The Isle of Wight is hosting its first Festival of the Sea. Picture courtesy of Wightpod.
LANDLUBBERS and salty sea dogs are being welcomed aboard The Festival of the Sea — a nine-day festival celebrating the Isle of Wight’s maritime history and heritage, starts tomorrow (Saturday).
Organised by Visit Isle of Wight, the event will give out-of-season visitors more things to see and do during a September stay, while offering Islanders a range of sea-themed events and nautical activities to get involved in.
The festival will start with a bang, with the firing of the Royal Yacht Squadron cannon tomorrow.
Simon Dabell, chairman of Visit Isle of Wight, which is spending around £25,000 on marketing the festival on and off the Island, said: "With 64 miles of coastline, beach resorts and wonderful coastal scenery, The Festival of the Sea is a perfect fit for the Island.
"During September, we realised there was a series of small events already being planned by individual businesses and community organisations and we decided to offer our help in marketing these events to a wider audience, developing a marketing initiative to wrap approximately 50 events into a nine-day festival."
Festival of the Sea events can be found here and will be listed in an official festival guide in today's Isle of Wight County Press, Friday, September 13.
• Fishbourne Beach Arts, September 15-22.
See local artists at work in different venues around the area including Quarr Abbey, The Fishbourne Inn, The Royal Victoria Yacht Club and the green and Beach at Fishbourne. Stroll around the life-size commissioned sculptures made from original sea chain, watch seafood cookery demonstrations, take sailing lessons and play games on the beach.
• Spyglass Inn Songs of the Sea and Shanty Festival, Ventnor, September 14.
A day long celebration of sea shanties, smuggling tales and freshly caught seafood.
• Red Funnel Food Show, Cowes, September 15.
An event featuring inspirational cooking demonstrations by top Island chefs, using local produce including the catch of the day from local fisherman. There will be a chance to try and buy Island produced food and drink, and pick up gifts from the Isle of Wight Artisan Market.
• Sea to Shore: The Isle of Wight Kite Festival, Yarmouth, September 21.
Professional kite flyers and community kites made through a summer workshop programme come together for the annual Isle of Wight Kite Festival. Stalls, guided walks, workshops and lots of flying.
• UKSA Community Fun Day, Cowes, September 22.
The sailing academy is opening its doors to offer a free day of a have-a-go day of sailing, windsurfing and kayaking — with taster sessions of many of their watersports.
• Pirate Hover Open Day, September 22.
Meet the hovercraft pilot, tour the terminal and flight deck, take part in a Q&A session with the engineers, and enjoy a 20-minutes pleasure trip. There will also be prizes for the best dressed pirates.