What's On | Isle of Wight Pride Countdown | Andover & VillagesIsle of Wight Pride returns to the Island on Saturday 21 July as this year’s host for UK Pride 2018, and there’s still time to take advantage of great early bird ferry deals from Red Funnel.

The UK’s only Pride event to take place on a beach, the inaugural IW Pride enjoyed huge success in 2017, culminating in a successful bid to host the second ever UK Pride, following on from Hull last year. This year will see former Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita headline the event in Ryde.

Attendees from the mainland can choose from two great travel offers, courtesy of IW Pride rainbow sponsors, Red Funnel.

If you’re bringing a vehicle you can save 25% off ferry returns, valid for travel between Southampton and East Cowes. The offer is valid for travel between Thursday 19 and Tuesday 24 July, providing a great opportunity to stay a few nights and explore more of the Island.

For those travelling on foot, Red Funnel has also teamed up with Southern Vectis, the Island’s bus operator, to offer a £15 weekend return rate. The package deal is inclusive of Red Funnel return travel from Southampton to East / West Cowes and onward connection to the event via Southern Vectis bus return travel to Ryde. This offer is valid for travel 21-22 July.

Both offers are available in advance only when you book by Wednesday 18 July.

IW Pride is a free to attend event but attendees must register in advance at www.iwpride.org

For more information on IW Pride, full details of Red Funnel’s offers and to book at these special early bird rates visit www.redfunnel.co.uk/iwpride

IW Pride is one of a host of events and festivals coming up on the Isle of Wight over the next few months, with the season now in full swing following the bumper 50th anniversary Isle of Wight Festival in June. Other highlights include the London Capital and Finance Osborne Horse Trials (25-26 Jul), Lendy Cowes Week (4-11 Aug), Jack up the 80s (10-12 Aug), the IW Garlic Festival (18-19 Aug) and Eklectica Music Festival (7-9 Sep). For full details on these events and more, plus Red Funnel ticket and travel offers visit www.redfunnel.co.uk/events

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