What to do this August Bank Holiday!
5,000 Lambrettas and Vespa, the coolest 60's nightclub vintage evening, steam trains, travelling film shows, illuminated carnivals and so much more.. Check out all the Isle of Wight has to offer this August Bank Holiday weekend!
Take advantage of an extra day off work this August Bank Holiday!
Falling on the last Monday of August, it is brining a whole lot of fun to the Isle of Wight. It's hard to know what to do first, especially with 5,000 Lambrettas and Vespas in town and many exciting events taking place.
The Isle of Wight international Scooter Rally is taking place 24th - 27th August 2017. First started in 1980, it brings a brilliant atmosphere to the Isle of Wight every August. It is one of the biggest scooter rallies in the world and is regarded as the best! The event will see many scooters driving around the Island, featuring both modern and vintage scooters that you will have the chance to admire. The main attraction of the event is the ride out on Sunday afternoon where thousands of scooters ride from Ryde and head towards Sandown.
The weekend will be bursting with fun with a vast range of bands & DJs starting at noon each day! The Balcony hold an amazing line up at night and the Pavilion café bar below it will be hosting acts in the day.
Taking over Victorian Royal Esplanade will be the Hipshaker this is the coolest 60s Nightclub open just for the Bank Holiday weekend; a feel good vintage music night with a soundtrack playing the best of the 60s through to the early 70s. It is a great mix guaranteed to get you on the dance floor.
For those who prefer trains the 43rd Island Steam Show will be held at Isle of Wight Steam Railway in Havenstreet from the 25th - 26th August. This is an action-packed show and a great family day out with car stunts, motorcycle display team and fire stunts. Over in the ‘comedy & entertainment’ arena Mr. Alexander’s Travelling Show returns to amuse plus humorous tale, comedy and oddball skills with Greg Chapman’s Condensed Histories. There is also a terrific line-up of live bands and music to enjoy at the Woodland Stage.
Or why not enjoy The Extraordinary Travelling Film Show, a pop-up cinema showing great films in unique places. On 25th August they will be screening Never Ending Story. You may have seen this film before but I bet you haven’t in this mysterious location. You will be able experience this amazing adventure in Brading’s hidden space opened for the first time this summer. And on the 26th August they will be a screening of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them at the Isle of Wight Zoo in Sandown. Here you will be able to come along and enjoy seeing the zoo’s animals before watching the latest in the Harry Potter series.
On the Isle of Wight when the summer kicks in each major town hosts a carnival. Floats make their way through the centre of each town as thousands of spectators line the streets to watch. The floats are varied and carry pageant queens, local community groups and schools. Most of the carnivals happen in the daylight however some towns host illuminated carnivals where the procession parades through the night, creating a spectacular light display. This August bank holiday Cowes will be hosting an illuminated carnival on the 26th August. And to end the Bank Holiday weekend on the 28th August St. Helen’s will be hosting their main procession.