The’ Men’s Shed’ movement sprung up as a way to engage men in purposeful activity, particularly after retirement, as well as providing a more informal setting to think about health and well-being. Members use the shed as a place to enjoy the company of others while giving something positive back to the community.

So far there are Sheds in:

Newport Shed

The Newport Garden has now been built and is currently in the ‘fitting out’ phase. This is an exciting space in the middle of Newport, where you will be able to undertake various ‘shed-like’ activities, as well as growing, learning to cook and eat cake!  

All new members are most welcome to attend.  We meet every Wednesday from 1pm to 4pm at Age UK IW’s offices at 147 High Street, Newport, PO30 1TY (next to County Hall). 

Shanklin Shed

The Blokes, Biscuit and Banter group is now meeting at The Chalet in Rhylstone Gardens (at the end of Popham Road) every Monday 1-4pm. Please get in touch (Call Lois on 525282)  if you wish to visit this Shed as we need to let the on-site team know to expect you. 

Totland Men’s Shed

The West Wight has a shed to call its own! Thanks to Totland Parish Council, we now have a small but superbly located shed on Turf Walk (by Madeira Road), at the top of the road to the Esplanade. We are open every Thursday,  2pm - 4pm. The shed is small but we have great plans for it. Just pop along to see what we are about. The kettle is always on. 

Newport Acoustic Music Shed

If you would rather learn a riff than how to put together a bird box, then this could be the Shed for you. A group of musicians of all abilities meets every Wednesday 6-8pm evening at The First Floor, Chain Lane, Newport PO30 5QA. Bring an instrument, bring some tabs.

For more information follow us on Facebook or take a look at our website (see below). Cost for this Shed is £2 per week (includes a free hot drink) 

Would you like to join a Shed?

Please contact Lois on: (01983) 525282 or email:

More information on the Men in Sheds movement on the Island can be found on the website: or on Twitter: @IOWShedMen.

Age Friendly Island LogoThe Men in Sheds Project is part of the Age Friendly Island partnership funded by the National Lottery through the BIG Lottery fund.  The aspiration of the 5-year project is to make the Isle of Wight a truly great place to grow old, while also tackling social isolation.

The partnership includes organisations committed to building an Island that values, respects, and actively supports older people, with the voice of older residents at the heart. Encouraging older adults to take a more active role in their communities, and enabling their voices to be heard by services and organisations across the Island.

For more information on the Age Friendly Island programme please contact us on (01983) 525282, email: or visit: