It’s August and the price of everything triples as soon as the school holidays begin… so we have pulled together a top 10 list of free things to see and do this summer on the Island. From batting Vikings and fireworks, to bat detecting and guided walks, there really is something for everyone.
1. Bat Detectives*
Join the Bat Detectives on Tuesday 2 August and Thursday 1 September to stroll round the West Wight and discover the twilight world of these fascinating little creatures.
2. Soak up the Cowes Week Fever
Even for those who don’t sail, Cowes Week (6-13 August) is an event not to miss. Whether watching the spectacle of hundreds of yachts heading out to race around the Solent, or wandering the town taking in the free street entertainment, bands, stalls and enticing shops – it is definitely a great day out for all the family.
3. Take in a Heritage Exhibition
Learn all about Brook Village at this diverse exhibition at The Seely Hall in Brook. Open to everyone free of charge daily from Friday 19th to Sunday 28th August, 10.30am-5.30pm, make sure you checkout the 8mm cine film, photos and memories of 1950s and 60s seaside holidays at Brook and Compton.
4. Guided Seaside Plant Walk*
Take a guided walk on Saturday 20 August from 10.00-12.00 and learn all about the unique flora and fauna along our coastal paths.
5. See History Come to Life
Join the action on Sunday 21st August from 2 – 5pm at a living history re-enactment of village life in Saxon Chessell, Brook and Mottistone. Taking place on the green opposite Seely Hall in Brook, watch a Viking battle; learn hurdle- making and talk to a Neolithic inhabitant of the area…
6. Become a Fossil Hunter*
On Monday 8 August from 10.00-12.00 and Tuesday 16 August from 17.00-19.00 find out what’s in the rocks. Ammonites or the next T-Rex? See what you can unearth as you explore Fort Victoria Country Park near Yarmouth. All budding paleontologists must be accompanied by a responsible adult!
7. Whooshhh – Watch some Fireworks
Take in a free fireworks display across the Island this August. Every Thursday night sees ‘Magic in the Sky’ at the Needles Park. These fireworks shoot out over the night sky above Alum Bay and the Needles – great experienced from anywhere on the surrounding downs and even better from below by boat! On the other side of the coast out over Blackgang Chine is a beautiful display every Wednesday night through the summer. Park in the viewpoint car park and a short stroll gives you unprecedented views. And of course the one not to be missed is the grand finale firework display that ends Cowes Week every year (this year Friday 12th August at 9.30pm). If you can’t get on a boat and experience it from the water, make your way to anywhere along the front in Cowes (Prince’s Green is a good spot), bring a rug, lie back and watch the sky come to life.
8. Create a Kaleidoscope*
Celebrate our Victorian heritage by trying your hand at making a kaleidoscope at this arty workshop in Freshwater Parish Hall. Two sessions will take place on Tuesday 30 August from 10.00-12.00 and 14.00-16.00 and are more suitable for children 8 years and over.
9. Go on a Heritage Walk
Part of the Brook Village History Summer Heritage Exhibition & weekend of events, a series of guided heritage walks, taking in the history and nature surrounding Brook, are planned between Friday 19th – Sunday 28th August 2011. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 01983 240986 for dates and times of walks.
10. Rock Pooling
Prepare to don your wellies and dip your toes in the water to see what’s been left behind by the tide at Freshwater Bay. Great fun for all the family – children must be accompanied by a responsible adult and suitable footwear is essential! Taking place on Wednesday 31 August from 17.00-19.00 – bring a dipping net if you have one!