Green Garlands

Early December each year Ryde Arts Festival organise a Christmas garland and wreath making workshop. Masses of holly, ivy, laurel, bay and other natural materials are collected and wire rings are provided as the basis for the wreaths – then it just takes some imagination. Expert tuition is available throughout the day.

Festive music, singing and children’s Christmas decortation making are features of the day usually held at St Thomas’ Heritage Centre, Ryde.


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In previous years the day has been part of Ryde’s Christmas Festive Funday and Lantern Parade with other events going on throughout the town.

Saturday 5 December 2009 Ryde Arts Christmas Festival at St Thomas’ Heritage Centre, Ryde.

A day of festive music, singing and Christmas decoration workshops featuring:

Medina High Community Choir

Andrew Pellow and Friends – Shelagh Gaylard ‘The Innkeeper’s wife’ (monologue); Jack Woodhams (trumpet) ‘Il Silenzio’ (The Silence) by Nini Rosso Celeste and Guglielmo Brezzo; Rhiannon Woodhams (saxophone) ‘Walking in the Air’, ‘Portsmouth’ (English melody) and ‘In Dulcis Jubile’ (16th century German); ‘The Night Before Christmas’ (St Nicholas) by Clement Clarke Moore (1779-1863) performed by Shelagh and Andrew; ‘Christmas’ by Sir John Betjeman (1906-1984) performed by Andrew who also accompanies Jack and provides seasonal incidental music on the organ. 

Rainbow Wight Singers

Seasonal Strings Orchestra