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 (email@example.com); 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