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Experience the most quirky and unusual festivals on the Isle of Wight with Wightlink

(6 August 2019) As well as being a popular destination for getting away from it all, the Isle of Wight also hosts a range of quirky and unusual festivals and events. With the summer in full swing, there are plenty of events still to come and with Wightlink offering convenient crossings alongside a Kids Go Free offer during the school holidays, there’s no better way to get to the Island for a summer day out or even a short break.  

Here are Wightlink’s recommendations for the most unusual and quirky festivals and events on the Isle of Wight during the summer months. 

Isle of Wight Garlic Festival

From 17th – 18th August, the Isle of Wight Garlic Festival is taking place at The Fighting Cocks Crossroads, just outside of Newchurch. The show includes food and entertainment from huge marquees featuring cookery demos, hundreds of arts and crafts stalls, local produce available to buy, live music and children’s entertainers. In collaboration with the Island’s well know Garlic Farm, this annual festival is the perfect family day out. Day tickets for adults are £12.50 and £7.50 for children. Find out more at www.garlicfestival.co.uk.  

Fan TC Con

On 24th and 25th August, a special fan run event, Fan TC Con (Fantasy Trade & Comic Con), is taking place at Cowes Enterprise College in Cowes. A must-see event for those interested in pop culture, sci-fi and comics, the event will include a number of celebrity guests such as Colin Baker from Doctor Who and Martin Ballantyne from The Dark Knight and Harry Potter. Aside from this, there’s plenty of other entertainment including face painting, nerf battle activity and a charity auction. Adult day tickets start from £15 and under 15s start from £9.00. Find out more at www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/whats-on/fan-tc-con-p1690121

Cider and Cheese Weekend Festival

The Isle of Wight Steam Railway is hosting its third Cider & Cheese Weekend where visitors can relax in the ambience of Havenstreet Station with a pint of cider and platter of cheese, whilst watching the trains pass by. On 21st and 22nd September, visitors to the station can enjoy a selection of ciders and different cheeses from the bar between 11am and 5pm. Entry to the event is completely free however those wishing to travel on the steam train will need to purchase tickets. Find out more at www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk/events/cider-and-cheese-weekend.aspx

Sweetcorn Fayre

Taking place in Newport on 28th and 29th September, the 13th annual Sweetcorn Fayre at Arreton Barns will feature live music, children’s entertainment, a Beer Festival, snail racing, sweetcorn eating and plenty more. It’s a great family day out to see in the autumn and entry is just £4 per person, with under 12s charged just £1. Find out more at https://arretonbarns.co.uk/event/sweetcorn-fayre/.  

Isle of Wight Classic Buses, Beer & Walks Weekend

For those that like classic buses, enjoy beers and also a countryside walk, this free event taking place on 12th and 13th October takes visitors on vintage bus tours around the Island, with pub stops along the way. There is the chance to try speciality beers, try different walking routes and this year there will be more family friendly venues to cater to a wider age group. Plus, Wightlink is offering 20% off ferry travel for this special event. Find out more at www.wightlink.co.uk/best-events/isle-of-wight-classic-buses-beer-and-walks-weekend/.  

All of these quirky festivals are located within easy reach of Wightlink’s ferry terminals and using the Kids Go Free offer, a family of four can travel to the Island from £34*. Find out more at www.wightlink.co.uk.  


*based on a day return crossing on 14th August for two adults and two children on foot on the Portsmouth – Fishbourne route.

For more information about Wightlink Ferries, please contact:

Belinda Hallworth 020 7680 7114  [email protected]
Radhika Sharma 020 7680 7118   [email protected] Claire Nelson  020 7680 7116  [email protected]
Jo Kenworthy  020 7680 7125  [email protected]