Isle of Arts Festival

The Isle of Arts Festival was founded in 2011 by four Ventorians, Gillian Jenner, Christopher Bonney, Janneke and Philip Oxley.

The festival is set in and around Ventnor and offers a wide range of performances in The Arts, from comedy to dance, theatre to live music.

Below are a selection of articles we’ve published over the years about Isle of Arts Festival.

Sad News: Final curtain for annual Isle of Arts Festival

Isle of Arts signs :

Organisers of the Isle of Arts festival say the artistic success of the event was not matched by a financial one and the annual event will not return to Ventnor in 2016.

Tuesday, 27th October, 2015 5:05pm

By Sally Perry with 7 readers' comments

Join us in Ventnor for the last day of the Isle of Arts Festival

Vintage Fayre

An affordable art fair, a vintage fayre, the arts trail, live music, comedy, kid's workshops and more are on offer in sunny Ventnor today (Monday). Come down and relax for the final day of the 2015 Isle of Arts Festival.

Monday, 4th May, 2015 11:31am

By Janneke Oxley

Don’t miss Chicago Blues with Mud Morganfield tonight

mud morganfield looking blue

Whatever you're planning to do tonight, cancel it and head to Ventnor instead. Mud Morganfield, the son of Muddy Waters, is bringing his band to the Winter Gardens for a night of Chicago Blues.

Sunday, 3rd May, 2015 2:21pm

By Janneke Oxley

A bit of rain will not defeat Isle of Arts Festival: ‘The show will go on’

Arts Trail map

There's an amazing range of things taking place in Ventnor today for the Isle of Arts Festival from workshops and masterclasses to quality live music and theatre. Don't let a little bit of rain put you off coming to Ventnor for the day.

Sunday, 3rd May, 2015 9:57am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Radio4 comedy favourites at the Winter Gardens tonight

Barry Cryer

Two Radio4 favourites will be making their way to the Ventnor Winter Gardens today to kick off the 2015 Isle of Arts Festival. Some tickets are still available for Gyles Brandreth and Barry Cryer.

Friday, 1st May, 2015 3:40pm

By Sally Perry

Who’s coming to see CHAMPS tonight? Some tickets still available

champs playing the lexington

If you haven't booked your tickets in advance, it's not too late. 250 tickets have already flown out of the door, but you can buy yours on the door tonight. It's going to be a great night out.

Friday, 1st May, 2015 1:33pm

By Sally Perry

The Arts Trail returns to the Isle of Arts Festival

Arts Trail map

There's set to be some truly brilliant art on display in Ventnor over the bank holiday weekend as part of the Isle of Arts Festival. Make sure you check out the Arts Trail and the Great Isle of Wight Paint Off.

Wednesday, 29th April, 2015 9:56pm

By Janneke Oxley

Don’t miss the string spectacular at the Isle of Arts Festival

Massive Violins

If you’re a fan of strings, particularly the Cello, you’re in for a treat later this week as two very special events take place as part of the Isle of Arts Festival.

Tuesday, 28th April, 2015 6:18pm

By Janneke Oxley

Isle of Arts for kids: Little Howard, Ed Boxall, Curious Creatures and more

Little howard illustration

The Arts is not just for adults. At this year's Isle of Arts Festival there are kid's workshops, puppet show performances, story-telling sessions and so much more.

Monday, 27th April, 2015 7:45pm

By Sally Perry

Win tickets to see CHAMPS play in Ventnor this Friday

champs playing the lexington

Enter our competition and you could win a pair of tickets to see the amazing CHAMPS play Ventnor Winter Gardens this coming Friday. It'll be a great way to start the bank holiday weekend.

Sunday, 26th April, 2015 4:05pm

By Sally Perry

Don’t miss this comedy double bill at Isle of Arts Festival next week

Stphen Bailey and Pat Cahill - Isle of Arts

The Isle of Arts Festival is just one week away. How does a night of comedy with Stephen Bailey and Pat Cahill grab you? Book now to avoid disappointment.

Saturday, 25th April, 2015 12:59pm

By Janneke Oxley

Book now for Electric Chicago Blues from The Medina Delta


As part of Sunday's 'Blues Day' at The Isle of Arts Festival Weekend, catch The MoonShiners as a warm up to the great Mud Morganfield (Son of blues legend Muddy Waters) who will be at Ventnor Winter Gardens later that evening.

Thursday, 23rd April, 2015 5:57pm

By Tim Hollis