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 town their summer home. Led by author Stephan Roman, the walk takes us past the main places associated with these visitors and explores something of the history of nineteenth century Ventnor 1860s.

Starting at the Winter Gardens, the walk ends at the Ventnor Heritage Centre, where we have an exhibition on the Russian dissidents who stayed in Ventnor and one on the story of the 19th century development of the town. We hope to offer free entry to those taking part, but due to prevailing circumstances, we cannot guarantee in advance that we will be open on any given day – up-to-date information will be given at the start of each walk.

The walk is available on three days: 28, 29 and 30 July, at 10.30 – 12.30 each day. It involves some uphill walking (as you would expect in Ventnor!)
For further information or to book tickets:

Stephan Roman will give a talk on his book, ‘Isle and Empires: Romanov Russia, Britain and the Isle of Wight’ on 28 July. For further information on his talk see: