Events Panel (WIGHT BID)


Who is on the Events Panel? (Chair: Clive Tilley)

Airon Baker AB Events Events Organiser
Clare Griffin West Wight Sports Centre Attractions
Damian Walshe AB Events Events Organiser
David Ballard Rabbits Bothey Accommodation
Darren Cool ESQ Events Ltd Events Organiser
Graham Biss Natural Enterprise Attractions / Events
James Crofts Robin Hill Attractions
Kirsten Morris Tapnell Farm Attractions
Mhairi McCaulley

Jonathan Bacon

Ventnor Exchange



Attractions / Landscape

Paul Armfield Quay Arts Centre Attractions / Events
Sam Woodman Wightlink Transport
Jonathan Green

Richard Tydsley

Red Funnel

Southern Vectis



The Events Panel is the second of the four working parties of levy payers and voluntary contributors. The purpose of this group is to attract new mainland visitors to the Island for events, festivals and other large gatherings.

  • More visitors to existing events, carnivals & festivals
  • New visitors to new events, carnivals & festivals

Click here to read more about the development fund and it’s criteria

On the whole we will spend our money on the mainland marketing aspect of promoting an event. Occasionally the Events panel will consider requests to sponsor or fund elements of an actual event. The panel will also consider what new events need to be introduced, and when.

Ultimately, the purpose of the panel is to increase the number of new mainland visits to events by at least 15,000 per year within 5 years. This is part of an overall annual target for increased visitor numbers. 

Most importantly, we plan to shout loudest about events that will benefit as many of our levy payers and contributors as possible. To do this, events need to be spread around the Island, tied into accommodation, restaurant & attraction promotions and deals. We will do all we can to encourage visitors to one event to explore as much of the Island as possible during their visit, and plan a return trip soon.

We promote every event and festival we’re informed about on our website, in our press work and via social media, but we especially concentrate on events outside July and August in an attempt to increase visitor numbers during shoulder periods.

We look for events that are capable of attracting more than 10,000 visitors a year within a few years, and show good prospects for long term sustainability if we work with them. We also work with a lot of smaller events, many of which are vital to the resorts, attractions and local hospitality businesses across the Island. 

Would you like to join the Events Panel?

Panel membership is open to any person responsible for creating or running events at holiday parks, attractions, open spaces, food and drink outlets, hotels, theatres etc… You must work for either a Wight BID levy payer organisation, or your company must be a voluntary contributor, to stand for the panel.

There are still vacant seats available if you would like to join the Panel which meets monthly until May and then bi-monthly until September, then monthly from October onwards once again.

If you would like to know more about becoming a member of the Events Panel, please complete this quick form and we’ll be in contact.