Recharging the Christmas Battery

With lights, music, family fun and poo. And... we've found a new home!

Inside the gates of an old fort, a crowd enjoys the Christmas illuminations.
View through the gate of the future Poo Museum. Julian Winslow

Sandown Battery is a ‘Palmerston Folly’, part of the defences built in the 1860’s to repel the Napoleonic invasion that never happened. It’s a beautiful place with spectacular views over Sandown Bay and the English Channel. It will also soon be home to The National Poo Museum. We’re finalising a deal with Isle of Wight Council that will enable us to move in and we hope make an announcement soon!

In an illuminated marquee, families participate in hands-on crafts
Julian Winslow

Christmas Garden is a free event created by our partner organisations The Common Space, Arc and Artecology, as members of Sandown Bay’s Community Coastal Team. It’s held at Sandown Battery as a way to celebrate the festive community spirit in the Bay area and to re-imagine spaces within the public realm.

This year, there was music - traditional festive tunes performed by Vectis Brass, nostalgia from Company B and to wind up, songs from Island singer-songwriter Spike Oatley.

In the dark, families hold marshmallows on sticks in the flames of a fire pit
Julian Winslow

There were hands-on craft stalls for all the family. There was immersive storytelling, a 6-metre Christmas tree, fire-pits for toasting marshmallows and even snow!

Poo Museum was there to entertain, engage and inform the public with a small selection of our exhibits.

An illuminated clear resin sphere containing a lion poo stands out against a background of Christmas lights.
Our Lion Poo sphere was a big hit with the kids! Julian Winslow

An illuminated lion poo in clear resin sphere on display.
Julian Winslow

Poo Museum staff talk to children over a table displaying poo spheres
Julian Winslow

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