Special Events

‘Ventnor, Cradle of the Russian Revolution’

We’re delighted to announce that on 10 October 2021 we are repeating this intriguingly titled local history walk which was first presented during Ventnor Fringe in July this year, and fully sold out then. The walk follows in the footsteps of the Russian political radicals, writers and poets who visited Ventnor in the 1850s and… read more »

Ventnor Fringe Event 2021

‘Ventnor: Cradle of the Russian Revolution’ – a walk in the footsteps of Russia’s political radicals, writers, and poets For this year’s Ventnor Fringe, we have collaborated with Medina Publishing on a local history walk looking back at Ventnor in the 1860s, when some of Russia’s best known political radicals, writers and poets made the… read more »

Museum re-opens!

At last we are delighted to be able to welcome visitors back into the Ventnor Heritage Centre Museum. From Wednesday 14 July the Museum will be open three days a week, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm each day. Please read the important information below about your visit. We hope to… read more »

Local History to help you through the long days!

We are making some of the stories and pictures from our archives available here on the website while the Museum and Heritage Centre are closed. Articles published in the South Wight Chronicle during 2015 are available already, along with the photographs, and we will add more next month.  Stories of growing up in Ventnor and… read more »

An Evening With Charles Dickens: Saturday 27 July

An Evening With Charles Dickens: Saturday 27 July 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (tickets £6.00). Our Ventnor Fringe event this year will be staged in the Ventnor Heritage Centre on Saturday evening 27 July, from 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm, where Origins Theatre will present its entertaining re-creation of ‘Charles Dickens: Storyteller’, capturing the atmosphere and energy… read more »

Exhibition: ‘It used to be like this . . . ‘

“I was born at Beach Cottage, Castlehaven, Niton Undercliff in the year nineteen hundred and six. Beach Cottage was built for my father by my grandfather of the local hard stone which we call ‘Rag Stone’. . . It was a most excellent cottage.” These are the words George Roland Haynes used to begin his… read more »


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