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Whats on on the Isle of Wight 2006

Fri 17 Feb, 8pm - The Venue, Ryde

This amazing tribute is a must see for all Glam-Rock fans. Now in its 10th year touring, this sensational tour will take you on a journey through all of those fantastic hits. For more information about T-Rextasy click the "Website" link below.

"They're the closest you are ever gonna get to the real thing" Bill Legend (T.Rex drummer)

Tickets are priced at £10. Call 01983 568099 for more information and to book.


Fri 17 Mar, 8pm - The Venue at Ryde Theatre, Ryde

Forget about seeing your rock idols as tiny specks on an arena stage...U2UK, a fabulous U2 tribute band have heart, passion, drive, excitement and charisma by the bucket load. They are gaining a reputation of being one of the best live bands in the UK! Expect all your favourites from "Sunday Bloody Sunday" to "Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own".

Tickets are priced at £10, call 01983 568099 to book now and avoid disappointment.

Thurs 6 Apr, 7.30pm - Medina Theatre, Newport
Tickets: £20

This remarkable singer/songwriter has played all over the world, becoming one of the all-time biggest selling artists in Irish Music history, performing at Nashville's Grand Ole Oprey to a full house, which was unprecedented for a UK artist.

Charlie's reputation as a top class entertainer continues to grow and he has won about every possible award in County music including, the Best Male Vocalist at the British Country Music Association Awards three years in a row and most of his 14 albums achieved the No1 spot and have sold over 1,000.000 units. To find out more about Charlie's fantastic career visit the "website" link below.

For more information and to book your tickets call 01983 527 020.


6th to 21st May 2006

The 8th annual Isle of Wight Walking Festival promises 16 days of spectacular walks, and celebrates its reputation as the UK's largest Walking Festival

Step out and discover the island in the 2006 Isle of Wight Walking festival. As one of the UK's best destinations for walking pursuits, there are walks for all interests - families, fun, fitness, seasoned ramblers and leisurely walkers.

Why not lace up your boots, catch a ferry to the Isle of Wight & join the UK's largest walking festival. This year promises around 160 guided walks, from short strolls to longer hikes such as the 'Walk the Wight' for seasoned ramblers. Each walk has its own theme -pub trails to dinosaurs, ghosts walks to lantern processions, local wildlife trails to spectacular coastal hikes.

With an area of 147 square miles of well maintained, signposted footpaths around dramatic coastlines and unspoilt countryside, it's not surprising that the Island has long been a source of inspiration to all of its visitors. With over 500 miles of bridleways and footpaths, walking is one of the best ways of experiencing an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Travelling to the event is easy from Southampton with Red Funnel. Vehicle ferries run every hour to East Cowes and the Hi-Speed service departs every 30 minutes for West Cowes. Our Southampton terminals are within easy reach of the M3 and M27. Click 'Book' below to purchase Hi-Speed tickets online.

The official Walking festival Programme will be available in March 2006 with full listings of the fantastic festival walks. To reserve a copy call 01983 913818.


Fri 12 May - Sun 14 May 2006
Cowes Yacht Haven will host the world's only international boat show dedicated to RIBs (Rigid Hull Inflatables) and inflatables.

Displays, exhibits and sea trials for all to enjoy.

Rib Exhibitions Events manager Steve Harvey comments: “Ribex 2005 is unique in that it encourages people to arrive to the event by sea, or Red Funnel Ferries offers high-speed travel between the mainland and the Island. In Cowes, the ferry docks slap bang in front of the show entry gates, making the whole process both efficient and stress free."

Red Funnel's Hi-Speed service operates every 30 minutes between Southampton Terminal 2 & West Cowes


Sat 13 & Sun 14 May - The Venue at Ryde Theatre, Ryde

Two days of auditions to find an Island band to play the main stage at the 2006 Isle of Wight Festival in June. So if you fancy hearing the best new talent the Island has to offer, then go along. For more information call 01983 568099.


Sat 13 May 2006 - Appley Beach, Ryde. 1100 hrs

Annual Hants & Dorset ARA Championship Rowing Regatta. Racing for Men and Ladies in Coastal Coxed Fours, Coxless Pairs and Single Sculls. Free viewing. For more information contact Ryde Rowing Club on 01983 566481

Fri 26 - Mon 29 May 2006 - Ninham Farm, Shanklin

Summer begins with the 2006 Wight Diamond Festival! Come along for the mountain bike party of the year! There are more events, more entertainment and bigger prizes than ever!

Over the past ten years, The Wight Diamond has earned it’s reputation as the best mountain bikers party on the calendar. This year is going to be better than ever! The weekends events centre on the two day Wight Diamond Challenge navigator race, which takes place over Saturday and Sunday. This is the ultimate Navigator event using the whole Island as it’s course. But if two days of all out competition sounds a little too serious for you, enter the Trail Ale Trail instead - the checkpoints are pubs and cafés and prizes will be awarded for ‘entering into the spirit of the event’!

If you've still got more riding in you, take on the King of the Hills on Monday, featuring the Hair of the Hog for the hung-over hardcore. Alternatively, the Chill in the Hills will offer a more laid back Monday ride before you head off for your afternoon ferry.

As usual the main events will be complemented by a whole heap of side-show events and activities going on back at base. The big marquee will be back, featuring its usual attractions of food stalls, full bar and excellent live music (including the fantastic Hanging Baskets who are back after last years absence for Sunday nights prize giving party (always a lively affair, with music ‘til late and the party going on into the small hours - perfect preparation for Mondays Hair of the Hog!). For more details click on the website link below.

Travelling to the event is easy from Southampton with Red Funnel. Vehicle ferries run every hour to East Cowes and the Hi-Speed service departs every 30 minutes for West Cowes

Sat 03 June 2006 - Cowes/Solent

The annual gallop round the Isle of Wight is the largest, and most spectacular yacht race of its kind in the world! It attracts some 1800 entries from professional crews, corporate teams and amateurs. Steeds range from maxi-yachts to the smallest offshore categories, sportsboats to sedate old-timers, with Admirals Cuppers competing alongside families having fun.

First sailed in 1931, the race still competes for the Gold Roman Bowl, the legendary trophy presented by the race's founder Cyril Windeler. Little did he realise what he was starting!

Red Funnel (in conjuction with BT openworld, Haven Knox-Johnson, International Coatings, Lombard, MDL, Mumm & Co, Ocean World, Pindar & Raymarine) is delighted to add its support to an event that is extremely popular and viewed with much affection by the sailing community. This is the race that everybody wants to enter so visit the website below, email or tel. 01983 296911 for details on how to take part.


Fri 9 - Sun 11 June 2006 - Seaclose Park, Newport.

The only UK festival that can rightfully claim to have had Jimi Hendrix and the Doors on its bill, returns. The 2006 festival will be bigger, better and and is being billed as THE music festival not be missed!

With The Prodigy, Placebo and Goldfrapp already announced for Friday 9th and more set to be announced soon this years festival is set to be a HUGE hit with festival goers, especially with Glastonbury having the year off!

David Bowie has this to say about the Isle of Wight Festival: "I was so envious of other acts that got to do the other Isle of Wight Festivals - it is really coming back. This is the very first time I have been to the Isle of Wight Festival. Obviously I've been to the Isle of Wight, it's a fabulous place - I used to go there on holiday when I was a kid. I jumped at it, it is a smashing thing to do."

Sunday 25 June to Sunday 2 July 2006 - Cowes

International Corinthian yachting event held every two years attracting teams from England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France, Holland and Belgium.

Further information from: Royal Ocean Racing Club, Telephone: 02074 932248

Sat 29 July to 5 August 2006

With around 1,000 boats taking part, Skandia Cowes Week is the longest-running, largest and most prestigious annual sailing Regatta in the World.

The 'Must Do' Event on the International Sailing Calendar. The 2006 Regatta marks the 11th Anniversary of Skandia's title sponsorship of the most famous sailing regatta in the World, Cowes Week. This year also celebrates the 41th Anniversary of the Event's organising body, Cowes Combined Clubs (CCC).

Skandia Cowes Week first took place in 1826 and has been held in August every year since then (the only exception being during the two World Wars). This famous Regatta has been part of the British Summer social calendar for many years and is traditionally held after Goodwood and before the start of the grouse-shooting season.

Cowes Combined Clubs was formed in 1964 to co-ordinate the racing previously organised by the individual Cowes and mainland yacht clubs. Over the years the Regatta has been visited by royalty and other world-famous personalities as well as naval warships, superyachts and square-riggers.

8,000 sailors race over eight days in the Central, Eastern and Western Solent. Up to 1,000 boats compete, ranging from high-tech racing machines to classic day boats. 35 different classes are represented.

Thousands of spectators flock to Cowes to enjoy 'The Week'. Watch the on-water action from the Green and from Cowes Parade - it is estimated that there are 200,000 sailing and non-sailing visitors during the Week.

The Fireworks display includes over 10,000 fireworks plus effects and music. Up to 170,000 people watch in Cowes and from the mainland - it's big, it's spectacular and it's noisy!

Onshore fun - Let's party!
Many thousands of non-sailing visitors come to Cowes each August to enjoy the unique atmosphere that is Skandia Cowes Week. If you want to know what's happening out on the water, you can keep in touch by listening to the brilliant live commentary from Cowes Radio.

There's a fabulous festival atmosphere with street entertainers and music, and don't forget the spectacular Fireworks display.

The town of Cowes provides excellent facilities for the sailor and non-sailor alike, with plenty of pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes to choose from. The expanded Cowes Yacht Haven which is the focal point of activity during the Week, East Cowes Marina and Shepards Wharf also provide entertainment, food and bars as well as berthing (but book early as competition for berths is fierce).

The Yacht Haven's huge marquee and beer tent erected for Skandia Cowes Week and other major events, makes it a central meeting place for competitors and visitors alike. With fabulous food stands, supplier stands and the huge sound stage, which attracts many well-known groups, the Yacht Haven is certainly one of the places to be. Visitors can also enjoy the alternative Parade Village which was also a rip-roaring success in 2003.

So, if you're not planning to sail there is still plenty to do day and night, and the High Street is a good place to start. It offers a wide choice of chandleries, art galleries, antiques, clothing/leisurewear and gift shops and plenty more.

You can enjoy street theatre every afternoon on the Parade and in the High Street, or watch the starts and finishes on the Royal Yacht Squadron line from the Parade. Just to the West, The Green offers a panoramic viewing platform of the yachts cheating the tide as they battle their way to the finish and it's also an excellent spot from which to watch the Friday night firework display.

There's a lively week-long social programme ranging from the renowned Yacht Club Balls and Cocktail Parties to an excellent line-up of live bands performing in Cowes Yacht Haven; there's also a superb choice of cuisine available to suit every palate. The atmosphere on shore is carnival-like with plenty of open-air activities and street entertainment.

Skandia Cowes Week really is special to everyone involved, whether sailing or not. Visitors to Cowes can enjoy a unique opportunity to see the yachts afloat on the Solent waters and the people of Cowes and its businesses really get behind the Event and pull out all the stops to support this famous Regatta.

Friday 11 & Saturday 12 August 2006. Offshore racing, 2.30pm-5.30pm Sat.

Annual sailing Regatta for Solent class Keelboats and cruisers and local dingy classes. Cost: Free. For further information contact Bembridge Sailing Club 01983 872237

25 - 28 Aug 2006 - Smallbrook Stadium, Ryde

Join thousands of fellow scooter enthusiasts from all over the world to enjoy the great bank holiday biking weekend with your scooter! With ride-outs, rally events and parties, there is so much crammed into one weekend!

Sat 2 to Sun 3 September 2006 - Wolverton Manor, Shorwell from 10.00 am

The Wolverton Manor Country Fair features Mainland, Local and Chelsea Exhibitors, arts, crafts and other traditional skills, a farmers market, demonstrations and entertainment.

This year will be the seventh annual show and it will include ferret racing, pony & trap rides, bouncy castle, military veicles, craft demonstrations, live music and much more. For more information 01983 862888.

Saturday 09 & Sunday 10 September 2006 from 8am. Venue: Ryde and Newport.

An amazing display of over 150 Classic Cars covering a wide range of vintage vehicles to delight the whole family as well as the car enthusiast. Cost: Free. Contact Wight Leisure on 01983 823829 or tel: 02085493143.

Fri 8 to Sun 10 September - Robin Hill Country Park, Newport, Isle of Wight

Bestival is a niche dance festival from Sunday Best and a weekend way of life for Radio 1 presenter Rob da Bank. This three day music and arts event is the last festival of the summer and is held at one of the country’s most magical parkland sites, Robin Hill set in the heart of the Isle of Wight.

The event will host a unique blend of great music and a celebration of fine food, good fun and the English countryside. Bestival will boast a musical mix of bands and DJs from the Sixties to the 21st century. That said, you’re as likely to catch an impromptu Morris dancing display or a brass band trooping across the field as you are the hottest new band or DJ from around the world!

Thu 14 to Sun 17 September 2006 - Cowes/Solent

With not a hard hat to be seen, the Construction Industry Sailing Regatta began life in 1988. It's now the biggest corporate yachting regatta in Europe. With over 200 yachts and around 2000 crew, it's second only to the world famous Skandia Cowes Week. As any past competitor will tell you, it's not all about racing, there's plenty of 'apres-sail' events, lots of parties, late-night music, a good deal of drinking (no surprise there!), cocktail parties at the RYS, live music and a massive sit-down gala dinner on the Saturday evening.

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Sat 16 to Sun 24 September 2006 - Island Wide

Cycling events for all:- Road racing time trials, British National Ladies races and mountain biking including the challenging Seven and Fourteen Hills Killer trails. Alternatively, you could settle for something more scenic and relaxing! Whatever your taste, dig out your lycra shorts, pump up your tyres and head for the Island! Costs vary. Contact Wight Leisure for programme details, 01983 823829

Thur 26 to Sun 29 October 2006 from 10am - Yaverland, Sandown (& various venues islandwide).

Don't miss Europe's largest Extreme Sports festival, where the elite compete in eleven awesome watersport and landsport championships. Prepare to be amazed by the intense action and the sheer radical style of some 500 Kiteboarders, Windsurfers, Surfers, Gravity Bikes, Street Luge, Skate Vert+Street, BMX, Mountain Boards and more! Back ashore, enjoy the biggest parties of the season with entertainment every day and every night and make time to visit some of the UK's premier trade and demo displays.

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