First Vegan Lifestyle Show

New for the Island – the first Vegan Lifestyle Show will take place on October 26th at Cowes Yacht Haven. Organised by Sarah Hagen, of Healthy Indulgence, and supported by Red Funnel Ferries there will be more than 40 stands at the event, along with speakers, cookery demos and yoga classes throughout the day. For more information contact Sarah on 01983 297422

Harp on Wight International Festival

The sixth Harp on Wight International Festival takes place from October 25th to 29th. Among those performing and teaching are leading harpists Grainne Hambly (Ireland), Aile Robertson (Scotland) and Monika Stadler (Austria). Concerts take place at Ryde Methodist Church where there will also be a wonderful free exhibition of harps made by national manufacturers. For full details of the festival please visit

Jack Up Christmas

For the ultimate retro party, Jack Up Christmas is coming to Lower Hyde in Shanklin on November 22nd and 23rd. Eighties aficionados and lovers of Nineties dance groove will be boogieing the night away with Dario G and Urban Cookie Collective on the Friday and The Fizz, formerly known as Bucks Fizz, performing their greatest hits on the Saturday. The fun doesn’t stop there, with a playlist of party anthems continuing until 1am. Tickets are £15 per night. Buy online at or from Lower Hyde reception. 18+ only.

New for 2019 – Dino Islands at Sandham Gardens

Go on a prehistoric journey to a forgotten land of dinosaurs at Sandham Gardens in Sandown. Dino Islands: A Golf Adventure is the latest attraction to open at the park and it includes a number of water features and life-size dinosaurs.
Suitable for all ages, there are also sizzling volcanoes, rickety bridges and wonderful waterfalls to explore.
You can also let the kids zoom around the track on the park’s six battery-powered electric karts, suitable for children aged 4-12.

Welcome to Sandham Gardens



Experience magical Shanklin Chine

Shanklin Chine, the Island’s oldest tourist attraction, re-opens on April 8th for the summer season.The attraction celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2017 and last year became a Registered Charity, so it could be preserved for future generations.
This year, the stunning tree-lined gorge, which has been a magnet for millions of visitors since 1817, will open until November 3rd.
Soak up the Chine’s natural tranquillity and then enjoy the hundreds of lights illuminating the narrow paths, streams and waterfalls after dusk.
Check the Shanklin Chine website for information about the illuminations, from May through to November, and events, including ‘Music in the Chine’ every Tuesday and Thursday evening in July and August.