Ventnor, Isle of Wight

Ventnor is an absolute jewel. A beautiful area that has, since the Victorians discovered its magic been loved by those who have been lucky enough to find it.

Known for years as a centre for arts on the Isle of Wight, of late it’s become a Mecca for food lovers, with some of the best restaurants on the Island being gathered in this single town.

Its beach is a delight, held within an arced cove, with a mixture of golden sand and shingle. For those on the beach, food, drinks and ice cream needs are met by a wide selection of businesses along the Esplanade.

Belgrave Road landslide: Island Roads advise evacuation for at least one property (photos)

belgrave road landslide at night shot

Island Roads have reinforced the road closure with steel fencing and advised evacuation of at least one property

Sunday, 19th January, 2020 6:55pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Sunday concert series celebrates Beethoven’s 250th anniversary

Bust of Beethoven

Father and daughter James Halsey (cello) and Sally Birkett (piano) kick off the series this weekend (19th January at 11.30) performing sonatas Op. 5 no. 2 in G minor and Op. 102 no. 2 in D major.

Saturday, 18th January, 2020 2:01pm

By Helen Foster with 2 readers' comments

Belgrave Road landslip: Council uncertain how it happened or how to safely fix it (new photos)

The council explain they are currently uncertain of what caused the retaining wall to fail - and indeed how they can safely get to it to fix it

Friday, 17th January, 2020 4:48pm

By IW Council Press Office with 11 readers' comments

Residents fear for road after partial collapse of retaining wall in Ventnor (photos) (updated)

Island Roads have closed the road

One resident said he'd been telling the Isle of Wight council about the problem for over 30 years. The road has been closed to traffic

Thursday, 16th January, 2020 11:56am

By Sally Perry with 6 readers' comments

Storm Brendan batters Blake’s Longshoremen business

blakes storm damage

Storm Brendan hit the Isle of Wight coastline yesterday and overnight, with one beach concessionaire working through the night to save his business. Did you suffer any damage in your town?

Wednesday, 15th January, 2020 8:45am

By Sally Perry

Reopening Undercliff Drive is ‘crucial to our way of life’, says Parish Councillor

undercliff drive - january 2020 from the ventnor end

A councillor with Niton and Whitwell Parish Council explains the determined work they have been carrying out since the 2014 Undercliff Drive landslip and explains why reopening the road is crucial to the village's way of life

Monday, 13th January, 2020 6:39pm

By Sally Perry with 18 readers' comments

Ventnor GP merger a step closer as details of Ventnor Medical Centre revealed

Grove House Surgery

The merger has been approved by the Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group as part of NHS England’s Long Term Plan, to "help patients better manage their conditions without the need for hospital care"

Monday, 13th January, 2020 5:05pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 3 readers' comments

Isle of Wight council submit Undercliff Drive funding bid to Government

Undercliff Drive march 2019

When Dave Stewart became Isle of Wight council leader in 2017 he vowed to reopen Undercliff Drive

Friday, 10th January, 2020 5:52pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 13 readers' comments

Take part in the Great St Catherine’s Bake Off this February

someone rolling pastry with a rolling pin

The possibilities are endless, but the aim is to brighten up what is likely to be a dull, cold Saturday in February by all getting together, having a chat over cake and raising funds for St Catherine’s

Tuesday, 7th January, 2020 5:00pm

By Michaela White

Head to Ventnor Flower Fairy’s quiz night and be part of something special

Lesley Brown's wonderful flowers at the Ventnor Winter Gardens

There are some great prizes in the Flower Fairy raffle, so book your table for the quiz night and help raise funds for this amazing project

Sunday, 5th January, 2020 11:42am

By Sally Perry

Portrait of an artist: Short film about Isle of Wight artist Jo Bemis

jo bemis on ventnor beach

Just over five minutes, Paul Knights' latest film provides a great insight into artist, Jo Bemis’ creative process

Saturday, 4th January, 2020 10:25am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Why not try stargazing at the Ventnor Botanic Garden this week

people stargazing

If you're looking to try new things in 2020, why not try stargazing with Astronomer John Slinn?

Monday, 30th December, 2019 2:36pm

By Elaine Spear with 2 readers' comments