AS WE go into the New Year, there's bound to be some trepidation due to a certain pandemic.

We've all adapted over the past couple of years and the Isle of Wight saw quite a few events happen in 2021 — although a few favourites weren't able to go ahead.

The calendar is starting to fill up for 2022, however.

Many of the Island's big events have yet to announce their intentions, but here's a round up of some of what's set to come this year.

  • Theatres could be busy. The Island Savoyards celebrate their 50th anniversary and are performing The Hunchback of Notre Dame in the Spring, at Shanklin Theatre. The Wight Strollers have been missed, but will be back with Dick Whittington in February, at Medina Theatre. Both theatres have plenty lined up, from comedians Ed Byrne, Omid Djalili and Dom Joly at Shanklin, to comedian Jim Davidson and opera singer Lesley Garrett at Medina . There's also a t ribute to the late showbiz journalist John Hannam at Shanklin. Isle of Wight County Press: Lesley Garrett is coming to Medina Theatre.
  • The Isle of Wight Festival is back in June . Among the main acts are Lewis Capaldi, Lionel Richie, Pete Tong, Kasabian, Muse, Rudimental, Tom Grennan, Happy Mondays, Craig David, Shaggy and the Kooks.
  • Cowes Week has set a start date, July 30 . Enjoy the spectacle of the sailing and fingers crossed for some shoreside entertainment.
  • One of the biggest events is likely to be the Island leg of the Tour of Britain cycle race. September 11 will see the huge event draw to a close here, after it sets off from Aberdeen, Scotland on September 4.Isle of Wight County Press: The Tour of Britain is coming to the Isle of Wight.
  • The popular Isle of Wight International Charity Classic Car Extravaganza has changed its dates, due to the Tour of Britain event. Traditionally the annual event is held on the second weekend of September, but next year the car show will be moving to September 3 and 4 to avoid clashing with the bikes.Isle of Wight County Press: Ryde - IW Classic Car Show 2018. Cars on display in Ryde Harbour..
  • The Queen's Jubilee, celebrating 70 years on the throne, is likely to add many events to the Island's diary. There's an extended Bank Holiday from Thursday, June 2, to Sunday, June 5. The Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, having acceded to the throne on February 6, 1952, at 25 years of age.
  • Ventnor Fringe had a bumper year in 2021 , with more shows over a longer period, and 8,500 tickets sold. The event is back in the same format for 2022, from July 22 to July 31.
  • Jack Up Events have yet to announce their summer offerings, but you can get the party started at Lower Hyde with The Zoots, for Jack Up the 70s on February 19.
  • Isle of Wight Road Races announced its plans for a large-scale motorcycle event for April. A race order application has been submitted to the Isle of Wight Council. The organisers hope the event will bring international motorcycle racing to closed public roads.
  • Wight Proms is back again this summer , after a successful event at Northwood House again in 2021. Expect evenings under the stars, featuring opera, comedy and all things best of British. Organisers have revealed the dates for your diary — August 16 to 21.Isle of Wight County Press:
  • The popular Rhythmtree has exciting news coming soon, its website teases. The dates for 2022 have been announced as July 8 to 10, at the usual venue of Three Gates Farm, Calbourne.
  • There are two chances to enjoy the Isle of Wight Walking Festival this year, straddling the main tourist season. Get your boots on, for a range of walks taking place between May 7 and 15, and October 8 and 16.
  • The most popular walking event of them all is Walk the Wight, for Mountbatten. It’s hoped the event will return to its regular size this year, and takes place on Sunday, May 8.
  • The magic behind children's favourite character The Gruffalo will be revealed at the IW Story Festival at Quay Arts in February . Axel Scheffler, co-creator of one of the most iconic children’s story characters of all time, will be performing and drawing. He is just one of the line-up.
  • Isle of Wight Pride is hoping to be back on July 16, after Covid put paid to its big parades in the last couple of years. The event is set to take place in Ryde and bring some colour and fun to the streets.

There are plenty more events that are hoping to come back in 2022, including Beer and Buses, the carnivals, IW Literary Festival, and the big shows such as the Garlic Festival, IW Steam Show, and Chale Show.

Look out for news from the big attractions too, such as Tapnell Farm, Robin Hill and Blackgang Chine.

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