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Bright lights, brass bands, a golden Christmas tree and a liberal sprinkling of snow brought magic and the Christmas spirit to Battery Gardens in Sandown Bay last weekend.

Hundreds of people attended this year’s Christmas Garden – a free community event and collaboration between not-for-profit The Common Space and Ventnor Exchange.

Warmed by campfires and free home-made drinks and biscuits, visitors explored the illuminated Palmerston fort and Battery Gardens. There were art workshops, shadow walls and projections and immersive storytelling for all, plus a pop-up visit from the National Poo Museum. Crowds also spend time toasting marshmallows.

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Festive music topped it all off, thanks to Vectis Brass Band, Company B and Spike Oatley Music.

The Christmas Garden was part-sponsored by Bay-based environmental organisations, Arc and Artecology.

Ian Boyd, director of The Common Space, said:

“The Christmas Garden is a wonderfully happy and festive spectacular by the sea! It’s local people, businesses and organizations that come together to make this happen and as such is a celebration of partnership and collaboration in the Bay. This is an extraordinary place, full of skilled and talented people, packed with amazing public places and spaces, alive with opportunities and possibilities for shaping positive change and taking positive action”.

Jack Whitewood at Ventnor Exchange added:

“Thank you to everyone who visited The Christmas Garden this weekend! It was great to see the community coming together and bringing life to the Battery”.

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