As the new year rolls in, and we step away from the fog of the festive season and start to look forward to a new year and new goals, experiences and interests, there’s never been a better time to get your diaries out and book in some of the best things to do on the Isle of Wight this 2019.
The Isle of Wight Festival
There haven’t been any particular announcements in regards to the lineup for the upcoming Isle of Wight festival, but history stands the popular event in good stead, and many people are really excited about it. Early bird tickets have already sold out, and rumours are buzzing around the Island of artists like the Spice Girls appearing at the event, which takes place on the 13th to the 16th of June 2019.
Not interested in the Isle of Wight Festival? How about the Jack Up the Summer festival, which is the new name for Jack Up the 80s festival, which has been popular on the Island for several years. This year it is being re-located to North Fairlee Farm and takes place on August 10 and 11th, and artists are set to be announced in the following weeks.
For something slightly more fringe… Ventnor Fringe has moved its dates so it no longer clashes with Edinburgh Fringe and Cowes Week. The fringe is ten years old in 2019 so we look forward to celebrating in its various pop up venues and bars in every conceivable space, at more than 100 different shows. This popular event now takes place at the end of July.
The Wight Aviation Museum Opens
This year, a brand new attraction for the IW should be set to open this year at the IW Airport, where a hangar is being lovingly turned into a collection showing the extensive and rich history of aviation on the Island. The museum will recognise the fusion of marine and aviation skills that led to the building of 600 aircraft on the Island during the First World War, illustrate the intense War in the Air over the Island during the Battle of Britain. It will also show the diversity of aerospace skills through showcasing a replica Black Arrow Rocket and bringing people up to date with the current work being done by aerospace companies based on the Island.
For something slightly less civilised, The National Poo Museum is coming soon, and will be opening at Sandown’s Battery Gardens. For all things smelly, and lots of innuendo, follow the museum on Facebook and hopefully there will be news soon on when the museum will be opening its doors.
The Isle of Wight Marathon and Walk the Wight
Fancying a challenge this year? This year sees the 63rd annual event take place on October the 6th. There’s plenty of time to get training, but you’ll need it – the Isle of Wight Marathon is renowned as one of the toughest marathons that you can do in the UK. If you’re more of a walker than a runner, Walk the Wight is another must see event on the Island. The iconic walk is great for a personal challenge, a photo opportunity and, most importantly, the chance to support Mountbatten and raise money for the charity. It has raised a staggering £4 million since its inception. Registration opens this month and the walk is on Sunday, May 12.
The Jigsaw Festival
The last piece in the puzzle of what to do in 2019 is the Jigsaw Festival. This delightful festival draws crowds from around the world and involves a community of volunteers who spend hundreds of hours building the exhibits, year on year. Takes place at St James Church, East Cowes, during the second week of August. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out, as it is a sight to behold.