Museum & Tearoom Open
7 Days a week - 10am - 5pm


12 hours of live music to raise funds for the Julia Margaret Cameron Trust and other local charities

Seating at each venue is limited and available strictly on the basis of first come, first seated.


not in the published programme
Freshwater Independent Lifeboat (morning)
The Gate bar/bistro (afternoon)


Julia’s Tearoom at Dimbola  Museum & Galleries
(Reserve your table for lunch.)



12.00pm Laurie McVay the Blues/Soul Man
by arrangement with Flanagan’s, Sandown


1.00pm Paul Armfield with The Dollymopps, Nils and Wren
by arrangement with Quay Arts, Newport

Mark Fennell

Mark Fennell

Adam Pretty

Adam Pretty


4.00 to 5.00pm Dynamix
by arrangement with The 1st Floor, Newport


Donations to Julia Margaret Cameron Trust


7.00pm Patsy Cabaret sings songs of the 60s …and more!
Cash bar
Donations to Julia Margaret Cameron Trust

Upstairs at Dimbola Museum & Galleries

dimbola5lr8.00 to 10.00pm- Dimbola’s Blues, Roots and Jazz Party
by arrangement with Nick Cane Music
Cash bar
£5.00 donation
Proceeds support The Julia Margaret Cameron Trust

Dimbola Museum & Galleries, at Mrs Cameron’s former home at Freshwater Bay, is dedicated to the life and work of the celebrated Victorian pioneer photographer.

A Day at the Bay is made possible with the invaluable support of Freshwater Parish Council and our sponsors:
Amazing Glazing
Chessell Pottery Barns
Coleman’s Carpets
Eldridges Solicitors
Freshwater Bay Golf Club
Orchard Bros family grocer
Picture Language Limited
Steve Porter Transport
Tennyson Garage
West Wight Alpacas
West Wight Audio





Other venues for A Day at the Bay, all within easy walking distance of Dimbola Lodge include:

Freshwater Independent Lifeboat

Damien Paul

10.15am    Millicent’s Favourite hornpipe music and jigs
11.00am    2nd Time Around ( a taste of things to come)
11.15am     Damien Paul blues and a bit of the hard to define
Donations to Freshwater Independent Lifeboat
Freshwater’s sea-rescue organisation, independent of the RNLI,
is staffed entirely by volunteers and raises all its own funds.

Freshwater Bay Country House Hotel
12.00pm   2nd Time Around 

1.00pm     The Ancient Band of Recorders
2.00pm     Cajundaze
Donations to Ability Dogs 4 Young People IOW
Training assistance dogs to enhance the independence of disabled young people on the Isle of Wight.  



St Agnes Church
4.00 to 6.00pm  Strings and Things
4.00pm Wight Ukers
4.45pm Annabelle Spencer
5.15pm Chain Ferry gang
Donations to Freshwater Independent Lifeboat
Freshwater’s sea-rescue organisation, independent of the RNLI,
is staffed entirely by volunteers and raises all its own funds.


7.00 to 8.00pm  Wight Harmony
Donations to Haylands Farm Project, IW Society for Mental Health
Providing training, education and work experience for people with a learning disability


Seahorses Bed and Breakfast
abacus-v311.00am Morning Coffee

Abacus Duo folk music with Hazel Rider and Pete Lloyd
Donations to the Lantern Community
The Lantern Community offers life-enhancing opportunities for adults with learning disabilities.
Seahorses guest house and self-catering cottage provides a home life, fulfilling work, friendship and inspiration through mutual support.

penguinbrolly1The Albion Hotel
1.00pm Return of Penguin Brolly 20s and 30s swing with Jim Waller and Peter Ellis
Donations to Age UK IW
Age UK IW helps to break down barriers and improve the quality of life on our inclusive,
LGBT-friendly and age-friendly Island.

The Bay Boutique Bed and Breakfast
merlynna-dimbola210.00am Morning Coffee

Merlynna Johnson and her enchanting harp
Donations to Wessex Cancer Trust
WCT offers effective local support and information for all people living with, or affected by, cancer.

The Piano Café

5.00 to 6.00pm Stephen J. Parkes at the piano (a surprise extra!)
6.00 to 7.30pm  Mark Thomas and Jose Lito 
banjolele, vocals and more…
8.00 to 10.00pm  Cool Connection (a surprise extra!)

Donations to Kissy Puppy
Sophie Rolfe Trust (KissyPuppy) works with the Earl Mountbatten Hospice
to develop services for Island children with life-shortening illnesses.

The Gate bar/bistro


2.30pm   2nd Time Around folk, early jazz and rootsy blues
3.00pm   Stephen J. Parkes jazz and blues at the keyboard
4.00pm   Danton chilled music for a lazy afternoon
Donations to Challenge & Adventure helping young people on the Isle of Wight get their lives back on track

United Reformed Church Hall
11.00am to midday   The RUG Band
ukulele group
1.00 to 2.00pm           Red Sqwrl country blues
Donations to Earl Mountbatten Hospice

3.00 to 5.00pm   Jim Thorn’s Jazz Cafe
by arrangement with the Newport Jazz Weekend
Donations to EMH: £5.00 include tea/coffee and cake
EMH provides Islanders with end-of-life care together with vital help and advice for their families, friends and carers.

Jazz Cafe

Jazz Cafe

A Day at the Bay is organised by Friends of Dimbola and promoted with the kind assistance of
Community Action Isle of Wight,  Freshwater Bay Residents’ Association, Isle of Wight County Press, Visit Isle of Wight, Lymington-Brockenhurst Community Rail Partnership,, Quay Arts,  Taste of the Wight and Wightlink.

Photo: Sam Scadgell

Photo: Sam Scadgell