The Christmas Garden 2019

3 December 2019
Claire Hector

The Christmas Garden is back to light up the Sandown Battery with festive spirit and fun for all the family! This completely free community event on Sunday 15th December from 4pm – 7pm will celebrate one of Sandown Bay’s most interesting monuments and cliff-top gardens, bringing the area to brilliant life.

Thanks to Mhairi at Ventnor Exchange for this update…

This year, The Garden will again host fantastic illuminations, seasonal craft and decoration workshops, tree dressing as well as music performances from Vectis Brass and Ventnor Exchange Community Choir. There will be seasonal storytelling, the return of the Shadow Wall, and don’t forget to toast a marshmallow on the fire or dance in the snow. There are even free homemade drinks and treats.

The event is a collaboration between The Common Space and Ventnor Exchange that seeks to breathe life into this fascinating, once forgotten public space, whilst giving people a chance to gather together for festivities on a dark winter’s night. The Christmas Garden is funded by The Common Space and local Bay-based businesses, Arc and Artecology. This year, thanks also goes to Down to the Coast for their support.

Sandown Barrack Battery is soon to be home to the National Poo Museum too – you’ll be able to find out more about the Island’s number 2 attraction on the night and see what they have been up to this year. You can even have a go on the weird and wonderful talking toilet.

Mhairi Macaulay, from Ventnor Exchange said “We are very pleased to bring back this event after the weather stopped play last year. It feels great to have everyone in the local community gathering together just for the fun of it and it helps us remember that public spaces such as these need people to interact within them and bring them to life again.”

All are welcome and entry is free – wrap up warm!

If you can, why not walk, cycle or take the bus to us, thanks…

For updates, follow The Christmas Garden event page!

The Christmas Garden Picture Gallery