News from the South Wight

If you’re interested in news from around the South of the Island, this is the place to find it. If you’ve got a story lead, or have news from your part of the Island that you’d like us to share with our readers, get in touch.

Video: Ventnor’s Cliff top wildflower meadow now well established

cliff top meadow ventnor

Two years ago this cliff top was simply covered by grass. Now it's a thriving wildflower meadow. Here's how it was transformed.

Friday, 19th July, 2019 2:57pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Curating 1930’s Parisian Book Bus for Ventnor Fringe a labour of love, hosts tell OnTheWight

The Book Bus

The Book Bus is one of our favourite places at the Ventnor Fringe Festival. We were interested to recently learn more about how the incredible range of books for sale are selected and more about the hosts, Jen and Tom.

Wednesday, 17th July, 2019 6:20pm

By Feature Writer

Inspirational peace activist explores global dangers and people’s actions to prevent nuclear and climate catastrophe

CND rally in London

In what is promised to be a fascinating talk, inspirational peace activist and international speaker, Dr Rebecca Johnson, will explore global dangers and people's actions to prevent nuclear and climate catastrophe.

Wednesday, 17th July, 2019 5:55pm

By Feature Writer

Don’t miss the many brilliant shows at next week’s Ventnor Fringe Festival

Hound of the Baskervilles poster image

There are 150 performances of over 90 shows to choose from at this year's Ventnor fringe festival, so we've shared a few highlights that are selling fast to help you choose.

Wednesday, 17th July, 2019 4:21pm

By Sally Perry

Charlie Dore, Kindred Spirit, Uncle Rust and Doozer McDooze all play Ventnor Fringe

Charlie Dore / Uncle Rust / Doozer McDooze / Kindred Spirit - all performing on stage

Isle of Wight Venue Campaign is adding to Ventnor Fringe's programme with a returning show, as well as a new show in a new venue featuring three acts!

Tuesday, 16th July, 2019 3:25pm

By Sally Perry

Ventnor Fringe returns for tenth year with over 150 performances and more ‘secret shows’

Partying at the Fringe

There really is going to be so much to see and do in Ventnor next week. Check out this quick guide from the Festival's Director - and get your tickets booked asap as some shows are selling out.

Tuesday, 16th July, 2019 9:41am

By Jack Whitewood

Picnic could turn to protest if swings are not returned as promised

Kids in the North Street Playground

The Isle of Wight council promised to return the swings to the playground by the summer holidays. Join others at this Saturday's community picnic, to hopefully celebrate, rather than protest.

Tuesday, 16th July, 2019 8:33am

By Tony McCarthy with one comment

Don’t miss Ventnor Artists’ Collective (VAC) Summer Exhibition at Ventnor Fringe

People at opening of exhibition

The Summer Exhibition of the Ventnor Artists’ Collective promises to be a sumptuous feast for the senses and will include paintings, ceramics, textiles and the occasional live music.

Saturday, 13th July, 2019 9:12am

By Feature Writer

Blue Labelle wins LUXlife Best Natural Skincare Boutique

pascale by holly Jolliffe

Pascale has picked up 'Best Natural Skincare Boutique (Southern England)' in the LUXlife Health Beauty & Wellness Awards.

Thursday, 11th July, 2019 6:58pm

By Sally Perry

The Palace of Earthly Delights: For those who like their comedy satirical, outrageous and just plain bizarre

Coming to Ventnor Fringe festival - Absurd political storytelling from Max Turner Prize finalist James Harris, an original and intelligent political comic who is "growing in stature with every performance".

Wednesday, 10th July, 2019 5:03pm

By Feature Writer

Five Tales of the Sea comes to Ventnor Fringe: One performance only – Book now

The actors from Five Tales

Starring an international opera singer and world-class pianist, 'Five Tales of the Sea' combines highest-quality musical integrity with text, poetry and fun and exciting storytelling. One performance only.

Monday, 8th July, 2019 3:43pm

By Feature Writer

Binnel Studios 2019 Summer Exhibition: Meet this wonderful collection of unique artists

binnel studios 2019 headline image

The August bank holiday weekend brings with it a chance to meet eight of the most talented and highly-accomplished artists on the Isle of Wight, in the wonderful depths of beautiful St Lawrence.

Monday, 8th July, 2019 2:01pm

By Feature Writer