Wightlink’s best summer activities on the Isle of Wight, come rain or shine

Passengers travelling with Wightlink can also enjoy plenty of savings on both car and foot passenger crossings during the school holidays, meaning there’s no reason to not escape to the Island and get away from it all this summer

Wightlink’s special offers include 20% off summer holiday travel where passengers can save on mid-week car crossings from 23 July to 22 August. And for family travellers, there are Wightlink’s ever-popular Kids Go Free offer throughout the school summer holidays (20 July – 4 September), which means up to two children can travel for free with every adult foot passenger day return ticket.

Some of the many events taking place across the Island this summer include:

Carnivals galore: There are plenty of opportunities to celebrate Carnival fever across the Island this summer, with free events taking place in Newport (25 July), St Helen’s (26 August) and an illuminated carnival in Sandown (28 August). And, with Ryde Carnival (28 August) voted the “UK’s Most Popular Carnival” 2018 award, visitors can experience the best UK carnivals have to offer alongside plenty of Island spirit.

Artsy gatherings: Isle of Wight Arts Open Studios, taking place between the 12 July and 22 July, is the Island’s major art event. Art lovers come from across the Isle of Wight and further afield to visit over 140 artists in their studios. Entry is free and the yearbook guide will help visitors navigate their way through the venues to find a treasure trove of artistic talent.

For David Bowie fans, the Dimbola Museum and Galleries is hosting an exhibition showcasing stunning portraits of Bowie by some of the world’s greatest photographers. The exhibition, Iconic Bowie, is on display until 18 August and admission is £5.45 for adults and £2.50 for children.

Enjoy some beach time: Throughout August at Osborne, guests can experience Victorian seaside fun and relax on a spot of sand whilst enjoying a traditional show of Punch & Judy. Plus, families can take part in traditional Victorian games, taste the locally made ice cream and dip their toes in the Solent. Prices for entry to the event and Osborne House is £18.10 for adults and £10.90 for children aged 5-17 years.

Step back in time: When there’s the inevitable rainy day over the summer, head over to Brading Roman Villa between 29 June and 27 September to discover buried treasure as part of Hoards: a hidden history of ancient Britain. Priced at £9.50 for adults and £4.75 for children (aged 5 – 16), the display will feature items from Bronze weapons to Iron Age coins. Or if it’s a sunnier day, travellers can skip forward a couple of millennia and enjoy a 1940s Experience on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway between 6 and 7 July. Tickets cost £11.50 for adults and £6 for children, and more details can be found on the site.

Vegan fun: Head to the Vegan Festival on 21st July for a unique day of exclusively vegan produce, including food, clothing and skincare products, as well as health and fitness studios. Taking place at Ventnor Botanic Garden from 10am to 5pm, entry is free and visitors will be sure to pick up some treats to take home.

Live Music: Visitors to the Island can also enjoy a cosy night every Thursday at The Boathouse, where there will be live music from a local acoustic artist as well as delicious cocktails. Blackgang Chine is hosting the ‘Big Night Out’ every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 20 July until 1 September. Visitors can expect summer vibes along with visits from the venue’s resident characters and enjoy shows, a giant dancefloor with a live DJ, bubble machines and a fireworks display. Tickets start from £25 per person.

With fun to be had come rain or shine, there’s no need to worry about the British weather on the Isle of Wight this summer. And travelling with Wightlink means passengers can enjoy plenty of special offers as well as ease of crossing with seamless train connections from London Waterloo and many other stations across the UK to Portsmouth Harbour. For those looking to get away this summer, head to Wightlink’s site today.


Wightlink is the leading cross-Solent ferry operator carrying almost 4.5 million holidaymakers and Islanders across the Solent to the Isle of Wight every year. Eight ferries on three routes complete over 45,000 sailings a year, giving Islanders an easy and frequent service to mainland Hampshire, and tourists an accessible way to enjoy a taste of Island life.

With seamless train connections to Portsmouth Harbour and Lymington directly to the Wightlink terminals, getting to the Isle of Wight could not be easier. Passengers can step off the train from London, hop on a Wightlink catamaran and be on the Island from just 22 minutes, while the car ferries take around 40 minutes from Portsmouth and Lymington. On board, passengers and drivers alike can relax in the lounges and enjoy some refreshments before arriving on the Island to enjoy the range of attractions, events and experiences that make the Isle of Wight a leading destination for tourists.

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