Lucky for some, the Isle of Wight has the good fortune of being both 46th in land area and 46th in population size of the UK counties. Despite this, it is the largest island in England by a wide margin, taking the shape of a horizontal diamond about 25 miles across and 15 miles from the northern tip to southern tip. Located in the English Channel, off the south coast of Hampshire, it averages just 2-5 miles from the mainland, separated by the Solent Strait.
Since Victorian times, the island county has been home to many seaside resorts and holiday destinations. It became fashionable for tourism in the decades after Queen Victoria built her summer home in East Cowes, on the north of the island, of Osborne House, designed by her husband Prince Albert himself. This would eventually turn out to be her where she died in 1901.
In the last few decades this high visitor rate has been helped along by some of the most popular music festivals in the country, most notably the Isle of Wight Festival, Bestival, and the Isle of Wight International Jazz Festival.