Ventnor Exchange

Ventnor Exchange is a creative arts hub in Ventnor on the Isle of Wight combining a theatre, record store and craft beer bar.

Throughout the year they present a diverse and exciting programme of new work, nurture emerging talent and host award winning festivals

The team at the Exchange are also the producers of Ventnor Fringe Festival & VIF (Ventnor International Festival).

Government announce £1.57bn rescue package for The Arts (updated)

audience of ventnor exchange theatre 2018

Isle of Wight museums, theatres, live music venues, and those who work in those sectors, will be breathing a sigh of relief as a £1.57bn rescue package is announced

Monday, 6th July, 2020 6:57am

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Ventnor Exchange to reopen next month: Book your Friday or Saturday night slot

Interior of ventnor exchange showing plants and prints

During July, Ventnor Exchange will be opening on Friday and Saturday nights - with a brand new beer list, cocktails and an all new snacks menu. Make sure you book in advance as capacity is limited

Tuesday, 30th June, 2020 2:15pm

By Jack Whitewood

Isle of Wight artists and organisations awarded a share of £161,000 emergency Covid-19 funding

Jack barnes, Jack Whitewood and Mhairi Macaulay

The funding is designed to alleviate the immediate pressures faced by Isle of Wight artists, creative practitioners, arts organisations, museums over the summer. Details within

Tuesday, 16th June, 2020 1:44pm

By Sally Perry

‘Where the Isle of Wight leads, Britain follows’ Hancock quote T-shirts already available – Money goes to new youth project, Brave Island

The T Shirts being worn by male and female models

Matt Hancock saying “Where the Isle of Wight leads, Britain follows” to the nation was somewhat surprising. Now it’s on a T-shirt! Wear it with pride and have a warm fuzzy feeling as all proceeds go towards a new youth programme called Brave Island

Wednesday, 6th May, 2020 10:12am

By Sally Perry with 6 readers' comments

The Great Indoors: Ventnor Exchange launch photographic project to document Coronavirus confinement

person in mirror taking photo

Your photos could be abstract, conceptual, portraits, documentary or even selfies, the only rule is that the photos must be taken from inside your home and respond to the title ‘The Great Indoors’

Tuesday, 28th April, 2020 2:34pm

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight musician, Jack Barnes, launches latest single: Down and Out

jack barnes down and out cover

Jack describes his latest single, Down and Out as, "The sound of forgotten greasy spoons. Your empty bank balance and unprecedented nostalgia"

Thursday, 16th April, 2020 2:02pm

By Sally Perry

Ventnor Fringe Festival announce their first confirmed acts for 2020


Ventnor Fringe Festival returns this July and brings with it a great variety of live music, comedy, theatre, fun for the kids and loads more. Check out the first round of announcements

Friday, 6th March, 2020 6:34pm

By Jack Whitewood

Tonight: Pay what you can for poignant play about young people battling with mental health


This poignant show challenges the audience to think about how they support young people battling with mental health, and how easy it can be to overlook the issues people within your own family

Thursday, 20th February, 2020 11:04am

By Sally Perry

Head to The Christmas Garden for hours of magical fun

The Christmas Garden

If you're looking for a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon, head to The Christmas Garden in Sandown. There's a great deal on offer at this free family event

Wednesday, 4th December, 2019 12:15pm

By Sally Perry

Help Ventnor Exchange celebrate their fifth birthday this Saturday

the number 5 on a green background by Tony Hand

The Exchange has been adding value to Ventnor's offering for five years now and the town wouldn't be the same without them

Wednesday, 27th November, 2019 12:59pm

By Sally Perry

Extinction Rebellion mark year of activities at social gathering: All welcome

exchange on record store day

The social gathering will mark a year of activities locally, nationally and globally. All welcome

Monday, 25th November, 2019 7:35am

By Sally Perry

Last chance to see Undecided Earth exhibition

undecided art collective exhibition at ventnor exchange

Exhibiting artists at Undecided Earth include Tania Dixcey, Rachael Berry, Cooly Haste, Adam Harvey, Teresa Grimaldi, Holly Maslen, Julie Hutchison and many others.

Friday, 15th November, 2019 8:05pm

By Sally Perry