The Island is special throughout the year but maybe even more so at Christmas. November is not too early to start getting your festive hat on (Christmas is only six weeks away) and enjoy some of the great seasonal entertainment across the Isle of Wight. Here is our guide to getting in the spirit over the next few weeks.
Guided Tours as Osborne
Running form the 16th November – 22nd December, this is your chance to experience a traditional Victorian Christmas as it would have been when Queen Victoria was in residence. Rooms will be decorated, trees will be decked and chestnuts will be roasting. Many of the traditions we have today stemmed from the Victorian era, made fashionable by Queen Victoria and Pri
nce Albert. For a true taste of a bygone era, over the 3rd and 4th December Osborne will be hosting a Victorian Christmas. Have a go at traditional games, take a ride on the carousel and delight in jovial entertainers, plus meet the Queen (Victoria) herself and special guest Father Christmas.
Visit English Heritage for opening times and prices.
Arts & Crafts Christmas Fair at Dimbola
Dimbola Museum & Galleries will be hosting their popular fair over the weekend of the 19th and 20th November. A range of stalls will be selling festive gifts and unique handcrafted items. Julia’s Tearoom will be on hand to offer a range of festive snacks and their is also the chance to win a hamper full of local produce. For more information, visit dimbola.co.uk
Wreath Making at Ventnor Botanic Garden
On the weekend of the 10th and 11th December, get hands on at Ventnor Botanic Garden and be the envy of all your friends with your very own handmade festive wreath. Tickets are £15 and include all materials as well as a hot drink, mince pie and admission to the garden. Click here for more information.
Christmas parties at Keats Cottage
On throughout December, Keats Cottage will be celebrating with Christmas parties complete with roast turkey. The menu is priced at £25pp for 3 courses and includes a glass of Prosecco on arrival. Visit keatscottage.co.uk to book.
The 20th Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival
Over 200 themed decorated trees will be displayed around Brighstone from the 8th to 11th December, with the church at the heart of it. There will be carol singing, festive fairs, raffles, demonstrations, refreshments and much more as the village celebrates 20 years of this unique Island tradition. Visit fivechurches.org.uk for further information.
Christmas Open Studios
Isle of Wight Arts are back with a festive version of their popular open studios. Last years event at Tapnell Farm was such a success that they will running it again this year on the 3rd and 4th December. Featuring artists from across the Island, there will be an exciting selection of creative and imaginative Christmas gifts on offer from unusual stocking fillers to those special statement pieces including fine art, textiles, glass work, jewellery, screen-prints, photography, ceramics, felt crafts, illustration and driftwood isleofwightarts.com