Looking for a cultural escape this autumn? You may not have thought it, but the Isle of Wight is home to a wealth of artistic and historical treasures to discover year-round. This Autumn on the Island sees a variety of cultural events, from historical Roman treasures through to the adventures of rock heroes.
Running until the end of September, Brading Roman Villa, working in association with The British Museum and Salisbury Museum Partnership, present Hoards. Following the success of the exhibition at the British Museum in 2016, Hoards is on display at the Brading Roman Villa until the end of September. The exhibition looks at the varied and changing explanations for the burial and non-recovery of hoards, whether accidentally lost or stolen, discarded as worthless, saved for recycling, hidden for safekeeping, or offered as gifts for the gods, their stories continue to fascinate. Brading Roman Villa, open daily from 10am to 5pm.
Looking for some history that is a little more recent? When Bob Dylan accepted the invitation to play the Isle of Wight 50 years ago, the British festival scene, as well as the Island itself, was changed forever. Now the Isle of Wight Festival is a well-established event on the Island, recently celebrating 50 years since the original incarnation of the festival. Conceived by the Foulk brothers in the Summer of 60, this exhibition looks at how Bob Dylan chose to play the Isle of Wight over his nearby hometown of Woodstock. Discover the whirlwind story of how the Isle of Wight ‘stole Dillon from Woodstock’. The exhibition runs from this weekend (24th August) through to 23rd October. Taking place at Dimbola Lodge, open daily from 10am-5pm.
If exhibitions aren’t your thing, then why not dip into some top London theatre? Coming to Ventnor this Autumn, internationally renowned theatre company, Pains Plough present ‘I Wanna Be Yours’ in association with Tamas Productions and Ventnor Exchange. A tender, funny and lyrical play about finding love and holding on to it with everything you’ve got. A love story where love is more than just a game for two, especially when there’s an elephant in the room. This is a rare opportunity to experience some of London’s best theatre in the unique seaside setting of the Isle of Wight. This performance takes place at Ventnor Exchange, a small studio theatre a short trip from Vectis Holiday Homes. Tickets are limited so book early!
Finally the fifth Binnel Studios Summer Exhibition gets underway this weekend. With eight artists involved there is a wide range of styles and mediums, with something for everyone. Find Binnel Studios at the former site of Isle of Wight Studio Glass, in St. Lawrence. Featuring works from Molly Atrill; Phil Capon; Matthew Chambers; Jane Cox; David Firmstone; Petra Lunenburg; Amanda Wheeler and Celia Wilkinson, entry is free, but we highly recommend you visit a cash point first (nearest at Tesco in Ventnor) – you never know what you may fall in love with at the exhibition!
You may not think the Isle of Wight of a cultural holiday destination, but you’ll find creativity and quirky goings-on around every corner, whether it be street art from internationally renowned graffiti artists, to gravity-defying performances from the likes of P!nk, Fleetwood Mac and Queen – the Island really does have it all. When you’re done exploring, Vectis Holiday Homes provide the perfect place to stop off and reflect on your day. Our apartments are perfect for the discerning tourist, looking for high-quality accommodation in a unique location.
Get in touch to speak to us about Autumn and Winter breaks, find a last-minute break or weekend escape. Our friendly team are on hand to help you make the most of your visit to the Isle of Wight.