One of Sandown Bay’s most fascinating spaces, Sandown Barracks Battery will be transformed into ‘The Christmas Garden’ this coming Saturday (16th December).

The Christmas Garden is a free community event that will see the ruins transformed with magical lights, live music, art workshops, a giant Christmas tree and campfires in a special celebration aimed at bringing the community together and breathing new life into an under-used space.

Created in collaboration between the Ventnor Exchange and The Common Space, it follows on from last year’s inaugural attempt to highlight how spaces like the battery could be used in interesting ways for the benefit of local residents.

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Mhairi Macaulay, from the Ventnor Exchange said:

“We were bowled over with the response last year when hundreds of people visited and we will be building on that this year with more activities for families, interactive experiences, storytelling, more music including a traditional brass band and of course, snow!”

Thompson’s Nursery has kindly donated a spectacular Christmas tree for the event, which will be decorated during the evening and then transported to the YMCA at Winchester House for the Christmas period.

The Christmas Garden will open as the sun sets from approximately 16:30-19:00. All are welcome and entry is free.

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