A hamlet rather than a village, Afton is a beautiful part of the west Wight just before you get to Freshwater on what is referred to as ‘the middle road’ – the B3399. It is most famous for being the location of the 1970 pop festival that over 500,000 people attended.
Several properties share its name including the 17th century Afton Manor and Afton Thatch, and Afton Lodge – the last two being self-catering holiday homes.
East Afton Farm was the setting for the 1970 pop festival that covered several acres of farmland and Afton Down behind, running from August 26th to 31st. The largest musical event of its time, attendance was greater than that of Woodstock in America and although estimates vary, the Guinness Book of Records estimated 600,000, possibly 700,000 people attended.
Organised and promoted by local brothers, Ron and Ray Foulk, through their company Fiery Creations Ltd. Ray Foulk has recently written a book ‘The Last Great Event’ all about it and there is a memorial exhibition to the event at nearby Dimbola museum and gallery, including a statue of Jimi Hendrix who played there.
Further into Freshwater from the former festival site is The Apple Farm at Afton, now a wedding venue in the orchards and pretty gardens of this former nursery. Just here the middle road meets Afton Road, which runs from Freshwater town to Freshwater Bay in the south and there are a few houses around the back of the The Apple Farm known as ‘Afton’.