However, holidays involving nothing more strenuous than lying on a beach are not for everyone, and the Isle of Wight offers plenty of attractions for the more energetic. The Isle of Wight music festival takes place annually in June, and was famous in the late 1960’s for attracting the likes of Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and The Doors (as well as plenty of adoring fans). These days the festival is still going strong and attracting plenty of big names (2017 saw performances from David Guetta, Rod Stewart and Bastille, amongst others). The island is also famous for its sailing, and it has two annual races which every ardent sailor will have penned into the calendar. The Round the Island Race is a 50-nautical mile race which in 2017 attracted over 1,300 boats and 16,000 sailors. The race starts early in the morning, and before long the horizon is filled with a spectacular collage of colour and movement. The last boats only reach the end destination in the early evening, making for a long day out at sea. Even better known is the world-famous Cowes Week Sailing Regatta, an eight-day event which takes place annually in early August.