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What's On


Exhibition: Make Hay While the Sun Shines

Date Everyday
Times 09.00 - 17.00
Venue Briddlesford Farm Hop Kilns Heritage Centre, Briddlesford Rd, Wootton Bridge, Ryde PO33 4RY

A pictorial history of haymaking on the Island.

Event: Under the Pier 2018

Date Sunday 9 September 2018
Times 15.30 - 1800
Venue Ryde Pier 

Join the team of ecologists and artists at Artecology and Arc for this year's Under The Pier 2018 as they explore this most unusual of water worlds.

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Event: Heritage Open Days / Celebrating Sandown - Heritage Walks 

Date Thursday 13 September 2018
Times Walk 1: 10.00 / Walk 2: 12.00 / Walk 3: 14.00 / Walk 4: 15.30
Venue All walks start at Sandown Library, 119 High St, Sandown PO36 8AF

Join Wild about Wight and Island historian Richard Smout for one or more of four special guided heritage walks celebrating the architecture, landmarks and built heritage of the Isle of Wight's largest seaside resort, Sandown.

Each walk begins at Sandown Library and will last approximately one hour:

Walk 1 @ 10am: Sandown High Street and Esplanade

Walk 2 @ 12pm: Lower Sandown and St John’s Road

Walk 3 @ 2pm: Wilkes Road, Grafton Road and Fitzroy Street

Walk 4 @ 3.30pm: Sandown High Street and Esplanade

Book a spot by contacting Claire at or by calling on 01983 525985.

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Event: Heritage Open Days - Celebrating Humphry Repton 1752 - 1818

Date Saturady 15 Septpember
Times 14.00 - 15.30
Venue Meet at Appley Park car park

Humphry Repton was the last great landscape designer of the 18th century – the successor to Capability Brown – and this year is the bicentenary of his death. Here on the Island Repton’s work included laying out the grounds of St John’s House, Ryde which is now part of Oakfield Primary School. 

To celebrate Repton the Isle of Wight Garden’s Trust are leading a guided walk of the Appley and St John’s area on Saturday 15 September, 2pm to 3.30pm. Meet at Appley Park car park (grid ref: SZ606923). The 1.5 mile walk on easy paths will be led by expert members of the Trust and will explore Repton’s work at St John’s and how the estate evolved. Booking is essential. To reserve your place call Vicky Basford on 01983 525860 or

Event: Heritage Open Days  / Celebrating Sandown - PLUTO Pumphouse

Date Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 September
Times 10.00 - 14.00
Venue Browns Golf Course, Sandown

The Pavilion in Yaverland is a testament to engineering ingenuity! Golf pumphouse & part of the secret wartime ‘Pluto’ enterprise. Meet the Men in Sheds who are restoring its machinery, take a look inside and hear the story of its life and times. No need to book.

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Event: Heritage Open Days / Celebrating Sandown - Browns Golf Course

Date Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 September 
Times 10.00 - 16.00
Venue Browns Golf Course, Sandown

Chart the history of a revived example of 20th Century tourist heritage at Browns. Photography displays plus free rounds of golf on the Henry Cotton-designed course can be booked by visitors participating in Heritage Open Days. No need to book.

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Event: Heritage Open Days / Celebrating Sandown - Sandown Battery

Date Sunday 16 September 
Times 11.00 - 14.00
Venue Sandown Barrack Battery, Talbot Rd, Sandown PO36 9EB                       

Sandown Barrack Battery and Gardens is arguably one of the
most spectacular heritage features of Sandown Bay. For the first
time, the Battery will be celebrating Heritage Open Weekend with
conservation expert Lee Byrne on hand to help us explore.
No need to book.

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Event: Bat Walk

Date Friday 21 September
Times 18.30 - 20.30
Venue Meet at St Blasius car park

Our bat walks have been so popular that we’ve squeezed in another one in a new location before the bats all go off and hibernate.  It’s on Friday 21st September from 6.30pm – 8.30pm and we’ll be exploring Shanklin’s Big Mead for the first time. Meeting at St Blasius car park.