Editors Highlights for… January 2012

Editors Highlights for… January 2012

Happy New Year! We have safely arrived in a new year ready for more fun and excitement throughout 2012 across the Island, with the biggies to look forward to again; Isle of Wight Festival, Bestival and Cowes Week, as well as the fabulous smaller events that will be taking place all year long! January is a quiet time but checkout our picks of the month…

Out ‘n about

Welcome 2012 with a peaceful New Year ride through the Island’s winter landscape aboard a vintage steam train with the IW Steam Railway Hangover Specials, on 1st & 2nd January at IW Steam Railway, Havenstreet.

All are welcome to the grand opening of a new outdoor adult fitness park, OUTFIT. OUTFIT is up the slope in the far corner of Ventnor Park. The access is easy and it will be fully opened 24/7 on 2nd of January from 11am Ventnor time when you can all come along and give it a try. There will be music, refreshments and, of course, voluntary exercise! Fully funded by the BIG LOTTERY AND GROUNDWORK with support from Ventnor Town Council and Ventnor Enhancement.

On 3rd January why not take a Guided Tour of the beautiful Quarr Abbey, at 11am (meet in the shop).

And on 7th January at 10.00am – get out and enjoy nature with the National Trust on their Winter Bird Walk. This National Trust walk around Newtown National Nature Reserve looking at overwintering birds, both resident and migrant. No charge, but donations welcome. It could well be wet underfoot so wellingtons are recommended and please bring binoculars if you have them. Sorry no dog (assistance dogs only). The walk will last approx 2 hours. Meet in the visitor point car park opposite Newtown Old Town Hall (SZ 423 906).


Checkout myisleofwight blogger Liz Cooke’s new exhibition: Innervisions showing at Dimbola Lodge from 1st to 8 January. Island Artist Liz Cooke has a exhibition on at the moment which combines painting, collage and photography. The result are richly layered images inspired by the hidden realms of dreams and visions. This exhibition showcases her photo-illustration work from the hand-collaged book-jackets of the 1990’s, and her later digitally re-worked series “The Unseen” and “Temple Dreamers”, to her mixed media work from the present day.

Come and join Brading Roman Villa after the seasons celebrations for a basic mosaic making workshop at 11am. It will be on Sunday 8th January 2012 starting at 11.00 o’clock. As participants will learn to use different cutting tools on glass tiles, this workshop is for 16 to 160 years old to make a mosaic to take home. No previous experience is necessary. For further information or to book a place (spaces limited) contact Brading Roman Villa 0n 01983 406223 or e-mail

Or why not give Twilling and Plaiting small baskets with willow bark, rush and recycled materials a go on 21st January at 11.00am. After the two wonderful weaving workshops held at Brading Roman Villa last year, they are holding two more workshops with Tim Johnston. On Saturday 21st January 2012 at 11am he will teach participants how to make small baskets by twilling and plaiting with willow bark, rush and recycled materials.The cost is £20 per person and spaces are limited, so book early.

A little bit different

If you haven’t made a Cafe Scientifique evening yet – put this one in your diary for sure. The fourth meeting of the season will be on Monday 16th January at 7pm at The Fighting Cocks and Professor Jim Smith from the School of Earth & Environmental Sciences at Portsmouth University will be speaking on ‘Is the Future Nuclear?’ Please note this is the third Monday in the month as most people will still be recovering from Christmas on Monday 9th when it would usually take place.

Fruit Tree Pruning Workshops – Back by popular demand, West Wight Landscape Partnership is running practical outdoor sessions to teach you how to best tend your fruit trees and encourage a more bountiful crop! A choice of 3 dates available for 2012; Thursday 19th & Thursday 26th January and Saturday 4th February, 10am – 12 noon. Workshops are FREE, but places are limited and must be booked in advance by calling Irene Fletcher on (01983) 759779 or emailing and stating your preferred session.

Join the Isle of Wight Star Count on 20th January at 8.00pm. The Vectis Astronomical Society is holding another public event in conjunction with the forthcoming BBC Stargazing Live Event being broadcast on the TV 16th-18th January 2012 from 8-10pm. On Friday 20th January they are going to carry out a Star Count, which involves measuring how dark the sky is and working out how many stars we can see. The results will be collected and sent to ‘Globe at Night‘, which is a campaign to raise awareness of the impact of light pollution. Other activities include observing the amount of stars we can see with the naked eye compared to binoculars.