What’s on for Halloween 2012

With the Isle of Wight having the reputation of being one of the spookiest places in the UK, it’s no wonder that there is always a great selection of ways to celebrate Halloween. From magical adventures for all ages at some of the biggest Isle of Wight attractions, to ghost walks through historical houses and even a live interactive horror experience, the place to be this Halloween in definitely the Isle of Wight!

The Haunted Haven at Owl & Monkey Haven

Owl and Monkey Haven Haunted Haven

This Halloween at the Owl and Monkey you will find apple bobbing, meet the owls, spooky spider hunt, trick or treat, ghost story telling, face painting and much more – with reduced entry and competitions for anyone in full fancy dress!

Spooktacular at Appuldurcombe House

Appuldurcombe Spooktacular

It was no surprise that Living TV’s “Most Haunted” show decided to film an episode in the grand ruin’s of Appuldurcombe House during their 6th series, and from 29th October 2012to Wednesday 31st October you will be able to take part in one of their “Spooktacular” ghost walks around the house and visit one of the Isle of Wight’s most spooky attractions!

Wizard Week at Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Wizard Week at Isle of Wight Steam Railway

If you are looking for a magical way to spend your Halloween then look no further than the Isle of Wight Steam Railway’s “Wizard Week”. Running from 29th October to 2nd Novemberthere is a huge range of activities on offer including “Wizardly Magic Shows” a “Spooky Maze” and fun for all the family!

Park of the Dead at Puckpool Park

Park of the Dead at Puckpool Park

This Halloween sees the old Victorian fortification battery and surrounding park at Puckpool tranformed into the live action horror experience that is “Park of the Dead”. Many of the tunnels and areas that have been closed off for years will be re-opened as visitors are led on a tour of the park and it’s mysterious inhabitants…

Time Travellers Go… Ghosts & Ghouls at Carisbrooke Castle

Time Travellers Go... Ghosts & Ghouls at Carisbrooke Castle

Set in the grounds of yet another of the great historical Isle of Wight attractions, “Time Travellers Go… Ghosts & Ghouls” has on offer a whole range of activities for your “little horrors” this Halloween. Creepy crafts, spooky activities and ghost hunting are just a few of the things on offer at Carisbrooke Castle from 27th October to 4th November.

Witches & Wizards Days Out at Blackgang Chine

Witches and Wizards Days Out at Blackgang Chine

Once again Blackgang Chine open up it’s world of fantasy and adventure to all wannabe witches and wizards. With a big range of Halloween games and competitions lined up including magic shows, face painting, ghost stories and loads of prizes and give-aways. Activities take place from 12pm on 23rd, 25th, 30th October and 1st November.

Isle of Wight Ghost Experience presents Halloween Spectacular

Isle of Wight Ghost Experience Presents Halloween Spectacular

The Isle of Wight Ghost Experience are the authority on knowledge of ghostly activity on the Island and their range of ghost walks throughout the year are massively popular. For their Halloween spectacular this year they have 4 different experiences to choose from in a variety of locations, sure to be not for the faint hearted!

Bestival 2013 Early Bird Tickets on Sale

Bestival 2013 Early Bird Tickets On Sale

Bestival 2013 Early Bird tickets are now on sale for a limited time only, with the Isle of Wight based festival celebrating it’s tenth anniversary by freezing prices for a limited time only!

With possibly it’s best event yet only finishing a matter of weeks ago, Bestival have yet again decided to offer festival goers a chance to purchase “Early Bird” tickets for next years event at a reduced price.

Tickets for Bestival 2013 which will take place on September 5-8, went on sale at 9am on Friday 21st September. These tickets, which are being held at the 2012 prices for a limited period only, are also available on 34 or 36 week payment plans, meaning an adult ticket can be bought for a payment of just £5 a week!

Bestival 2013 Early Bird Ticket Prices

Adult (with entry from Thursday 5th September) – £180
Adult (with entry from Friday 6th September) – £170

Student (with entry from Thursday 5th September) – £170
(Offer only open to full-time students – a valid NUS or ISIC ID must be shown on arrival at the box office)

Teen Tickets (age 13-17) – £120

Child Tickets (age 12 & under) – Free (but you must obtain a ticket)

Campervan – £85 (per vehicle)

Advance Car Parking – £10 (or £15 in cash on arrival)

Tickets are available through Ticketline:

www.ticketline.co.uk/bestival-tickets / 0844 888 4410

For more information on the Early Bird Ticket offer visit the official Bestival website bestival.net.

10 Reasons to visit in October

The summer may be slowly drawing to a close, but with so much to do on the Isle of Wight this October you will barely notice those longer nights and cooler temperatures!

We’ve picked our top 10 highlights of what’s on in October, with a little bit of “something for everyone”:

1. Isle of Wight Literary Festival


Isle of Wight Literary Festival

The first ever Isle of Wight Literary Festival run from the 12th – 14th October, with a huge line-up of guest speakers and readers already lined up including some very well-known faces and Isle of Wight authors.


2. Isle of Wight Autumn Walking Weekend


Isle of Wight Autumn Walking Weekend

Continuing the Isle of Wight Walking Festival from earlier this year the “Autumn Walking Weekend” offers up a fresh programme of over 70 walks for all ages and abilities from 19th – 22nd October.


3. Robin Hill’s Electric Woods “The Autumn Aurora”


Robin Hill's Electric Woods present "Autumn Aurora"

From the 19th October – 3rd November Robin Hill’s latest series will bring a whole host of entertainment against the backdrop of their enchanting illuminated woodland.


4. Park of the Dead


Park of the Dead Interactive Horror Experience

There are some seriously spooky goings on at Puckpool Park this Halloween. The “Park of the Dead” live interative horror experience runs from 26th – 31st October and promises to scare your socks and shoes off!


5. Jhelisa Anderson & Robert Mitchell Live


Jhelisa Anderson Live at the Quay Arts

Jhelisa Anderson performs at the Quay Arts on 19th October performing her acclaimed tribute to the legendary Nina Simone. She will be collaborating with award winning Steinway Artist and Jazz composer/pianist, Robert Mitchell..


6. An Evening of Pink Floyd: Perfect Alibi


An Evening of Pink Floyd

On 27th October the Medina Theatre plays host to “An Evening of Pink Floyd” with Perfect Alibi recreating the authentic Floyd sound in a live performance not to be missed .


7. Witches & Wizards Days Out


Witches & Wizards Days Out at Blackgang Chine

Blackgang Chine invites all would be Witches and Wizards to join them this Autumn Half Term with a whole host of Halloween activities going on inside the park. Activities run on 23rd & 25th October and 30th October & 1st November.


8. Pirates of Penzance


Pirates of Penzance at Shanklin Theatre

Shanklin Theatre and the Island Savoyards proudly present the classic Gilbert & Sullivan production, which runs from 10th – 13th October. This is a “swash-buckling” adventure not to be missed!


9Ian Siegal Live


Ian Siegal Live at the Quay Arts

Award winning bluesman Ian Siegal returns to the Isle of Wight on the 5th October with a performance at Newport’s Quay Arts. Famed for his captivating performances Siegal is a must-see for any Blues enthusiast.


10. Time Travellers Go… Ghosts & Ghouls


Time Travellers Go... Ghosts & Ghouls at Carisbrooke Castle

Set in the atmospheric setting of Carisbrooke Castle, this Ghost and Ghouls event is guaranteed to keep your little horrors entertained this October Half Term. Activity days run from 27th October – 4th November.

Additional Events

For more information on What’s on for the Isle of Wight throughout October take a look at ourevents page

Staying on the Isle of Wight

Also if you are planning your stay on the Isle of Wight check out our accommodation page andspecial offers for some excellent short break ideas.

Isle of Wight Cycling Festival 2012


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The Isle of Wight Cycling Festival  returns for 2012 with a total of 59 events lined up for all ages and abilities! The festival kicks off on Saturday 22nd September with the Wightlink Wight Challenge, which combines Cycling with canoeing and running events, followed by the British Cycling “Cyclocross” cross country event.

The notorious “Hills Killer” rounds take place on Sunday 23rd September, with beginner, intermediate and advanced rounds taking in some of the Isle of Wight’s steepest climbs (and along the way some of the Island’s most spectacular views!) There is also a Four Hour Enduro event the following Sunday (30th September) called the “Chevy Chase“. Supported by British Cycling and hosted at the Wight Mountain Bike Centre, there are practice sessions available for this the day before between 2 – 6pm.

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For younger and more casual riders some highlights from the week of events include; a bike ride and fossil walk with “Shanklin, Shells and Sycles“, a “Twenty Mile Chain Stretcher” for slower riders who nevertheless like a “hilly” challenge, and a “Tiny Tots Cycle Adventure” which heads around Bevois Farm, Niton giving toddlers and young children a chance to see some animals as they travel round on their own choice of cycle or ride on toy.

For more details on any of the above, or to see the full listing of all 59 events taking place across the Isle of Wight Cycling Festival 2012 check outhttp://www.sunseaandcycling.com/.

International Charity Classic Car Show 2012


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This weekend sees the International Charity Classic Car Show return to the Isle of Wight to celebrate its 11th Birthday, and whats more its FREE to attend!

On Saturday 15th September there will be a rare collection of classic cars on show atNewport Quay, raising funds for St Catherine’s school in Ventnor, which specialises in teaching children with speech and language diffiulties.

Following on Sunday 16th September the show of unique classic cars moves to Ryde Esplanade’s North Walk (near the canoe lake) where all proceeds will be donated to the Earl Mountbatten Hospice.

Any spectators wishing to attend can take advantage of reduced Isle of Wight ferry fares by booking in advance with Wightlink on 08713 761000, and if you are looking for accommodationfor the weekend be sure to check out our last minute special offers for the latest deals.

Award Winning Bluesman returns to Island

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The Isle of Wight welcomes back Blues musician Ian Siegal to its shores this Autumn, with his latest gig at Newport’s Quay Arts Centre on Friday 5th October. Siegal, who won the 2009 MOJO Magazine award for “Blues Album of the Year” and “Male Vocalist of the Year” at the British Blues Awards 2011, is famed for producing captivating live performances and commanding an audience with his combination of big-voiced blues and slide guitar.

Isle of Wight local music is represented on the night by Island musician who will be kicking off the evening in support of Siegal with his combination of acoustic country-blues.

Doors for Ian Siegal Live at the Quay Arts open at 7.30pm and tickets are available online atwww.quayarts.org.

Wight Challenge 2012


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Do you think you could cycle 19 miles, canoe 2 miles and run 8 miles across the Isle of Wight this September?! Well here is your chance as the Wightlink Wight Challenge returns looking for fit teams of three people to take up the challenge all in aid of charity.

After a successful event back in March this event is expected to bring in competitors from around the UK and overseas, with all proceeds going to www.heartbeat.co.uk.



Park of the Dead


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Something seriously spooky is going on over at Puckpool Park on the Isle of Wight this October with the live interactive horror experience that is “Park of the Dead”.

For the first time the public will be able to access parts of the Park that have been closed off for years, including the gun barracks, underground tunnels and the “Old Laboratory” – a building listed in history as “purpose unknown”. Until July 2012 no-one had seen inside this building in over 70 years, and your not going to believe what they found!

On arrival to the experience you will be greeted by an ex-military guide who will talk you through the World War 2 history of the park and surrounding area, and the secrets that lay behind previously closed doors. Throughout your tour you will be closely guarded by the Park Security Force (PSF) who will be on hand to ensure your safety and well-being. Everything else that you will see and hear is shrouded in secrecy, but one thing is for certain – this experience is sure to not be for the faint hearted!

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At time of writing the Park of the Dead horror experience tickets have only been on sale a matter of days but already all tickets for adult tours have SOLD OUT! There are however some “Child Friendly” tours which are available for bookings, and they will soon be adding some more strictly limited dates for Adult tours.

To book tickets or for any further information please visit www.parkofthedead.co.uk

*UPDATED TICKET INFO* Due to overwhelming demand the additional tours added by the organisers were SOLD OUT in a matter of hours. There is however the possibility of some cancellations – to be first in the know head over to their website and follow their intel reports!

Bestival 2012





Bestival 2012 sees the return of the award-winning festival to Robin Hill Adventure Park & Gardens with possibly its best line-up to date!

Soul legend Stevie Wonder headlines the Sunday night in a rare festival appearance, with New Order (of “Blue Monday” fame) headlining the Saturday and Florence and the Machine on the Friday night. Also featerd on this years bill are Orbital, Sigur Ros, Emeli Sande, Nero, Sub Focus, Two Door Cinema Club, Friendly Fires, Rizzle Kicks and some musical legends in the shape of Earth Wind and Fire, Gary Numan and the mighty Chas and Dave!

As ever there is a great representation for Isle of Wight music with Bestival band and DJ competition winners Southern Big Man and The March Hare, alongside regulars Born in a Barn, The Playground Syndicate and Tom Headfunk (who will be hosting a Bestival radio show as well as DJing on Thursday.)

New to the Bestival this year is the “Amphitheatre” performance space in the woods, with the “Lost Picture Show” – a vintage style cinema that will be screening movies including a re-scored version of the 1930s original King Kong by festival organiser Rob da Bank. The Bestival’s ever present Bollywood Bar has also undergone a makeover which includes an old London bus which has been converted into a chill-out bar. The festival has also expanded its camping area to make it much easier to pitch your tent this year.

This years fancy dress theme is “Wildlife” and the parade as ever will take place on Saturday afternoon. The 2012 Bestival starts on Thursday 6th September and runs until Sunday 9th.


All standard camping tickets for the Bestival are now SOLD OUT. There are however still a handful of “non-camping” tickets available, and also tickets for “The Wild Copse” – the all new camping area with “posh” toilets and shower facilities, and a dedicated food and seating area with its very own chill-out bar. For more information visit www.bestival.net