Autumn Festivals on the Isle of Wight

14th October 2014 Published by

Did you know that a great number of people already call the Isle of Wight “The Festival Island”? It’s true, and when you look at the amazing number of fantastic festivals on offer throughout the year on the island, it’s hardly surprising. What’s on this autumn on the Isle of Wight? Below we take a look at some of the highlights.

electric-woodsFirst of all, there’s the “Electric Woods” in the Robin Hill Country Park in Arreton, which runs from October 4th to November 1st. This unique festival is a celebration of creatively themed light, colour, sound and entertainment — all inspired by the Indian festival of light, Diwali. Explore the colourfully lit woods, and take in the special atmosphere designed especially to demonstrate the inevitable victory of light over the darkness. The younger and energetic among you may also want to take part in the “Colour Quest” battles. Armed with brightly coloured powder, you can take on the “demons” hidden throughout the woods that may pop up at any time. Don’t forget to wear a white t-shirt show you can show how hard you fought against the darkness!

If fighting demons in colourful but dark woodland isn’t your thing, then how about the free “Decade of Change” exhibition in Cowes? This fascinating and illuminating historical experience runs from October 11th to 31st every day from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Learn about life in Cowes, Gurnard and Northwood in the years between 1910 and 1920 — a time of great and tumultuous global chance, including World War One. The exhibition is free to enter, and will be held in the Regatta Office in Cowes.

Next, for anyone who appreciates the magic of reading, there’s the Isle of Wight Literary Festival, held from October 16th to 19th in Northwood House, Cowes. Itself a Grade II listed building, Northwood House will play host to some of the nation’s most celebrated novelists, biographers, historians, poets and other literary treasures. There will also be music, quizzes and fantastic local food to sample. Don’t let the literati throw the book at you! Join the festival and submerge yourself in the island’s (and indeed the country’s) literary heritage.

walking-festivalFinally, for the multitudes of outdoor pursuits fans – the Isle of Wight Autumn Walking Festival, held from October 24th to 27th. With over 60 walks, this year’s festival promises to be bigger and better than ever. Traverse the island’s woodland, countryside, pastures, meadows and coastal paths. The dozens of walks available are led by experienced guides, and tailored to suit all ages and fitness levels. So, there’s no excuse not to join in and enjoy the great outdoors and sea air of the Isle of Wight.

It may only be a small island across the narrow Solent, but the Isle of Wight is a veritable treasure chest of festivals, culture, heritage and beauty. Don’t miss out on everything this magical and meaningful place has to offer.

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