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“Chapel Sessions … Excellent live music at a unique site”

Royal Victoria Country Park Chapel
Ranked #3 of 4 things to do in Netley
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Owner description: The Chapel is closed for refurbishment until late 2018.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift, Activities for young children
Reviewed 3 July 2014

This iconic chapel, once part of the Netley Hospital complex, and now all that remains of it, is not only a must see landmark site within the Royal Victoria Country park, but plays host to live music in the 'Chapel Sessions'.
On Wednesday 2nd July the chapel played host to two local family bands, in an 'Americana' themed night. The first time I have attended a Chapel Session, it was a memorable evening with groups 'Paper Train' & 'Woods, Wire & Words' performing their own material.

In an informal, even intimate, near three hour session, interspersed with three breaks, during which refreshments were available, the chapel showed just how good its acoustics are.
Having lived in and around the area all my life, this chapel session added an extra dimension to this very familiar and wonderful building.

Seating for the performance was ample and comfortable, in a mixture of 'in the round tables and chairs' and set rows. My guess was there is room for 100 souls.
Tickets can be purchased either online from the Hampshire County Council website, or on the night, at the door.
This was the first of many sessions I hope to attend here in future, within these very special surroundings.

Extremely helpful volunteer staff organised a raffle, and facilities to purchase cds and related memorabilia.
Highly recommended, both as a visitor attraction for all the family during the day and a magical musical experience.
Believe the next 'Chapel Session' is in October 2014.
Can't wait!

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Reviewed 7 May 2014

I have admired the view of the Royal Victoria Chapel from the ferry every time I visit the Isle of Wight. This weekend I decided to visit the Country Park and Chapel leaving the island until later in the year. On a warm sunny day the setting is wonderful. Entrance is free but parking charges apply. There is something for everyone - a small stony beach, plenty of green grass for children to run around and have picnics, dog walks and a lovely miniature railway. There is also a café serving hot and cold food and drinks, a visitor information and shop as well as several ice cream vans scattered throughout the park. The best part in my opinion was the chapel itself. Sadly only a fraction of the size it used to be when serving as a hospital but all that remains intact is pretty much as it was left. Tours of the tower are very interesting and well worth the £3 pp giving an insight into life in and around the hospital and the village of Netley. Very interesting for history lovers and a great day out.

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Reviewed 29 July 2013

RVCP Chapel is the only remaining building from this magnificent hospital serving warwounded for many years.. Now its contents relive some of those memories and you can climb the tower with a tourguide to see the view from near the top. Well worth a visit.

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Reviewed 30 September 2012

We visited this lovely chapel on the occasion of a pumpkin festival in aid of youth training tall ships. The history of the place is very interesting and it is a shame that only the chapel remains.

Thank france036
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Reviewed 25 July 2012

The RVCP is set in a very scenic area - especially if you like water. The view is slightly spoiled by Fawley oil refinery across the water, but even that has a certain attractiveness in the right light! The chapel is very imposing and can be seen from quite a way off - especially from the Isle of Wight or the Hythe ferries. Unfortunately, when I went it was closed so I couldn't go inside but the outside is a fine example of Victorian architecture.

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