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Editor’s Highlights for April

Editor’s Highlights for April

APRIL : As Easter has fallen very late for 2011 it seems as if we have had almost an extra month of winter hibernation before spring really kicks into effect and the events calendar gets fully under way.

The bonus for everyone is that with Good Friday falling on the 22nd and the Royal Wedding taking place on the 29th and the subsequent bank holiday on the 2nd May, by taking 3 days leave in the middle you could effectively be on holiday for 11 whole days, all for the price of 3! And what better way to spend it than on the Isle of Wight!

So if we deal with Easter specific events first there are two major events going on over the weekend, beginning Friday with the Isle of Wight Steam Railway’s Easter Fun and Teddy Bears Outing weekend and kicking off Saturday is Robin Hill’s annual Isle of Wight Spring Garden Show, which over the past few years has grown significantly in stature and has become the first major outdoor event of the year.

Easter Sunday features Spring Lambs at Appuldurcombe House from 10am-4pm, Easter Egg-citement 11am-4pm, at the National Trust’s Mottistone Manor Garden, the Easter Bonnet and Egg Throwing Competition at Seaview Yacht Club and the Easter Sunday Children’s Party at Rookley Country Park from 12-3pm. On the Bank Holiday Monday the National Trust is holding another Easter Egg-citement event, but this time at the Needles Old Battery from 10:30am-4pm.

Running for the whole of April is Brading Roman Villa’s Alice at Brading Roman Villa with works by Lewis Carol on display, a host of colourful costumed characters reciting extracts from Alice in Wonderland during the weekends and a full Mad Hatters Tea being served during the afternoons. Check out the Roman Villa’s website for more details.

New for 2011 is Isle of Arts Festival from 15-17th April which looks like a really exciting event for the future. This years highlights include Rich Hall on the Friday, Edward Fox and Lesley Garrett on the Saturday and closing on Sunday with an Audience with Barry Norman. Alongside the big name acts will be a whole host of workshops, events and local talent on show. See the Isle of Arts website for more info.

For the adults the Isle of Wight Steam Railway will be running a Real Ale Festival over the Royal Wedding weekend, so for those wanting to drown out the pomp going on around them this is probably the place to be! Oh and Barry Cryer will be on at Shanklin Theatre on the 30th.

As usual the month is also packed with a whole host of exhibitions, guided-walks and all manner of local events, it is best to check out events.onthewight.com for the full range of things going on during April.