Festive fun this weekend

By Ross Findon

Friday, December 13, 2013


Festive fun this weekend

The Cowes Carnival Queens, with Santa. Picture by Jennifer Burton.

THERE will be plently of festive fun on offer across the Isle of Wight this weekend.

It is the Cowes Christmas Festival on Saturday and Sunday, when there will be a host of yuletide activities on offer.

The event will feature Vintage Vacation's Santa's Grotto, local food producers, an artisan market and a Christmas-themed cookery school.

A cake competition, sponsored by Calbourne Classics, will pit the Island's bakers against each other, with family tickets for Rhythmtree up for grabs.

Following last weekend's Dickensian Christmas in Ryde, Ventnor is to have its own version tomorrow (Saturday).

Shopkeepers will dress in period costumes and there will be traditional entertainment for all ages.

There will be the Christmas Tree Festival at St Catherine’s Church, Father Christmas and wine and food tasting at the Spar store.

High Street shops will offer Christmas music and readings, hot roasted chestnuts, mince pies and mulled wine, competitions and a Christmas raffle.

In Bonchurch, the Old Post Office will open specially for the day as a Christmas shop, selling home-made goodies.

At 5.45pm, Vectis Corps of Drums will lead the lantern procession and carnival floats through the town from Victoria Street, arriving at Ventnor Park at around 6.15pm.

The park will be the venue for carols with the new Rew Valley Singers, mulled wine, mince pies and soft drinks supplied by Ventnor Enhancement Fund.

Red Funnel will be operating extra services on Sunday due to the Cowes Christmas Festival.

They will leave Cowes from 10.45am, 11:45am, 4.45pm and 5.45pm and from Southampton at 10:15am, 11:15am, 4:15pm and 5:15pm.


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by Paul Cox

14th December 2013, at 15:08:40

I went to the East and West Cowes "Christmas Fairs" today. Will never bother again, what a waste of time. The East Cowes "fair" was about three stalls begging for your money. The West Cowes "fair" was a load of greedy merchandisers selling food and tat at prices about four times more than they should have been - if they are so greedy, these businesses deserve to fail. Not everyone around Cowes is a millionaire people, the food prices were a disgrace (as were the portion sizes). If this is all Red Funnel can come up with they shouldn't bother...

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by Kelvin Nash

13th December 2013, at 22:21:05

Yes - there will be 2 lots of charity stalls :L

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by Kelvin Nash

13th December 2013, at 22:20:16

What about East Cowes' Dickensian day on Saturday 14th?
Local businesses will be open, people dressing in period costumes, charity stalls, Santa's grotto, childrens rides, charity stalls, carols by the tree, a ghost walk with Mark Tuckey and a tasting evening at Waitrose. Both IWRadio and Angel Radio will be in attendance throughout the day.
Although always considered the 'poorer' sister, why does the East side of the river always get forgotten about when something is happening in West Cowes?

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by Mike Crowe

13th December 2013, at 17:45:26

Santa will be at Age Concern's premises in Regent Street in Shanklin tomorrow, that's from 10.00 am to Noon. He has a gift for all the children if they visit his Grotto I hear. But what do I know?

Go on, prove me wrong, bring your children/grandchildren.

Ho Ho Ho he says :-)

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