You'll find us just outside of Newchurch, on the main Newport to Sandown Road (A3056).

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.

Getting to the Isle of Wight Garlic Festival is easy from Southampton

On foot - catch a frequent Red Jet sailing to West Cowes, the crossing takes 23-25 minutes). Southern Vectis operate connecting bus services to Newport (service 1) changing to service 8 to the festival (ask the driver where to alight).

By car - catch a vehicle ferry sailing to East Cowes. On arrival, head south on Dover Rd, take the A3021, Briddlesford Rd and A3056 to Bathingbourne Ln. Turn right onto Bathingbourne Ln. The Garlic Festival at Fighting Cocks Crossroads, Bathingbourne Ln, Sandown PO36 0LU will be on the left. The journey will take around 20 minutes.




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.


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.


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.



Hovertravel operate the last remaining scheduled passenger hovercraft service in the world, with flights every 30 minutes during summer periods. The journey takes just 10 minutes making it the fastest link to and from the Isle of Wight. Once you land in Ryde, the Hovertravel terminal is conveniently located just two minutes’ walk from Ryde bus and train station.

A shuttle bus connects the Southsea terminus with Portsmouth train stations 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.

Once you disembark the Hovercraft in Ryde catch the Route 8 Southern Vectis bus from Ryde Bus Station, the bus stops near Amazon World right outside the Garlic Festival.

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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.

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.

ROUTE 8 Newport | Robin Hill | Amazon World | Sandown | Bembridge | St Helens | Seaview | Ryde

See Map on the Southern Vectis website for further routes and information.

Bus Enquiry Helpline:0330 0539 182



The Isle of Wight is a perfect size for exploring by bike. As it has no through traffic its lanes are pretty quiet, and it is blessed with a mild climate and largely unspoiled countryside - nearly half of the island is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

From - to: Cowes to Newport and Sandown is called The Red Squirrel Trail

Distance: From Cowes to Sandown its 16 miles one way (32 mile return).

Terrain: Disused railway paths, on-road links in towns. Surface is mix of good quality tarmac roads and gravel paths.

To cycle to The Garlic Festival you can follow the National Route 23 with the last 1 mile along the main road to the festival site.

Find out more from the fantastic charity making it easier to cycle SusTrans