As July gets ever closer, it’s time to think about what you can do when you stay with us this summer on the Island. July is one of the Island’s busiest months, and there’s never a shortage of things to do, places to visit, food to eat and sights to see.

We’ve written down a shortlist of things for visitors to check out when staying with us this July in our self-catering cottages on the Isle of Wight.

A treat for your ears!

There’s plenty of musical marvels taking place this July on the Isle of Wight. From the ever-popular family music festival, Rhythmtree, which is returning to the Three Gates Farm on the 12th, 13th and 14th of July. This year’s Rhythmtree is headlined by The Orb and Alabama 3, alongside a variety of other artists new and old in it’s eclectic lineup. Alongside Rhythmtree, for those looking for something a little bit quieter, there are also live music on Thursday nights at the Boathouse. Here, you can listen to acoustic sets played on the patio, where you can enjoy a cocktail whilst watching the sun go down.


The 21st of July will see Brading Roman Villa hosting The Island Highland Gathering – The Celtic Show with 6 pipe and drum bands, marching bands, Scottish dancing and will serve a variety of whisky to taste, alongside a selection of Scottish food.


A treat for your eyes!

If you’d like to see performances from the Island’s best theatrical troupes, then the Ventnor Fringe Festival is the place to be this year! Celebrating it’s 10th birthday this year, the festival will run from 23-28 July and will see the town transformed into a whole world of pop up venues, bars, galleries and more – and will host over 100 different shows for visitors to enjoy. Also in Ventnor, the Botanic Gardens will be hosting two outdoor theatre shows in July – the 26th will see the classic Wind in the Willows whilst the 28th sees Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream come to life. Presented by Quantum Theatre, these are the perfect summer picnic treat.


A treat for sports lovers!

For those looking for a faster pace of life, there’s also plenty to do for sports lovers on the Island in July. Perhaps the biggest event will be the Charles Stanley Direct Cowes Classics Week, which takes place  from the 27th of July to the 2nd of August. This week is all about racing traditional yachts on the water and enjoying fabulous social events ashore. With Metre boats, Classic Racing Dayboats, Classic Yachts, Old Gaffers and Spirit of Tradition Yachts, there’s as much for the spectators as the sailors at this event!


A treat for the little ones!

Visitors with little ones will not be short of things to see or do in July, as many of the major attractions have summertime events and special features taking place this year.


Robin Hill will be hosting a Jungle Fever month this summer, which will see majestic life-sized African animal puppets set up and ready to be ‘fed’ in the park.  Family favourites Blackgang Chine will run their Big Night Out from the 20th of July with all the usual favourites including cowboys, fairies and fireworks on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.


Tapnell Park Farm will also have their Sunset Shindigs from the 25th of July every Thursday until the end of August – expect circus skills and showmen, delicious pizzas, plenty of play and some of the most wonderful sunset views on the Island.


There are, of course, plenty of outdoor things to do that won’t cost you a penny, with miles of beaches and coastal paths to walk along and cycle tracks for you to take a leisurely ride along, so pack your trainers and your bike and come on over.


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