A victorian seaside town with style and charm

A victorian seaside town with style and charm

With a stuuning stretch of sandy beach along the front lined with shops, bars and cafes it makes for a great day out come summer.

The town centre itself offers a wide range of “knick-knack” and speciality shops, which sell books, antiques and many other items of interest. There are also tearooms and pubs. From The High Street you can catch a bus to the majority of the Island's principal towns.

Ventnor is home of the botanic gardens a must visit when in the town.

There are plenty of exciting places to eat in the area with a selection of cafes & tearooms, restaurants and pubs perfect for every taste and budget. Locally caught seafood including Ventnor bay crab are a speciality of the area with fresh fish brought in daily from local fisherman. The Island is home to three brewery's and many of the beers can be tried in the local pubs, you will also find the Island smallest pub The Volunteer.

Head further south towards Niton and St. Catherine's, take the road through Undercliff.


Start Date
30th November 2018, 4:00 pm

End Date
2nd December 2018, 5:00 pm


Ventnorville 2018
Ventnorville, Ventnor’s own annual Christmas town event, is celebrating its 5th birthday this year and is adding an extra day as well as some great NEW EVENTS to the programme of festivities!

This year, Ventnorville will take place over the weekend of 30th November – 2nd December, with attractions and entertainment for young, old and everyone in-between. Some of the parts that make up this weekend are the by now familiar Winter Carnival Lantern Parade, Carol Singing in the Park, The Arts and Crafts Market and the Country market, Dog fancy Dress, the Santa Dash on the beach plus, of course, Santa’s Grotto and visits by The Grinch.

Last year’s addition of a festive market with traditional wooden chalets, music, mulled wine, roast chestnuts and kids’ rides was a great success and will be expanded for this year. Local volunteers are already busy building extra chalets, which are decorated with festive garlands
and lighting for a truly winter wonderland atmosphere.

For 2018, there will be two completely new events to add to the programme too: a fantastic 12m x 12m Ice Rink and a very tasty cake competition! The auditorium in the Winter Gardens will be the venue for the large synthetic ice rink which will be open for business on the Friday afternoon and all day on Saturday and Sunday (all details of opening times, prices and how to book will be available soon from the dedicated Ventnorville page on the Love Ventnor website). There will be skates in all sizes for kids and adults, and some skating aids for those who are a little unsure on the ice.

The other new event, the Ventnor Bay-ke Off, will offer all keen Island bakers an opportunity to bring their best Christmas bakes and visitors will be able to come in and have a cup of tea and see some of the wonderful creations and vote for their favourite. Judges will award prizes for the most exciting showstoppers, Christmas Bake and Junior category. There will be a Christmas Draw to win some of the competition entries.

All in all, the town will be buzzing with music, events in many different locations and visitors. The weekend offers a fantastic way to spend time with family or visiting relatives, to stock up on Christmas gifts or just to have a browse in the many little shops, bars and eateries that Ventnor has to offer.

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