Darwin Escapes

What’s on in the Island of Wight in August 2017?


Darwin Escapes has two luxurious locations on the IOW, both ideally places to explore the beautiful island!

Woodside Coastal Retreat and Woodside Bay Lodge Retreat both offer luxurious accommodation, including one of a kind treehouse accommodation in Woodside Bay. Perfectly located on the island with stunning views of the Solent, access to the beautiful shingle Woodside Beach and only 10 minutes from the vibrant harbour town of Ryde and the bustling coastal village of Cowes. You can spend your summer exploring the island and retreating back to you peaceful and tranquil accommodation.


Garlic Festival

At: Fighting Cocks Crossroads, PO36 0LU

When: 19th – 20th August, 10am – 6pm

Prices: Adults £10 / Child £5 / Family £27.50

One of the islands biggest festivals, the Garlic Festival draws people from all over the world! With a wide range of eats, sights and sounds at a family fun event, stroll through the huge garlic marquees featuring cookery demos all day, hundreds of craft stalls and local produce stands selling mouth-watering food! Along with children’s entertainment, archery, a giant fun fair with talented animals and live music!


50 Things to do Before You’re 11 ¾

At: The Needles Battery, PO39 0JH

When: Every Thursday in August, 1am – 4pm

Prices: Adult £7.15 / Child £3.60 / Family £17.90

Join on the summer activities in beautiful surroundings at The Needles! Have a go at making and flying your kite, create wold art, climb a big hill, go hunting for bugs and find some beautiful birds! How many things can you tick off your list this summer?


Ventnor Fringe Festival

At: Church Street, PO38 1SW

When: 8th – 13th August, times vary depending on the show

Prices: Cost varies depending on the show

A fantastic and unique celebration of the arts on the Isle of Wight. With shows from emerging and established talent, attracting more than 300 performers. The whole town gets involved with fun midnight ‘lock ins’ in the library, brilliant pop up cinemas, secret basement bars, pianos in the streets, mystery town tours and even a woodland sing along! You’re never sure what you’ll find during the Ventnor Fringe Festival!


Big Night Out

At: Blackgang Chine, PO38 2HN

When: Every Wednesday in August, 10am – 9.30pm

Prices: Standard £22

Back by popular demand, spend Wednesday evenings gazing at the beautiful fireworks extravaganza at Blackgang Chine! The evening includes street performers, a BBQ and an incredible fire show, with a musical firework display set off from the cliff edge! Also, visit Blackgang Chine for Magical Mondays until 28th August and discover brand new Dino Digs Show hosted by the Victorian explorers. Adding magic to the show the much-loved fairy characters will be around too, as well as Cedric the Dragon with a fun storytelling time.


It’s Carnival Time

At: Robin Hill Country Park, PO30 2NU

When: 25th July – 31st August, 10am – 10pm

Prices: Standard £19

Every Tuesday and Thursday, Robin Hill opens late for its famous Carnival! Expect lots of high energy carnival style evening entertainment with talented Squawks and Squawkette dancers showcasing their performance at the beautiful Woodland Amphitheatre. Live music from the Steelasophical Steelband and keep an eye out for various pop-up entertainment in the Woodland. Join in with the Brzillian Dance Workshop & Samba Extravaganza! Make sure to watch the Carnival Finale Performance before the Limbo competition and a spectacular closer of Wings by Twilight, a stunning falconry Show for all ages!


Woodside Bay is home to 3 distinctive restaurants, all offering mouth-watering meals, along with a state of the art gymnasium and onsite Woodside Bay Spa Lodge offering luxurious Aromatherapy Associates treatments! Woodside Coastal guests are free to use all the facilities at Woodside Bay Lodge Retreat. If you’re visiting the Isle of Wight this August make sure to explore the island and don’t miss these brilliant events!

Happy August