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The Island has become well-known for its fabulous festivals, but a festival of a different kind is set to rock the Island this summer.

Isle of Wight Shed Fest is a free event hosted by the Wight Aviation Museum at Sandown Airport, (home to one of the Sheds), on Tuesday 9th July, and will be opened by the Island’s High Sheriff, Geoff Underwood. It will bring together Shedders from across the Island and the south of England, with a host of live, local music, including musicians from the Acoustic Music Sheds, plus stalls, information stands and refreshments.

Festival goers will be able to find out more about the impact of Sheds in the community, how to become a Shedder, how to set up their own Sheds, and how Sheds have personally helped the Shedders, and their communities. It will also be a good opportunity to pick up some second hand tools at bargain prices!

Sheds are groups of men, working together to improve their own social networks, health and wellbeing, and often support their local communities through individual community projects. The Island currently has 14 Sheds which were facilitated by Age UK Isle of Wight (funded by the National Lottery Community Fund), plus 2 additional, independent Sheds.

The Island’s Sheds are some of the most diverse in the UK; each has its own identity and theme, including music, woodwork, engineering, gardening and history.

Isle of Wight Shed Fest will be held on Tuesday 9th July from 12.00pm to 6.00pm, admission is free. To find out more, contact Lois Prior (Men In Sheds Co-ordinator) on 01983 525282 or email shedfest@ageukiw.org.uk

You can also find out more about all of our Men's Sheds and discover your local shed here: Men in Sheds