We are delighted to report that the 2015 Christmas Tree Festival raised an astonishing £11,002.47 which will help a lot of charities – a record sum! A huge thank you to all who are involved with the festival, for all your hard work and also to all who donated.
Now in its 19th year, the famous, annual Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival, held early in December, sees thousands of visitors flock to view over 180 theme-decorated Christmas trees, exhibited in various different locations within Brighstone and its surrounding areas. For 2015, with more beautiful trees being entered each year, we are delighted to announce yet another, much-needed venue at The Isle of Wight Pearl on the Military Road at Brighstone, who have kindly agreed to the use of their large conservatory next to their restaurant/café . This will enable more trees to be exhibited and ensure that exhibitors are given the space to present their theme without being too crowded! Here you can enjoy a free cup of mulled wine whilst viewing the displays or perhaps consider an early Christmas purchase of jewellery (with a special 20% discount). Other locations include: St Mary’s church; the Methodist church; the Wilberforce hall; the Reading Rooms/Social Club; and The ‘Three Bishops’ Public House, all in Brighstone village; in St Peter and St Paul’s church in neighbouring Mottistone.
Some of the Christmas Trees
The 19th Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival
Click here for the 2015 Christmas Tree Festival Programme.
The 2015 festival will begin on Wednesday 9th December at 7pm, with the Earl Mountbatten Hospice tree lighting ceremony, and carol service in Brighstone church attended by Nigel Hartley CEO of the Hospice, accompanied by other hospice staff members, and also Cllrs Charles Chapman and Lora Peacey-Wilcox, Chair and Vice Chair of the Isle of Wight Council with Cllrs Ian Ward and Connie Cowley.
Daily Viewing from 10am to 5pm commences the next day (Thursday 10th Dec). At 3.30pm in the Methodist church, the very special carol concert with children from Brighstone Primary School, will take place with tree lighting by Lizzie Wade, manager of The Isle of Wight Pearl. All welcome.
The four days of this major festival will be packed with lots going on. There will be gift and craft fairs (ideas for Christmas presents); Handbell ringing; Lace-making demonstrations; A “mini market”; A winter BBQ; Carol singing; The Brighstone School play and the fantastic Nativity Pageant (see below, last performed two years ago and now to be re-enacted again in the superb setting of Mottistone Manor grounds); Musical entertainment including: The Credorer Ensemble; The Rhymes and Chimes of Christmas; Organ recital; and a chance to sing along with Brighstone Village Society. There really is something for everyone and, of course, don’t forget the superb array of beautifully theme-decorated Christmas Trees on display in seven different locations which have to be seen to be believed! There will be some spectacular concerts during the festival and into the following week, and each one will be very different, promising plenty of variety. By popular demand we are pleased to welcome again Brighstone Barnacles and the Slipshod Singers in concert on the Friday,11th December at 7.30pm in Brighstone church and on the Saturday 12th December at 4.30pm The Isle of Wight High Sheriff, Ron Holland, will be attending the Carols and Crib Blessing service at Mottistone church.
On Sunday December 13th at 3.45pm the Nativity Pageant will be performed in the grounds of Mottistone Manor. (Last presented in 2013 to a packed audience). Don’t miss this re-enactment of the Christmas story with local actors and musicians. Admission charge: Adults £3, Children Free. Free parking is available at the National Trust Car Park. At 7.00pm the spectacular ‘Stars of Wonder’ variety concert with music to suit all tastes will be held in Brighstone church. Due to the popularity of this concert early seating is recommended.
The Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival will be a great day out for all the family. Refreshments will be available daily at many of the venues: mulled wine and roast chestnuts, homemade soups, cakes and biscuits, tea, coffee and soft drinks, and soup and crusty bread lunches will be served on the Saturday from 12 till 2.30pm in the Scout Centre, also don’t miss the winter BBQ at “7” Bistro, opposite the church.
Children’s Mini Christmas Tree Competition.
From about the middle of November, mini trees, approximately 60cm (2′) can be bought in Brighstone library with a set of instructions on how to decorate the tree: simply take your tree home, choose a theme of your own, e.g. your favourite book, author or colour theme (no electric lights, or food items please ), decorate your tree and return it to the library by Tuesday 8th December, in time to go on display in the library during the Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival. The entrance fee is £2.00.
The following week (and until Boxing Day) the displays can still be viewed in Brighstone Church, the Methodist Church and at the Isle of Wight Pearl. During this week further concerts (definitely not to be missed) will take place in Brighstone Church. The first, at 7.30pm on Thursday December 17th, will be a superb Christmas Choir Carol Concert which was very popular last year. Our final concert will be held on Saturday 19th December, at 7.30pm when Sandown and Shanklin Military Band will perform in aid of ABF, the soldiers’ charity, in the presence of Lieutenant Colonel Sir Guy Acland Bt LVO DL. So do come along and enjoy these spectacular concerts – against the backdrop of the illuminated trees it will be sensational. All concerts are free entry – but retiring donations welcomed. All proceeds to charity.
If you would like to exhibit a tree in this year’s festival or for further information, please telephone the organiser Chris Goodman on 01983 741166, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2014 Christmas Tree Festival was again a great success, raising an astonishing £ 10101.49 bringing our total raised for local and national charities to date to nearly £90,000!
PLEASE NOTE… FREE PARK & RIDE and no charge for all day parking. This service will operate between Brighstone Holiday Centre and IoW Pearl on the Military Road to Brighstone Methodist Chapel. We recommended people use these car parking areas to avoid traffic congestion. There is no charge for parking for as long as you wish. The shuttle service is also free but should anyone wish to leave a donation in the containers on the shuttle buses in appreciation it would be most welcome and help us to cover any costs incurred.
WE ARE DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE FYT BUS WILL BE RUNNING A REGULAR SHUTTLE SERVICE BETWEEN BRIGHSTONE AND MOTTISTONE (donations welcomed).