What to do on the Isle of Wight this bank holiday Monday

Are you looking for something to do on the island this bank holiday Monday? There’s lots for the whole family to enjoy, here are a few options;

International Scooter Rally (25th-28th August)

With 5,000 scooters expected on the island during the festival, if you’re a mod at heart you won’t want to miss this! One of the biggest scooter rallies in the world, there will be entertainment over the weekend, and a showstopping ‘ride-out’ from Ryde seafront on the Sunday. Centering in Ryde, definitely make your way there to marvel at the various scooters, as well as entertainment at Smallbrook Stadium, Ryde Pavillion Bar amongst others.

Island Steam Show (25th-28th August)

Set to be a brilliant day out for the whole family, the 43rd Island Steam Show involves steam train trips, entertainment in the main arena, comedy, fair rides and vintage cars on show. There will also be a chance to pick up some local crafts from stalls, as well as refresh yourselves at the beer tent. Moto-Stunts International will be putting on a must-see stunt show – which won’t be one for the faint hearted!

Cowes Classic Powerboat Race (27th August)

This 200 mile race is compared to Le Mans, for its sheer difficulty, and can be completed in 3 hours. The best places to watch from our Egypt Point and Victoria Fort, so why not set up with a picnic and lovely sea views to watch the thrilling race? Fort Victoria also houses lots to keep the children entertained, from an underwater archeology centre to a planetarium.

Arreton Barns

The biggest arts and crafts centre on the island, Arreton Barns truly has something for everyone. You can watch skilled crafters in their workshop, or explore the duck pond, village green or sweet shop. The barns also has a pub called The Dairymans Daughter, which is a great spot for some lunch and a drink. Over the bank holiday weekend, Isle Bounce will also be at the barns, with various bouncy castles to wear the children out!

Monkey Haven

Definitely one for the animal lovers, Monkey Haven is a rescue for primates such as monkeys, gibbons and marmosets. They give these lovely animals a new life, and also care for meerkats, owls and reptiles. There are lots of chances to educate as well, with keeper talks and feedings, as well as the chance to get up close and personal with many of the creatures.


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