As we wave goodbye to 2019 and say hello to a bright new decade, we’re looking forward to all of the interesting attractions that the Island has to offer. We’ve had a look at everything going on across the Isle of Wight this January, and have hand picked a few fantastic events which are certain to set your new year off in the right way whilst staying with us at Brook House self catering holiday cottages in rural Isle of Wight.

Start the new year waste free – Fermentation workshop at The Garlic Farm
Whilst this might seem like a little bit of an odd one – it’s a great way to make a start on any New Year’s resolutions regarding reducing waste, which is a hot topic at the moment. The Garlic Farm are offering a really interesting fermentation workshop, where visitors can learn all about the ancient art of fermentation, from the history of Kimchi to the health benefits of Kefir and Kombucha. In this 3-hour £45pp workshop, an expert teacher will teach you how to make your own Kimchi using locally grown, organic vegetables, Milk and Water Kefir and Kombucha. There will be tastings throughout the evening followed by a light vegetarian, fermentation inspired supper. At the end of the workshop, you will take away a Kilner jar of Kimchi, milk Kefir grains and a kombucha starter (SCOBY) so that you can continue fermenting at home. 

Start the new year by exploring the old – Guided Fossil Walks
Start the new year, by discovering the old? It’s certainly a nice idea and a really exciting day out for the whole family to boot. Join the team at the Dinosaur Isle museum, as their experts lead you on an interesting hunt across Hanover Point and Compton Bay – searching for dinosaur footprints and other interesting marine fossils. For this event, booking is essential so make sure you call the team on  (01983) 404344 between 10am and 4pm to book a place, and then head over to the National Trust car park west of Hanover Point with a plastic bucket or strong plastic bag – in which to keep your finds and safely get them home, of course.


Start the new year inspired – A double bill of theatre shows in Ventnor
What better way to start a new decade than with a dose of real inspiration? Theatre maker and Radio 4 regular John Osborne goes back on tour and visits the Isle of Wight with a double bill of two shows: Circled in the Radio Times and his 2011 sellout Edinburgh show John Peel’s Shed. John Peel’s Shed was a complete sell out at the 2011 Edinburgh fringe and went on to enjoy a sixty date UK tour, including appearances at Soho Theatre and the Glastonbury festival. It was adapted for Radio 4 and is now back on tour. Circled in the Radio Times is a show about a box of old copies of the Radio Times that used to belong to his granddad. He pieces together his life by the shows that have been circled, in what is a truly inspiring and interesting piece of theatre which is already receiving rave reviews.


Start the new year with beautiful music – Celebrate the 250th birthday of a musical maestro 

2020 sees the world celebrating Beethoven’s 250th birthday – and those visiting on the Isle of Wight can celebrate with a special show taking place at Quay Arts, who are delighted to be hosting The Halsey Duo (Sally Birkett and James Halsey), as they will be performing his complete Piano & Cello concertos in a series of commemorative recitals. Tickets are available on the door from just £7, in what is set to be a lovely celebration of musical genius.

Above are just a few ways that visitors to the Island can enjoy a January holiday on the Isle of Wight, but of course there is always the option to stay in and enjoy all that our beautiful self-catering holiday cottages have to offer. Find out more about them here:



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