What's On This Weekend

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IT'S GARLIC a-go-go this weekend on the Isle of Wight. Tuck into a garlic ice-cream followed by a pint of garlic beer or a piece of garlic fudge as you marvel at the amazing exploits of an escapologist, cowboys and Indians, fire-eaters and magicians - just a few of the exciting performers at the annual Garlic Festival in the village of Newchurch. Visit the Garlic Marquee and discover more about this versatile plant, said to prevent gangrene, ward off evil spirits and cure bronchitis. The festival includes more than 20 events and more than 250 stallholders.

Isle of Wight Garlic Festival 10am-6pm 22 and 23 August at Fighting Cocks Crossroads, Newchurch, Isle of Wight. Tickets: adults pounds 4; senior citizens pounds 3; children pounds 1. Festival information: 0198-385 3411. Website: www.wightonline.co.uk/ Iogarlicfestival

Sally Kindberg