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POP-UP OPERA RETURNS TO THE GARLIC FARM

Pop-Up Opera return to The Garlic Farm in June with a rarely-seen opera from the late 18th century, Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Segreto (The Secret Marriage). Continuing to challenge the way opera is traditionally performed, Pop-Up Opera take their productions into unusual spaces, making them fun, fresh and intimate. That’s true of their upcoming Isle of Wight performance at The Garlic …

ART AT THE ABBEY EXHIBITION FOR ISLAND BRUSH STROKES

An art exhibition curated by local artists is to be held at Quarr Abbey between Thursday 1st – Tuesday 6th June. Island artists Izi Evans, Birgit Ackroyd, Peter Allen and Becky Samuelson will be joined by Jim Few for this year’s Island Brush Strokes show. It will be Jim’s first exhibition on the Island although he has displayed his work at …

FLEETWOOD BAC HEAD TO MEDINA THEATRE

FLEETWOOD BAC – the world’s first and best Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band, endorsed by Mick Fleetwood himself – are to play at the Medina Theatre next week. Over the last few years the group have received rave reviews from ‘The Stage’ newspaper, the UK’s leading Fleetwood Mac fansites, the official Stevie Nicks website; and from ecstatic audiences wherever the band …

CLAYDON CONNOR TO PERFORM AS PART OF HOSPICE SOCIAL PROGRAMME

Talented Island singer/songwriter Claydon Connor is set to perform as part of Earl Mountbatten Hospice’s Social Programme next week (Thursday 1st June). Claydon draws his influence from some of the world’s finest Americana artists and has worked closely with award winning Canadian producer Murray Pulver (Bros.Landreth) for much of 2016 on his latest 5 track EP (to be released). The …

CELEBRATING THE ISLAND’S DINOSAUR PIONEER

The dinosaur discoveries of remarkable Victorian clergyman, Rev William Fox, are to be celebrated by Dinosaur Isle Museum in partnership with the Royal Society next week. 2 special events are to be held in the village of Brighstone on Friday 26th and 27th May – where Rev Fox, who lived from 1813 to 1881, was curate. Rev Fox had 4 dinosaurs …

CHOIR CONCERT TO HELP END PARISHIONERS’ TREK TO THE LOO

The trek to the loo could soon be over for the parishioners of St Helen’s Church, thanks to an upcoming musical event. At present the nearest toilet at the Church is a long distance walk along the stepping stones, through the churchyard, past the vicarage and into the parish office. Not at all ideal for those who are unsteady on …

MAGICIANS AND MUSICIANS BRING FAMILY FUN TO THE NEEDLES THIS HALF TERM

Family fun is heading to The Needles this half-term with visits from magicians, musicians and stilt walkers. The Isle of Wight’s landmark attraction is hosting 8 days of entertainment to keep the kids happy across the Bank Holiday weekend and beyond. There will be free entertainment for visitors this month as street dance and Bollywood-style dance shows mix with balloon …

SCARECROWS WELCOME AT GATCOMBE AND CHILLERTON FESTIVAL

The Gatcombe and Chillerton Scarecrow Festival is to return on Saturday 27th May, with over 100 scarecrows on show throughout the 2 villages. The festival has been running since 2010 and each year sees a diverse range of creations, with something for everyone. The event is free of charge and fun for all the family. Festival-goers can enjoy the scarecrows of Gatcombe …

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