Editors highlights for… March 2012

Editors highlights for… March 2012

Is March still officially winter? It’s difficult to tell here on the Isle of Wight, as with our own micro climate spring always seems to come early. March is when the Island events calender slowly starts to come out of hibernation and pick up the pace ready for full throttle in April. Here’s some events that may take your fancy this month.

Plant Propogation Workshop

Get ready for Spring with this Plant Propogation Workshop at Osborne House, East Cowes, on 6th March. Starting at 10am and finishing at 2pm, the day costs £35 per person and includes lunch (£30 for English Heritage members!).

International Women’s Day Event: Accessorise!

Take part in this girls only event on Saturday 10th March at The Carnival Learning Centre, Westridge, Ryde, and learn new skills from batik to making your own jewellery. Either make a day of it (bring a packed lunch if you do) or just pop along to either the morning workshop (10.30am – 12.30pm) or the afternoon one (1pm – 3pm). Welcoming all ladies aged 8 years and over workshops cost just £6 or £10 fro the whole day. Run by The New Carnival Company, booking is essential, so call Alison on 01983 717868 or mail to: to book your space.

Cafe Scientifique

Café Scienifique returns for it’s sixth meeting at a new venue – the Regency Suite above the Conservative Club in Shanklin – on Monday 12th March. Start time will still be 7pm. This months’ speaker is Jolyon Chesworth – Manager of the South East Marine Conservation Project – who will be talking about the project and the proposed conservation zones to protect marine biodiversity and how they will be monitored. The talk starts at 7pm and costs £3 (all proceeds go directly towards room hire and the cost of the speaker’s meal and/or travel expenses).

St Patrick’s Day Feast at Quay Arts

Join the St Patrick`s Day celebrations at Quay Arts in Newport, on Saturday 17th March, and enjoy a themed three course meal and live Irish folk music from Pete`s Sake – Phil Chase (guitar / mandolin / vocals) and Becky Haydock (violin / accordion / mandolin / banjo). Guaranteed to entertain the evening starts at 6.30pm, costing £5 to watch the band or £19.95 including dinner.

Ghost Walk: Sandown & Shanklin Independent Lifeboat Fundraiser

On 24th March Isle of Wight Ghost Walk Maestro Marc Tuckey will lead a terrifying tour around Ventnor Botanic Gardens – with a few scary surprises so be prepared to be scared. Get dressed up in fancy dress (optional) and if you think you’re brave enough meet in the car park at 7pm. Tickets cost £6 for adults and £4 for 5-15 yr olds, or buy a family ticket (2 adults, up to 3 children) for just £18. All proceeds go towards the Sandown & Shanklin Independent Lifeboat.

Isle of Wight Grand National and Ashey Scurry

Make your way to the Isle of Wight on 25th March from 11.30am for a day of excitement, beer and betting at the Isle of Wight’s very own Grand National – an amateur event where anyone with a horse can take part. The Isle of Wight Grand National and Ashey Scurry celebrates its 21st anniversary this year, with five races and a Hunt Ride, open to riders of any age and horses and ponies of any size and breed. A great day out.

Surfers Against Sewage Beach Clean

Part of the annual Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) Big Spring Beach Clean, the SAS are calling all coastal dwellers to come and help them on Sunday 25th March at Grange Chine near Brighstone to help keep the island beaches clean of marine litter which the winter storms bring in. The day usually starts at around 10am and is advised to bring gloves though rubbish bags are normally provided.

Isle of Wight Star Party

Run by the Vectis Astronomical Society (VAS), the Isle of Wight Star Party is being held over a long weekend from Thursday March 22nd to Monday March 26th, 2012 at Brighstone Holiday Centre. This will be the sixth Star Party that has been held on the Island, and although it is not an event for absolute beginners, many observers are happy to share their views. More details at