We’re encouraging visitors to embrace Autumn and head over to the Island for a feast of events this October. To help make sure everyone has a great time, we’ve got a rundown of the best ones for the whole family on our blog this week.
Many people think that the Isle of Wight is a perfect summer holiday spot – and it of course is brilliant – however, that doesn’t mean that there is any shortage of exciting things going on throughout the autumn. We’ve got a list of things happening in October on the Isle of Frights, which will appeal to all tastes and age groups – culminating in a wide range of fun events for families during the October half-term holiday.
Events during the month include:
Festival of Light
This event is inspired by Diwali and takes place at Robin Hill in a electric woods themed light, colour and sound spectacular. This takes place every evening between 29th Sept to 19th Oct and 29th October to 3rd November and all day between 20th Oct and 28th Oct (half term) the event is open all day.
The Red Funnel Isle of Wight Literary Festival
Now in its 7th year, the Literary festival takes place over over 4 days and features a programme of over 60 speakers at Northwood House in Cowes between 11th-14th October. The rich and diverse line-up of speakers includes novelists, historians, correspondents, political figures and media presenters and is sure to be a great weekend for everyone to share knowledge, learn, and come away feeling inspired!
The Isle of Wight Classic Buses, Beer & Walks Weekend
13th-14th October sees a fantastic classic bus pub tour around the Island with a few brisk walks added-in, right in between the pints, just for good measure! With over 100 buses taking part and a variety of routes all across the Island to hop on, this is an event that’s taken place for years and years on the Isle of Wight and is a firm favourite for many of Brook House’s visitors
The Island’s very own Comic Con is back, taking place from 20th-21st October 2018 at a new home in West Cowes. The two day event is a bit different and sees a full celebration of pop culture – with celebrities, comic books, films, TV, art, gaming, cosplay, kids attractions and general entertainment all on offer
Junior Track Days at Wight Karting
Did you know that the Isle of Wight has it’s very own all purpose, all weather go-kart track with petrol go karts suitable for children of all ages? WightKarting in Ryde has been open since 2014 and has been bringing some adrenaline fuelled fun to the Island since this time. Every half term and school holidays, the team at WightKarting run their very own karting school – helping introduce children between 8 – 15 years old to motorsport in a safe and fun way. The Junior Track Days start from £45 and can be booked on their website, with dates available on 23rd, 24th and 30th October.
Finally, for Halloween
Kids and their parents will love the Spooky Castle at Carisbrooke Castle from 20th – 28th October 2018, Wizard Week with the Isle of Wight Steam Railway from the 22rd – 26th October, a Jack Sparrow pirate ships at The Needles Old Battery at Alum Bay on 24th and 25th October, and new for 2018, Wicked Nights – a brand new horror event taking place at Blackgang Chine from 20th October to 3rd November, which is not for the faint hearted, we’ve heard. Spooky!