You'll find us just outside of Newchurch, on the main Newport to Sandown Road. The Isle of Wight Garlic Festival site address is: Fighting Cocks Crossroads, Bathingbourne Lane, Sandown, IW, PO36 0LU.
We have plenty of free parking in car parks adjacent to the show and the bus stops right outside the main gates. We also have bike racks for those who would like to cycle to the festival.
Red Funnel provide a choice of catching the Red Jet Foot Passenger service from Southampton to Cowes taking approximately 25 minutes to make the crossing or hop on the vehicle ferry from Southampton to East Cowes which will get you to your destination in just under one hour. Either way it is easy to make your onward journey, Route 1 bus departs from right outside the Red Jet terminal at Cowes up to every 7 minutes direct to Newport. From East Cowes Red Funnel terminal it is a five minute walk to Waitrose where you can catch the Route 4 bus to Ryde or Route 5 to Newport. You can then catch the Route 8 bus to Sandown.
Portsmouth - Ryde
The Wightlink catamaran is a foot passenger services and connects Portsmouth and Ryde in approximately 22 minutes. Arriving at Ryde Pier Head the bus station at Ryde is a short walk along the pier or catch the train to Ryde Esplanade right next to the bus station.
Portsmouth - Fishbourne
One of the two most popular ferry crossings to the Isle of Wight, this vehicle and passenger service. Taking approximately 45 minutes, this service departs from Portsmouth Harbour and docks in Fishbourne on the North of the Isle of Wight, which provides easy access to the main towns of Ryde and Newport.
Lymington - Yarmouth
The shortest distance crossing of the Solent is provided by Wightlink between Lymington and Yarmouth with the ferry running throughout the day and taking approximately 40 minutes to complete the journey. For onward travel from Yarmouth the bus station is next to the entrance to the ferry terminal. From Yarmouth bus station, Route 7 runs to Newport every 30 minutes throughout the day. From Newport you take the Route 8 to Sandown. The Garlic Festival is on the main route and there is a bus stop right outside the main gate.
Hover crafts run every 30 minutes throughout the day and more frequently during peak times. They take just 10 minutes to complete the crossing. From Ryde, the Hovertravel terminal is conveniently located just two minutes walk from Ryde bus station. A free shuttle bus connects the Southsea terminus with Portsmouth Harbour station, The Hard Interchange and Portsmouth City Centre. Combined tickets are available from Southsea including a day return on Hovertravel and unlimited travel for the day on all Southern Vectis buses. Purchase the Hover Rover Bus ticket from the Southsea Hovertravel terminal on the day of travel.
Island-wide bus services are operated by Southern Vectis. Superb views are to be had from the top deck of a double decker. They give unlimited travel for 1 day, 2 days, 7 days or 30 days on almost all Southern Vectis Buses and at the same time save you money. Bus Enquiry Helpline: 0871 200 22 33.
There is also an additional bus service linking Sandown train station to the rest of the town, including the beaches and attractions. The "Sandhopper" runs from April to October. The Garlic Festival is located on the main Newport to Sandown Road (A3056) and the bus stop is right outside the show. See Map on their website www.islandbuses.co.uk for routes and information.