodlands of the festival.  Over the weekend, enjoy morning yoga sessions, get your fortune read or simply enjoy laying back in the Shisha bar and watch the world go by.

3) Find your new favourite band…

Don’t just spend your whole weekend at the mainstage or the big top, throughout the festival take the time to discover some of the more unusual acts and upcoming artists at the smaller stages around the site. This Feeling with Pirate Studios is home to upcoming artists such as Jack Perret, Walt Disco and The Orders, or for something a little closer to home, check out the Platform One stage. Home to local musicians including Claydon Connor, Jaz Connell and Deco, this stage, run by the local music college, is the perfect spot to discover the mainstage acts of tomorrow.

4) Support local causes…

Kashmir Cafe is the place to unwind after a busy day dancing around the festival, run by the local arts centre, Quay Arts, located just 5 minutes down the river. Featuring a programme of local artists across the weekend, this is one of the few places at the festival you can enjoy a local beer or ale. Take time to check out this often bustling spot, whilst knowing you’re supporting a local charity in the process!

5) Explore the rest of the Island…

The Isle of Wight Festival is uniquely situated in the heart of the Island. Newport is just on the festival’s doorstep and here you’ll find a plethora of unique pubs and restaurants to enjoy if you need to escape the festival.  As well as this there are so many other places to discover across the Isle of Wight, and a regular bus service means that you are able to explore the whole diamond Isle with ease. Need some quiet time? Explore one of the many beaches around the Island, with Cowes and Ryde just a 15 minute bus journey away. For something a little more unique, Compton Bay, located on the South coast of the Isle of Wight, is perfect for those looking for an escape.

If you’re joining us on the Isle of Wight for this years festival or any of the upcoming events on the Island, be sure to check our availability. Located in Shanklin close to a regular bus services, Vectis Holiday Homes is perfectly situated for the discerning festival-goer looking to avoid the campsite.  Our holiday apartments are perfect whether your just a couple or a full family, to perfect place to stop-off after a day of partying.