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Reasons to visit the Isle of Wight this Autumn
Isle of Wight Blog
Head to the Isle of Wight this autumn and be enthralled by unspoilt landscapes, towns and villages. If you’ve not visited during this time of year before you’ll find the experience really quite different as the pace of life slows down from the hustle and bustle of the busy summer months. You’ll find an inspiring and relaxing island escape, stunning scenery and unequalled outdoor activities with lots of attractions open and a full programme of events and activities for you to enjoy:
Isle of Wight Day Saturday 24th September
New this year, Isle of Wight Day will celebrate the very best of Island life as businesses, community groups, towns and villages come together to create an exciting programme for local people and visitors to enjoy. Dozens of events are planned including a food festival in Bembridge harbour, which will allow people to feast on all that’s local from the Island’s land and sea, an evening of Shakespeare with live music and a rustic blend of wit, eccentricity and originality - and a Grand Parade through the Island’s capital town of Newport with a Military-style Tattoo in Newport’s St George’s Park. So come along, join in the fun and be part of the Island celebrations
More information: http://www.isleofwightday.com/
Robin Hill’s Electric Woods – Festival of Light inspired by Diwali, near Newport 1st October - 5th November
Enjoy the ambience of Robin Hill’s ‘Electric Woods’ with the Festival of Light inspired by Diwali, a stunning spectacle of creatively themed light, colour, sound, and entertainment inspired by India. As darkness falls, experience the lush colours, flavours and magic of the Asian sub-continent set in Robin Hill’s glorious autumnal ancient woodland.
Park open evenings: 6pm – 10pm (open till 9pm during half term, 22nd – 30th October 2016). More information: www.electricwoods.co.uk
Isle of Fright, Islandwide October Half Term
A frightful feast of fun-fuelled events for the whole family, including Spooky Castle at Carisbrooke (http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/whats-on/spooky-castle-Cari-22-10-2016/) Wizard Week at the IW Steam Railway (http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk/events/wizard-week.aspx), Awesome Autumn Adventures at the Needles Old Battery where kids can enjoy a swashbuckling adventure and hear stories of the shipwrecks surrounding the Isle of Wight and Trick or Tree-t with Goodleaf tree climbing
More information: http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/whats-on/events/isle-of-fright
Isle of Wight Literary Festival, Northwood House, Cowes 13th - 16th October
Now in its fifth year, the Isle of Wight Literary Festival attracts well known fiction and non-fiction writers, journalists, military men, actors and historians. Some of the speakers confirmed for this year are Michael Portillo, writer, broadcaster and former politician, will be talking about ”Life: A Game of Two Halves”, Michael Billington, the doyen of British theatre critics, will be discussing his book “The 101 Greatest Plays” from antiquity to the present and Rosamund Lupton best-selling author of “Sister” and “The Quality of Silence”.
More information: http://www.isleofwightliteraryfestival.com/
Beer, Buses & Walks at the IW Bus & Coach Museum, Ryde 15th & 16th October
Beer and bus lovers are invited to join the perfect “pub crawl” as the Isle of Wight branch of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) and the IW Bus Museum join forces again to host the annual Classic Buses, Beer and Walks Weekend. Vintage buses will transport visitors to and from pubs located right across the Island, allowing them to “hop-off” and enjoy a walk through the Island’s autumn landscape.
More information: http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/whats-on/beer-buses-and-walks-at-the-iow-bus-and-coach-museum-p1269771
Isle of Wight Autumn Walking Festival, Islandwide 21st - 23rd October
The Autumn Walking Weekend gives you the opportunity to breathe in the beautiful scenery and autumnal colours that the Island has to offer. With over 60 walks to choose from there are walks for all ages and abilities, and led by our friendly and knowledgeable leaders, who will take you on a journey of mystery, intrigue and exploration as you traverse the Island’s countryside, woodland, pastures, meadows and footpaths.
More information: http://www.isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk/
Autumn Adventures at Osborne 25th - 27th October
Explore the wonders of the season at Osborne this Autumn. Join our adventurous explorer as you discover the exciting secrets of the garden.
More information: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/osborne/events
National Trust Seasonal events 25th September, 1st & 21st October
Get closer to nature this autumn by joining in a range of seasonal walks organised by the National Trust. There’s ’50 Years of Conservation’, a gentle walk to discover wonderful habitats around a National Nature Reserve (25 September 2-4pm), Wildlife Walk looking at Autumn wildlife including birds (1st October 8-10am) and Discover Culver Down, an interesting circular walk exploring some of the local history and Island heritage with some stunning views along the way (21 October, 10.30am-12.30pm).
More information: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/days-out/regionlondonsoutheast/isle-of-wight
Dinosaurs Footprint Walk 12th November
The majority of dinosaur fossils are found along the south-west coast of the Island and this is your chance to discover the evidence left behind by the dinosaurs, including large natural casts of their footprints and marine fossils – but only if you know where to look and what to recognize. Children should bring a small plastic bucket for finds, and wrap up warm.
More information and to book: Please phone 01983 404344 or www.dinosaurisle.com
Autumn Harvest Walk Thursday 15th September 10:30am - 12:30pm
A circular walk to discover the wild food which grows in the area, some of which you’ve probably never noticed before, with hopefully something to tempt your taste buds. A walk of about 2 miles with lots of stops, wear stout shoes. Dogs on leads welcome. Booking essential on 01983 741020. Meet at Mottistone Gardens car park PO30 4ED (SZ 406 838).
More information: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/days-out/regionlondonsoutheast/isle-of-wight
Beer & Cider Festival 25th - 27th September
The Ventnor Winter Gardens is an iconic 1930s building, perched high on the cliffs with some of the finest views on the Island. New this year, the Winter Gardens is proud to present the Beer & Cider Festival with over 100 real ales and ciders from local and regional producers Island ales as well as craft and artisan beers from across the water. These include Ventnor’s own Botanic Ale, brewed from hops that are grown just a couple of miles along the coast. Plus Rums from St Vincent Distillers including Sunset Rum Cocktails and other interesting drinks will also be available so there will be something for everyone to enjoy and get into the festival spirit. Entry to the festival is completely free and tokens will be available to be purchased at the door, enabling festival goers to choose from the many beers and ciders on offer.
More information: www.theventnorwintergardens.com/whatson
Sweetcorn Fayre 24th - 25th September
The annual Sweetcorn Fayre is back for its 10th year and will be celebrating in style with all things sweetcorn. At this traditional village fete, there will be sweetcorn launch attempts, welly wanging and plenty of fun for kids who can try their hand at ‘popping their own popcorn’ and demonstrate their culinary skills by making sweetcorn fritters and discover how a traditional steam powered corn mill works.
More information: http://arretonbarns.co.uk/
Hops Festival at Ventnor Botanic Gardens 25th September
Now in its seventh year, the Hops Festival celebrates the harvest of the hops grown on site at Ventnor Botanic Gardens as well as the continuation of the tradition of picking them by hand.
After all the hops have been carefully picked, they are then dried and brewed into the garden’s own beers Tropic Ale and Botanic Ale, which visitors will be able to purchase as well as a range of other specialty beers. A small market will also be showing off the quality and diversity of homegrown foods and produce from the local area.
More information: http://www.botanic.co.uk/pages/hopsfestival2016.htm
Taste Round the Island Cycle Route
Bicycle Island's gastronomic food and drink themed ride gives cyclists the chance to discover the Isle of Wight's culinary delights whilst burning off those extra calories at the same time! The 66-mile, fully waymarked route is a definite challenge, but is designed to be taken at a leisurely pace. Complete the entire course in a few days or sample a section of the Island on a day trip.
Often described as ‘England in miniature’ the Isle of Wight boasts varied and stunning scenery and the Taste Round the Island Trail is one of the best ways to see it all. From rolling downs to spectacular costal viewpoints the changing scenery really does give a sense of adventure!
Some of the culinary highlights include the Garlic Farm, nestled in the fertile Arreton Valley where food hero Colin Boswell’s family have grown garlic since the 1940s, Calbourne classics ice cream farm shop, the Dairy Deli farm shop were you can stock up on the freshest Island produce, The New Inn Shalfleet and The Crab and Lobster Inn, Bembridge amongst many others.
Bring you bike over on ferries to Yarmouth, Cowes and Ryde or hire from one of the many providers on the island. New for 2016 electric bikes from Red Squirrel Electric Bikes take the sting out of the tougher climbs and are great fun to ride.
Click the link below to find out more and see the trail map:
Autumn Attraction Breaks, Garden Isle Hotels
Book a 2 night Autumn Attraction Mini Break from just £128pp at your choice of hotel. Offer includes 2 nights standard/classic accommodation, full English breakfast and 3 course dinner each evening plus free tickets to Godshill Model Village.
Stay 29th August - 31st October 2016
Call 01983 869 000 to book now