History and Heritage
13th March 2012
Wherever you go on the Isle of Wight you will see evidence of a fascinating past, going back to the time of the dinosaurs, Roman Villas, medieval castles, historic houses and exhibitions reflect life in a bygone age.
FBRV Winter Lecture
14 January 2012 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
That Sinking Feeling - the loss of the Royal George in 1782' - a lecture by Roger Whitby-Smith. Refreshments and raffle. Limited seating. Tickets available at the Brading Roman Villa on 01983 406223
Historic Tree Tour
8 February 2012, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Join Osborne's head gardener for a wander through the grounds and wider estate admiring the wealth of beautiful trees. Many were very early introductions to this country, many are too tender to be grown far from the South coast but most were planted as gifts to the Royal family or as commemorative trees to mark specific family or State occasions. Lunch will be provided. – pre-booking essential
15th April 2012
(In conjunction with Southern Vectis)
‘Bus-tival’ – A festival of buses old and new! Come and marvel at vintage buses of all shapes and sizes, including the oldest working bus in the UK! Browse around the stalls and attractions, and there's some great kids activities too, plus a full service of steam trains and plenty of refreshments available
Queen's Diamond Jubilee Celebrations in Yarmouth
3 Jun 2012 12:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Family Picnic on The Green, Yarmouth, to celebrate H.M. The Queen's Diamond Jubilee. All are welcome to attend. Located at The Green, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight.
Telephone: (01983) 756934
The 1940’s Experience
30th June – 1st July 2012
Inspired music and dance … Silk stockings and military machines … Men in uniforms and spivs with goods for sale – pure nostalgia! Jitterbug your way back to the 1940s, experience travel by steam train, and relive the hustle and bustle of a country railway station where war time activities collide with every day rural life.
See the farmyard threshing machine working in the shadow of a magnificent WW2 fighter plane, while soldiers prepare for active service. Enjoy songs of the era with female trio ‘The Spitfires’ and meet the ‘French Resistance’ as they take over part of Havenstreet Station!
Chale Show 2012
4 Aug - 5 August 2012, 11.00am – 5.00pm
Probably the most traditional and distinguished family summer show on the Island. Boasting an incredible display of horticultural exhibits, a craft marquee, antique fair, farmers market, steam fair & vintage vehicles, the Chale Show has now been running for over 80-years
4th & 5th August
living, breathing historical experience … Rediscover a forgotten world of Sherlock Holmes, Victorian maids, steam train travel, and ladies in bustle gowns.
Be astonished with Mr Alexander's Travelling Show featuring astounding acts of juggling, balancing, uni-cycling and all manner of skills. Watch as 'Queen Victoria' arrives from her home at Osborne by Royal train, and take a trip down 'memory lane' with nostalgic music from Fiona Harrison, while browsing the Victorian stalls offering a wealth of treasures
Isle of Wight Garlic Festival
18 & 19 August 2012
Sandown to Newport road - the A3056 - at the Fighting Cocks Crossroads, near NewchurchThis major family show celebrates the Island's position as the UK's premier garlic growing region. As you would expect, there's lots of lovely garlic-flavoured produce, plus live music, spectacular acrobatic demonstrations, magic shows for the kids and much more.
The 38 th Island Steam Show 24th – 27th August
Big Smiles All Round! ... An action-packed show and great family day out!
Gasp, cheer, laugh and enjoy the stunning shows in the main arena!
Be astonished with Mr Alexander's Travelling Show featuring astounding acts of juggling, balancing, uni-cycling and all kinds of feats of skill. See some silly things to do with traction engines, marvel at the fascinating working steam demonstrations, or go for something completely different and sample our ‘Sanctuary’ for a little pampering and indulgence.
International Charity Classic Car Extravaganza
15-16 September 2012, 11am – 5.30pm
A spectacular collection of classic cars from all over the UK and beyond will decend on the Isle of Wight on September 15th and 16th 2012.
Saturday 15th the show will be held at Newport Quay and Sunday 16th the show will be at Ryde Esplanade. The 2012 show promises a great variety of vintage, classic, custom and retro cars, bikes and other unusual vehicles. In all the will be in excess of 700 vehicles. Tell 020 8439 7871