Ryde Arts Festival

Ryde Arts Festival grew from the SEEDA funded Ryde Development Trust in 2001.

One of the Trusts aims was to stimulate the regeneration of the town through the arts.

The Festival returns each year, bringing more live music, theatre, art and more to the town for Islanders’ enjoyment.

Below are some of the articles by OnTheWight featuring the Ryde Arts Festival.

Spirit of the Place: From this weekend pop on your headphones, submerge yourself in this snackable audio play as you walk down Union Street, Ryde

Spirit of the Place - Scene 1 Vicky and Will in S. Fowler & Co by Rachel Shore

Listen at home, or while you’re in Ryde, as the short play unfolds along the length of Union Street. It’s full of great visuals, theatre, memories from Ryde residents and a soundtrack by Plastic Mermaids

Friday, 28th August, 2020 4:33pm

By Feature Writer

There were green garlands galore at Ryde Library as part of Ryde Arts

Green Garland wreath making at Ryde Library with Ryde Arts

Well done to the organisers and all those who helped make the event a success

Tuesday, 10th December, 2019 2:42pm

By Sally Perry

Make your own stunning Green Garland at free Ryde Arts event

A crop of the Green garlands wreath

How lovely would it be to have a green garland like this on your door at Christmas time. You can make one this Sunday with the help of Ryde Arts

Friday, 6th December, 2019 10:07am

By Carol Jaye with one comment

Ryde Arts secures funding for Spirit of Place 2020 project

ryde arts festival printmaking by julian winslow

This exciting new project will involve residents of all ages. Find out how you can get involved in Ryde Arts' Spirit of Place project in 2020

Tuesday, 12th November, 2019 11:06am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Hallam honoured with first Ryde Arts Award for original music composition

hallam saunders

Well done to 14-year-old Hallam, who was approached to compose an original piece of music for a marching band to perform at Ryde’s two Carnivals this year.

Monday, 22nd July, 2019 3:12pm

By Liz Allen

Ryde Arts returns with an annual programme showcasing creative activities and events

ryde arts festival launch

Over the summer and into the autumn, as part of Ryde Arts, you’ll be able to enjoy unique music events, art installations, theatre and poetry, as well as workshops, carnivals, films and more.

Tuesday, 16th July, 2019 4:37pm

By Feature Writer

Seedy Sunday: Save your seeds and save the date


Save your seeds and take them along to swap with others on Seedy Sunday. There'll be talks from experts as well as home-made refreshments and a variety of activities.

Monday, 19th November, 2018 2:32pm

By Carol Jaye with 2 readers' comments

Jonathan Dodd: Sewing the Town Together

ryde sewn by jonathan dodd

Jonathan Dodd returns with his Sunday column and this week shares the detail about something very special that he and many other volunteers have been involved with in Ryde. It's spectacular and something everyone should see.

Sunday, 23rd September, 2018 11:52am

By Jonathan Dodd

All welcome to Open Studio 2018 with Isle of Wight artists Carol Ann and Guy Eades

Carol ann in her studio

Meet artists, Carol Ann and Guy Eades, who'll be opening their studio on 14th-15th July and 21st–22nd July. Carol Ann will also open on weekdays between 15th-20th July between 10am – 5pm each day.

Sunday, 8th July, 2018 1:43pm

By Feature Writer

All welcome as Ryde Arts launches this weekend

Ryde Arts 2017

Over the coming months there are a whole host of events under the Ryde Arts banner taking place in this gorgeous Georgian town. The official launch takes place on Saturday morning to live harp music and the culmination of many art workshops.

Thursday, 28th June, 2018 8:32pm

By Feature Writer with one comment

Ryde Arts – Stitching the town together in 2018

RAF 18 Table indigo Tanya Goodwin 640

Over the summer and into the autumn, as part of Ryde Arts, you’ll be able to enjoy unique music events, art installations, theatre and poetry, as well as workshops, carnivals, films and more.

Friday, 15th June, 2018 5:30pm

By Feature Writer

Ryde Arts Festival returns this summer thanks to Arts Council grant

ryde arts festival launch

Arts Council England once again helps to enhance and enrich the live of Islanders, as they fund the return of Ryde Arts Festival. OnTheWight has this year's theme and artists in residence.

Thursday, 26th April, 2018 2:10pm

By Sally Perry