Northwood House and Park is opening up again following the Covid lockdown.

A market for Isle of Wight produce, tea garden and lawn bar have been announced as the Cowes venue gets going again.

Market in the Park, which was originally planned for Cowes Week, will see Isle of Wight businesses selling everything from boutique art and craft to local produce, starting on Saturday and Sunday, August 1 and 2.

A spokesman for the venue said the market would give Island residents and visitors alike the chance to support the many local businesses who have not been able to trade through the coronavirus pandemic and who rely on events to support their income.

He said the outdoor market would meet all current Covid-secure guidelines to ensure the safety of all the traders and visitors alike, allowing everyone great peace of mind while enjoying a boutique shopping experience.

The Northwood House Tea Garden and Lawn Bar will also be open during August weekends, giving visitors the chance to enjoy a cream tea or glass of Pimm’s.

There will also be performances on Saturdays by the Island-based Horsebox Theatre Company.

Darren Cool, general manager of Northwood House Charitable Trust Company, said: "With Cowes High Street beginning to bustle again for the summer, its hoped that the extra visitors the market attracts to the area will also take the opportunity to visit the great selection of retail and hospitality businesses that the High Street has to offer, making it a win-win for the town."

The market will operate every weekend during August, from 10.30am to 5pm.

There will be free access to the Northwood House Tea Garden and Lawn Bar for refreshments

Extra measures for Covid compliance will be:

• A one-way system for visitors will be in place with 2m social distancing rules (enforced by signage).

• A hand sanitiser station will be in place at the entry/exit point to the market that all visitors must use upon entry and exit to the area.

• Stalls will be well spaced.

• Social distancing signage and general safety guidance will be on display.

• Stall holders will provide hand sanitiser for customers to use.

• Stall holders will provide contactless payment facilities where they can.

• Stewards will be at entry/exit points to monitor visitors and ensure guidelines are being adhered to.