A PUB which has been keeping the Isle of Wight community hydrated for more than 200 years is providing a splash of summer colour for people craving a festival fix.

Nestled in the heart of Bembridge, Ye Olde Village Inn was faced with not only lost trade due to Covid-19, but a flooded cellar — potentially leaving summer reopening plans in tatters.

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Thankfully, the innovative thinking of landlord Jay Chapman, coupled with the unconditional kindness of dozens of volunteers, has allowed the pub to undergo a striking transformation.

Jay said: "We decided to build a backyard festival outside due to Covid-19 and some issues with the building. Our aim was to provide an uplifting and enjoyable outdoor experience.

"We are a family business, and in the summer we have to make money to survive. With the season getting shorter, we wanted to provide a fun and safe experience for our guests.

"We created a social bubble with a quarantine system. Before entering, guests leave their name and address and book a table, with table service for all drinks and food.

"We've had help from Adgestone Vineyard and Mermaid Gin, and the community element of this has been massive.

"Last week alone we had more than 50 volunteers helping us get everything done.

"During a 21-day period we laid 200ms of electric cable and are incredibly happy with the result. Thank you to everyone who has been part of making this possible."

The bar provides a festival microcosm — stunning visuals, diverse environments and an inspiring soundtrack.

Meanwhile, areas such as the Secret Garden pay homage to the tradition of the venue.

Pizzas are the star turn of a simple menu, and are cooked to order in the Village Inn's specialist pizza oven, with bespoke choices available for those with specific dietary requirements.

The layout of the bar also provides testament to the kindness of the many people who have stepped up to allow a historical enterprise facing an ambiguous future to hopefully thrive.

The venue is currently open six days a week until 11pm and closed on Tuesdays.