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.

Ventnor Fringe Festival: A quick guide on how to make the most of it

Ventnor Fringe Festival audience

Everyone is welcome to Ventnor for the 10th anniversary Ventnor Fringe Festival, with music, dance, theatre, comedy and more. This handy guide will help you navigate what the festival has to offer.

Wednesday, 26th June, 2019 5:13pm

By Sally Perry

Tick Tock Bridget bring ‘quirky, Parisian vibes of Amelie’ to Ventnor Fringe

rejoining jane in cafe

Join Tick Tock Bridget as they invite you to eavesdrop on their latest book group meet up, discussing the story of knitwear-clad Jane the eccentric traveller through movement, dialogue and music with the “quirky, glass half-full Parisian vibes of Amelie".

Tuesday, 25th June, 2019 1:39pm

By Feature Writer

CHAMPS play rare hometown show at Ventnor Fringe Festival

champs with dave looking down at mike on the hair

They went down a storm in Madrid earlier this month and recently signed a three-album deal with music giants, BMG. Headlining at Ventnor Fringe Festival, tickets for CHAMPS are selling fast.

Friday, 21st June, 2019 6:01pm

By Feature Writer

Man from Sandown arrested over Ventnor churchyard rape allegation (updated)

st catherines church

The attack took place on Tuesday afternoon in the churchyard of St Catherine's Church, Ventnor

Wednesday, 19th June, 2019 2:19pm

By Sally Perry

Attention Seeker: Award-winning ADHD show comes to Ventnor Fringe Festival next month

Gerard Harris on stage

The show is about what it's like to drag yourself up on stage when you're spectacularly shy, nervous, confused and a little bitter when your friend leaves you for dust as they become famous, but really it's about education, meditation and this rampant plague of distractedness that afflicts us all.

Tuesday, 18th June, 2019 6:04pm

By Feature Writer

D-Day 75 Off Ventnor (Photos, audio and 360 shots)

D-Day 75 - William playing the evening colours

A moving service was held on Ventnor seafront to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, when 300 veterans on board the MV Boudicca travelling from Portsmouth to Normandy, stop off the Ventnor coast to exchange signals. Listen to the audio and look at the 360 photos.

Saturday, 15th June, 2019 12:36pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Volunteer at Ventnor Fringe Festival and become part of the VFringe family

If you have some spare time, why not get involved? As previous a volunteer says, you’ll meet some of the kindest and most talented people you could imagine, all in this most amazing town.

Thursday, 13th June, 2019 1:16pm

By Sally Perry

Leader’s vow to ‘get Undercliff Drive open again’ a step closer with public consultation

Vix lowthion - cycling through undercliff

Cllr Ian Ward also says it's his view the Isle of Wight needs to have Undercliff Drive road open again, but will not make a decision until after the consultation.

Thursday, 13th June, 2019 11:41am

By Sally Perry with 9 readers' comments

Under current plans these health visitors, who walk to most clients, will be forced to drive over seven miles from August (updated)

traffic jam

From August the team of four health visitors that usually walk to see most of their clients (families with children under five-years-old) will have to drive more than seven miles, all to save £4,500 rent at Salisbury Gardens.

Wednesday, 12th June, 2019 6:34pm

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

Weed-infested flower beds replaced with 300 plants, grown by hand with zero budget, by one champion volunteer

Lesley Browns plants at the Winter Gardens

Lesley Brown asked to take over the weed-infested raised beds outside the Winter Gardens 12 months ago and has totally transformed them with zero budget and a lot of hard work.

Tuesday, 11th June, 2019 10:53am

By Sally Perry with 10 readers' comments

Cash from Randonnee refreshments presented to Air Ambulance

VENTNOR Ventnor RFC cheque presentation to Hampshire & IOW Air Ambulance 10/06/2019 following Isle of Wight RAndonnee 2019: L to R: Steve MACEY (VP), Kay ENGELGARDT (VP), Pat and Albie KNIGHT (Hampshire & IOW Air Ambulance, Roly TOOMBS (Clubhouse Manager), Chris HILL (player and Bar Manager): Photo credit: Ventnor RFC Magazine

Over 3,000 cyclists passed through Ventnor Rugby club during the Randonnee and £250 was raised from refreshments.

Tuesday, 11th June, 2019 9:07am

By Andrew Cooper

Individual Medley: A touching and funny cross-cultural coming-of-age memoir at Ventnor Fringe

Katrina Quinn performing on stage - looking as if about to dive into water

The show especially resonates with swimmers, people who've moved country and 90s kids, but the themes of growing up and learning to be confident in yourself and your body are universal. Book now to avoid disappointment.

Saturday, 8th June, 2019 1:16pm

By Feature Writer