Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Summer Fun on the Wight Isle; from Guided Treks to Award-Winning Festivals, David Devonport Picks His Favourites for a Family Trip to Treasure

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Summer Fun on the Wight Isle; from Guided Treks to Award-Winning Festivals, David Devonport Picks His Favourites for a Family Trip to Treasure

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Byline: David Devonport

Whether you fancy fossil hunting in Compton Bay, meeting the animals at the zoo, or getting your adrenaline fix from karting, the Isle of Wight holds plenty of excitement for the whole family. Only a quick hop from the mainland, there's also a full and vibrant calendar of musical and sporting events, cultural activities and festivals to entertain you too. Here's our pick of the best ways to spend summer on the island: Isle Walk 2017 (From now until 14 May) Take to the trails to enjoy the island's countryside and beaches in this free guided walking festival that attracts visitors and locals alike. Go at your own pace along routes from leisurely one-mile strolls to a 72-mile adventure around the coastline through rugged and challenging terrain.

Rocket Site Tours (1 June) Get a free tour of the former High Down rocket testing site - now an area of outstanding natural beauty - with an introduction to the exhibition and a short walk to see the rocket gantries. nationaltrust.org.uk Festival of Running (2-4 June) If you enjoy running, this new festival is for you. It will see athletes of all abilities taking to the countryside with fun runs for the kids plus halfmarathons and everything in between for the adults. Every level of runner is welcome to enjoy what promises to be a fantastic event for all the family. westwight.org.uk The Isle of Wight Festival (8-11 June) Music-lovers won't want to miss this iconic and award-winning family event. This year it promises performances from Arcade Fire, Rod Stewart, David Guetta and Run DMC among many others.

isleofwightfestival.com Rythmntree Festival (14-16 July) This safe, family-oriented festival is held in beautiful, tree-lined farmland close to the coast and combines music with workshops and crafts, plus an action-packed area for the kids with magic, storytelling, circus skills and a dressing-up tent. rhythmtree.co.uk Pride (15 July) This year will see the inaugural Isle of Wight Pride event, celebrating the diversity and spirit of the local community with a parade through the streets of Ryde. …

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