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Newport welcomes Isle of Wight Children’s Festival

The Isle of Wight Children’s Festival returns this Easter half-term on Thursday 21st & Friday 22nd of April with a new expanded programme based around Newport town centre.

The festival, which began in 2018 had a hiatus due to covid-19 restrictions but will return with increased gusto, bringing joy to Island families and children – encouraging creativity and inspiring young minds.

Multiple venues across Newport will be used to create a ‘fringe’ atmosphere so families can pick and choose which events they’d like to go to. Venues include Apollo Theatre, St. Thomas Square, Independent Arts Creative Hub, IW Youth Trust, Waterstones and the Museum of Island History plus many other businesses in the town.

The Newport’s Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) is supporting the event as part of its aim to work with many Newport based partners to breathe new life into Newport town centre.

Apollo Theatre will host two ticketed puppetry shows: Lyngo Theatre’s Puss in Boots and Indigo Moon Theatre’s shadow puppetry Mermarella – a Cinderella story of the Sea both suitable for ages 4+.

There will also be a free outdoor show in St Thomas’ Square – The Lost Colour, performed entirely on top of the Puppet Van.

Many of the events are free and do not require booking in advance including the art and performance workshops featuring artists Adam Gaterell, Teresa Grimaldi, Studio Wren and Vanessa Warry Dance.

After a hugely successful event in February, The IOW Story Festival will also be bringing storytelling to Waterstones from local authors Neal Layton and Jules Marriner as well as professional storyteller Sue Bailey (But That’s Another Story).

Check out the whole list of what’s coming up at the Isle of Wight Children’s Festival Thursday 21st & Friday 22nd April 2022 at more will be added in the coming weeks so keep an eye out!

Book Tickets for theatre shows at: // call 0198 716 767 // In person at Ventnor Exchange, 11 Church Street, Ventnor PO38 1SW

If you are a Newport business and would like to be involved with the IOW Children’s Festival Ventnor Exchange would like to hear from you. Please email [email protected]