Isle of Wight What's On Guide: 2023 Events OnTheWight

Current and Upcoming Festivals

Medina Bookshop Events 2023

Mon 13 Feb 2023 - Sun 31 Dec 2023

Medina Bookshop have a lively and varied programme of events throughout the year, from talks and book signings to live music and poetry.

Somewhen Storytelling Festival 2023

Sat 3 Jun 2023 - Sun 4 Jun 2023

Somewhen is a storytelling festival celebrating everything to do with the age-old art of telling stories.

Organised by The Island Storytellers, Somewhen is bringing storytellers, speakers, and workshop leaders of international repute, as well as local speakers and storytellers, to capture the minds and imagination of adults and children too.

Ventnor Fringe Festival 2023

Fri 21 Jul 2023 - Sun 30 Jul 2023

Ventnor Fringe returns for 10 days in July 2023 to celebrate creativity in all its forms !

Full programme to follow once all acts are confirmed - April 2023

A wonderland of pop-up bars and boutique venues, featuring more than 300 artists from across the world!

During this unique Island tradition, the Isle of Wight’s southernmost town is totally transformed into a whole world of pop up venues and bars in every conceivable space, hosting over 100 different shows.

Pick and choose which ticketed events to see or simply explore the many free events on offer.

Past Festivals

Harp on Wight 2021

Harp On Wight returns to Ryde for 2021

Wight Proms 2021

Featuring opera, comedy, musicals and the Last Night of the Proms, the four-day event returns to Northwood House for 2021.

Ventnor Fringe Festival 2021

Ventnor Fringe returns in 2021 following last year's postponement due to Covid-19. This year the festival has expanded to 10 days, with a mix of live music, comedy, theatre, talks, workshops and more.

Isle of Wight Story Festival 2021

The Isle of Wight Story Festival is a special place for children and families to have fun together; where we can all CREATE, INSPIRE and IMAGINE.

The British Science Week Festival

British Science Week, run by the British Science Association is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths, featuring entertaining and engaging events and activities across the UK for people of all ages.

British Science Week provides a platform to stimulate and support teachers, STEM professionals, science communicators and the general public to produce and participate in STEM events and activities.

Rhythmtree Festival 2020

Rhythmtree Festival returns to Three Gates Farm, Shalfleet for their 10th anniversary festival.

Year on year Rhythmtree has developed and grown musically, visually, creatively and most importantly our truly unique Rhythmtree vibe has increased in love and satisfaction from the team whom deliver it.

2020 will not disappoint as we are planning a huge ‘total site spectacular extravaganza’ to celebrate our birthday and the achievement of delivering Rhythmtree successfully for 10 wonderful years.

Isle of Wight Story Festival

It’s a special place for children and families to have fun together; where we can all CREATE, INSPIRE and IMAGINE.

Stories are all around us; not just in books and poems and plays and songs, but also in the news and history and the places we live. Over two days, the IW Story Festival lets you get lost in stories of all kinds…

Our aim is to:

  • - let children and their families CREATE; whether through stories and poems, junk modelling or other crafts; to have fun together and discover new talents

  • - let authors, poets, actors, illustrators, spoken word artists and others INSPIRE you to create your own stories; to discover new worlds and new ideas

  • - let us all IMAGINE the amazing things we can do and the amazing things we can be.

Isle of Wight Literary Festival 2020

The Isle of Wight Literary Festival is an established event on the UK Arts calendar. It provides a far-reaching eclectic programme designed to attract a wide audience and increase the cultural richness of the Isle of Wight.

Hosted at Northwood House, Cowes over a number of days 60+ writers and presenters will share their latest works. Topics includes crime fiction, history, travel, maritime adventure, gardening, medicine, technology and the social and political issues of our time. From first time novelists to seasoned historians – speakers passionate about their subject will share insights and information.

The Youth Programme was set up by the festival a number of years ago to enrich education for the under 18s on the Isle of Wight by increasing the cultural experiences available to stimulate interest in learning and creative ideas. The majority of Island schools now participate in the programme.