Dates for your Diary

Details of events happening across the island in June.   Also includes regular monthly and weekly events.

Sunday 2nd June – Yarmouth Craft Market from 11am – 4pm at CHOYD, St James Street, Yarmouth, PO41 0NU.   Handmade crafts and produce.  Cakes, art lace, cards,  jewellery, decorative items and much more.

Tuesday 4th, Wednesday 5th and Friday 7th June – British Flowers Festival at Carisbrooke Priory, 39 Whitcombe Road, Carisbrooke.   A festival of beautiful floral arrangements, handcrafter by talented Isle of Wight florists along with an exhibition of floral inspired artwork. 10am – 4pm with the Tea Room serving homemade cakes and light lunches.

Thursday 6th June – Wootton Bridge Parish Council invite you to join them at Wootton Recreation Ground to commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day by lighting a lamp of peace. The lamp will be lit at 9.15pm. National Fish and Chip day has been moved to the 6th June in support of the commemorations and Terry's Fish & Chip shop in Wootton will be taking pre-orders and pre-payment and delivering them to the Rec at 8.30pm on the 6th. 

Friday 7th June  – Coffee Morning at Northwood Cemetery between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm.  This month’s theme is “Plants”.  Hot and cold drinks and biscuits are available free of charge.  Everyone welcome – just come through the cemetery gates and you will be given a warm welcome. Hosted by Friends of Northwood Cemetery.

Thursday 6th June – D-Day Landings Commemoration at CHOYD, Yarmouth.  Coffee morning from 10.30am – 1.30pm, with historical displays, school children activities, 1940s background music  and refreshments. Evening event  5pm to 8:30 pm - Talk by Kevin Shaw, 1940s background music, Bar open, teas, coffee and hot dogs on sale. 

Thursday 6th June – Bembridge remembers D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. Organised by the Parish Council, Bembridge is joining the nationwide commemoration of the 80th Anniversary of D-Day with a service, starting at 8.45 p.m. and lighting the Beacon on Culver Down at 9.15 p.m. This historic beacon site is part of a network of beacons, set up to warn the country of invasion ever since the Armada. This time it will be lit in both a celebration of the ‘light of peace’ that marked the beginning of the end of World War II, and in remembrance of all those who lost their lives or were wounded in the fierce fighting that followed.  We look forward to welcoming past and present Service men and women together with Bembridge residents with their friends and families in our act of Remembrance.  

Please arrive at the beacon by 8.30p.m. allowing sufficient time to walk to the beacon. You will be directed to the nearest available car park. This can involve a walk, please bring torches for the return. The service starts at 8.45 p.m and the Beacon will be lit at 9.15 p.m. The ceremony will finish by 9.30 p.m.  The junction with the main road will be controlled by temporary traffic lights to ensure safe exit.

Thursday 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th June – Vectis Brand Band outdoor concert in Rylstone Gardens, Shanklin.   8pm.  The band will play an hour's worth of traditional and modern music with something for everyone to enjoy.  Free to enter the park, Deckchair hire £1, refreshments available to purchase.

Friday 7th June - Figgy Gig celebrates "Seaside Rendez-Vous" with music, sketches, and much more at CHOYD Community Hall, St James's Street, Yarmouth. Doors open at 7 pm; the show starts at 7:30 pm. Entry is free, but contributions are much appreciated. Contact Jean G-Owen 07715 985689 

Friday 7th – Sunday 9th June.  The  Scleroderma and Raynaud's charity will be at Yarmouth town hall from 10am until 4pm selling marine items antiques, bric a brac,  knitting yarn, jewellery and much more 

Saturday 8th June - Ryde Rowing Club Regatta. Approx 10.30am to around 5.00pm subject to entries. Appley Beach and Park, Ryde, Ryde Rowing Clubs Annual, Hants & Dorset Amateur Rowing Association Championship Rowing Regatta.

Saturday 8th June - West Wight Timebank are presenting an ECO Fashion Event from 7pm till 9.30pm in Christ Church, Totland PO39 OES.  Featuring local designers, upcycled garments modelled on the night, individual pieces to buy, ecofriendly vendors. Tickets available from -  West Wight Timebank, Orchard Bros, The Cabin, Elliots, and Freshwater Coffee House. Tickets priced at £10.00 each. Photos taken on the night - to prebook your studio portrait email - info@wwtb.org. This is going to be an absolutely fabulous event and is supporting many local charities on the Isle of Wight.

Saturday 8th June – D-DAY 80 NEWPORT.  Newport & Carisbrooke Community Council are hosting a FREE family event to commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day. The event will be at Victoria Recreation Ground, 10-4pm, with a parade leaving Drill Hall Road at 10:30am and arriving at the event at approximately 10.50am.  Re-enactment groups will show what life was like during wartime, join Isle Access for a free craft session where you can add your contribution to a D-Day mural and learn how to Lindy Hop with Jive Revive at 2pm!  Enjoy performances from The Bob Howarth Big Band, singer Martin Hoy, Sandown & Shanklin Military Band and Jukebox Jazz whilst learning about top secret auxiliary units trained to live underground, the P.L.U.T.O pipeline and other wartime stories such as how an off-duty Polish warship defended Cowes.    For an exciting way to get to the event, the Southern Vectis ‘Old Girl’ bus is providing free transport from Church Litten to Recreation Ground Rd and back again throughout the day!  There is free parking in Vectis Field off Wellington Road (PO30 5QT) where the event can be accessed directly.  For further information contact NCCC on 559119.

Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June – Gala Weekend and Fun Dog Show in aid of Ability dogs 4 Young People from 10am – 4pm at The Training Centre, Sandown Airport, Scotchells Brook Lane, Sandown, PO36 0JP. A day of fun for the whole family.

Sunday 9th June – Arreton Barns Fun Dog Show.  Registration opens at 10am.  Classes £2 per dog.  Raising money for Aspire.  Stalls, raffle, tombola, gundog display, food, hot and cold drinks, face painting and much more.

Sunday 9th June – Pre Loved Clothes Sale at Isle of Wight Community Club, Park Road, Cowes from 1-3pm.  Adult Clothes Only. Tables are £5 each stall holders set up from 12 noon.  If you would like a stall to sell your unwanted clothes, please call the club on 292238 or pop in to the bar.

Sunday 9th June – St Helens Village Fayre from 10am – 3pm on the Village Green.  Lots of stalls, classic cars and a raffle with £100 cash prize.   Parking available on the West Green. 

Tuesday 11th June – The East Cowes Methodist Church Ladies invite you to join them for their annual coffee evening in the church from 7pm – 9pm.   Various stalls, competitions and a raffle.

Tuesday 11th June – Makers Market at The Green Barn, Main Road, Bouldnor, PO41 0XN from 10am – 3pm.   Free parking and refreshments available. 

Friday 14th June – Adults Bingo & Games Night at Isle of Wight Community Club, Park Road, Cowes.   Doors open 7pm – just turn up on the night.  Over 18s only.  Be in with a chance to win some cash prizes.

Saturday 15th June – Shorwell Midsummer Fair from 1.30pm – 5pm.  This traditional village fair is once again to be held in the grounds of Woolverton Manor, Shorwell. It is totally uncommercialised and the many attractions and stalls are run by local people and organisations. There is a Tea Tent and arena events including a Falconry display, a dog demonstration and a Band /Folk group. The money raised goes to support local charities, community groups and organisations.   There is free parking adjacent and low admission price, with children under 16 free.

Saturday 15th June – Round the Island Yacht Race.   This favourite yacht race is sailing’s answer to the London Marathon as over 1,500 boats, crewed by some of the biggest names in sailing as well as keen amateur sailors. Starting on the famous Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes, the fleet races westabout, to The Needles, round St Catherine's Point and Bembridge Ledge buoy, and back into the Solent to the finish line at Cowes.

Sunday 16th June – Quay Folk Club are delighted to welcome Sheffield-based Seb Stone, an award-winning traditional singer who also plays the beautiful uilleann pipes and a variety of whistles. He is much in demand, with appearances at folk festivals all over the country. With multi-instrumentalist Dave Godby in support, this will be a wonderful evening of enchanting music. Quay Arts Centre, Newport, opens at 6.30 pm for the music to start at 7. Free entry, drop a donation into the hat.

Friday 21st June - Afternoon Tea @MAD-Aid DOT, 11 York Avenue, East Cowes, from 1pm to 4pm. Enjoy hot or cold drinks, cakes, and a chance to relax, or learn more about the work of East Cowes-based charity, MAD-Aid. There is also a guest speaker, see: www.facebook.com/groups/madaiddot for details.

Sunday 23rd June West Wight Community Litter Pickers meet at 10.30am at Colwell Bay slipway by the Captain’s Cabin.  Tea/coffee and biscuits supplied.

Friday 28th June – Bembridge Craft Market at Bembridge Village Hall from 10am – 4pm.  Our regular talented crafters will be joined throughout the year by a few new Island makers so be sure to pop in when you can to see what's on offer. 

Friday 28th June – The Friends of Binstead Summer Fayre from 4pm – 6pm at Binstead Primary School, Hazelmere Avenue, Binstead.   Come along for lots of fun.   Bouncy castle, prize stalls, raffle, sweet treat, coconut shy, ice cream van, pizza, homemade cakes and much more.

Friday 28th June – Popstars Summer Fair at St Catherine's Speech, Language and Communication School, Grove Rd, Ventnor from 12.30 – 3pm.   Stalls are all run by students so please come along and support them. Free entry and everyone is welcome.  Music, BBQ, old school fair games, drinks, raffle, bouncy castle, candy floss, cake stall and much more.  No dogs except Guide Dogs.

Sunday 30th June – Isle of Wight Armed Forces Day returns  for 2024 and once again it's at the glorious beachside location of Eastern Gardens in Ryde. The date for your diary is Sunday, 30 June — one day after the national Armed Forces Day.  This is a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets.


Regular events

Every Monday - come and join the Monday Group from 2-4pm at Falcon Cross Hall, Shanklin. For silly and sensible board games, colouring (materials provided to give it a try it!), dominos, cards, jigsaws or bring your own craft project or just come along for company and a chat. £2.00 a session including refreshments. For more details call Shanklin Library 717184.

Every Monday – Chat and Craft.  Come along with your favourite craft or unfinished project. Learn something new and get help and inspiration or just share your skills.   Held from 2-4pm at Isle of Wight Community Club, Park Road, Cowes, PO31 7NP.  Open to everyone and all ages.  Entry £2 which includes tea/coffee. For more information call Wendy on 07584600053

Second Monday of every month – HASAG Asbestos Disease Support Isle of Wight.  Coffee Afternoon at the Riverside Centre, The Quay, Newport, PO30 2GR from 12.30 – 2.30pm.

Fourth Monday of every month – Cowes WI meet at Cowes Football Club, Reynolds Close at 7.30pm.   Please bring own cup for hot drink.

Every Tuesday – Walk and Talk Sandown.   Come rain or shine, join in for a gentle walk and talk along the seafront and back again. Meet outside Sandown Pier at 10.30am. Brought to you by Living Well and Early Help Service.   Call 01983 240732 for more information.

Every Tuesday and Friday morning - Table Tennis at Shanklin VYCC, Victoria Avenue.  10.30am – 12.3o All levels welcome to this fun, light hearted group where people can make friends and have fun as well as enjoy table tennis.  £3 per session including refreshments.  Call 07792 174941 or come along on the day.

Every Tuesday evening – Table Tennis at Shanklin VYCC, Victoria Avenue.  7.30pm – 9.30pm.  All levels welcome to this fun, light hearted group where people can make friends and have fun as well as enjoy table tennis.  £3 per session including refreshments.  Call 07792 174941 or come along on the day.

Every Wednesday - Social Bridge at West Wight Sports & Community Centre. From 2pm to 4pm. Turn up and play for £2. Participants are learners, intermediate and experienced who play non-competitively.

Every Wednesday of each month except the first – Warm and Well Community Group meet at St Helens Community Centre, Guildford Road, St Helens, from 11.30am – 2pm for complimentary soup and roll, refreshments, activities and friendship.  Brought to you by Living Well and Early Help Service

Every Wednesday – Lake Art Group meet from 10am – 12 noon at the Lions Community Centre, in Lake Car Park.  Either pop in or ring June on 718398 or Chris on 401530

Second Wednesday of every month - Creekside WI meet at the Methodist Church Hall in Wootton at 7.15pm.  Come and have some fun and make new friends.  Visitors are very welcome.

Third Wednesday of every month - Binstead WI  meet at Binstead Methodist Church in Church Road 10.00am to 12 noon, always with coffee and cakes.  New members very welcome. We have a varied programme of speakers and there is also a Craft Group, Book Club, Walking Group and outside activities.  If you would like to know more, please ring our Secretary Chris on 07467534124.

First Thursday of the month – Coffee, Craft and Cake from 10am – 12pm at Northwood Scout Hut, Wyatts Lane, Northwood.  Bring your own projects to finish, share hints, tips and ideas and craft magazine swap available tool.  Free entry and refreshments.  A great way to make new friends.  In association with Northwood Church.

First Thursday of every month –Epilepsy Café at Sounds & Grounds, Birmingham Road, Cowes for 16 – 24’s from 4 – 5.30pm.   It's an opportunity for teenagers with epilepsy to meet those in the same boat, to chat and listen to music in a safe and supportive space.

Every Thursday - Lake Health & Wellbeing Walking Group Meet at Lake Green Common bench every Thursday morning, rain or shine at 10.15 for 10.30 start. The walk takes around 2 hours and averages 3-4 miles. Further details call Steve - 645604

Every Thursday - Table Tennis at Freshwater Methodist, Brookside Road. From 6pm to 7:30pm. Beginners welcome. A fun, social place for non-competitive games. Free activity, with donations for light refreshments. Please contact David 01983 760063 for further details. 

Third Thursday of each Month – Whippingham WI Meet at Whippingham Community Centre, Alverstone Road, East Cowes at 1.15 for 1.30pm start.   Come and join us for fun, fellowship and information.

Third Thursday of the month – The Bay WI meet at The Lions Day & Community Centre, St Urians, New Road, Sandown, PO36 9LA at 2pm.   Join them for fun and friendship.  Contact Lynn on 01983 406366 or email thebaywi.secretary@gmail.com

First and Third Friday of each month – Wootton Bridge Community Drop-in Clinic from 10am – 1pm at the Parish Council office, Brannon Way, Wootton Bridge.  Find out about attendance allowance, cost of living support, local activities and much more.   Brought to you by Living Well & Early Help Service.

Every Friday - Freshwater Market from 8.30am-12noon at the Memorial Hall. Homemade cakes, plants, books, jewellery, fresh eggs, original artwork, crafts, bric-a-brac, café, handcrafted liqueurs and much more.

Every Friday – Newport Country Market at Holyrood Hall, 70 High Street, Newport, (opposite Castle inn)  from 8.30 – 12.  A great selection of hand-crafted goods, home grown plants, cakes, bakes, and jams. Local honey and eggs.

Every third Friday of the month - Wootton Afternoon Townswomen's Guild meet at the Methodist Church, Station Road, Wootton Bridge, from 2pm to 4pm. Free parking in Steam Railway car park opposite.  We are a friendly group and hold talks and go on outings etc. Please come along and meet us.

Third Friday of every month – Come and Meet Each Other (C.A.M.E.O) at Sandown Library from 10am to 12 noon.  A friendly space for you to try new things such as bingo, colouring, quizzes, and games.  Tea, Coffee and a chat.   Everyone is welcome.  Brought to you by Loving Well and Early Help Service.   

Last Friday of every month – Tea and Chat for the over 60s at Sandown Library from 11am – 12.15.  Enjoy tea/coffee and chat with new and old friends.