What's on this weekend

By Thomas Seal

Published on Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 07:35


What's on this weekend

Ventnor Fringe Festival is among the highlights this weekend on the Isle of Wight. Picture by Thomas Seal.

FESTIVAL season continues across the Isle of Wight this weekend.

First off, it's the Garlic Festival. Held from 10am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday at Mersley Lane, you can look forward to an array of activities. 

Cookery demonstrations, presentations and talks will be held in a large theatre kitchen. 

There will be a full trapeze show from high-wire trio 'Above and Beyond', falconry displays from Haven Falconry, dog agility shows from the Wight Wizards, and inflatables and funfair rides for children. 

The festival will be opened by the BBC Sally Taylor, and Kiki Dee will be performing on the main stage. 

Tickets are available on the gate on the day, and children under 5 get in free. For more information please see: www.garlic-festival.co.uk

This weekend also sees the return of V-Dub Island. The increasingly-popular VW-camper themed event has relocated to the site of the 1970 Isle of Wight festival at East Afton Farm in Freshwater. 

Rob da Bank and the Dub Pistols will be headlining the main stage - other acts include The Who-tribute Who's Next, Gareth Icke, and the Skatonics. 

The festival also features an auto jumble for VW enthusiasts to trade and sell second hand parts and vehicles (which requires online registration - see below). V-Dub will also feature a best-dressed pet competition, a drive out this morning (Saturday) along the military road, and a chaotic soap box derby. 

You can find tickets, auto jumble registration and more at: www.v-dubisland.com

The Ventnor Fringe comes to a close this weekend after its 5th and biggest iteration yet.

And tomorrow (Sunday) morning at 11:15am will see the Isle of Wight Youth Trust 5K Fun Run start down at Appley Park in Ryde. Pre-entry has closed, but you can still enter on the day for £13 - £8 of which goes straight to the Youth Trust. 

For more information, contact the IW Youth Trust's Aimee Steward via e-mail at aimee@iowyouthtrust.co.uk or via phone on 01983 529569.

For more great events taking place across the Isle of Wight, please see our events guide.


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