Jimi Hendrix, The Who, the Rolling Stones and many more music legends performed at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970. Over 600,000 fans came from all over the world to a farm location in West Wight. It is still regarded as the world’s largest ever music gathering. Since then, the Island has gained a reputation as a festival island. 

In 2019, the Isle of Wight Walking Festival, one of the biggest in Europe, celebrated its 21st birthday. Everything was in planning for its 22nd year when the Covid-19 pandemic struck.  As with many festivals on the Island and internationally the event, due to be held from 2nd – 17th May, was postponed for public health reasons.

In October last year, we stepped out to walk the coastal path around our Island home and map heritage landmarks we spotted on the way – some well known and others tucked away. We are publishing this map and associated stories during May to coincide with the original Festival dates, and in anticipation of a hoped for Autumn 2020 Festival.

Being able to step out into this beautiful and varied landscape after months of lock-down will be a spiritual breath of fresh air worth waiting for.

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