So the clocks have gone back and autumn has officially arrived, bringing with it the joy of blustery, leafy walks, cosy pubs with logs fires and warming seasonal dishes. And even though the pace of life here on the Island moves from laid back to horizontal, there are still plenty of things going on to keep those who aren’t ready to hibernate busy.
Here’s our picks of the month…
There will be 5 major fireworks displays taking place across the Island on 4th & 5th November in Arreton, Sandown, Yarmouth, Newport and Ventnor, checkout our feature for more details.
On Friday 11th November the Jazz Café at Quay Arts will feature a night with Edana Minghella. Starting at 7pm Edana returns to the Quay for a very special night, singing haunting melodies to upbeat swing, straight from the heart. She is supported by fantastic musicians including Sarah Bolter and Mick Smith.
To find that perfect Christmas present nice and early, check out the art exhibitions at The Garlic Farm and Gallery 120 this month. The Exhibition at Gallery 120, Ryde Old Town, runs from 5th November until 24th December and celebrates Christmas with an array of original prints, photography, ceramics and jewellery. Ceramics are represented by tableware and sculpture from artists Sylph Baier and Lilia Umana-Clarke, and stunning silver jewellery cast from acorns by Claudie Fenwick. Expect playful prints by Kate Boxer, bold autumnal works by Liz Toole and the ever popular Anita Klein along with much, much more.
Over in Newchurch at The Garlic Farm Café is running an exhibition of paintings by local artists from 29 October until 31st December, commencing with a collection from St Helen’s artist Becky Samuelson. This collection of paintings is inspired by the rich and diverse Island coastline and countryside and depicts Becky’s love of seascapes, landscapes and sailing subjects.
Christmas is coming
Sticking on the Christmas theme (after all it is less than 8 weeks away!) there are a number of Christams fairs taking place across the Island – from small school or community affairs to lavish English Heritage extravaganzas. Two that grabbed our eye were…
On 19th and 20th November Osborne House will host ‘A Victorian Christmas 2011’. Offering visitors a unique glimpse into the nineteenth century holiday by taking on a festive Victorian scene complete with Christmas trees, Dickensian characters & traditional entertainments. The sumptuous ground floor rooms are bedecked with festive decorations as they were when Queen Victoria celebrated Christmas at Osborne, with colourful trees decorated in the style favoured by Prince Albert.
The 27th November sees the return of The Little Gloster’s Annual Dare to Brave it Charity Swim in aid of The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust. This cross Solent swim is followed by a Christmas Market full of great gifts and local produce. Starts at 2pm.
Don’t miss the Giant Lantern Making Workshop on 23 November at 6.30PM in Freshwater. Suitable for adults and families, this workshop lets you create a giant lantern ready to participate in the community lantern processions taking place in December. There will be a charge to cover materials. Workshops will be held at West Wight Youth Club on Wednesday 23 and 30 November and 7 December from 6.30-8.30pm.
Or if you’re more green fingered than arty checkout the Meet the Gardeners: Pruning Workshop at Osborne House on Tuesday 15 November. Autumn is one of the busiest times in the gardening year but time spent on pruning is always worthwhile. Join Osborne’s head gardener for a hands on look at the pruning methods used around the garden and dispel some of the myths behind pruning theories.