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Isle of Wight Biosphere Festival debuts with over 50 events this weekend

Sally Perry
27, June 2024

This weekend, the Isle of Wight will host the inaugural Isle of Wight Biosphere Festival, with over 50 events scheduled across the Island.

The festival, a collaborative effort by the Isle of Wight Biosphere and Creative Island, receives support from The Common Space and Isle of Wight National Landscape.

A variety of activities for all ages
Many events are free, catering to both adults and children. At the Quay Arts Centre, a range of talks and workshops will be available.

The Biosphere Festival is also partnering with the Festival of Conservation and Science (FOCAS) at the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary on both days, promising an enriching experience for attendees.

Exploring Newport and Ryde
On Saturday, the Newport area offers a full day of activities. The Biosphere hub at Quay Arts Centre will feature workshops, talks, and performances. Other highlights include a moth identification session at Carisbrooke Priory and a sustainable fashion exhibition at Platform One.

In Ryde, visitors can participate in an underwater safari with Esprit Freedivers at Seaview seagrass beds or join a family drop-in workshop with New Carnival. The day also includes sessions on microplastics and marine habitats, underscoring the festival’s environmental focus.

Engagement across the Island
The festival extends to the South East Wight, where the FOCAS Festival at Wildheart Animal Sanctuary offers a deep dive into conservation and science. Brading Roman Villa will host a Biosphere Nature Trail, while Sandown Library presents a bee craft workshop for children.

In the South Wight, activities range from a beach clean at Watershoot Bay to an arty walk along Ventnor Coast Path. Nature enthusiasts can enjoy a documentary on the Knepp rewilding transformation at Ventnor Arts Club.

Celebrating local culture in West and North Wight
West Wight features family-friendly events like a pop-up butterfly card workshop at Freshwater Library and a wellbeing walk at Newtown National Nature Reserve. The Earth Museum will offer tours, while Cowes Library hosts a habitats Lego challenge.

On Sunday, the festival continues with diverse activities. The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust will hold a rewilding open day at Wilder Little Duxmore. In Newport, the Quay Arts Centre will again be a hub of activity, while Appley beach hosts a storytelling and creativity session.

Join the celebration
To explore the full programme and find detailed information about the events, visit OnTheWight’s listings.

Sign up to the IW Biosphere mailing list for the latest news, learn about volunteering opportunities, or contact the festival organisers with your event ideas via the festival’s website.

The Isle of Wight Biosphere Festival promises a weekend of informative, thought-provoking, and inspiring activities, celebrating the Island’s unique environment and community spirit.

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