The 20th Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival
The villages of Brighstone and Mottistone look forward to welcoming the thousands of visitors to this, now famous, annual event. Last year saw over 200 theme-decorated Christmas trees exhibited in various, very different locations in Brighstone and Mottistone and we hope to exceed that. There will be a lot to enjoy. The venues are Brighstone Church; the Methodist Church; the Wilberforce Hall; the Reading Rooms/Social Club; The ‘Three Bishops’ Public House, all within easy walking distance of each other in Brighstone, with Mottistone Church just being a free bus ride away. We would recommend making our first venue, the Isle of Wight Pearl, your first “port of call” because it is from here (or from neighbouring Brighstone Holiday Centre on the Military Road) that you can enjoy free parking and the regular shuttle service into Brighstone. (see below)
Free Park & Ride
WHY STRUGGLE WITH PARKING?
ALL DAY FREE PARKING AT
THE ISLE OF WIGHT PEARL AND BRIGHSTONE HOLIDAY CENTRE
WITH A FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE TO AND FROM BRIGHSTONE
A FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE FROM BRIGHSTONE VILLAGE CENTRE
TO AND FROM MOTTISTONE.
EVERYTHING TO HELP YOU RELAX AND ENJOY THE FESTIVAL.
Click here for the 2016 Christmas Tree Festival Programme.
The 2016 festival will begin on Wednesday 7th December at 7pm, with the special “Lights of Love” Carol Service in aid of the Earl Mountbatten Hospice including tree lighting by Nigel Hartley CEO of the Hospice and attended by Cllrs Charles Chapman and Lora Peacey-Wilcox,(Chair and Vice Chair Isle of Wight Council). Refreshments afterwards. All welcome.
From Thursday 8th Dec to Sunday, Dec 11th viewing will be from 10am to 5pm at all the venues.
No admission charge. All donations to charity
On Thursday 8th Dec at 3.30pm in the Methodist Church, come and enjoy the very special carol concert with children from Brighstone Primary School, Tree lighting by Lizzie Wade, Manager of The Isle of Wight Pearl. All welcome.
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The four days of this major Isle of Wight Festival will be packed with lots going on – Gift and Craft Fairs (ideas for Christmas presents); Lace-making demonstrations; A “mini market” outside the village shop; Musical entertainment including: The Credorer Ensemble; The Rhymes and Chimes of Christmas; Carols with Brighstone Village Society; Handbell ringing; Carol singing; and numerous concerts (even into the following week). 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. Admission is free to all the concerts but all donations to charity. By very popular demand we are pleased to welcome back Brighstone Barnacles and the Slipshod Singers in concert on Friday, 9th December at 7pm in Brighstone Church in the presence of Alan Marriott (Editor of the Isle of Wight County Press) and on Saturday 10th December at 4.30pm The Isle of Wight High Sheriff, Robin Courage MBE, will be attending the Carols and Crib Blessing service at Mottistone Church. Niton Handbell ringers will be performing too. All welcome.
On Sunday December 11th at 7pm 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. All proceeds to “SWAY.” South Wight Area Youth Project.
As those who have been before will testify the Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival is a great day out for all the family. Refreshments available daily at many of the venues: Homemade soups, cakes, biscuits, tea, coffee and soft drinks available. On Saturday Dec 10th Soup and crusty bread lunches will be served from 12 till 2.30pm in the Scout Centre.
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 6th December, in time to go on display in the library during the Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival. The entrance fee is £2.00.
And after the Festival week….
The following week (and until Boxing Day) the displays will remain in Brighstone Church, and the Isle of Wight Pearl. These venues will be open and admission is free. All donations to charity.
(The Methodist Church will be opened by arrangement. Please ring Brian or Bev Attwood on 741519).
During this week further concerts (definitely not to be missed) will take place in Brighstone Church.
The first, on Thursday December 15th at 7.30pm, will be a superb Christmas Choir Carol Concert which has been so popular year after year and will really put you in the spirit of Christmas. Also don’t miss our magnificent finale concert on the Saturday 17th December at 7.30pm when the Sandown and Shanklin Military Band will perform in aid of ABF, the soldiers’ charity, in the presence of the Lord Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, Maj Gen Martin White CB CBE JP and the Vice Lord Lieutenant, Lt Col Sir Guy Acland Bt LVO DL.
So do come along and enjoy these spectacular concerts – against the backdrop of the illuminated trees they will be sensational. All concerts free admission – 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.
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.
A FURTHER SHUTTLE SERVICE WILL BE OPERATING
BETWEEN BRIGHSTONE AND MOTTISTONE
We hope you enjoy the Festival.
Last Year’s Festival raised an astonishing £11,002.47 for charity. Total raised since 1996 nearly £100.000 .