Discover the fascinating history of Ventnor Winter Gardens on free tour this weekend

You’ll hear about The Who and David Bowie’s success on the Winter Gardens stage, how Dick Emery came to the Winter Gardens for a summer season and left with a wife and the touching gift given by the town to our Queen when she visited the Winter Gardens. Tours are free and you don’t need to book in advance.

Queens visit to Winter Gardens

John shares details of this free upcoming event at the Ventnor Winter Gardens. Ed


The Ventnor’s Winter Gardens is opening its doors with guided tours behind the scenes this coming Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September.

Tours of the iconic Art Deco building will take place on both afternoons from 1pm to 5pm as part of English Heritage’s Open Days scheme.

Winter Gardens from the air

The building opened as the Winter Gardens Pavilion in August 1936, arguably too quickly as the paint had not dried in the concert hall, resulting in members of the audience being “daubed in paint”. Since then it has been at the centre of Ventnor life.

On the tour you will hear about The Who and David Bowie’s success on the Winter Gardens stage, how Dick Emery came to the Winter Gardens for a summer season and left with a wife and the touching gift given by the town to our Queen when she visited the Winter Gardens.

HRH The Queen visiting the Winter Gardens

The Winter Gardens was always in public ownership, but went into decline and was finally closed by Isle of Wight Council in 2011. It is now a private enterprise and has recently reopened the first floor balcony and second floor roof terrace.

No booking required
Tours are free, you don’t need a ticket, just turn up at the Winter Gardens in Pier Street Ventnor between 1pm and 5pm on the Saturday or Sunday afternoon.

Wednesday, 12th September, 2018 8:14am

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alaniow

Sold by IOWCC for One Pound

davimel

That was One English Pound, and a number of building/decorating works on the house apparently! Cant wait for the ‘history of the Winter Gardens’ (sold for £1 etc etc.)

Steve Goodman

Also on the house; not bothering to collect about £32,000 (from memory, please correct me if I’m wrong) owed by previous occupant (con. cllr.) Perks, who was then able to purchase his his pretentious lord title.

bigj
Your comments with regard to the title of Lord Graham Perks clearly indicate your maliciousness and agenda, and have absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with this topic. During the time to which you refer I, along with a number of others, was gainfully employed by the aforesaid, and along with the rent that he certainly did pay, the Ventnor Winter Gardens remained an asset to the town… Read more »
peterj

Perks does himself no favours whatsoever in insisting on that ridiculous ‘title’ and it is shameful (and quite possibly contrary to Council rules) that he is listed as such on their web site.

Steve Goodman

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No ‘agenda’ or malice needed; peculiar Perks, as pointed out, does himself no favours, and his interesting involvement is obviously part of the ‘fascinating history of the WG’ topic, and like the previous comments is part of the precipitated trip down memory lane.

(I assume the undisputed £32,000 let off is as historically correct as the affected aquisition of the title.)

bigj
The facts speak for themselves. Lord Perks would not be allowed to us his title if it were contrary to Council rules, and his conduct did do him enough favours to see him elected fair and square. The Council too would have recovered any sums genuinely owing. This should not degenerate into the political sniping at an elected Councillor from a party that you disagree with. Please… Read more »