Festival of Light 30th September – 4th November
This regular Diwali inspired event will celebrate 70 years of India’s independence this year. The event lights up Robin Hill Country Park, with creative light, colour, sound, and entertainment to reflect the many facets of Indian culture. There’s also activities such as art workshops, aerial silk displays, and a bird of prey showcase. With authentic Indian food, as well as a free bag of Holi powder for every first time visitor, this really is a great thing to do with the whole family.
Isle of Wight Literary Festival 12th – 15th October
Jam-packed with loads of speakers, the Literary Festival is a wonderful celebration of the written word, with talks about history, publishing, illustration, and social politics, amongst others. Some of the speakers include BBC’s Andrew Marr, leading Literary Agent Caroline Sheldon, and Grantchester screenwriter Daisy Coulam, and the main venue is the stunning Northwood House in Cowes. Take a look at their website to see the full programme and plan your visit.
Classic Buses, Beers and Walks 14th-15th October
With over 100 vintage buses taking visitors on tours of the island, this event is one not to miss if you’re into anything nostalgic. The tours will be stopping at some of the best pubs on the island, and there’s also walking routes for those who prefer to walk off their pints! Travel on the buses is free, although you can support the festival by buying one of their programmes for £6. The brochures detail the routes, beers, and buses available, so are definitely handy to have.
The Isle of Wight steam railway is a great place to enjoy the build up to Halloween. Wizard Week involves magic shows, steam train rides, a woodland walk, crafts, and fancy dress with prizes. It’s a perfect place to take the children during the half term week. Then, Halloween Fright Night gives a slightly scarier experience, with multiple ‘fright’ trains running, scary stories and tales of paranormal explorations, and entertainment in the station yard. The restaurant will be serving Halloween meals, and there will be dancing in the evening as the bar is staying open until 11pm. There’s also night time trains to take you around the gorgeous, if slightly spooky, nighttime countryside.
Santa Specials Various dates throughout December
This one will definitely get you into the Christmas spirit! There will be an extremely festive atmosphere at Havenstreet Station, with live Christmas music, crafts market, entertainment, and magic shows for the children. They’ll be able to meet Santa, receive a gift, and then enjoy a cosy ten mile round trip through the island’s countryside. There will be seasonal food and drink available in the refreshment rooms, and a Christmas gift shop as well.