What's on this weekend

By a County Press reporter

Published on Saturday, August 09, 2014 - 08:03


What's on this weekend

The Shanklin Regatta Queens will be part of the illuminated carnival at the weekend. Picture by Jennifer Burton.

SUMMER is definitely in full swing, and it's going to be a festive weekend across the Isle of Wight.

If you fancy something a little more extreme than the standard beach paddle - or would just like to cheer on the people who do - head to the Sandown to Shanklin Pier to Pier Sea Swim today (Saturday) at 12 noon.

The swim is organised by the Isle of Wight Marlins Swim Club and Shanklin Regatta Committee. Registration will be held in the Sandown Lifeboat Station from 10.45am to 11.45am, and the minimum age for participants is 18. The swim will start on Sandown beach.

Shanklin Carnival week will come to a glittering finish tonight (Saturday) with the illuminated carnival procession. Floats will assemble on Popham Road at 7.30pm, judging will take place at 8.15pm, and, to do justice to their eye-popping electric effects, they will move off after sunset at 9.15pm.

Tomorrow (Sunday) Sandown Bay Regatta will be on the Esplanade with beach sports, games, swimming, sailing, stalls and entertainment, culminating in a Grand Firework Display at 9.30pm. Entry is free, and the festivities go from 10am through to 10pm.

Jack up the 80s starts at 11am today (Saturday) and 10:30am tomorrow and carrying on through both days. The event is raising money and awareness for two Isle of Wight charities, water suppliers Wight Crystal and the Way Forward Programme, who provide people who have physical and learning disabilities with support. The event is taking place at the Garlic Festival's usual site, Bathingbourne Lane in Newchurch.

Saturday's highlights include Doctor & The Medics, Limahl and Leee John & Imagination, and Sunday's crowd will see Bucks Fizz, Jive Bunny and Hazel Oā€™Connor take to the stage. Tickets are available through the County Press shop in Newport. For more information, visit their site jackupthe80s.co.uk

For more great events taking place across the Isle of Wight, please see our events guide.


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