The Isle of Wight's summer carnival season gets underway this weekend, with Island towns promising excitement and enjoyment for the whole family.

Events will be taking place across the Island, starting in Newport this weekend, through to Sandown, Shanklin, Ventnor, Cowes, St Helens and Ryde throughout the summer.

Scroll down to see the full list of times and dates below…

Here is when and where you can see all the Island's main carnival events this summer 2023!

Isle of Wight County Press:

Kicking the carnival season off with a bang is Newport Carnival’s main procession on Saturday (July 22).  

Last year, Newport Carnival celebrated its centenary year with the biggest carnival the town had seen since the 1980s. 

The carnival team has been working tirelessly to put on a spectacular display once again.

Shademakers, who performed at the Queen’s Jubilee Pageant last year, will be taking part with their 250-member group.

If you’re aiming to get a good view, South Street and High Street are very popular, however, further out along Trafalgar Road and the Mall can be a little quieter.

Judging takes place at 6pm, before the procession moves off at 7pm.

Isle of Wight County Press: Joe Plumb in the Queen's Jubilee Pageant. Picture: Jubilee Pageant/Press Association,Joe Plumb in the Queen's Jubilee Pageant. Picture: Jubilee Pageant/Press Association,

Sandown’s Main Carnival takes place next Saturday (July 29), offering family-friendly entertainment all day, including Derek Sandy and magicians Stevo and Kai, at Sandham Gardens.

On the same day, the children’s carnival will head off from 11am along the Esplanade and Culver Parade.

The best viewpoints for the main carnival, moving off at 7pm from Sandown Library after judging at 6pm, include Beachfield Road, Royal Crescent, Melville Street, Fitzroy Street, Station Avenue and Albert Road.

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Shanklin’s Main Carnival follows, on Wednesday, August 2, moving off from Popham Road at 7pm.

Floats and individual entries will travel past the Old Village, High Street, Regent Street, Queens Road and Chine Avenue.

Isle of Wight County Press: Medina Marching Band at Shanklin Carnival 2022Medina Marching Band at Shanklin Carnival 2022 (Image: Paul Blackley)

Ventnor Carnival Week begins on Sunday, August 6, through to Saturday, August 12, with lots of events promised for this year. 

The main carnival will assemble on Dudley Road on Wednesday, August 9, and move off from 7pm. 

Floats, dancers, and music will travel through the town via Pier Street, High Street, Madeira Road, St Catherine Street, Victoria Street, Albert Street, Pier Street, Church Street, Belgrave Road and Park Avenue.

Visitors will be treated to a firework display in the evening.

Isle of Wight County Press: Raw Samba at Ventnor Carnival 2022Raw Samba at Ventnor Carnival 2022 (Image: Isle of Wight County Press)

Cowes Carnival follows, after missing 2022, with this year’s event in memory of long-serving organiser Bob Hammond. 

Run by the Island Carnival Federation, participants will gather on Ward Avenue at 6pm and move off at 6.30pm on Saturday, August 19.

The main procession leaves Ward Avenue, Park Road, Victoria Road, Mill Hill Road, Birmingham Road, through the town onto the High Street, finishing on The Parade.

Nearing the end of the month, St Helens will hold its main carnival on Monday, August 28, returning for a second year in a row following a two year hiatus.

Judging will take place at 5.45pm, and the procession will move away at 6.30pm.

Alongside the Sports and Carnival, a coffee and cake event will take place in the Pavilion on the Green to raise funds towards running a village fayre next year. 

Isle of Wight County Press: St Helens Primary School at St Helens Sports and Carnival 2022St Helens Primary School at St Helens Sports and Carnival 2022 (Image: Pamela Parker)

And finally, closing the summer carnival season is Ryde

Returning by popular request to its traditional day of Thursday (August 31), the early-evening event is a chance to get together for some summer holiday fun ahead of the start of the new school year.

Judging will take place on the Esplanade at 5.30pm, with the procession moving off an hour later. 

The route will see participants leave the Esplanade onto Dover Street, Park Road, Star Street, High Street and Union Street before returning to the Esplanade.

Isle of Wight County Press: Fantastic carnival atmosphere at Ryde Carnival 2022Fantastic carnival atmosphere at Ryde Carnival 2022 (Image: Paul Blackley)

Full list of Isle of Wight Main Carnival's 2023

Newport Main Carnival

  • Saturday, July 22, from 7pm.

Sandown Main Carnival

  • Saturday, July 29, from 7pm.

Shanklin Main Carnival

  • Wednesday, August 2, from 7pm.

Ventnor Main Carnival

  • Wednesday, August 9, from 7pm.

Cowes Main Carnival

  • Saturday, August 19, from 6.30pm.

St Helens Main Carnival

  • Monday, August 28, from 6.30pm.

Ryde Main Carnival

  • Thursday, August 31, from 6.30pm.