The Isle of Wight’s largest seaside resort, Sandown’s rich history and architectural heritage is being celebrated with a series of walks, workshops and open days especially for this year’s Heritage Open Days. 

With a whole host of volunteers and organisations chipping in time and expertise, Celebrating Sandown will be making a weekend of this national event, turning the spotlight on the past (and present) stories behind some of Sandown’s best-known streets, monuments and attractions from Thursday 13th through to Sunday 16th September.

The events are free, although you may need to book on some activities where numbers are limited.

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Wild about Wight

Join Wild About Wight and Isle of Wight historian and county archivist Richard Smout on a day full of guided heritage walks around the very heart of Sandown, with the Carnegie Library as a base.

Victorian Sand Painting

Create your own Sandown from sand with heritage images and modern views for inspiration – Wild About Wight artist Ian Whitmore teaches us the Victorian art of sand painting, ‘Marmotinto’.


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The Pavilion in Yaverland is a testament to engineering ingenuity, both pumphouse for Browns Golf Course & power station for its club and café and part of the secret wartime ‘Pluto’ enterprise. Come and meet the Men in Sheds who are restoring its machinery, take a look inside and hear the story of its life and times.

Photographic display and free golf!

Chart the history of a revived example of 20th Century tourist heritage at Browns through photographic displays in the café plus open days. Free rounds of golf on the Henry Cotton-designed course can be booked by visitors participating in Heritage Open Days.

Sandown Barrack Battery and Gardens

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 Officer and expert Lee Byrne on hand.

Celebrating Sandown is being organised by The Common Space, The Bay Coastal Community Team, Wild About Wight, Vectis Housing Association, Down to the Coast, Isle of Wight Council Conservation Team, Arc Consulting, Browns Golf Course, Isle of Wight Men In Sheds, Age UK and Quay Arts.

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