Osborne will host a fantastic line-up of shops during our Horse Trials in July, with retailers coming from far and wide to showcase their products. A number of outlets will surround the main arena on the Durbar Lawn, with everything from clothing to homeware to craft products and much, much more on offer. Whether you’re looking to commemorate your time on the island with a souvenir from the gift shop, or pick up a present for a loved one, friends or family member - there’s plenty on offer at Osborne!View all shops
Dogs are more than welcome to join in the fun at Osborne Horse Trials , and your furry friend can even have a shot at victory with our have-a-go dog agility! The course features jumps and gates for participating pooches to work their way around, and is always a crowd-favourite at events. As well as the spectator presentations, we also have our expert handlers on hand to provide excellent professional shows throughout the event.
Keep the kids entertained all day in our Victorian Fun Fair. Situated in the gardens of Osborne House, the Children’s Fun Park is home to a multitude of Victorian games and rides such as a Chair-O-Plane, Swing Boats, Hook-A-Duck and a Shooting Saloon. Our games and amusements appeal to all ages and can be enjoyed for hours on end by youngsters. Step back in time for an afternoon and experience a traditional Victorian Fun Fair at Osborne Horse Trials this July.
The main arena at Osborne, situated on the picturesque Durbar Lawn, will host a number of intense and incredibly exciting arena activities on both Wednesday and Thursday afternoon. The jam-packed schedule of arena events will feature an assortment of equestrian competitions and contests.
Visitors will have a choice of bars & food to choose from when they visit Osborne Horse Trials. The spotlight is on Isle of Wight manufacturers, who will be serving a range of regional produce and traditional food and beverages at the event. Be sure to enjoy a ‘Fuggle-Dee-Dum’ from our beer sponsor Goddards Brewery as you bask in the sunshine and take in the island’s glorious surroundings. As well as this we have a Bubble Bar hosted by Slim Wine our official wine sponsor, serving a host of different beverages from their wine and bubbles range.
The Osborne house café the Petty Officers' Quarters, next door to the gift shop is also open during the event to enjoy soup and snacks.
Ice cream! Plaza Ices will be situated around the event with their ice cream vans if you fancy a cooling treat. Or why not indulge a little more and pick up a sweet treat from the Beach Pavilion ice cream parlour at Victoria's beach.
Osborne House, the royal residence of Queen Victoria, is one of the Isle of Wight’s biggest attractions for both tourists and island locals. The house is steeped in history, and visitors of Osborne Horse Trials have an incredible opportunity to wander through the stunning interiors during our event this summer. Whilst some rooms may be closed due to the event, the majority will be open for spectators to browse at their leisure.
Complementing our stunning setting of the ‘royal palace by the sea’ are magnificent grounds and gardens. With breathtaking views at every turn, the gardens provide the perfect spot to relax and discover seasonal colour throughout the year. The ornate terrace gardens - renovated in 2016-17 as part of a major conservation project - are a riot of tulips in spring, reflecting the height of Victorian fashion. The mild Mediterranean climate allows stunning bedding displays in the summer, which visitors can admire during July’s Horse Trials. Don’t forget to take time to wander around the Victorian walled garden to marvel at the delightful espaliered fruit trees and explore the wider parkland with its historic trees, many planted by Prince Albert himself.
“We have quite a charming beach to ourselves,” wrote Queen Victoria in 1845, and it was here at Osborne Beach that her majesty regularly bathed, and where her children learnt to swim. Enjoy the magnificent views out to sea from Queen Victoria’s alcove, and pop inside her bathing machine to see where she got undressed. Why not take to the water yourself and paddle or swim from the sandy and shingle beach? Then relax with a mouth-watering ice cream or steamy fresh coffee from the cafe.
Some of the world’s biggest equestrian stars will descend upon the Isle of Wight this July to compete in an equestrian triathlon like no other. This new, compact format will prove an interesting test for athletes as they race, battle and compete for glory across two thrilling days of eventing, culminating in a gripping cross country finale. The programme of events is set to be one to remember.
2019 tickets coming soon!
Create memories to last a lifetime and enjoy Osborne in style in our exclusive Members Lounge. Upgrade your event experience and receive access to the historic terraces, created by Prince Albert himself, as well as a prime view of all the arenas. Catch the action from the best seats in the house in our Members Lounge. For more information and to book your place please send us an email.
Explore the world of the Victorian royal children with a visit to Swiss Cottage. Generously funded by several donors, including the Heritage Lottery Fund, visitors can discover the interests and personalities of each of the nine princes and princesses in the ‘Childhood at Osborne’ exhibition - a must-see for those visiting the island for the first time. Play where the royal children played, and step back in time to 1861 as Queen Victoria and Prince Albert join their offspring for afternoon tea. Spectators also have the chance to see fascinating objects from around the world in the museum, wander in between the royal children’s vegetable plots, and enjoy a wildlife trail on their way to the beach.
Step into the sumptuous State Rooms of Queen Victoria at Osborne, where she regularly entertained important guests from around the world. Osborne was built specifically for the Queen of England and her husband Prince Albert, and its architecture and furnishings reflect their passions, taste and style. Heads of States, inventors, princes and princesses all walked the opulent corridors of this astonishing building, when Osborne was at the centre of a vast British Empire. The time-warp atmosphere of the residence makes it an excellent and wildly popular location for filming period pieces, and it was most recently featured in the critically acclaimed film Victoria & Abdul. You can feel a real sense of history as you wander the rooms of Osborne House.
Part of the programme of Arena Entertainment is an informative display from Island based Haven Falconry. With an ethos of "education through fun" their skilled falconers have a passion for birds of prey by promoting and preserving the art of falconry.Haven Falconry
Watch the intricate displays of circles, turns and leaps performed to evocative Baroque music, with riders dressed in the frills, feathers and high boots of the Cavalier period.
This unique performance is certainly one not to be missed!
Cat Skellington - Playing music inspired by the great French gypsy guitar player Django Reinhardt the music we play is largely from the swing era of the 1920s - 40s. It is a style of music with an irresistible beat and a boundless energy known to induce toe tapping of extreme vivacity
Angelina Grimshaw - Playing with an emphasis is old time jazz, country and blues, and heart felt ballads
More acts to be announced!
Don't miss this these fast paced, action packed ponies and riders, show you pony club games done the right way! Watch them twist and turn, speeding up and down the arena.