Celebrating Chinese New Year on the Isle of Wight

What better way to celebrate one of the world’s most popular celebrations, than in dynamically lit ancient woodlands, surrounded by a dazzling array of coloured lanterns, flags and features?

This January and February, Robin Hill will once again be hosting their electric woods event, Spirit of the Orient, which captures the spirit of Chinese New Year through stunning spectacles of oriental themed light, sound and entertainment.

As 2017 is the year of the Rooster, visitors can enjoy a spectacular new sound and light show set within the woodland glades, which tells the story of how the rooster came to be finally selected as one of the animals of the Chinese Zodiac.  The storytelling theme continues with a larger than life mystical dragon recounting traditional Chinese stories, before children can then take part in a fun procession with a 12-metre-long dragon, which will meander through the woodlands, before venturing across the canopy skywalk amidst plumes of flames!

The Oriental themed entertainment continues with an authentic performance of a traditional lion dance, featuring illuminated lions in a show full of fun choreography with light and sound effects.   And if that’s not enough … there’s a wishing tree to make your dreams come true, glow poi performers wandering through the woodlands, and an amazing falconry show in the woodland amphitheatre too!

During half term week ONLY (18th – 26th February), an elegant and colourful Chinese fan dance will be performed by a dance troupe of 20 artists in the woodland amphitheatre.

To complete the evening, visitors can enjoy the delights of an authentic oriental menu served in the woodland ponds, and toast marshmallows on the open brazier – there will be something to suit all tastes.

The electric woods Spirit of the Orient is open to visitors every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 6pm – 10pm, starting Friday 27th January (Chinese New Year weekend), up to and including February half-term, when it will be open every evening until Sunday 26th February.

Tickets cost £12.50 per person or £46 for a saver ticket (4 x people).  Children under 4 years are free.  Tickets are available to purchase in advance from the website:  www.electricwoods.co.uk



  • Chinese New Year 2017 is the year of the rooster.
  • Robin Hill’s electric woods won Bronze for ‘Tourism Event of the Year’ at the Beautiful South Awards 2015-16
  • The electric woods is a series of stunning evening events featuring a spectacle of themed light, sound and entertainment set in Robin Hill’s ancient woodland. In February the Chinese New Year is celebrated with the Spirit of the Orient – and during October the electric woods is themed Festival of Light inspired by the Hindu Festival of Diwali.
  • For further information, contact Michelle Russell: 07436 283630 / michelle@vectisventures.co.uk