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.
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/.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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