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.

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


Badness

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

Adults £22.50 | Concessions £20. Online transactions will be subject to a £1 per ticket administration/booking fee. Tickets: bit.ly/2Hsqsjk

Show Dates: Friday 29th March - 7.30pm

Collabro - Plus support

Collabro 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.

In the three years since the competition, Collabro have released a Number 1 debut album “Stars”, followed by “Act Two” which peaked at Number 2 in the charts in the summer of 2015.

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. 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”.

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


The Wall of Floyd

Established tribute to Pink Floyd from the South Coast. Made up of 7 core members, with collectively over 75 years of studio and live performance between them, the band aim to sonically reproduce Pink Floyd’s music as accurately as possible with a stage show to match.

The band combine live musical performance with the latest digital technology to perform fan favourites from across Pink Floyd’s back catalogue, including hits from The Wall and Wish You Were Here, right up to their final album, The Endless River, capturing the essence of Pink Floyd’s iconic live and studio sound.

Show Dates: Saturday 6th April - 7:30pm


Coldplace Tribute to Coldplay

Tribute to Coldplay returns in 2019 for another outstanding show celebrating the music of arguably the world’s biggest band. Large video screen projection, lasers and confetti recreate the spectacle of Coldplay’s record breaking “A Head Full of Dreams” tour; with frontman Shane Crofts’ uncanny resemblance to Chris Martin taking centre stage.

Featuring hits from Coldplay’s entire back catalogue including: Yellow, Paradise, Viva La Vida, A Sky Full of Stars and many more this is an evening not to be missed.

Show Dates: Friday 12th April - 7:30pm

Easter Fair at Solent Grange

Easter fair at Solent Grange Nursing Home in Wootton. Find us next to Butterfly World. It's taking place on 23 March from 2-4pm. There's crafts, raffle, refreshments, tombola & a visit from the Donkey Sanctuary.

Date: 23 March 2019


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

Hill farm stables has been established for more than 55 years and is now run by only two generations of the family.

Date: From Wednesday 17th March - 24th March


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


Bad Blood at Trinity Theatre Cowes

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


Tea Room & Tours @ Northwood House

Enjoy Cream Teas and Tours as Northwood House opens its doors! If you are fascinated by Island history, then a visit to Northwood House on Sunday, 24th March might be the perfect way to spend time that weekend.

Northwood House Charitable Trust are holding an open day between 10.30am and 4pm which includes the chance to take a tour and find out more about the history of the iconic grade II* manor built in 1838 by George Ward, the original founder of Red Funnel. You can also find out about the House’s role as a convent, as well as a venue for Royal parties in Victorian times. Learn about the part it played in two World Wars and why it might be the Island’s most haunted building!

Date: Sunday, 24th March 2019


'Bird Song' @ Ryde Methodist Church

Project:Opera's Soprano Annalisa Vaughan and Pianist Steve Parker present an afternoon programme of uplifting arias from opera and musicals, exploring the lighter aspects of the human voice through coloratura arias such as Offenbach's Doll's song and Strauss' Laughing song, as well as heart-warming renditions of Song to the moon and Vissi d'arte.

An inspiring afternoon concert with delicious home-made cakes and tea served during the interval. Tickets: £12, concessions £8, children FREE. Bookings: www.ticketsource.co.uk/project-opera or cash at the door.  Enquiries on www.facebook.com/projectopera or 07757 965339.

Date: Sunday 31st March, at 4pm


'Mozart's Requiem'

Project:Opera's soloists and Musical Director Steve Parker lead members of local choirs in a workshop and two performances of Mozart's final and most powerful work. Tickets: £15, concessions £10, children under 12 Free - http://bit.ly/2ETU2LB. Enquiries 07757 965339.

Date: Saturday 13th April, 7pm, Newport MinsterSunday 14th April, 7pm, Holy Trinity Church, Bembridge


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.