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.

Watch out for influx of brown-tail moth caterpillars

brown tail moth caterpillar by morningcoffee

Watch out for the annual influx of Brown-tail moth caterpillars in Ventnor - they might look soft and fluffy, but the hairs can cause skin irritation and breathing difficulties.

Thursday, 18th April, 2019 8:29pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Glimmer of hope in the campaign to save North Street playground

north street playground

Most of the equipment has now been removed from the North Street playground, but there is a glimmer of hope as the IWC share the latest news with OnTheWight.

Monday, 15th April, 2019 5:42pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Graham Perks leaves Isle of Wight Conservatives

graham perks and mike hookem

The Ventnor councillor said he joined the Conservatives because he thought it would help him get more done for the town, but it has not.

Wednesday, 10th April, 2019 2:31pm

By Daryll Pitcher with 10 readers' comments

Vicar comments on ‘graves being dug up’ rumour

st catherine's churchyard - contemplation area

With fencing around the perimeter of the graveyard and a digger on site, it wasn't long before the rumours started to circulate. The local vicar explains the plans.

Tuesday, 9th April, 2019 6:29pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

New drop-in advice session for Upper Ventnor

men talking

The joint initiative from Southern Housing Group, POA Learning and Ventnor Town Council is designed to improve access to advice and guidance for residents.

Friday, 5th April, 2019 9:45am

By Tony McCarthy

Donate raffle prizes and unwanted books for spring book sale

Books with legs:

If you have any books you no longer need please consider donating them to the book sale - the proceeds provide extra income for children's workshops.

Monday, 1st April, 2019 11:46am

By Evelyn Knowles

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

Kindred Spirits

The Isle of Wight Venue Campaign has a special treat for folk and rock lovers on Saturday 27th July at Ventnor Fringe Festival. Book now for Kindred Spirit, Uncle Rust and Doozer McDooze!

Saturday, 30th March, 2019 1:38pm

By Feature Writer

St Catherine’s School gains another ‘Outstanding’ report from Ofsted

St Catherine's Ofsted March 2019

The latest Ofsted residential care report highly praises the work with children and young people – all of whom have severe and lifelong speech, language and communication needs.

Wednesday, 27th March, 2019 2:22pm

By Susan Graves

Rare sightings of Great Spotted Cuckoo in Ventnor

twitchers in Bonchurch by Sally Phillips

Usually resident in African countries and the Mediterranean, the Great Spotted Cuckoo has been seen in Ventnor.

Friday, 22nd March, 2019 6:57pm

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

St Catherine’s online auction starts tonight

celia wilkinson artwork

The auction starts tonight (Friday) at 8pm. Make sure you bid for a chance to win original artwork, tickets to Camp Bestival, Blackgang Chine, Tapnell Park or Ryde Superbowl, as well as lots of Easter chocolate and more.

Friday, 22nd March, 2019 1:51pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Book now for an evening of eclectic, contemporary folk with Charlie Dore

charlie dore

Some might remember Charlie from presenting Children's TV show, Rainbow, but she's also one of the UK’s most respected songwriters. For Ventnor Fringe she'll team up with multi-instrumentalist Julian Littman of Steeleye Span and and virtuoso double bass player, Gareth Huw Davies.

Friday, 22nd March, 2019 9:20am

By Feature Writer

Record Store Day returns to Ventnor Exchange this April

record with needle

Get your hands on the limited edition RSD vinyl releases and listen to live music all day, followed by the Big RSD quiz will be hosted by the lovable and audacious Bobbin Dixon.

Friday, 15th March, 2019 5:27pm

By Mhairi Macaulay