ROYALTY TO VISIT THE ISLE OF WIGHT

His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh and Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal are to carry out a number of engagements on the Isle of Wight between 3 and 5 August during Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week.

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh is to attend the annual Cowes Week service at Holy Trinity Church on Sunday 3 August before attending a reception and dinner at the Royal Yacht Squadron to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Cowes Combined Clubs, which was formed in 1964 on his suggestion.

On Monday 4 August The Duke of Edinburgh will visit Clare Lallow, a Cowes-based boat building company established in 1867. HRH will meet staff and view work in progress as well as some previous builds, including ‘Opposition’ (formerly called ‘Morning Cloud II’) which was commissioned in 1970 by the then Prime Minster, Edward Heath.

The Duke will also visit Beken Ltd to view a photographic exhibition with the theme ‘Royalty at Cowes’. The Beken family started marine photography in 1888 selling their photographs alongside medicines and perfumes at the family’s pharmacy. Kenneth Beken, who runs the family business today will welcome HRH to the exhibition and invite HRH to view the many photographs taken in Cowes and on the Solent over many years.

His Royal Highness will then visit Cowes Yacht Haven to meet representatives from Aberdeen Asset Management, the title sponsor of Cowes Week.

Later that day, HRH The Princess Royal arrives on the Isle of Wight. Her first engagement is at Medina Valley Centre, an independent environmental and outdoor education charity situated on the banks of the River Medina near Newport. HRH will be invited to tour the waterside facilities viewing three new dinghies, visit one of the field studies classrooms and walk the centre’s nature trail.

Her Royal Highness will then attend a reception at the Royal London Yacht Club in Cowes, in her capacity as admiral, where she will be invited to meet flag officers, members and trustees.

On Monday evening Her Royal Highness will attend a vigil service at the Chapel of St Nicholas in Castro in Carisbrooke Castle, the Island’s official war memorial, to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War.

On Tuesday 5 August, The Princess Royal will take part in yacht racing in the Solent with young ambassadors and representatives from Cowes-based youth charity UKSA, where The Princess Royal is patron. This year, UKSA is the regatta’s newly appointed official charity and funds raised throughout the week will go towards giving every Year 6 pupil on the Isle of Wight a session out on the water over the next two years.

At 10am on Tuesday 5 August, to mark 100 years after the first shot at sea was fired by the Royal Navy a day after the First World War in Britain was declared, the National Museum of the Royal Navy will mark the centenary by inviting a sail past by Royal Navy patrol vessel HMS Mersey off the Royal Yacht Squadron. A single cannon will be fired from the Royal Yacht Squadron and spectators and competitors will join together for a one minute silence in memory of all those who have served in defence of the nation. A further cannon will signify the end of the silence.

Lord-Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, Major General Martin White CB CBE JP, said: “I am very much looking forward to welcoming HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH The Princess Royal to the Isle of Wight, both of whom are regular visitors to the Island.

“I am particularly pleased that The Princess Royal is to join our commemorations to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War; the service is set to be a moving tribute to those who served and gave their lives for our country.”

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Attached image of the Duke of Edinburgh – please credit Isle of Wight Council

 For more information, please contact: Cowes Week Service John Power, powerjohn@onwight.net 50th anniversary of Cowes Combined Clubs Ben Cummings, aamcowesweekpr@wsmcommunications.com or 07739 325324 Clare Lallow Pat Boarer, lallows@lallowsboatyard.com or 01983 292112 Beken Ltd Kenneth Beken, Kenneth@beken.co.uk or 01983 297311 Aberdeen Asset Management Robin Spring, robin.spring@wsmcommunications.com Medina Valley Centre Alan Wells, fundraising@medinavalleycentre.org.uk or 07970 474787 Royal London Yacht Club Kate Paris, secretary@rlyc.org.uk First World War vigil service Isobel Uden, English Heritage, isobel.uden@english-heritage.org.uk or 01304 209891, 07789 926 960 UKSA Lori Little, lori.little@uksa.org or 01983 203024 or Will Myles, will.myles@uksa.org or 01983 203043 or 07919 298501

Issued by: Anna Price, Media Team Leader Tel: 01983 821000 ext 6253 Mob: 07976 347637 Email: anna.price@iow.gov.uk

 

ROARING SUCCESS OF MUSEUM

An Isle of Wight Council attraction is close to reaching a huge landmark in its history. Dinosaur Isle Museum in Sandown is expecting to welcome its one millionth visitor since it opened its doors for the first time back in August 2001.

Based on current visitor numbers, staff are predicting the millionth visitor will walk through the doors by the end of the year.

A surprise prize will be given to the lucky millionth customer, while all visitors to the museum can now enter a competition to win a break on the Isle of Wight. The winner will be drawn on the day the millionth visitor is revealed.

Since opening in 2001, Dinosaur Isle now holds over 30,000 fossils, covering the breadth of the Island’s geology. It regularly welcomes schools from the across the country on organised trips, and hosts hugely popular fossil walks. These walks have in the past turned up newly discovered species of dinosaur, such as a prehistoric crocodile and a spider.

Peter Pusey, general manager at the museum: said “Reaching one million visitors is a great tribute to those early fossil hunters who, in the 1820s, had the foresight to lay the foundations of the collection that is still being added to today.

“We wanted to have a bit of fun and share our excitement this summer, and get our one millionth visitor party started”.

Councillor Shirley Smart, Executive member for tourism and economy, said: “It is incredible to think Dinosaur Isle is approaching the one millionth visitor mark.

“This is a fantastic achievement for the museum which continues to attract tens of thousands of visitors every year and I send my congratulations to the staff.”

David Thornton, Chief Executive Visit Isle of Wight Ltd said “Dinosaur Isle forms one of the cornerstones of the Isle of Wight’s heritage branding and is a key aspect of what makes the Island distinct and different.

“Over the past couple of years the museum has been phenomenally successful and we are delighted to be in involved with the celebrations to mark its millionth visitor”. The museum building was designed to look like a pterodactyl when constructed.

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Issued by: Simon Butler, Media Relations Officer Tel: 01983 821000 ext 6254 Mob: 07976 347636 Email: simon.butler@iow.gov.uk

MORE ANCIENT WOODLANDS CONFIRMED ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT

New research has shown the Isle of Wight has a lot more areas of ancient woodland than previously thought.

Ancient woodland is defined as dating to 1600AD or before and is an irreplaceable resource. A recent survey – the first to be carried out since 1987 – has discovered 110 new ancient woodlands on the Island.

The research, carried out on behalf of the Isle of Wight Biodiversity Partnership, used detailed maps, surveys and estate records that were not all available in 1987.

Types of plants and animals in the woodlands were also closely analysed. This is because a key indicator if woodland is ancient is the type of plants and animals that live there as these are established over many centuries and are not simply replaced should new trees be planted.

Matthew Chatfield, Isle of Wight Council parks and countryside manager and chairman of the Isle of Wight Biodiversity Partnership, was involved in the survey. He said: “The survey was carried out over the last year and has revealed nearly 250 extra hectares (over 600 acres) of ancient woodland.

“Much of this was because of the new resources and techniques available.”

Councillor Luisa Hillard, Executive member for sustainability, added: “Knowing the locations of ancient woodlands across the Island is very important. They add to the Island’s unique character and area of outstanding natural beauty.

“One of the main reasons people visit the Isle of Wight is to see the countryside and it is important these areas are protected for their social and economic benefits. “Also, Natural England considers that ancient woodlands should be protected and this is key to any future policy or planning decisions.”

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Issued by: Simon Butler, Media Relations Officer Tel: 01983 821000 ext 6254 Mob: 07976 347636 Email: simon.butler@iow.gov.uk

Isle of Wight is on track for a great end to the summer

150 years of rail travel on the Isle of Wight is to be marked on the Island at the end of August.

Tickets for the special celebrations across the Island on Saturday, August 30th are already on sale at £18.64, and include unlimited rail travel on all Island Line services, the Isle of Wight Steam Railway and a return vintage bus service between Shanklin and Ventnor Gardens.  Discounted admittance for Ventnor Botanic Gardens is also included in the price.

The day has been designed to give visitors the chance to step back in time and travel through 150 years of rail transport and life on the Isle of Wight.  Celebrations will include a vintage vehicle display at Ryde, as well as steam fairs, stalls and entertainment across a large selection of the island’s stations.

While Ryde Esplanade Travel Centre will stage the Isle of Wight Railway’s 150 Exhibition, Brading Station will host a 1950s day, which will include signal box tours as well as vintage and memorabilia stalls.

Visitors to Shanklin Station can party through 150 years, and enjoy a selection of local traders’ stalls and vintage vehicles while enjoying a glass of Pimms or Rail Ale.

Tickets can be bought in advance by telephoning 01983 882204, or can be bought for £20 on the day from the Booking Office.  Anyone wanting to visit the island from the mainland for this event will also be given the opportunity to purchase combination tickets with the ferry companies.

For full details, visit http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk/events/150-years-of-rail.aspx.

The Isle of Wight recently launched its Time Travel app and passports (http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/inspire-me/time-travel) for its visitors, and Ryde Carnival – reputedly the oldest carnival in the UK – also fits right in with the end of the summer school holidays fun.

Dating back to 1887 and the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria, who became a lifelong patron of the event, Ryde Carnival will this year feature a Children’s Procession on Friday August 29th, followed by Ryde Illuminated on August 30th when hundreds of participants and many thousands of spectators will join the fun.  For full details, visit http://www.rydecarnival.com.

Visitors to the Island wanting to fast-forward to the 21st century this August Bank Holiday will also have an opportunity to watch the Formula One of the Sea powerboat Cowes-Torquay-Cowes endurance race (http://cowestorquaycowes.co.uk/timings/).

For further details of August Bank Holiday events and accommodation on the Isle of Wight, visit www.visitisleofwight.co.uk.

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 For further information, please contact:

Sue Emmerson, Isle of Wight Press Officer

Tel: 07766 705672

E-mail: sue@visitwight.co.uk

Travel through time on the Isle of Wight – Pick up a Time Traveller’s passport on board cross-Solent ferries

From today (Thursday 10th July) onwards, time travelling tourists visiting the Isle of Wight will receive their very own time-travel passport on board Wightlink, Red Funnel and Hovertravel ferries.

 

The Time Traveller’s passport, in association with Transformers: Age of Extinction, is being offered by Visit Isle of Wight, the Island’s tourist board, to encourage families to visit historic attractions and heritage sites linked to the Dinosaur era, Ancient Britain, the Roman Empire, Medieval times, the Tudors and Stuarts, the Victorians the present day and even experience an encounter with the Dinobot T-rex Grimlock, the new prehistoric robot character from the film.

 

Families will be able to collect the stamps from the locations highlighted in the passport, such as Dimbola Museum & Galleries, IW Steam Railway, Blackgang Chine, The Needles Park, The Needles New Battery, Osborne, Carisbrooke Castle, Brading Roman Villa, Dinosaur Isle, Shanklin Chine, Ryde Heritage Centre – and when travelling car free by bus or by train – for a chance to win fantastic prizes that include a holiday on the Isle of Wight and a trip to Paramount Studios in Hollywood, the home of Transformers: Age of Extinction.  Other prizes include free holiday travel, tickets to Island attractions, cinema tickets and merchandise from the film.

 

Visitors simply need to collect as many passport stamps as they can as they “time travel” around the Island and then when they get home, enter the codes they’ve collected into the Time Vault at www.dinoisland.co.uk to reveal their prize.

 

David Thornton, CEO, Visit Isle of Wight said: “This summer, the Isle of Wight is going to become one big time machine – from dinosaurs to rocket ships.

“Visitors will not only be enriched, but inspired with the scores of artefacts, diverse attractions and living history experiences as they come face to face with the Island’s past, present and future.”

 

The free 10-page Time Traveller’s passport can be obtained on board all cross-Solent ferries or by visiting Island tourist information points. 

 

Visitors can also create their own time trails set against the Island’s past, present and future by downloading the free Isle of Wight Tourist Guide app from www.visitisleofwight.co.uk

 

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

 

Notes to editors:

 

The Passport includes a list of attractions on the Island (“Stamp Locations”) at which the passport holder can get his/her passport stamped.   Visitors can also collect stamps for their time travel passport when travelling car free – by bus at Yarmouth and Ryde travel centres and by train at Ryde Esplanade and Shanklin stations. 

 

After collecting stamps, the Passport Holder must enter the codes they have collected (unique numbers which are incorporated into the stamp design) into the ‘Time Vault’ online at www.dinoisland.co.uk.    When they have entered the codes they have collected (they only need one to participate) they will be notified of which prize they have received.   Prizes include tourist attractions tickets (kindly provided by Stamp locations), free travel on and to the Island, cinema tickets, and the grand prize of a trip to Paramount Studios in Hollywood and a holiday to the Isle of Wight.

 

The passport holder only needs one stamp to enter the competition, but the more stamps that have been collected, the greater the chance of winning.

 

The campaign which invites visitors to discover the secret of Time Travel this summer, comes on the back of a new movie tie-in with Paramount Pictures, which launched Transformer’s Age of Extinction in the UK on July 5th.  It is the fourth instalment of the live action Transformers film series and introduces several new prehistoric robot characters, including the Dinobot T-rex Grimlock.

 

The Dinosaur Island augmented reality app launched last summer by Visit Isle of Wight is also being launched from July 10th to include an appearance by Transformers: Age of Extinction Dinobot.   The Dinosaur Island experience can currently be triggered at 6 meteorite locations around the Island and new sites are being added at The Needles, Blackgang Chine, The Isle of Wight Steam Railway, and even on board ferries to the Isle of Wight enabling visitors to ‘see’ dinosaurs flying overhead as they cross the Solent.

 

During the occupation by the Roman Empire 50 to 400AD the Island was called ‘Vectis’ and the word Vectis is still much in use on the Isle of Wight today. But the name was dropped when the Romans left in the 5th Century AD.

 

Visit Isle of Wight Ltd

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

 

TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION

IN CINEMAS JULY 5

“Transformers: Age of Extinction” is the fourth film in director Michael Bay’s global blockbuster franchise.  Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Li Bingbing, Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles, T. J. Miller, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor and Titus Welliver star.  The film begins after an epic battle that left a great city torn, but with the world saved.  As humanity picks up the pieces, a shadowy group reveals itself in an attempt to control the direction of history…while an ancient, powerful new menace sets Earth in its crosshairs.  With help from a new cast of humans, Optimus Prime (voiced by Peter Cullen) and the Autobots rise to meet their most fearsome challenge yet. In an incredible adventure, they are swept up in a war of good and evil, ultimately leading to a climactic battle across the world.

Produced By Don Murphy & Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Ian Bryce.

Based on Hasbro’s Transformers™ Action Figures.  Written By Ehren Kruger. Directed By Michael Bay.

www.thetransformersmovie.co.uk

For further information please contact Jenny Erwood, Head of Publicity Paramount Pictures UK Theatrical, jenny_erwood@paramount.com

GIANT FOSSIL DISCOVERED BY STAFF MEMBER GOES ON DISPLAY AT MUSEUM

A 100 million year old fossil recently found near Sandown Beach that weighs in at over 110 kilos has now gone on display at Dinosaur Isle Museum in the town.

A large ammonite, which is also a complete specimen, was discovered near a cliff face by staff member Alex Peaker during a fossil walk.

The ammonite, identified as Austiniceras austeni, belongs to a group of ammonites known as Parapuzosia which are acknowledged to be the largest ammonites in the world.

Alex recalls: “I was walking past some debris that had recently fallen from the cliff on a fossil hunting walk when I spotted the round characteristic shape of an ammonite. At first I didn’t want to get my hopes up as shapes can be misleading, however I took a closer look and saw the distinctive lines of an ammonite shell.

“Because it was below the cliff face, we sought permission to remove it from National Trust which is the landowner. It is lucky I spotted it when I did because it could have been washed away and lost to science.”

Collecting the ammonite was a difficult task, with the fossil part of a large block of rock weighing in at around two hundred kilos. Undeterred, it took three members of staff eight hours to remove enough of the surrounding rock to lift the ammonite. It was then transported using a beach buggy that has large inflatable tyres capable of carrying heavy weights over soft sand back to the museum.

Since March, the ammonite has been worked on in the lab at Dinosaur Isle by Martin New who has carefully removed the remaining rock from the shell and given it a clean, finally revealing the fossil in its full complete form.

Alex added: “It is very pleasing my find has been able to go on display at Dinosaur Isle Museum for all to enjoy.

“It just shows you never know when you may find something and it further reinforces the Isle of Wight’s reputation as one of the world’s best locations to find fossils.”

Dinosaur Isle is very grateful to the National Trust for the loan of this specimen and allowing it to go out on display at the museum.

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Simon Butler, Media Relations Officer
Tel: 01983 821000 ext 6254
Mob: 07976 347636
Email: simon.butler@iow.gov.uk

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An image of the ammomite is attached for your use. Please credit Isle of Wight Council/Dinosaur Isle if you use this photo.

VISIT ISLE OF WIGHT RECEIVES AWARD FOR ‘GARDEN ISLE’ AT BBC EXHIBITION

Visit Isle of Wight, along with its industry partners, created an award-winning display showcasing examples of the stunning flora from the ‘Garden Isle’ at the BBC Good Food & Gardeners World Exhibition from 12 – 15 June.

The BBC Good Food & Gardeners World Exhibition, which has been running for over 22 years, attracts an average of 100,000 plus visitors over four days. This year for the first time, trade-stands were assessed on their level of presentation and stands displaying an exceptional level of creativity were presented with an award. Visit Isle of Wight’s ‘Gardens of the Isle of Wight’ stand was awarded the prestigious Four Star trade-stand award by the Royal Horticultural Society.

The stand featured an eye-catching array of plants from Osborne House, the garden of which was designed by a young Prince Albert, as well as examples of the rare plants which grow at Ventnor Botanic Gardens thanks to the Undercliff’s warm microclimate. Placed between the two was a taste of the flora growing at the Garlic Farm, the UK’s largest specialist garlic grower.

Chris Kidd, curator of Ventnor Botanic Gardens, arranged the attractive garden area, which was set beside stands filled with Isle of Wight literature and a picnic hamper filled with Garlic Farm produce.

Liz Walker, VIOW Exhibitions Promoter, who attended the show, said: “Winning the award was just the icing on the cake. The BBC Gardeners World exhibition is a perfect platform from which to promote the Island and having this beautiful garden backdrop really gave us something with which to engage visitors to our stand. Significantly well over 4000 pieces of Isle of Wight print were distributed during the show proving that the Isle of Wight continues to be of great interest as a destination.”

Visit Isle of Wight will be representing the Island at future shows, including The 50+ Show at Kensington Olympia from 10 – 12 July and The New Forest Show from 29 – 31 July. Any tourism-related business interested in becoming part of the 2015 exhibitions programme should contact Liz Walker on 01983 201048.

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Sue Emmerson, Visit Isle of Wight Press Officer

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

 

PICTURE THIS – NEW TOURIST INFORMATION POINT OPENS IN FRESHWATER BAY

Visitors to the West Wight now have further opportunity to keep updated with information about the historic area and the Island thanks to a new Tourist Information Point at Dimbola Museum and Galleries, Freshwater Bay. The TP was opened on Thursday 3rd July by Cllr Shirley Smart, Executive Member for Economy and Tourism Dr Rachel Flynn, Exhibitions and Collections Coordinator at Dimbola and Cllr Clive Fleury, Chairman of Freshwater Parish Council.

The Tourist Information Point is located in the museum shop. As well as enjoying wide ranging exhibitions, discovering more about Julia Margaret Cameron and enjoying a cup of tea in an award winning cafe, visitors will now have access to free, friendly advice and information to help them make the most of their visit to the West Wight and the Isle of Wight.

Updated signage has been created to attract visitors to the Tourist Information Point and staff will be on hand to offer guidance on attractions, entertainment, events and eating out. Visitors and locals alike will be able to pick-up promotional material, including maps, guides and gifts.

Councillor Shirley Smart, Executive member for tourism, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Dimbola has become the latest in our network of tourist information points to open on the Isle of Wight. Dimbola attracts many people to the West Wight thanks to its renowned status in the world of photography so it is a great base for the new point which will provide a wide variety of information for visitors.”

This new visitor centre is the latest in a series of investments made by Visit Isle of Wight, thanks to financial support from the Isle of Wight Council, aimed at improving visitor information across the Island. Since July 2013, new tourist information points have opened in Shanklin, Ryde, Brighstone, Ventnor, Brading, Godshill, Sandown, Newport, Yarmouth and East Cowes. More will be opening this summer including one at Havenstreet.

For a full list of information points go to http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/plan-your-visit/tourist-information-points.  

For more information contact: Holly Kirby PR and Marketing Assistant Visit Isle of Wight Ltd holly@visitwight.org

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Photo attached from L – R

Brenda Lynn, Emmylou Morey-Clark, John Medland, Cllr Shirley Smart, Cllr Clive Fleury, David Thornton CE Visit Isle of Wight Ltd, Dr Rachel Flynn, Exhibitions and Collections Coordinator at Dimbola

Visit Isle of Wight Ltd

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

SUMMER FUN ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT

It’s shaping up for a superlative summer down on the Isle of Wight, especially if you have children to entertain. You can travel through time to the Island of Adventure and find fantastic fantasy worlds where anything is possible.

Actress Celia Imrie is the ‘voice’ of the Isle of Wight in our new TV advert enticing UK holiday-makers to visit the Island and to journey back in time by following a new Time Travel trail with the Transformers: Age of Extinction film that was launched on July 5th. Following in the giant footsteps left behind by Dinosaurs last year, the Isle of Wight is capitalizing on the new Transformers blockbuster, starring Mark Wahlberg and introducing several new prehistoric robot characters, including the Dinobot T-Rex Grimlock.

Pick up Your Passport

First of all you pick up your Time Traveller’s passport from your ferry or an IW Tourist Information point and your journey back to the future with the help of a new Time Travel app begins.

Visit the historic attractions and heritage sites in your passport that are linked to the Dinosaur era; Ancient Britain; the Roman Empire; Medieval times; the Tudors and Stuarts; the Victorians; the present day; and a Dinobot Hunt set in the future and you could win prizes by collecting stamps at each location. These include tickets to Isle of Wight attractions, free holiday travel, cinema tickets, merchandise and a visit to Paramount studios in Hollywood plus a holiday on the Isle of Wight.

Dinosaurs of Blackgang Chine

Winners of Trip Advisor’s prestigious ‘Certificate of Excellence 2014’ for the second year running for consistently achieving outstanding traveller reviews on the TripAdvisor website, Blackgang Chine now boasts huge life-size moving dinosaurs in their new ‘Restricted Area 5’. An Iguanadon, a Stegosaurus, screeching Raptors, an Argentinosaurus bigger than a double decker bus and the most gargantuan T Rex ever seen all make their own distinctive sounds and react to the visitors.

The park’s resident celebrity baby Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaurs, Shadow and Sheila, delight the crowds with their ‘LIVE’ performances during the summer holidays and there are new baby dino friends to meet: Jack & Jill, the walking Procomsognathus dinosaurs, George, the baby Brachiosaurus and ‘Caulkie’ the mischievous Caulkicephalus. www.blackgangchine.com

Victoria lives at Osborne House

It is the Victorian era that is brought to life at Osborne House with a new exhibition at the Swiss Cottage and games and dressing up on the beach. ‘Small Adventures for Royal Children’ lets you join a Victorian explorer for tales of adventure and bravery and go on a bug hunt for exotic flora and fauna. You can let your little soldiers run off some energy in the rifle drills and hobby horse relays or watch the antics of Mr Punch and his wife Judy at their seaside show. Take a dip in the Solent and enjoy a game of quoits or skittles with a delicious Isle of Wight Minghella ice cream from the café. www.english-heritage.org.uk/Osborne or telephone 01983 200022

All Eras at IW Steam Railway

Kids go for free at the IW Steam Railway throughout August and you can time travel from the Victorian era to the swinging sixties on board one of their lovely locomotives. Special themed weekends help to take you back in time such as the Victorian Weekend of August 2nd and 3rd, the Jaguar Classic Car Show on August 10th and Island Steam Days on the same day, which celebrates 1940s lorry travel and freight travel throughout the Victorian and Edwardian eras.

The 40th Island Steam Show from August 22nd to 25th is a fabulous family day out and 150 years of Steam Travel is celebrated at the station on August 30th. http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk/events.aspx

Beautiful Bicycle Island

Whether you’re a Mamil (Middle Aged Man In Lycra) or a mummy whose bike has a basket on the front Bicycle Island – Isle of Wight – is one of the best places in the country to discover from the saddle of a bike. Take the whole family on a cycling holiday around the Island’s 500 plus miles of cycle and bridleways that weave their way through our dramatic and contrasting landscapes.

This year Bicycle Island has added new cycle ways, bike-carrying buses, additional bike hire, baggage transfer, and new cycle parking across the Island, to make your Isle of Wight cycling holiday even easier. The Isle of Wight recently scooped top spot in Lonely Planet’s “Top 10 World Cycling Routes.” http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/bicycle-island

Enchanted Evenings

The Needles Park at Alum Bay is world renowned for its coloured sands, the stunning chalk stacks of the Needles and the ski style chair lift that takes you down to the beach and back. For five weeks only the park is open late every Thursday for a non-stop party of games, live music and street entertainment, with a spectacular music and fireworks finale lighting-up the skies above the Needles from 9:30pm.

Music and Magic in the Skies takes you to the Rio Carnival in Brazil on July 31st, the 1970s on August 7th, to Children’s Movies on August 14th, to Space on August 21st and has a special Christmas theme on August 28th. http://www.theneedles.co.uk/events.php

Robin Hill hosts Bestival in September but on balmy summer holiday evenings the woods are transformed into a magical realm of light and sound with the Electric Woods from dusk until 10pm and rides and attractions open late into the evening.

Fridays at Robin Hill are ‘Days of Adventure’ and visitors are offered the chance to ‘test their aim’ at archery and ‘get hands on’ with fire lighting and survival skills as part of their Bushcraft Activities. For those with a wilder side there are also mountain boarding taster sessions. Robin Hill, sister attraction to Blackgang Chine as also achieved a Trip Advisor ‘Certificate of Excellence for the second year running. http://www.robin-hill.com/events

 

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