Isle of Wight: What's on this weekend

By Thomas Seal

Published on Saturday, May 02, 2015 - 08:25

 

Isle of Wight: What's on this weekend

The Isle of Wight has plenty on offer this weekend, including the Walking Festival. Picture by Jennifer Burton.

IT'S Bank Holiday Weekend and between the Walking Festival, Randonnee, Aqua Adrenaline and Isle of Arts Festival you're sure to find something to do.

This year marks the 17th year of the Isle of Wight Walking Festival, offering a huge range of choices to appeal to anyone who likes the fresh air.

Today (Saturday) you could join a short fossil hunting walk, a bluebell walk, walking with alpacas, a Cowes heritage walk, a storytelling treasure-hunt walk, a wine-tasting walk, or — for the masochists amongst you — embark upon a massive sixty-six mile walk around the entire Island.

For further details, visit: http://www.isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk/walks.aspx

The fifth annual Isle of Arts festival began yesterday, and will run until Monday, welcoming a host of big names to Ventnor, including world-class cellist Julian Lloyd Webber, Olympic gold medallist Robin Cousins, blues from Mud Morganfield, singer-songwriter Steve Knightley, actor Linda Marlowe playing some of the best of Berkoff, and the BBC's resident stargazer Mark Thompson. There are also plenty of fringe events, including the return of Ventnor's Undecided Art Collective held in the Ventnor Exchange.

For a full schedule and tickets, see: http://www.artsisle.org/

If you'd rather enjoy your art in the comfort of your own home, you could make a quick excursion to Cheap Thrills in Newport today (Saturday). They're offering up to three free comic books to everyone who walks through their door to celebrate World Free Comic Book Day.

It's also the Isle of Wight Camerata Choir's spring concert tonight at Aspire Ryde at 7pm. The choir will treat audiences to Vivaldi's Gloria and Puccini's Messa di Gloria, with singers Kirsten Barker (Soprano), Stephen, Anthony Brown (Tenor) and Iain Briggs (Baritone). Find more information and tickets here: www.cameratacc-iow.co.uk

As if to celebrate the (imminent) royal birth, the Isle of Wight Shakespeare Company will be bringing the first night of their production of the enthralling throne thriller Henry IV to Shorwell Parish Hall. Will Prince Hal forswear his drinking and carousing with Falstaff to inherit his father's throne? Find out tonight - tickets and more information are available here: http://www.iwshakespeare.com/tickets.html

Aqua Adrenaline returns to Sandown, raising money for the Sandown and Shanklin Inshore Lifeboat and offering a host of activities.

Tomorrow (Sunday), thousands of cyclists are expected to take part in the Isle of Wight County Press/Morey's sponsored Randonnee, organised by the Wayfarer Cycle Touring Club.

Riders, including the brave Dom Marle, will take on routes of either 55km or 100km.

Finally, if you just want to see the Avengers, get the measure of what's on at the cinema with County Press youth site yoppul's monthly round-up: http://www.yoppul.co.uk/yoppulv1/2015/05/a-month-at-the-movies-april-2015/

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