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County Town: Newport
Population: 127,232
Area: 147 sqm - 380 sq km
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Isle of Wight Jazz Festival

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Wolverton Folk & Blues Fair

Brading In The Park
Isle of Wight Festival
Off Road Bike Ride Challenge
Round the Island Yacht Race
Ryde Rowing Club Championship Rowing Regatta
Shorwell Midsummer Fair
Soapbox Derby Challenge
Yarmouth Old Gaffers Festival

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Fireworks Proms
Brading Day Country Show
Sandown Carnival Week

Annual Steam Railway Show
Cowes Illuminated Carnival
Cowes Main Carnival
Cowes Week
Isle of Wight Garlic Festival
Sandown Illuminated Carnival Parade
Shanklin Illuminated Carnival
Shanklin Main Carnival
White Air World Extreme Sports Festival

Cycling Festival
Heritage Open Days
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White Air World Extreme Sports Festival
Wolverton Manor Garden Fair

Sandown Winter Carnival & Celebrations

Christmas Lights Tour
Christmas Market & Grotto
Christmas Quest
Hospice Santa Dash

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The Isle of Wight is the largest Island off the coast of England. With a total land area of 147 square miles, the Island has more footpaths than roads and over half the Island is designated an Area of Outstanding Beauty, whilst much of the coastline is designated 'Heritage Coast', a title awarded only to beaches of the highest quality in England and Wales.

Island landmarks from Osborne House (the Island's own Royal Palace) to the Needles (the chalk stacks that jut out of the sea) prove a huge draw to visitors. In addition, there are over 70 places of interest including a Norman Castle, two Roman Villas and Dinosaur Isle , the first purpose-built dinosaur museum in the country.

Events held throughout the year help promote the Island's diversity and because of its microclimate, outdoor activities such as cycling, walking, golfing and of course sailing, are in high demand.

Choose from more than 500 graded and inspected accommodation providers including holiday centres with excellent facilities, friendly b&b's and country house hotels by the sea.

Isle of Wight Tourism can help by booking your ferry journey and arranging specialist holidays for parties, cyclists, walkers, dog-owners, non-smokers and much more.

Even the journey to the Island is enjoyable. Good motorway networks ensure a fast and smooth drive to the ferry ports of Portsmouth , Lymington , Southampton and Southsea . Alternatively, rail connections from London take less than an hour and a half. Then the sea crossing to the Island, a choice of hovercraft, catamaran or car ferry, allows your holiday to really begin.
With up to 350 daily ferry crossings, the Isle of Wight has to be the UK's most accessible Island, and once there, it's easy to get around. There's a comprehensive bus network and a regular train service, which operates between Ryde and Shanklin and connects with the Isle of Wight Steam Railway .

For a souvenir of your stay, head for Newport , the Island's capital, a bustling market town. Apart from the main shopping centre the tiny alleyways house delightful specialist shops, a treasure chest for the craft enthusiast. Ryde has a lovely Victorian Arcade lined with secondhand shops selling books, antiques and curios while Cowes is great for sailing garb.

Whether you prefer the lively atmosphere of the Island's main holiday resorts, or the quiet, olde world charm of its many villages, you cannot fail to enjoy your stay.

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