If the Isle of Wight were to have a capital then it would be Newport. Slap bang in the centre of the island and packed with historic landmarks, Newport is very much where it all happens, and it hosts the Isle of Wight Festival every year.

Stand in one of the town’s historic squares and look up to see the architecture that tells of their Georgian and Edwardian heydays, or make your way down to the quay and watch life on the Solent for awhile before you carry on browsing the quirky little shops that line the streets. There’s a market every Tuesday and a farmers’ market every Friday – and we’ll have you know that Her Majesty always visits when she’s on the island so it must be pretty impressive…

There’s plenty to discover as a family too, including Carisbrooke Castle (the former holding place of the unfortunate Charles I) and the Newport Roman Villa just a short walk from the centre of town.

Festival of Light at Robin Hill

If there’s one place that’s guaranteed to go the extra mile for Bonfire Night, it’s the Isle of Wight – and Yarmouth hosts one of the biggest annual events on the island. Electric Woods at Robin Hill Adventure Park is a whole series of special events that see the park transform into a dazzling festival of colour, light and sound...

The Isle of Wight Festival

The island pulsates with noise each summer as The Isle of Wight Festival and its thousands of fans arrive for another celebration of music. This famous Isle of Wight event is held at Newport and has now run for more than 15 years. It plays host to some of the music scene’s biggest names, with acts scrambling to headline in...

Olivo

You’ll find Olivio in the historic area of St Thomas’ Square, right in the heart of Newport. A Mediterranean restaurant...
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