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What's on in 2011
During 2011
, the Isle of Wight will host nearly 1000 international and local festivals, carnivals, concerts and events. For more information: www.iwight.com


Isle of Wight
May
13-15 RIBEX- boat show dedicated to rigid inflatable boats. Location: Cowes Yacht Haven
7-22 Isle of Wight Walking Festival The biggest walking festival in the UK with other 300 miles of planned walks. Location: Isle of Wight

June
3-5 Yarmouth Old Gaffers Festival www.yarmoutholdgaffersfestival.co.uk
10-13 Isle of Wight Music Festival Location: SeaClose Park, Newport
25 JP Morgan Fleming Round the Island Yacht Race Location: Cowes

July
23 Osborne Proms

August
5-13 Cowes Week 20-21 Isle of Wight Garlic Festival Location: Isle of Wight
25-30 Cowes-Torquay-Cowes Powerboat Race Location:Cowes

September
8-11 Bestival Location: Robin Hill
16-19 Isle of Wight Cycling Festival Location: Isle of Wight

October
21-24 Isle of Wight Autumn Walking Weekend
Osborne House, Queen Victoria's favorite residence, is a fascinating look into the past. This Italianate villa has been preserved as it was the day that Prince Albert died. www.english-heritage.org.uk Osborne House
Cowes is a delightful Victorian town that owes it's prominence to establishment of The Royal Yacht Squadron in 1815 dedicated to yacht racing. The Maritime museum is well worth a visit. It holds the largest collection of maritime books in the world. www.cowes.co.uk Cowes Harbour
For family adventures, visit Amazon World Zoo Park which has the largest collection of exotic animals in natural rain forest settings. www.amazonworld.co.uk

There's more family fun at Blackgang Chine with it's 40 acres of cliff top gardens, Fantasy attractions, Cowboy Town, Dinosaurland, Nurseryland, Pirate Fort, Family Boat Slide, Fairy Castle, and more. www.blackgangchine.com
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No visit to the Isle of Wight is complete without a visit to Osborne House to experience the wonderful gardens and glimpses into the Royal Family's private life. In late July, the Bournemouth Symphony performs at the Osborne Proms and later in the summer picnic style concerts often are held on the grounds. Westlife, Ronan Keating, Simply Red and Anastasia have all performed in the past. During November, Osborne House is decorated for Christmas using Queen Victoria's original decorations and A Victorian Christmas Weekend celebrates these traditions with sideshows, traditional fairground stalls and even Queen Victoria, herself, makes an appearance with her lady in waiting.
   Christmas at Osborne
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