Host to not one but two legendary rock festivals, the I.O.W has played host to party legends such as Keith Moon, Brian Jones, Jimmy Hendrix and Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys party monster!). If it's good enough for them it certainly wins the StagWeb seal of approval and it's one of our favourite party spots on the South Coast.
The fantastic coastland is ideal for full on stag action such as Cliff Jumping, Coasteering, Kayaking, Paragliding, Whitewater Ribbing and more...
Best Bars in Isle of Wight
Driftwood Beach Bar n Grill - Great food, stunning location and cocktails that can sink a groom at 12 paces, the Driftwood Beach Bar is a great place to start any big night out or grab an afternoon bite.
The Black Sheep - A superb venue and great stage for live music or throwing a few shapes. Certainly one to add to any weekend partying action.
Temptation - While not wanting to put it in your way, we'd definitely suggest a trip to possibly the best club on the island, good drinks, good sounds, good times!
May - I.O.W. Beer Festival. Get your tankards and knitwear at the ready for this fine beverage fayre with great food and greater drinks.
June - Isle of Wight Festival. Second only to Glastonbury for its notoriety and festi-fame legends like Jimmy Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Wings, Fleetwood Mac have all played there.
September - Bestival. Another massive festival attracting tens of thousands of visitors and some of the biggest names in rock!
Where to Head...
Cowes is possibly the island's most famous town but there are plenty of great bars and clubs dotted around the coastline in the various towns. Newport has some great bars but you simply can't go to the island without hopping on a bus at some point and in your best John Lennon voice asking for a "Ticket to Ryde", no really, bus drivers never get bored of hearing that one over and over and over again.
While the Wight does have some great buildings, if you're looking to get out and about it really is all about the sea views. There are some stunning places to take a stroll and refresh those hangovers. But leave no man behind, make sure you give the heavy sleepers an early morning glassful (cold water works best) to get them up and out. Hiring a bike for the morning and getting off road is a great way to get about.
The hovercraft was invented on the Isle of Wight.
The Enfield rifle is also another of the island's most famous inventions.
100 electric cars were produced on the island in 1969, the technology was similar to that used by car manufacturers today.
Charles I was imprisoned on the isle prior to losing his head in 1648.
A Taste of Isle of Wight
Eats - If you're looking for a great venue to feed the chaps ahead of a top night out the head to The Waterfront. Situated right on the... er waterfront, this well named restaurant not only offer fantastic service and value but stunning food. Locally sourced produce, fresh fish are matched perfectly by the most amazing sunset views.
Drinks - While not quite a desert island, at StagWeb we'd quite happily get shipwrecked on the Isle of Wight safe in the knowledge that the Island Brewery would be there to keep us hydrated. This superb brewery has been providing pint perfection to the island's drinkers but was not responsible to the isle's famous dinosaurs becoming extinct.
In 1970 Jimmy Hendrix played to an estimated 600,000 crowd at the Isle of Wight festival.
On Ya Bike! Getting Around Isle of Wight
The Isle of Wight is accessible by ferry from both Portsmouth and Southampton. Once on the Island you can get a ticket to Ryde and the rest of the island with bus being the main public transport with some rail stations. Smartcards are available allowing unlimited travel.
If you are looking to get out and explore StagWeb recommend pedal power as the roads are much quieter than the UK mainland (although be wary of coaches and wayward day tripping drivers). Wight Cycle Hire offer a great, affordable service and you can book bikes online.
Famous "slebs" born and raised on the island include;
The f**king Osbournes also have a f**king holiday home on the f**king Isle of Wight, know what I f**king mean?
and the Kray Twins have all lived on the Isle of Wight
(although the Kray Twins didn't have much say in being sent to reside at HMP Parkhurst)
The IoW festival has hosted legends like Jimi Hendrix.
Why an Isle of Wight stag do?
The Isle of Wight is host to numerous sporting celebrations and festivals throughout the year including the internationally acclaimed Cowes Week, so it's no surprise that it's fast becoming the new capital of extreme sports! Whether it's the phenomenal array of water-based activities that floats your boat (oh yes), or a leisurely Llama Trek, we've got it all here at StagWeb. We're committed to your enjoyment and can guarantee first class service, support and value from the start. Send in an enquiry and brief us today!
The island has over 60 miles of unspoilt scenery and as such, a huge range of fantastic outdoor activities to keep the boys busy all weekend on the Isle of Wight stag do. Mix these first rate activities with wild, stunning surroundings and you've got a recipe for stag success.
If you fancy mixing in a bit of sightseeing with fantastic activities on your Isle of Wight stag do, see Carisbrooke Castle, St Catherine's Lighthouse and Osborne House. Bring out your inner child and visit the fantastically detailed model village or even take a walk or two around the headland, drinking in the stunning coastline - it's perfect for blowing away any groggy mornings! There are tons of terrific things to get busy with here on the island, so check out our activities and guarantee the boys an unforgettable time.
Learn the Lingo
There's loads of weird and wonderful phrasing going on all across the Isle of Wight. Why not learn a few before you leave and fit right in with the locals.
Nammet - Lunch. Might need a big one of these before a night out.
Grockle - An old person. Why not bring your own grackle along?
Mallyshag - A caterpillar. No sniggering, folks.
Birds nests - Doughnuts. We're not kidding.
Gurt - Big. You'll recognise this if you're from the south west.
Overner - You're all overners here, meaning natives to the mainland.
Nipper - A young, party loving lad.
What's going on...
The island has its own brewery.
The Isle of Wight has a lot going for it, but undoubtedly entertains a slower pace of life. By all means, chill out and watch the world go by, but it's well worth having a few activities prepared to keep everybody happy and entertained on your Isle of Wight stag do.
This island has so many options - you can hit the surf on a wakeboard, sail a boat or even charter a yacht, or there's paragliding, coasteering and cliff jumping for all you thrill seekers out there. We also offer more traditional activities such as paintballing, clay pigeon shooting and golfing. In the meantime, there's plenty to see and do on your Isle of Wight stag do.
Where to hang out...
Newport is the island's main shopping area and is home to a large retail park, rich with restaurants. Ryde, the largest town, is a more traditional Victorian seaside spot with beautiful, sandy beaches, a pier and everything you'd usually expect from a beachside resort, like fish and chips and a cold beer. East Cowes is well worth a visit for a look in on Queen Victoria's past residence, Osborne House, as well as historic Norris Castle.
Take a trip to Sandown for two 18-hole golf courses and enjoy sweeping bays on Vetnor. Famous Blackgang Chine is also well worth a visit - it's the world's oldest theme park which falls further and further into the sea every year! Bizarre and just a little bit creepy.
When to visit
The Isle of Wight is a beautiful spot for a visit at any time of the year, but during the warmer summer months, things are certainly more happening and nothing beats catching a few rays on the island's sandy beaches of a lazy afternoon. The massive Isle of Wight festival comes to visit annually in early June and always welcomes big names such as Paul McCartney, Jay Z, The Sex Pistols, Coldplay and many others you'll recognise.
In September Bestival is one of the Island’s two legendary festivals and has been headlined by Elton John, Snoop Dogg and Fatboy Slim. If you don't fancy getting muddy though, the IOW grand national and Real Ale Festival come around in March.
The IoW is the most haunted island in the world!
Getting to the Isle of Wight
Yes, the Isle of Wight is indeed an island separate from the rest of the UK, but luckily it's situated only 5 miles off the Hampshire coast, so getting there is simple. The best option is to hop on a hovercraft from Southsea in Portsmouth, which should take about 10 minutes.
As one of the UK's most treasured holiday destinations since Victorian times, it's hardly surprising that prices can be a little bit steep in more touristy seaside areas, so steer clear of overpriced cafes and gifts. In recent years, the Isle of Wight has developed somewhat of a more glamorous edge since its hugely popular music festivals landed in the early 00s, so you can expect to find some far swankier restaurants and bars dotted around. When you book with StagWeb however, be sure to add on a couple of our fantastic activities to ensure a guaranteed good time, as well as great value for money.