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Isle of Wight Autumn Events

Classic Car Show – Ryde & Newport – 14th & 15th September

This annual event returns to the Isle again this September and will be spread across two locations over the weekend. On Saturday 14th September, you’ll find all the beautifully presented Classic Cars on the Riverside at Newport Quay. There are cars and vehicles, some dating back nearly 100 years. 

On Sunday the event moves to Ryde Seafront, and will be spread along the Esplanade. This year’s event promises to be bigger than ever with hundreds of cars on display. 

This event is free to enter, but donations are welcome which are being collected on behalf of the Round Table and Mountbatten Hospice. 

Cider & Cheese Festival – Havenstreet – 21st & 22nd September

The Cider and Cheese Festival at Havenstreet Steam Railway is now in its third year and commences again on the weekend of the 21st & 22nd September. This is a very relaxed event, where you can enjoy a pint of Cider and a platter of cheese, whilst watching the trains go by from the comfort of the traditional Railway Station at Havenstreet. 

Entry to the event is Free of charge, but there is an additional charge is you’d like to take a trip on the Steam Railway. 

The Cider and Cheese counter will be open from 11.00am till 17.00pm over the weekend. 

Festival of Light at Robin Hill – 27th Sept to 2nd Nov

Inspired by the Hindu festival Diwali, the festival of light at Robin Hill is a spectacularly themed event, which covers a large area of the park and is open in the evenings, taking advantage of the earlier sunsets at this time of the year. 

All around the woodland areas of the park and footpaths, you’ll be immersed in vibrant light and sound displays as you make your walk through to the main arena area, where they’ll be acrobatic displays and circus skills to entertain all ages. 

If you don’t mind getting a little bit of colour in your hair, you can venture into the popular Holi power arena with the coloured powder. Don’t worry it all comes out in the shower!

The event takes place every weekend between 6pm & 10pm from the 27th September till the 2nd November

Isle of Wight Literary Festival – Northwood House – 10th to 13th Oct

The Isle of Wight Literary Festival takes place each year at the Historic Northwood House in Cowes, just a short stroll from the Red Funnel Ferry, so easy to reach for day trippers from the Southampton. 

This year the Isle of Wight Literary festival is celebrating its 7th year since inauguration and has been growing more popular each year. The event takes place over 4 days and hosts over 60 writers and presenters.

A full programme of events over the 4 day event can be found on the Festival website here

Classic Beer, Buses & Walks weekend – 12th & 13th Oct

Hosted by the Isle of Wight Bus Museum, this annual event has become hugely popular in its first few years of operating. The concept around the event is to ride around the Island on Vintage Buses, whose routes are determined on stopping at the best Pubs on the Island. 

If you’re a fan of everything Vintage and fancy trying a few local ales, all you need to do is find a bus and jump on and off wherever looks appealing. You don’t need to buy a ticket as travel is FREE, but travellers are encouraged to buy an event programme to help support the continued running of the event. 

This year’s event has an extended route covering the whole of the Island, with all routes starting and returning from Newport Quay in the centre of the Island. 

The event takes place on the weekend before the October Half term on the 12th & 13th October. 

Woodland Weekend with Peter Rabbit – Tapnell Farm – 9th & 10th November

The Woodland weekend returns to the excellent Tapnell Farm Park this November with a special guest from behind the hedgerow!

Meet Peter Rabbit, as he takes a break from Mr. McGregor’s Garden, to come and visit the Isle of Wight. Peter Rabbit will be making regular appearances each day so make sure you have your camera ready, he’s very photogenic!

Other special guests include the Hampshire Wildlife Trust, Haven Falconry with their owls and the Isle of Wight Hedgehog Rescue – hopefully with some little rescue hedgehogs too!

There will also be character appearances from Ms. Potter and friends throughout the day. Join her for afternoon story-time in the animal theatre, or why not take part in some woodland animal themed games.

For more information on this event at Tapnell farm, please click here