What’s Coming Up

Medina Theatre

Cirque du Starlight

Be sure to book early to avoid disappointment, last years show was a sell out.... this show will feature all Mary’s Dance, acrobatic and Glee club students.

Show Dates: Sunday 10th March - 12:30pm and 4:30pm

Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra

An Outdoor Overture – Copland
Ritual Fire Dance – de Falla
Symphony for Trombone and Orchestra – Bloch
Symphony No. 1 in A flat – Elgar
Soloist: Peter Moore

Show Dates: Saturday 16th March - 7.15pm

An evening with John Illsley

The evening will feature classics from the Dire Straits history and include a Q & A with a/v led by Paul Cummins [ex-Dire Straits management}.

Paul will be asking questions, during which John will reveal the story and development of the band from its humble beginnings in a council flat in South London, where songs like Sultans of Swing and Wild West End were created, on their journey to playing all over the world to millions of fans, making albums in London, New York, Montserrat and Nassau; performing and and working with some of the world’s most influential and creative musicians and producers.

Show Dates: Monday 18th March - 7.30pm

Seven Drunken Nights

Following its sold out smash hit debut tour, Seven Drunken Nights – The Story of The Dubliners returns to theatres in 2019 with an even bigger production.

Direct from the West End, the show brings to life the music of Ireland's favorite sons 'The Dubliners’. Telling the story of a career spanning 50 years and evoking the spirit of Ronnie Drew, Luke Kelly, Barney McKenna, Jim McCann, Ciaran Bourke and John Sheahan. This talented cast of musicians and singers bring the music of this iconic group to life.

Show Dates: Wednesday 20th March - 7.30pm

Music Hall Tavern

The UK’s premier comedy drag show is back for its 6th year with a brand new hilarious fabulous glamorous show for 2019 !

Whatever your age, come along and join Mrs T and the “girls” from MHT this Spring for a truly magnificent night of dazzling costumes, side splitting laughter and a cast of unique characters singing and dancing all night long.

Starring the sensational Paul Carroll as Mrs T, Lee Sanderson as Peggy Lee and featuring the Showcase International Dancers.

Show Dates: Thursday 21st March - 7.30pm


Madness tribute and formed in 1994. BADNESS have been a market leader on the SKA scene with their energetic ‘SUGGS’ frontman who never fails to whip the audience into shape and the whole band are musically tight. You know you’re in for a good night entertainment

Show Dates: Friday 29th March - 7.30pm


Shanklin Theatre

Gaelforce Dance

Produced by Michael Durkan and choreographed by Richard Griffin, Gaelforce Dance is a highly acclaimed show that expertly weaves intricate choreography, thundering rhythms, enchanting melodies and a compelling storyline into a stirring tale of Love, Passion and Tragedy. It is due to these incredibly innovative elements that in 2010 Gaelforce Dance was the winner of IQ Magazines ‘Limelight Award’ for Best Dance Spectacular beating all other Irish dance shows in its category.

Show Dates: Friday 8th March - 7:30pm

H! What A Feeling - Music of Lionel Richie & The Commodores

'OH! WHAT A FEELING!' – Winner of 'BEST NEWCOMER' in 2018 at the 'NATIONAL TRIBUTE MUSIC AWARDS' and voted 'OFFICIAL UK NO.1' by 'The Agents Association of Great Britain' is back in 2019 with a stellar line-up of world class musicians including Talon's own Jonny Miller and the awesome talent of Malcolm Pitt in this high octane show celebrating the music of Lionel Richie and the Commodores. 'Dancing On The Ceiling’, ‘Easy’, ‘Say You Say Me’, ‘Stuck On You’,

Show Dates: Saturday 9th March - 7:30pm

The Magnificent Music Hall

Let us take you back in time to the glorious and glamourous heyday of Music Hall, a truly golden era. Helming this splendid afternoon of rich entertainment of song dance, magic & laughter will be your eloquent & elegantly waistcoated Chairman complete with gavel and sharp wit together with an ‘august’ line up of artistes who have all appeared on BBC TV’s ‘THE GOOD OLD DAYS’now being re-run on BBC 4. This two hour performance will delight and entertain with all the songs you love to sing and the jokes you love to hear.

Show Dates: Sunday 10th March - 4:00pm

Collabro - Plus support 'Georgia & the Vintage Youth'

Collabro, the world’s most successful musical theatre group, met in 2014 for their first rehearsal at a London pub, just a month later went on to rouse the whole of Hammersmith Apollo into a standing ovation during their first ever public performance of ‘Stars’ for the Britain’s Got Talent judges.

Show Dates: Monday 25th March - 7:30pm

Mark Steel - Every Little Thing's Gonna Be Alright

A few years ago, it seemed unlikely that the UK would vote to leave the EU; we had a reasonable opposition to the Tory Government; Donald Trump was a buffoon who surely wasn’t going to beat Hillary Clinton and Mark was living the married suburban ideal, since then it’s all gone to absolute shit! But don’t worry as Mark thinks Every Little Thing’s Gonna Be Alright.

Show Dates: Thursday 28th March - 8:00pm

Elkie Brooks

Long before the end of a live show and the frequent standing ovations that accompany it, there comes a point where Elkie does something so amazing that it leaves her audience almost spellbound. It could be a particularly emotional rendition of one of her ballads, a powerhouse blues vocal or one of her trademark impossibly long notes that leaves the audience mesmerised.

Elkie will be performing her biggest hits including “Pearl’s A Singer”, “Lilac Wine”, “Fool (If You think It’s Over)”, Don’t Cry Out Loud” & “No More The Fool” as well as many more featured on her recent hit album “Elkie Brooks – Pearls – The Very Best Of”

Show Dates: Saturday 30th March - 8:00pm

What else is on...

Dimbola Close Up - Wet Plate Course

Following in the footsteps of Julia Margaret Cameron. Two-day wet plate collodion workshop with Honza Sakař. A rare opportunity to create stunning images in the very birthplace of the close-up.

Date: 9 March 2019 to 10 March

Mother's Day Special at Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Give mum a relaxing treat this Mothers Day and treat her to a relaxing trip through the spring countryside. Treat her to lunch with our afternoon carvery, being served between 12noon - 4pm.

Date: 31 Mar 2019

Own a Pony Day at Hill Farm

Have your very own pony for a day. Groom, go on a ride, have a lesson, cuddle, feed and of course, muck out your very own pony. Just bring your lunch and a drink. Hill Farm Stables - www.hillfarmstables.com

Date: From Wednesday 17th March - 24th March

Wolverton Folk & Blues Fair

The ninth annual Wolverton Folk & Blues Fair will take place in the stunning grounds of Wolverton Manor, Shorwell, Isle of Wight on Saturday 11th May 2019. 11.30am to 8.00pm.

After a sell-out successful launch in 2011, the family friendly festival has been gaining momentum with fantastic bands/artists each year along with locally produced food, children's activities, tea tent and not forgetting the Real Ale tent!

Date: Saturday 11th May 11.30am to 8.00pm.

400th Parkrun

Parkrun takes place each week so 400 represents almost 8 years of parkrun on the Isle of Wight!

The current record for the number of runners taking part is 400. We want to beat that on our 400th run. We are trying to encourage all parkrunners (active and lapsed) to come back and run on 16 March.

parkrun is completely free, and relies on volunteers to put on a 5k timed run each Saturday. It is a run, not a race. Everyone can take part, either runners or walkers. It is an inclusive, welcoming event and it is a fantastic way to get fit, and stay fit.

Date: 16th March

Trinity Theatre Cowes Presents Bad Blood a play by Richard Stockwell.

Years ago, Tom had an affair with Catherine who became pregnant and had an abortion - or so he thinks. Now he is married to Vie and their relationship is on the rocks because she cannot conceive and Tom is desperate to be a father.

Enter Smokey, a nineteen-year-old runaway whose girlfriend is none other than Catherine's and Tom's daughter Belinda. Tom's wish to be a father is fulfilled, but remember the saying: be careful what you wish for - you might just get it. Tom's past catches up with him in a terrifying sequence of events involving deception, plots and murder. Then a final, tragic twist saturates his life with the bitterest irony.

Date: 21st March 2019 - 31st March 2019