Isle of Wight Tractor Ride Out Christmas 2017

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Ventnor Boxing Day Swim 2017

The annual Boxing Day Swim took place at Ventnor for the 37th year despite it being announced at the beginning of December it was not going to go ahead. People’s Approach To Cancer Help (PATCH) announced they wouldn’t be organising this… Continue Reading →

Spyglass Inn November Firework Display 2017

Each and every year, The Spyglass Inn on Ventnor Esplanade holds their spectacular firework display off the western side of the beach. Here are a few photos were taken from their display in 2017, for larger unwatermarked copies, please get in… Continue Reading →

Blackgang Chine November Firework End Of Season Party 2017

Blackgang Chine put on a spectacular display over the cliffs of Blackgang for their ‘end of season party’ at their Firework Extravaganza! Check out some of the photos below taken of the event. Larger copies are available upon request. Larger copies… Continue Reading →

Sandown November Celebrations Fireworks Display 2017

Overy year Sandown hold their annual firework display for their November Celebrations Event that takes place on the seafront. Here are a few photographs that were taken at the display held in 2017.

Isle of Wight Day Parade 2017

Isle of Wight Day took to the streets for the second year, this year taking place on the 23rd September in Ryde. The streets were lined with people on looking at the creativity and showing their support to the hundreds… Continue Reading →

St Helens V Wroxall Football

A football match between St Helens and Wroxall on the St Helens Green.

South Downs Stages at Goodwood Motor Circuit

On Saturday 11th February 2017, I travelled to Chichester from the Isle of Wight, to the home ground of the Goodwood Motor Circuit. I took my camera and photographed the annual South Downs Stages. This is one of my first… Continue Reading →

Ventnor Christmas Carnival 2016

Ventnor held their annual Christmas Fun Day around the town which consisted of a carnival procession that took place around the town on the 10th December 2016. Below are a few photographs of the floats and participants that took part.

The White Horse Inn brought colour to Whitwell Village

The White Horse Inn brought colour to the village of Whitwell when they set off hundreds of fireworks into the skies for bonfire night. Residents and visitors to the island came from far and wide to see their impressive firework display… Continue Reading →

Fireworks light up the skies at Sandown

Fireworks took to the skies at Sandown on Saturday 5th November for Sandown Carnival’s annual November Celebrations event. Photos were taken from the beach on the Shanklin side of the pier.

Launch of the Poppy Appeal 2016

Saturday the 29th October 2016 was the launch of this year’s Poppy Appeal. With people lining the streets, there was a parade that took place around the town centre before having a small ceremony in the central car park.

Isle of Wight Day Parade 2016

Isle of Wight Day took place on Saturday 24th September 2016, with several activities taking place throughout the day celebrating the island. At 17:30 a parade left Newport Quay before making its way through the town towards Newport Football Club… Continue Reading →

Bestival 2016: In Photographs

Bestival took the Island like a storm with their futuristic theme for 2016. Revelers spent a great weekend on the Isle of Wight whilst watching the likes of The Cure, Sean Paul, Wiz Khalifa, Bastille, Years and Years and so… Continue Reading →

Ryde Illuminated Carnival 2016

The weather didn’t put a damper on things at this years Ryde Illuminated Carnival procession! Rain was forecast for the lead up to the carnival but organisers were adamant it would still go ahead, the rain kept off for most… Continue Reading →

Ventnor Illuminated Carnival 2016

Each year Ventnor on the Isle of Wight holds a week’s worth of events including their popular family carnivals, which take place during the week and weekend. Below is a selection of images from their Illuminated procession on Saturday the 13th… Continue Reading →

Newport Main Carnival 2016

Newport kicked off the carnival season with style on the Isle of Wight by holding the first procession of the year. Hundreds and thousands of people took to the streets to see the effort people put into making their floats and costumes to… Continue Reading →

Bestival Ryde Slide 2016

Union Street in Ryde on the Isle of Wight was the home of the giant, inflatable, water slide on Sunday the 17th July 2016 for the second year running. The Bestival Ryde Slide gives locals the chance to slip and slide… Continue Reading →

Isle of Wight Randonnee 2016 – Whitwell Checkpoint

The Isle of Wight Randonnee takes place every year in May on the Island where thousands of cyclists take place in the Sportive. The Randonnee was established over 30 years ago. The total circuit length is 66 miles or 100km… Continue Reading →

Isle of Wight Car Club – Round 1 – Motorsport in the Gardens

The Isle of Wight Car Club hosted round 1 of their 2016 championships at the Botanic Gardens in Ventnor on Sunday 20th March 2016. Below are photographs of the event taken during the early stages of the day.

Ventnor Boxing Day Swim 2015

Thousands of people, both residents and holidaymakers made their way down to Ventnor for the annual Boxing Day Swim. 33 years people have been braving the chilly December waters to raise money for an island cancer support charity, PATCH. The boxing… Continue Reading →

Fireworks take to the sikes for the Royal Yacht Squadron’s 200th Anniversary

On saturday the 6th June 2015, The Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes held a fantastic Firework display to make the end of a two day party, celebrating their 200th Anniversary. The previous day (Friday) we saw the likes of The Duke… Continue Reading →

Kite Surfing at Brook on the Isle of Wight

Round the Island Yacht Race 2014

Below are some of the photographs I took on Saturday 21st June 2014 while spectating from the shoreline. If you would like a high resolution copy of any of the photographs below, please drop me an email to with the image ID/Name which… Continue Reading →

Yarmouth Old Gaffers 2014

Yarmouth Old Gaffers takes place every year on the Isle of Wight which gathers hundreds of boats & people to this fantastic event. During the time the Gaff-riggers compete against each other in order to win the races. Below are… Continue Reading →

Isle of Wight Randonnee 2014

Email me if you would like an un-watermarked copy of any of the images below to Whitwell Checkpoint Blackgang Roundabout Atherfield Road Photographs are all copyright © Shane Thornton. Please email me via the contact page for high resolution… Continue Reading →

Thousands attend Ventnor Boxing Day swim

Thousands of spectators gathered at Ventnor Seafront for the traditional Boxing Day Swim, raising money for an Island cancer charity, PATCH. There were around one hundred people who took part in the swim along with thousands of spectators who watched from the… Continue Reading →

Fireworks Take to the Skies

The Spyglass Inn, Ventnor hosted its annual firework display on Guy Fawkes Night on Wednesday 5th November 2013 and the normal time of 7.30pm. I was fortunate enough to get myself into a position fairly high up looking at the… Continue Reading →

Isle of Wight Ploughing Match 2013

The annual Isle of Wight Ploughing Match at Bachelors Farm near Whiteley bank. Follow this link for high res photos of the day.    

Ventnor Illuminated Carnival 2013

Ventnor Carnival held its annual Illuminated Carnival on Saturday, 17th August 2013. For photographs of the carnival please visit my archive:

Old Gaffers Association 50th Anniversary

The Old Gaffers Association Celebrated their 50th Anniversary at East and West Cowes on the Island bringing in Gaffers from all over the word  to celebrate it in style. View my image archive of images taken from Egypt Point, Cowes… Continue Reading →

Cowes Week Fireworks 2013

For all of the photographs of the Cowes Week fireworks, please follow the link to my S mugMug portfolio:

Dinosaurs Discovery Day at Blackgang Chine

Two baby T-Rex dinosaurs were revealed to the public on Thursday 1st August 2013 as the UK’s oldest theme park, Blackgang Chine, celebrates 170 years in business. Follow this link for photographs of my time at Blackgang Chine with the dinosaurs.

Yarmouth Old Gaffers 2013

Check out the photographs taken during the Yarmouth Old Gaffers event here. Enquire for high resolution digital copies via the Contact Us page with the image details. Somebody commented on a post on Facebook saying: “Some of the best… Continue Reading →

The Island Innovation VI Form Campus Leavers Ball

Students from the Island Innovation VI Form Campus enjoyed a leavers ball to remember last night (Friday) as they partied the night away in style at a fun-filled event in Shanklin. The ball, which was held at Landguard Manor, was… Continue Reading →

Medina Awards Evening at Medina Theatre

Medina College celebrated their awards evening in the Medina theatre where students were invited to collect their awards. The evening consisted of 100 awards being given from years 7 to 11 for their achievements over their academic year. We had… Continue Reading →

Randonnee 2013

Despite an overcast start to the day, the sun shone brightly throughout for the 2000 riders taking part in the annual Isle of Wight Randonnee cycle event yesterday (Sunday). Riders took to their saddles for a 09:00 start, taking in the Island’s… Continue Reading →

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