Now in its 20th year, the famous, annual Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival, held early in December, sees thousands of visitors flock to view over 160 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 where 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 enabled more trees to be exhibited and ensure that exhibitors are given the space to present their theme without being too crowded! 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.
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.