V-Bay Festival 2010
21st - 24th October


Picture of Ventnor seafrontVentnor seafront
Ventnor is at the south of the Isle of Wight protected by St. Boniface Down - the highest point on the island. This creates a microclimate which encourages lush vegetation and varied wildlife and some of the UK's sunniest summers and mildest winters.

The western esplanade has a part sand, part fine shingle blue flag beach, good for sunbathing and swimming with nearby pubs, cafes, amusements and paddling pool. The eastern promenade leads to Bonchurch, the Island's best preserved Victorian village much favoured by prominent Victorian literati. Charles Dickens wrote part of David Copperfield whilst staying at Bonchurch which he described as "The prettiest place I ever saw in my life, at home or abroad".

In Victorian times Ventnor became a fashionable holiday and health resort. Sir James Clark, Queen Victoria's doctor, endorsed the health-giving properties of Ventnor's climate."Nothing along the south coast will bear comparison with it" he enthused. It was recently listed as the 7th best coastal town in Britain in Coast magazine, and was described by BBC Radio Solent as the new Notting Hill.

What the papers say about Ventnor

The Daily Mail says:

"Ventnor, on the south coast, is my favourite little resort on the island. Karl Marx, who stayed in a house here, and Turgenev, who started writing Fathers And Sons in Ventnor .... I like the old-fashioned deckchair rules at Blakes (established 1830): 'Help yourself  -  we will call round later.' But the facilities are bang up-to-date. The eco-loos in Cascade Gardens have a grass roof and hydro-electric power from the waterfall tumbling off the cliff."

Gareth Huw Davies, Daily Mail, 1st August 2010

The Guardian says:

"The place is a delight: the beaches are clean and sandy,the shops independent and thriving, the countryside steep and downy - ripe for blustery walks - the cafés, pubs and restaurants good, and there's a self-contained community spirit. The place feels apart from the Isle of Wight, let alone the UK. I tell you, if I had any inheritance, this is where I'd buy my little hideaway."

Tom Dyckhoff. The Guardian, Saturday 5 January 2008

The Daily Telegraph says:

"Ventnor finds its va-va-voom ...With the same micro-climate that attracted Victorian writers, aristocrats and convalescents to the Isle of Wight, the rich history, architecture, scenery, food and live music scenes, means there’s plenty to fill a weekend..."

Jeremy Seal. Daily Telegraph, Monday 3 November 2008

The Independent says:

"A special hat-trick on a special island the countryside is lush, green and as unspoiled as Dorset must have been 30 years ago. The short-cropped downland in particular is exquisite: I stood on Bonchurch Down above Ventnor and watched Adonis blue butterflies flutter about my feet."

Michael McCarthy. the Independent, Tuesday 9 June 2009

The World Travel Guide says:

"Ventnor, Isle of Wight

...its hippest resort is Victorian Ventnor, with its dramatic cascade of terraces down a cliff, sheltered beach, and boho cutting-edge shops and restaurants."

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