Activities for adults on the Isle of Wight this Christmas
Fear not, for there are events to attend this Christmas with your friends, all with Covid restrictions for your safety. We’ve put together five of the best.
Undercover Christmas Club
It’s 1647, and celebrating Christmas is banned, carols are criminal and turkey’s taboo in this riotous musical comedy created and performed by Riddlestick Theatre at St Catherines’s Church in Ventnor. A motley troupe of rebellious performers host a secret, late-night Christmas party against the backdrop of Puritan bans on theatres and celebrating Christmas. In fact, festivities of any kind are forbidden – sound familiar?
Performances are Thursday 17th and Friday 18th December. Tickets from Ventnor Exchange – £12 with under 25s £5, and Fringe Friends 2 for 1.
Marilyn Stafford photos at Dimbola
Iconic fashion photographs from the streets of Paris in the 1950s to the swinging London of the 1960s and 70s. Marilyn Stafford shot to international acclaim after her work documenting Algerian refugees in Tunisia famously made the front page of The Observer in 1958, bringing their plight to world attention. Her documentation of the ready-to-wear fashion revolution is documented in this exhibition, which runs from December 4th to 31st in the Olympus Gallery.
Boxing Day Specials at the Steam Railway
After over-indulging on Christmas Day, get the family out on a steam train ride through the countryside on Boxing Day. Or just enjoy a romantic Victorian adventure with the one you love. The Isle of Wight Steam Railway’s Boxing Day Specials take you on a ten-mile round-trip through the Island’s unspoilt winter landscape, and you get a mince pie and warming drink on your return to Havenstreet.
Trains depart Havenstreet at 10:10, 10.50, 11:35, 12:13, 13:15, 13:53 and 14:38.
The Winter Garden in Cowes
The Island Sailing Club have a selection of cosy heated winter cabins beneath a canopy of fairy lit trees where you can dine and drink beneath the stars, with each cabin seating up to six. A call button allows you to order drinks and food direct to your table. Tables are open from 12 noon to 10pm, and slots of two hours can be booked at:
I Love Christmas pop up shop at the Garlic Farm
For all things Christmassy and local, I Love Wight return to the Garlic Farm with their pop-up Christmas shop filled with exclusively Isle of Wight made gifts and crafts. This year the shop will be located in the Allium Barn, a refurbished granary with roaring log fire and original features.
The shop opens from December 4th to 23rd from 9.30am to 4.30pm.