New Carnival shines the light on IW Coastal Heritage


Crossing the Bar (XTB) A unique three day mini walking Festival returns on the 14 October 2022 running through to the 16th October. The festival shines the light on celebrated Island Coastal Footpaths - with animated trails, community arts participation and coastal heritage venues including The Boat Shed.


The Festival in its second year, is supported by the IW AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), IW Ramblers, Visit Isle of Wight, Isle of Wight Council and Arts Council England. It celebrates the Island’s unique status as a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, with unspoilt heritage coast, landmark attractions, diverse landscapes and wildlife, and top-class visitor attractions.


There will be guided walks on offer each day of XTB, 14 in total. Each walk starts and culminates at a Coastal Heritage venue, where community arts presentations and performances are scheduled to mark the walkers return. Venues, schools, walk leaders and artists have all worked closely together to share their skills and knowledge for the project.


We are delighted to be taking part alongside the islands key historic venues including The Museum of Island History, Quay Arts centre, Dinosaur Isle, Ventnor Botanic Gardens, Dimbola Museum and Galleries and Fort Victoria.


Check out the Boat Museum Walk A delightful circular trail highlighting coastal and maritime heritage, art, and culture.


IW Council’s Heritage Education Service are supporting learning engagement. Schools and community groups taking part are: Yarmouth Primary, Newport C of E Primary, St Saviour’s Primary, Lanesend Primary, The Bay School, Island Free School, Isle of Wight College Performing Arts Students, Samphire Dance Group, Morris dancers and FaT Samba.


Entrance to the Boat Shed will free on October 15th. All walks should be pre-booked through the Walking Festival website and can be booked by clicking the button below: