anniversary year of the great man himself), as well as the Festival’s famous Speed Dating Walk. TASTE OF THE WIGHT (May 11) Let Taste of the Wight take you on a tour to delight your tastebuds.

Mary Merheim-Philpott is pretty well qualified to give others a helping hand finding that special someone.

She met her husband David through speed dating and is using her experience to offer lovelorn couples an alternative to web-based and mobile phone apps.

She said: "I'm so excited to be organising what I know, through personal experience, can be a great and fun way to meet new people, and who knows where that can lead?

"I certainly never expected to meet a future husband when I went."But if you're single and looking for a good night out with the chance of meeting that special someone, then this is the perfect type of event for you."Mary was so inspired by her experience last year she decided to set up her own dating company to promote speed dating evenings, themed events for mixed singles and speed date walks in the Cotswold/Gloucestershire area.

THE JIMI HENDRIX AFTON EXPERIENCE (May 6) Anecdotal guided walk to the site of the legendary 1970 Isle of Wight Festival, returning to Dimbola to see the Festival Exhibition (and ‘experience’ the award-winning tea room!

Speed dating is one of the many attractions of the largest walking festival in the UK which is on the Isle of Wight 26-29 October and supported by View Ranger.EASTERN YAR AND POOH STICK CHALLENGE (May 1) Walk along a section of the Eastern Yar discussing the history of the river, the challenges it faces and possible remedies…while collecting twigs en-route for a major tournament! The Isle of Wight Gardens Trust is offering an expert guided tour of the gardens and inner park to discover Brown’s only Isle of Wight designed landscape at Appuldurcombe, commissioned in the 18th century by the influential Worsley family. LILY-MAY’S DUCK FEEDING WALK (May 7) Join Lily-May at the duck pond at Big Meade Shanklin, to feed the ducks before having great fun in the park. The house is now in ruins and managed by English Heritage. Cost: £5 donation appreciated for conservation work of Isle of Wight Gardens Trusts. The walk covers ground across the island, from Bembridge in the east, travelling via Carisbrooke to The Needles in the western tip of the island.Walk the Wight has been running for 19 years in aid of the Earl Mountbatten Hospice and is now the biggest sponsored walk in the South of England.With more than half of the Island recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and 500 miles of well-maintained footpaths , it's no wonder the Isle of Wight is home to the UK's largest walking festival.