Isle of Wight Jazz Festival, Ventnor

Isle of Wight Jazz Festival, Ventnor 8-10 April

A programme of world-class jazz, from New Orleans to Contemporary, in a range of venues around Ventnor.

(01983 863151;

Isle of Wight Walking Festival, island-wide 7-22 May

Uncover the island's local history, wildlife and culture on one of the 180 themed and accompanied hikes on offer. Suitable for all ages and abilities.

(01983 813813;

Wight Diamond Mountain Bike Festival, islandwide 27-30 May

A four-day party on two wheels with live music, plus some of the finest trails and best ridging around.


Nokia Isle of Wight Festival, Seaclose Park, Newport 10-12 June

The legendary pop festival was reintroduced in 2002 after a break of 32 years and has since re-established itself as one of the summer's leading rock festivals, with a line-up that this year includes REM.


Isle of Wight Literary Festival, island-wide 17-25 June

Reading, poetry and literary events.

(Free programme from 01983 203880;

JP Morgan Fleming Round the Island Race, Start/finish: Cowes 18 June

Over 1,700 boats and 18,000 competitors take part in the world's largest single yacht race of its type. The Island offers great opportunities for spectator viewing.

(01983 296911

The International Fleet Review and Son et Lumiere, The Solent 28 June

See a stunning re-enactment of a Napoleonic sea battle on a grand scale.


Osborne House Classical Concert, East Cowes 23 July

A picnic concert with a firework finale.

(01202 257201;

Skandia Cowes Week, East Cowes 30 July-6 August

The world's oldest and largest sailing regatta.


Bestival, Robin Hill Country Park, Newport 9-11 September

Three days of live music and DJs in the leafy surrounds of Robin Hill Country Park.

(020-7379 3133;