From outstanding natural beauty to the favourite royal residence of Queen Victoria, the Isle of Wight has plenty of unique venues where you can celebrate the life of your loved one.
Hosting a wake on the Isle of Wight
Traditionally held after a funeral service, cremation, or burial, a wake is an informal event that brings together family and friends to celebrate the life of their loved one.
Wakes often take place at someone’s home, a community centre, or a pub, but wakes can take place anywhere that means a lot to your loved one or family. Wakes also don’t need to take place straight after the funeral service. They can be held at any time and can be as formal or informal as you like. The most important thing is that you celebrate in a way that you believe best honours your loved one, and how they would have wanted to be remembered.
If you’re organising a wake on the Isle of Wight there are a few unique venues where you can host the event in your own way, from the lavish rooms and beautiful private beach of Osborne House to the stunning scenery of Ventnor Botanic Garden.
Find your funeral director on the Isle of Wight who can help you arrange a cremation or burial, and give you ideas for a wake, memorial or reception that’s right for you.
Gather friends for dinner at the Ventnor Botanic Garden
Known as Britain’s hottest garden, Ventnor Botanic Garden is located in the Ventnor Undercliff, a unique microclimate that is 5 degrees warmer than mainland UK. It's thanks to this almost Mediterranean climate that Ventnor Botanic Garden is home to over 30,000 rare and sub-tropical plants and trees.
The plantings in the garden are spread across 22 acres and based on geographical regions, transporting you to far-flung countries without having to step on a plane.
Ventnor Botanic Garden also has a wide range of spaces in various sizes and styles that make it an ideal place to celebrate the life of your loved one. Meet for breakfast at the plantation room café, have dinner at the edulis restaurant, or arrange a catering service for your event. The organizers at Ventnor can take care of the details so you can focus on what is important—remembering your loved one.
Reflect on the beach at Osborne House
The favourite residence of Queen Victoria, Osborne house was built specifically for Victoria and Albert and was at the centre of the British Empire. Its architecture and furnishings reflect the personalities of the royal couple, and while heads of state, princes, and princesses once walked the corridors, the public can now enjoy this extravagant house.
The ornate terrace gardens have a similar Mediterranean feel to Ventnor, with stunning views of the grounds and the sea. The garden is filled with beautiful tulips in spring, and the mild climate encourages equally beautiful bedding displays in summer. Stroll around the Victorian walled garden and discover its espaliered fruit trees or the wider parkland with its historic trees. In fact, some of these trees were planted by Prince Albert himself.
Osborne House is an Isle of Wight landmark and is home to plenty of rooms that can be accommodated flexibly to any occasion. It also has its own private beach with an ice cream parlour, so you're sure to find a space that's right for you.
Enjoy afternoon tea at The Royal Hotel
The landscaped grounds of The Royal Hotel make it an excellent venue to celebrate the life of a loved one. There are 2 function rooms to choose from, depending on how intimate the event is. The Appuldurcombe Room can host 40 up to 150 guests and can be hired daily from 12 pm to 4.30 pm. Meanwhile, the Albert Room is suitable for smaller gatherings with a maximum of 40 guests and depending on availability can be booked throughout the day.
The Royal Hotel makes the process of organising a wake easy thanks to their events manager who can guide you through the venue’s range of offerings. If you’d like catering, the Royal Hotel can provide afternoon tea, finger buffets, and seated buffets.