The Isle of Wight boasts a large artistic heritage and a thriving modern day arts and crafts community.
Stroll over the rolling hills and take in the landscape that inspired the Poet Laureate, Alfred, Lord Tennyson and spend time in the home of his friend and ground breaking Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron.
The Isle of Wight also provided inspiration to Lewis Carroll, Charles Dickens and Charles Darwin and John Keats, and it’s simple to access the places that inspired them.
Most weeks of the year you can find a festival on the Isle of Wight; from well known rock and pop music festivals to small boutique fringe events – there’s no shortage of creative experiences to inspire and delight.
Take a tour around an artist’s studio, enjoy literary readings, conversation and special events in heritage buildings or simply take time to enjoy one of the famous town carnivals that form a highlight of a family summer on the Isle of Wight.
There’s any number of special places to experience arts and crafts on the Isle of Wight.
From the arts centre in Newport and pottery studios in West Wight, to the heritage theatres offering traditional summer entertainment and amateur dramatics in village halls - anywhere can become a venue for the arts on the Island.
Many of these places can provide interactive experiences, from day courses in jewellery making to decorating your own hand-made earthenware.
Exhibitions are regularly held across the Island in any number of galleries and exhibition spaces including a disused furniture warehouse, a working monastery and a botanic garden.
The Isle of Wight is filled with creativity; why not take a visit and see what you can discover!
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Near Calbourne, YARMOUTH
Visit our working studio at Chessell Pottery Barns where you can have a go at painting your own hand made English pottery.
Welcome to West Wight where What Knot Crafts provides a variety of decorative and functional items using different techniques including knotting and macramé, using mediums such as driftwood, rope, cord and braid.
Photography Workshops & Photo Tours on the Isle of Wight.
Shanklin Theatre has a seating capacity of 615 thanks to our newly installed Matrix Seating System; the theatre opens all year round and is currently running approximately 150 plus shows a year.
The Quay Arts Centre is the Isle of Wight’s leading art gallery and venue for live arts events. It is situated in a converted 19th Century brewery warehouse complex located at the head of the River Medina in the centre of Newport.
The complex was...
Home and workplace of the internationally acclaimed Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron.