Spend Easter visiting some major new attractions, or watching duck racing, on the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is looking forward to a cracking good Easter, to mark the start of the 2014 holiday season.

Osborne House, for example, is not only getting ready to show off its latest attraction, but will also be hosting a special “Royal Children’s Easter” event during the school holidays.

The hidden world of royal childhood on the Isle of Wight focuses on the opening, this spring, of Swiss Cottage – a full size ‘Wendy’ house, built at Prince Albert’s instruction in the grounds of the estate between 1853 and 1854.  This was the domain of the nine royal children, who played at being adults during their summer holidays on the Isle of Wight and learnt the life-skills their father believed would make them better people, and better rulers.

And from April 7th to 21st visitors to the grounds will be given the chance to follow in the footsteps of the royal children by following a trail to claim their chocolate prize.  Add to that some traditional Victorian egg painting, Victorian games, performances by BZents of a show called ‘We are Amused’ and the Royal Children’s Easter will definitely help to get 2014 off to a flying start at Osborne.  For full details, visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/osborne/

In a similar way, the oldest theme park in the country – Blackgang Chine – is planning to offer its visitors some mammoth fun this Easter, with the launch on April 5th of an entirely new attraction, “Restricted Area 5”.

After 42 years of providing fun for generations of families, Blackgang Chine’s “Dinosaur Land” is undergoing a major reinvention in readiness for an entirely new attraction, featuring life-size moving dinosaurs.  The new enclosure will bring visitors up-close-and-personal with dinosaurs of all types including an Argentinosaurus bigger than a double decker bus and the biggest animatronic T-Rex in the country.

But Easter needs to be celebrated, too, so Blackgang Chine’s ‘Easter Extravaganza’ this year will involve a perfect day out for anyone with an especially sweet tooth…a day of all things chocolate, from blind-tastings, to a dip in the chocolate fountain.  For more details, visit www.blackgangchine.com.

A third new attraction on the Isle of Wight, which will be fully operational in time for the Easter holidays is the Train Story Discovery Centre on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway.  Packed with interactive activities and displays for all ages, this new Discovery Centre presents its own journey through the Island’s very own “train story”.

And best of all, from April 6th to 24th The Isle of Wight Steam Railway will be operating a very special Kids Go FREE service on the line – when, as well as enjoying a train ride, it will now be possible to off at one of our stations for a walk in the countryside, or explore our new Train Story Discovery Centre.  The Kids Go FREE offer is for up to 2 children aged up to 15 years, so long as they are travelling with a full-fare paying adult.   Prices online are Adults £10.50, Child (5-15) FREE, Infant (0-4) FREE.  For full details, visit www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk.

One especially quirky-and-quacky event which has become a part of the Easter tradition on the Island is the Easter Saturday Duck Race on the River Yar, which will this year be held on April 19th, at 5pm.  Every Easter a thousand numbered, yellow, plastic ducks are released in to the river in Yarmouth, before setting-off on their journey to be carried along by the tide.  The first four to reach the Yar bridge are declared the winners.  Tickets and refreshments are sold beforehand at Yarmouth Sailing Club.  For more information and to see pictures from previous years, visit www.yarmouthcarnival.org.uk.

And for a true taste of Easter, don’t forget the many egg-hunts across the Island, including those at Mottistone Manor on Sunday, April 20th from 11am to 4pm (www.nationaltrust.org.uk/mottistone-gardens); Bembridge Windmill on Sunday, April 20th from 10.30am to 4pm (bembridgemill@nationaltrust.org.uk); Robin Hill on Sunday April 20th and Monday April 21st (www.robin-hill.com); and The Model Village in Godshill every day from April 18th to April 21st (www.modelvillagegodshill.co.uk).

Isle of Wight Adventure Activities, meanwhile, is offering activities for kids during the Easter holidays.  Priced at £30 per day and running Monday to Thursday both weeks, activities will include kayaking, archery, and mountain boarding.  Visit http://isleofwightadventureactivities.co.uk/2014/03/easter-holiday-activities/ for more details.

Anyone wanting further information about where to stay and how to reach the Island should visit http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk.


For further information, please contact:

Sue Emmerson, Isle of Wight Press Officer

Tel: 07766 705672

E-mail: sue@visitwight.co.uk

The 2014 Isle of Wight Walking Festival (with an appeal for more men to sign-up to the Speed Dating Walk)

The UK’s biggest walking festival takes place this year between May 4th and 19th…and is in need of more men to take part in its Speed Dating Walk on Sunday, May 4th!

Now in its 16th year, the 2014 Isle of Wight Walking Festival, organised by the Isle of Wight Council and sponsored by Garmin, boasts 16 days of unbeatable, informative and healthy walks for all abilities.  All walks are led by knowledgeable guides, who share their stories and history of the Island.

Over half of the Island is recognised as an AONB.  And with its 60-miles of dramatic Heritage Coastline and more than 500-miles of well-maintained and signposted footpaths the Island has long been recognised as a walker’s paradise.

The full programme of walks, and registration forms, can be found on the Isle of Wight Walking Festival’s website www.isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk.

The Speed Dating Walk, meanwhile, has become a unique feature of the Festival, with five perfect matches resulting in five weddings…and one baby.  But organisers have put out an SOS, for more men to sign-up to this year’s walk.

For further details about the Isle of Wight as a whole, visit www.visitisleofwight.co.uk


For further information, please contact:

Sue Emmerson Press Officer

Tel: 07766 705672  E-mail: sue@visitwight.co.uk

Website: www.visitisleofwight.co.uk


Visit Isle of Wight’s new campaign to promote the Island as the country’s premium cycling destination stepped up a gear last week when two members of  VIOW’s marketing team attended a prestigious “meet the media” evening event in London.

In March 2014, Visit Isle of Wight launched a new cycle tourism brand for the Island – “Bicycle Island” to capitalize on the Island’s reputation as No 1 of the top ten world’s cycling routes (Lonely Planet 2012) and give visitors even more ways to traverse the Island’s 200 miles of secluded cycle tracks, byways and bridleways.

A brand new cycling section on the official tourist board’s award-winning website has been created that is dedicated to “Bicycle Island”. These pages provide information on all of the Island’s very best cycle routes and services such as bike hire and baggage transfer from the Island’s rapidly expanding cycle tourism industry.

The Bicycle Island pages were launched at a special Tourism South East media event in London at Adam Street Private Members’ Club, The Strand, London, on 18th March, at which Visit Isle of Wight was represented by Sustainable Transport Marketing Executive, Tom Ransom, and Press Officer, Sue Emmerson.

Sue said: “This media event allows local tourist boards to share with the nation’s best journalists what’s fresh and exciting in our area. It was a great opportunity to present the new Bicycle Island web pages to people who may go on to write highly influential pieces in the national media.”

Over 60 national travel and lifestyle journalists attended the evening along with 10 south east destination management organisations. The Bicycle Island pages benefit from specially commissioned art deco inspired artwork that promotes the Island as “the cycling destination for everyone” – from families to over 50’s, from relaxed potterers to mud-plugging extreme bikers.

Oli Whitehurst, Visit Isle of Wight’s Digital Content Manager, helped assemble the new pages; “We will be updating the site regularly as information on cycle tourism providers and routes comes in.”

Visit Isle of Wight’s recent cycle tourism workshop highlighted that there is strong support for the Bicycle Island route themes, and fresh new ideas for rebranding have been implemented, such as turning the Cowes to Sandown cycleway into a family friendly route called “The Red Squirrel Trail” and the rebranding the Round the Island Cycle Route as “Taste” – a food and drink themed four day tour.

In May 2012, the Isle of Wight Council was pleased to learn that its Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) bid had been successful.  This £3.95 million bid seeks to upgrade, improve and promote the Island’s sustainable transport network in order to grow its green tourism market.

Tom Ransom, who is the tourist board lead on Bicycle Island and was employed through the Isle of Wight Council’s successful Local Sustainable Transport Fund, said: “It was really exciting to see so many tourism operators and accommodation providers wanting to be involved in Bicycle Island.

“Whether it’s investing in offering hire bikes or getting accredited as Cyclist Welcome accommodation, people are becoming cycle aware. Having these pages on our website will provide a really valuable platform from which we can promote the Island as a cycling paradise and for providers to promote services to cycle tourists.”

For more information about Bicycle Wight, go to www.visitisleofwight.co.uk


For further information, please contact:   Sue Emmerson, Press Officer, Tel: 01983 201048, 07766 705672, E-mail: sue@visitwight.org

Notes to editors:

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Working in partnership with Visit England, Visit Isle of Wight Ltd (VIOW) is responsible for developing tourism and attracting more visitors to the Isle of Wight.   As well as the consumer website (www.visitisleofwight.co.uk) the DMO also operates a small industry website containing recent research and tourism news along with links to Visit England reports and opportunities: www.visitwight.org

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Visitors to Blackgang Chine, the oldest theme park in the country, are in for a real treat this season with dinosaur fun galore planned for the enjoyment of all the family.

After forty-two years of providing fun and memories for generations of families, Blackgang Chine’s Dinosaur Land, filled with much loved static dinosaurs, is undergoing a major reinvention, taking adventures with dinosaurs to another level, as it prepares to open a new and exciting attraction, ‘Restricted Area 5’, this season.

Enter through the gates of ‘Restricted Area 5’ at your own risk! Marvel at the gargantuan scale of the new life-size moving dinosaurs and encounter the most realistic experience since time began. The journey through the ‘Restricted Area 5’ enclosure will bring you up close and personal with dinosaurs of all types including an Argentinosaurus, bigger than a double decker bus and the biggest animatronic T-Rex in the country!

Alexander Dabell, Managing Director of Vectis Ventures Limited which owns Blackgang Chine, said, “Blackgang Chine has become an iconic tourist destination over the years and the dinosaurs in our themed Dinosaur Land have created many fond memories for the generations of families who have visited. What we wanted to do was take that fun experience to another level and introduce the next generation of dinosaurs for our next generation of visitors to enjoy and marvel at. I believe we have achieved that with ‘Restricted Area 5’, a high security enclosure which contains the most colossal and incredible life-sizing moving dinosaurs. A visit is a must – but only if you’re brave enough!”

Fans of our resident celebrity baby Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaurs, Shadow & Sheila, will also be delighted with the popular return of our ‘LIVE’ performances planned throughout Easter (8th, 10th, 13th, 15th 17th and 20th April), when Shadow & Sheila will be up to their usual mischief as they roam the park interacting with visitors.

To find out more about the new ‘Restricted Area 5’ and events taking place at Blackgang Chine, visit www.blackgangchine.com



. Please find attached image for your use. . ‘Restricted Area 5’ will officially opened on Saturday 5th April.

For MEDIA PREVIEW and further information, please contact Michelle Russell, Marketing & Communications Manager , Vectis Ventures Limited : michelle@vectisventures.co.uk / 01983 730123 / 07929 847665

Unplug the Isle of Wight for Short Breaks

The Isle of Wight is to offer an exciting new live music festival to celebrate its traditions in Arts and Culture.  Starting this Thursday, 13th March 2014, across 146 square miles of varying countryside and villages, “Acoustic Isle” will be offering a brand new ten-day event and festival experience on the Isle of Wight.

Steeped in heritage, from the Victorian Royals to the biggest names in popular music, Bob Dylan, Pharrell Williams, Bruce Springsteen and Jimi Hendrix have all added their names to the register of famous performances. This March, there has never been a better time to visit and make the most of the Garden Isle.

Since hosting the first Isle of Wight festival in 1968, the Island has boasted some of the largest performances in the country. Nowadays the Festival and Bestival are both highlights of the summer calendar and “Acoustic Isle” is a chance for those festivalgoers and couples to return and enjoy the unplugged talent and quieter ambience of the Isle of Wight, this time from the relaxing corner of a bar.

As well as the coming together of local musicians, special guests including Glastonbury favourite Mr. B the Gentleman Rhymer and Blues guitarist Eugene ‘Hideaway’ Bridges will all be performing under the “Acoustic Isle” banner. Also a special performance by Simon Townsend, brother of legendary rock guitarist Pete, at the Pavillion in Ryde, marking 50 years to the day that the Rolling Stones played 2 sell out shows at the same venue, will take place on March 22nd.

So after a relaxing day of taking in the Island’s wonderful attractions, taking a romantic walk through the breath-taking countryside or savouring a luxurious meal in front of a roaring open fire, visitors will be able to enjoy acoustic and unplugged performances in a host of the Isle of Wight’s pubs, hotels, cafes and restaurants from the very best musicians that the Island has to offer. Couple that with a moonlit stroll on some of the Island’s 57 miles of coastline and this spring could not be a better time to book your visit.

David Thornton, CEO of ‘Visit Isle of Wight,’ official tourist board of the Isle of Wight said, “The summer is a time when international talent is brought to the Island for the nation to enjoy. This 10-day festival is a great opportunity for visitors to experience our home grown talent as well as these amazing special guests. Our Island is a truly beautiful place with wonderful sights to see at this time of year, and offers some fabulous walks, cycle rides, attractions and dining experiences.”

To find out more about some of the featured events on the Acoustic Isle visit: www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/events/acoustic-isle


For further information, please contact:  Sue Emmerson, Isle of Wight Press Officer, Tel: 07766 705672, E-mail: sue@visitwight.co.uk

Notes to Editors:

Full programme attached for Acoustic Isle

Working in partnership with Visit England, Visit Isle of Wight Ltd (VIOW) is responsible for developing tourism and attracting more visitors to the Isle of Wight. As well as the consumer website (www.visitsleofwight.co.uk) the DMO also operates a small industry website containing recent research and tourism news along with links to Visit England reports and opportunities: www.visitwight.org

The Train Now Arriving …

A very special model locomotive arrived at Havenstreet on Monday in readiness to take centre stage in the Isle of Wight Steam Railway’s forthcoming new Train Story Discovery Centre which is due to open on 6th April.

Based on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway’s flagship locomotive W24 Calbourne, the model is part of a fascinating new interpretive display within the discovery centre, which will bring the locomotives and carriages to life, uncovering their impact on all our lives and showing what happened to them when no longer needed on the railways.

Train Story, which has been part-funded by a £1m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, will now house many of the Steam Railway’s historic locomotives, carriages and wagons.

The interpretive displays, including the model locomotive, have been designed by Richard Fowler Associates from Halifax and built by The Workhaus from York.  Chris Tagart, Interpretation Commissioner from the Steam Railway said, “The idea for Train Story goes back many years, and now, thanks to the very generous Lottery funding, it’s nearing completion. We’re particularly pleased to have been able to bring in some of the best interpretive skills from within the UK to develop Train Story, and also to work with a number of local Island  businesses, such as The Sign Company in Newport, to produce various elements of the displays”.

With a floor area extending to a massive 27,000 sq ft, Train Story is located adjacent to Havenstreet Station on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. Due to open at the beginning of the Easter break on 6th April, it will then open every day and is expected to attract 100,000 visitors each year.

“The development of Train Story opens-up a whole new added experience for our visitors”, said IW Steam Railway General Manager Peter Vail. “In Train Story we will have a first class undercover attraction to thrill the many families that visit our Steam Railway.”

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The model Calbourne waits on a 100 year-old former London, Brighton and South Coast Railway wagon at Havenstreet before taking centre stage in the Train Story displays – Photo Di Hollander/IWSR

Notes for Editors:

The Isle of Wight Steam Railway is located at Havenstreet Station (PO33 4DS) – 3 miles from Ryde and 3 miles from Newport – and operates a preserved 5-mile section of the former Ryde to Newport Railway. Alongside the 350-plus volunteers is a core employed workforce of 23 staff, many of whom were formerly volunteers on the Railway

The Steam Railway runs trains on approximately 210 days each year, and stages around 25 Special Events each year.


Peter Vail, IW Steam Railway – 01983 882204 peter.vail@iwsteamrailway.co.uk

Steve Oates, IW Steam Railway – 01243 555959 or 07774 188930 steve@smo.me.uk

The Railway Station, Havenstreet Station, Nr Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 4DS

For further information on the IW Steam Railway please go to www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk

News release issued by Stephen Oates 01243 555959

Enjoy Matris Diem on the Isle of Wight this year

Mums can be treated to a Roman holiday, a rare plant, a steam train ride, hand-made jewellery, and an afternoon combined with pottery making on the Isle of Wight this Mother’s Day.

An ideal destination for a short-break or a long-day away from the mainland, the Island has lined-up a host of special treats for March 30th – including a Roman Mothering Sunday, Matris Diem, at Brading Roman Villa.  The entrance cost of £15 per adult and £7.50 for children includes entrance to the Roman Villa and the current exhibition which is being run there in tandem with the British Museum.  So, as well as being able to enjoy a special three-course meal menu, visitors will also be able to see the world famous Warren Cup which featured recently on BBC TV’s “History of the World in 100 Objects”.  For full details, visit http://www.bradingromanvilla.org.uk.

Ventnor Botanic Gardens on the Isle of Wight, meanwhile, has one of the most unusual gifts of all for mums, this Mother’s Day – a rare plant that has been carefully propagated at the world famous gardens.  All mums who dine at Ventnor Botanic Garden on March 30th will be eligible for the rare gift following a lunch, prepared by new head chef, Graham Walker.  Since starting at Ventnor Botanic Gardens in January, Graham has been creating menus using only the freshest, local (including Ventnor Botanic Garden’s own) ingredients.  His Mother’s Day menu includes Island smoked salmon, roast saddle of lamb, locally caught cod, Isle of Wight cheese, and baked lemon tart.  Two courses are £23.50 per person, and three courses are £27.50 per person, and with complimentary entry, the whole family can stroll around the Garden before sitting down to enjoy their meal.  Booking is essential, and details can be found at http://www.botanic.co.uk.

The Isle of Wight Steam Railway is also planning a special day out for Sunday, March 30th – a steam train journey through the countryside, followed by lunch in the railway’s vintage refreshment rooms.  To make her journey even more memorable, every mum will receive a free bunch of spring flowers.  Tickets, which include Steam Train Fares can be bought on the gate [Adults £12.00, Children (5-15) £6.00, Infants (0-4) free, Families £30.00 (2 Adults and 2 Children)].  Discounts are available by buying in advance, online at http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk.

Other, creative options on Mother’s Day on the Isle of Wight include a Sunday afternoon tea, for just £12.50 per person, at Chessell Pottery where mums accompanied by their children will not be charged a studio fee to paint a piece of pottery as a memento of a special day.  Booking is essential.  Visit http://www.chessellpotterybarns.co.uk for further details.

Quay Arts Centre in Newport on the Isle of Wight, meanwhile, has come-up with another bright idea – by hosting a jewellery-making course on the weekend prior to Mother’s Day, when Melanie Swan will be teaching participants how to make delicate silver beads for pendants or earrings, with precious Metal Clay.  The course runs from 10am to 4pm and cost £56 per person.  For full details, visit http://www.quayarts.org.

Many of the Island’s leading hotels and restaurants are also offering Mother’s Day lunches and dinners.   Why not stay over in a cosy B&B, a premier hotel or one of the Island’s superb self-catering properties, such as Appuldurcombe Gardens Holiday Park near Ventnor?  Surrounded by beautiful open countryside and just minutes by car from the superb beaches of Shanklin, Sandown and Ventnor, the holiday park was originally part of the grounds of the nearby historic Appuldurcombe House. http://www.appuldurcombegardens.co.uk/

Anyone wanting further details of where to stay and how to reach the Island should visit http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk.



For further information, please contact:

Sue Emmerson, Isle of Wight Press Officer

Tel: 07766 705672

E-mail: sue@visitwight.co.uk


Visit England (VE) has launched a search to establish England’s Hall of Fame and Visit Isle of Wight (VIOW) is encouraging people to nominate the Island’s attractions.

From Harry Potter to James Bond, the mini skirt to the tuxedo, The Beatles to punk music and the Magna Carta to the World Wide Web, the Hall of Fame will celebrate what England has brought to the world and what makes the country such a diverse and fascinating place to visit and explore.

Launched last month, the National Tourist Board’s Hall of Fame app asks people to submit their hometown’s assets under the following categories: The Great, The Good and the Notorious; Inventions & Discoveries; Food & Drink; History & Heritage; Culture & Entertainment and Sport & Leisure.

Anyone making a nomination, or later voting, will be entered into a prize draw to win a UK weekend break.  Entries are open until March 23rd when voting opens to establish a final Hall of Fame, which will be announced on April 23rd, St George’s Day.

David Thornton, Chief Executive of VIOW, said: “From being home to the iconic rock festivals of 1968-1970 to the birthplace of Oscar-winning film director, Anthony Minghella and one of the richest dinosaur localities in Europe, the Isle of Wight has an absolute wealth of information to put forward for this campaign.

“So if you know a quirky or unusual fact that deserves to be recognised, make sure you enter your favourite claims to fame for the Island to help get it included.”

VisitEngland’s app will be hosted on a microsite (www.englandshalloffame.com) and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/EnjoyEngland).


For inspiration, go to www.visitisleofwight.co.uk


For further information, please contact:   Sue Emmerson, Isle of Wight Press Officer, Tel: 07766 705672, E-mail: sue@visitwight.org

Notes to Editors

Working in partnership with Visit England, Visit Isle of Wight Ltd (VIOW) is responsible for developing tourism and attracting more visitors to the Isle of Wight.   As well as the consumer website (VisitIsleofWight.co.uk) the DMO also operates a small industry website containing recent research and tourism news along with links to Visit England reports and opportunities: www.visitwight.org

VisitEngland is the country’s national tourist board.   They work in partnership with the industry to develop the visitor experience across England, plan national tourism strategy, grow the value of tourism in England and provide advocacy for the industry and visitors. More information can be found on www.visitengland.com and www.visitengland.org.

Carnival Walk and Talk – 15/16 March

The New Carnival Company will be leading a very unusual series of leisure walks across the Island on the weekend of 15 and 16 March – and you are all invited!

These 9 easy one mile walks are all part of the new Carnival Trail project – a 100mile route in total – which links all the carnival towns and villages on the Island together in a single joined-up loop. The Walk and Talk weekend is for anyone who has organised, taken part in, or watched Isle of Wight Carnivals over the years and who would like to contribute their memories to the project, or would enjoy listening to other people’s. The stories will be captured and collated digitally as you walk and will be published as part of The Carnival Trail Companion which will accompany the inaugural 100miles in May, as part of the Isle of Wight Walking Festival.

Alison Knapman, General Manager of the New Carnival Company, who will be taking part in the Walks and Talks explains. “It’s a bit like speed dating for carnival! People from all over the Island can come and join us and share their stories. It will be fun, free, informative and innovative. Richard White, who is a professional digital artist based in Bath, and local digital ambassadors David Holden and Rebecca Sallee, will be working with us to create a snapshot of IOW carnival over its 125 year history. The Carnival Trail Companion is for walkers and visitors to enjoy via their smartphones or tablets or to access online from their armchairs! It will be there for future walkers in years to come.”

If you would like to Walk and Talk carnival, here are the meeting places and times for the weekend. Alison advises “There may be some uneven ground in places, so come in sensible footwear and bring a rain jacket just in case! Some walks are shorter and more accessible than others; contact us if you are unsure of suitability. All dogs on leads please”.

Saturday 15 March

9.30am: St Helens Green (Pavillion) to the Duver

11am: Culver Down (by Monument) to Sandown Culver Parade

1pm: Winchester House (Lake) to Shanklin Clock Tower

3pm: St Boniface Down (by transmitter) to Ventnor Harbour

5pm: Carisbrooke Castle (by Priory) to Newport Quay

Sunday 16 March

10am: Totland (Turf Walk) to Colwell Common

11.30am: Fort Victoria to Yarmouth Green

2pm: Gurnard Yacht Club to Cowes Parade

4pm: Ryde (Western Esplanade Gardens) to Appley Beach (by Tower)

The Carnival Trail Project is being supported using Public Funds by Arts Council England and The Big Lottery.

For more info: Contact Alison Knapman, The New Carnival Company CIC on 01983 716095. Email alison@thenewcarnivalcompany.com

Notes to Editor

1. The New Carnival Company CIC (The NCC) is the leading carnival arts development agency in the south of England

2. The NCC is proud to be part of Arts Council’s England’s (ACE) National portfolio, a kite mark for Quality and Innovation in the arts. The NCC is the only ACE National portfolio organisation located on the Isle of Wight.

3. The IW Walking Festival is Britain’s largest Walking Festival, promoting over 270 walks in 16 days during May for all ages and abilities. In 2013 the Festival attracted over 17,000 walkers. Over 50% of the Island is recognised as an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty including over 500 miles of well-maintained footpaths.

4. The Isle of Wight Walking Festival is organised by The Isle of Wight Council’s Events Team.

Pictured above (and attached separately)

The New Carnival Company’s Creative Volunteer, Kay Capon (pictured right), demonstrates the concept of a ‘kissing gate’ to fellow walkers at last year’s Kite Festival.