Summer evenings on the Isle of Wight

Awe-inspiring fireworks, an outdoor cinema screening in a zoo, jaw-dropping sunsets, seaside cocktails in an upcycled canteen/bar, dusk parades — late summer evenings on the Isle of Wight are always full of exciting entertainment, delicious food, incredible views, and well-earned relaxation.

What’s more, with our Summertime Special, you can sail to the island with Wightlink for just £13.00 if you travel after midday!

Here are five ways to bid your days adieu on the island.

1) Music and Magic in the Skies over The Needles

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Every Thursday ’til 31st August, a pyromusical extravaganza sees the skies over The Needles filled with fireworks, and the atmosphere ignited by live music, games, and entertainment.

Magic in the Skies is a free fundraiser event, so you’ll only need to pay for parking and contribute any donations you wish to make to the range of charities supported by the event.

If you can’t make the fireworks and entertainment each Thursday, seeing the sun set from Alum Bay is still a spectacular evening experience — take a picnic for a perfect clifftop summer night!

2) Outdoor cinema screenings for the whole family

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The Extraordinary Travelling Film Show bring their pop-up cinema experience to the Isle of Wight for three screenings this August, at three unique venues. And they’re all hugely-enjoyable family films!

  • Sing (Thursday 24th August, The Cow Co. at Tapnell Farm) — an animated movie following the story of a koala bear named Buster who, to save his failing theatre, hosts a singing competition which quickly descends into chaos!

  • Never Ending Story (Friday 25th August, the Chalk Pits in Brading) — a special screening in collaboration with countryside preservation charity Gift to Nature, and a chance to see the iconic epic fantasy film in the surroundings of an historic chalk pit.

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Saturday 26th August, Isle of Wight Zoo) — a tangential continuation of the Wizarding World we’ve come to know and love through Harry Potter, regaling the havoc wreaked in 1920s New York when magizoologist Newt Scamander misplaces some very special creatures…

Doors for all three screenings open at 6:30pm, with the films themselves starting from 8:00pm. An ideal way to spend your summer nights.

3) Colourful evening carnivals at Robin Hill Country Park

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It’s carnival time at Robin Hill! The theme park opens late during the summer months, and fills with colourful displays and parades every evening ’til 31st August 2017.

The carnival parties start from 6:00pm, followed by Brazilian performance workshops at 6:30pm and the processions themselves from 7:30pm. The carnival finale runs at 8:00pm, and concludes with a performance by a steel band, plus a limbo competition!

Each night concludes with ‘Wings by Twilight’, a stunning falconry showcase. Visitors can also enjoy a summer barbecue in the Africa zone, traditional fish and chips in the serene woodland pond setting, or a drink at the Woodland Bar.

Ride attractions and play areas will also be open until late for the summer. A full programme of Robin Hill’s exciting summer events can be seen on the Robin Hill website.

4) Cocktails and sunsets in Ryde

Explore Ryde’s high street and seafront shops, both offering marvellous dusk views back to the mainland. Highlights include The Chocolate Apothecary, a boutique chocolate shop, and Pink Elephant, an old-school sweet shop stocking wall upon wall of pick‘n‘ mix jars, imported American candy, and refreshing milkshakes and slushies.

Head to Appley Park for cocktails at Three Buoys, a restaurant offering unbeaten balcony views out over Ryde’s glowing sandy beaches and the inviting Solent waters beyond. Three Buoys have entire menus dedicated to vegetarians and vegans, and use many local island suppliers.

While you’re in the park, climb Appley Tower, a distinctive gothic landmark doubling up as another fantastic vantage point for broad sunset views.

5) Theme park and theatre fun at Shanklin

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Make tracks to Shanklin and spend the evening at Pirate’s Cove, an 18-hole pirate-themed crazy golf course. Pirate’s Cove also features go-karts, bumper boats, water zorbs, trampolines, bouncy castles. They even have a new rollercoaster! Hours of fun are to be had, and they’re open ’til late during the summer season.

This town, situated on Sandown Bay, is also home to Shanklin Theatre, where you’ll find a strong summer programme of plays, music, comedy, and opera, mostly taking place in the evenings. Before heading to the theatre, make a pitstop at The Waterfront Inn for dinner, where the seaward views impress and the broad menu serves all tastes, including vegetarian-friendly dishes.