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JACK UP THE 80s FIRST LINE UP ANNOUNCEMENT CONFIRMED

British pop group T’Pau who had a string of Top 40 hits in the late 1980s including the Number One ‘smash’ China in Your Hand are the first eagerly anticipated name out of the hat for next Summer’s Jack Up The 80s festival.

The band, led by flame haired 80s sensation Carol Decker will be transporting audiences back to their youth by performing tracks such as Heart and Soul, Secret Garden, Valentine and many more.

T’Pau played the Isle of Wight Festival in 2013 and packed out the big top with their energetic set. They can’t wait to make a return visit to the Island for their first ever Jack Up The 80s appearance in August 2018.

Back for a sixth year, this will be the retro pop festival’s second year at Smallbrook Stadium in Ryde. Owing to the success of the event earlier this year which saw sell-out crowds, organisers have advised that 2018 tickets will be strictly limited.

“We’ve listened to who you want back but have also booked a number of superb fresh names. We’re excited to be revealing details of next year’s line-up in the coming weeks and months, all great household names guaranteed to get you up on your feet reliving the good times. Stay tuned for a superb mix of upbeat party bands and feel-good favourites.”

Jack Up The 80s will take place over the weekend of 11th and 12th August. The highly-acclaimed event provides a family weekend of musical entertainment from chart names, food, attractions, kids arts and crafts and stalls.

Mainstream Early Bird tickets go on sale on Monday 22nd January and will be available to purchase from jackupthe80s.co.uk. A limited number will also available at over the counter from outlets on the Isle of Wight.

Remember, the earlier you buy the greater the saving!

The festival will once again be working with partners Wightlink, Red Funnel and Hovertravel to arrange travel packages from the mainland.

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Notes for Editors

  1. For further information please contact Sarah Moss, Event Manager Email: sarahemmamoss@gmail.com, Telephone: 07876 63145

IW Mardi Gras 2018: A global celebration!

The New Carnival Company is set to launch the narrative for the annual Isle of Wight Mardi Gras at a celebration event at Ryde Academy Studio Theatre on Thursday 16th November at 17:30.

The IW Mardi Gras always adopts a relevant and educational theme allowing school and community groups to undertake a programme of research and learning prior to designing, producing and performing spectacular carnival costumes. Themes in recent years have included ‘Shakespeare 400’ commemorating  the anniversary of the passing of the Bard and ‘Reflections of India’ celebrating the links between the Island, Queen Victoria and India on the 70th anniversary of the country’s independence.

In 2018 the theme will be ‘Global Biospheres’ and will be produced to support the IW Area of Outstanding Beauty’s application to have the Island recognised as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Richard Grogan, AONB Lead Officer explained “The aim of Biospheres is to showcase on a global stage an area where communities are finding ways to bring together the conservation of the stunning places in which they live with the continuing sustainable use of those areas. If we are successful in our campaign to have the Isle of Wight recognised, the reward is international recognition through the formal UNESCO Biosphere designation which puts us up there with Mount Olympus in Greece, Mata Atlantica Rain Forest in Brazil and Yellowstone National Park, USA.  We want to tell the Island about this and working with the New carnival Company on their 2018 Mardi Gras theme seemed an ideal opportunity”

In 2018 the Mardi Gras will be exploring in detail some of the 635 reserves across the globe of which there are only two in England. Then in the following year we will be looking at the Isle of Wight itself for our creative inspiration.

Frankie Goldspink, Creative Director for the NCC added “We are delighted to be working with the AONB on the prestigious project. Groups taking part will be supported to understand what the fantastic opportunities being recognised as a UNESCO Global Biosphere mean and then to work with us in a creative programme to make and showcase spectacular costumes”

Representatives from the AONB and the IW Music Hub, who are supporting Mardi Gras 2018, will also be presenting at the launch event to explain other opportunities to get involved this exciting project.

Any school, youth or community group wanting to take part in the event in 2018 is encouraged to attend the launch meeting or register an interest with the NCC on 01983 716095 or frankie@thenewcarnivalcompany.com.

The Isle of Wight Mardi Gras: ‘Global Biospheres’ will take place on Saturday 30th June, 3pm on the streets of Ryde.  The project is already attracting international attention.

Notes to Editor

  1. The New Carnival Company CIC (The NCC) is the leading carnival arts development agency in the south of England. 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.
  2. The Isle of Wight Mardi Gras was formerly known as the Arts Parade and began in 2003 with the aim of encouraging and supporting more schools and youth organisations to get involved in the creative side of carnival. Today it is the leading young people’s carnival in the south of England.
  3. Mardi Gras translates as Fat Tuesday from the French and celebrates the last day of feasting and merriment before the traditional Christian period of Lent. The word Carnival is Latin for Farewell to Meat, also referring to festivities held at that time. Many of the famous carnivals in the world including Rio Carnival, Trinidad Carnival, Venice Carnival and New Orleans Mardi Gras take place in February on Pancake Day.

Press contact: chris@thenewcarnivalcompany.com

 

Seven reasons for visiting the Isle of Wight in 2018

Bed and breakfast – in a tree

Goodleaf on the Isle of Wight will be unveiling a new tree top experience in April/May, 2018.  Taking place in the grounds of historic Jacobean manor house Northcourt, in Shorwell, Goodleaf Tree Climbing will offer Tree Top Camping for the very first time on the Isle of Wight.  Sleeping in special ‘Tree Boats’ imported from the USA, climbers will learn the ropes with recreational tree climbing experts Goodleaf, before spending the night sleeping high in the canopy of a beautiful 15 metre beech tree in this beautiful location deep in the rural heart of the Island.  Supper can be taken at the local pub The Crown Inn in Shorwell before ascending into the canopy, relaxing and enjoying a bird’s eye view from your “bed for the night”.  Breakfast will be delivered to you in your hammock by the instructor.  The cost is £350 per person; £450 for two people; and £550 for three.  There will be a maximum of ten overnight camps a year. https://www.goodleaf.co.uk

Celebrating 175 years of magic

Blackgang Chine on the Isle of Wight, the oldest theme park in the UK and one of the most iconic tourist destinations, will celebrate its 175th anniversary in 2018. Numerous events will be taking place throughout the year that befits this magical, wacky, wonderful theme park. Blackgang Chine was founded by Alexander Dabell in 1843 when all that stood here was the Chine itself – a spectacular gorge that cut some 500-feet, deep into the cliff face. The Victorians travelled from far and wide to experience its breathtaking views; and the very first ‘attraction’ was the skeleton of a whale which had been washed up onto the beach – and is still on display at Blackgang Chine today. (Blackgang Chine received the royal seal of approval when Queen Victoria visited in August 1853 to see the whale skeleton). The park is still owned and run by the descendants of Alexander Dabell, (the current owner’s great, great, grand-father) and the magic has only grown over the years.  Blackgang Chine is now filled with an eclectic mix of attractions, theme worlds and rides – offering something for all the family and the generations of families who continue to visit year after year. https://blackgangchine.com

Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography

Julia Margaret Cameron – one of the greatest portraitists in the history of photography, and a member of a Freshwater Circle of glittering literati on the Isle of Wight – was the subject of an exhibition at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in 2014, and featured in special exhibitions at the V&A in London to mark the 200th anniversary of her birth in 2015. She will be in the headlines again in 2018 when Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography (is staged at the National Portrait Gallery in London, from March 1 to May 20.  This major new exhibition brings together the works of four giants of Victorian photography, Lewis Carroll (1832–98), Julia Margaret Cameron (1815–79), Oscar Rejlander (1813–75) and Clementina Hawarden (1822-65). Dimbola Lodge at Freshwater Bay on the Isle of Wight, was the home and workplace of celebrated Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. It is now a Museum and Gallery dedicated to her life and work, as well as a showcase for contemporary exhibitions from photographers around the globe. Dimbola Lodge has also been called the best kept secret on the Isle of Wight. http://www.dimbola.co.uk

50 years of a Music Festival on the Isle of Wight

2018 will mark 50 years of an Isle of Wight Festival on the Island.  It’s the 50th anniversary of the first Music Festival on the Isle of Wight. “The Great South Coast Bankholiday Pop Festivity” took place overnight on August 31 and September 1 at Hell Field, Ford Farm, near Godshill in 1968 attended by approximately 10,000 people;  and was followed in 1969 by the Wootton Festival with Bob Dylan, and in 1970 at the Afton Festival (at East Afton Farm and not far from what is now site of Dimbola Museum & Galleries) with Jimi Hendrix and The Doors amongst many others, attracting an incredible estimated 600,000 souls. http://isleofwightfestival.com

There are also plans being drawn up for a commemorative event in 2020 to celebrate this colossal and world-famous music event on the same site at East Afton.

Tiny Homes Holidays

Opened towards the end of 2017, Tiny Homes Holidays is a new, ethical way to holiday on the Isle of Wight. Tiny Homes are all about downsizing your space and upsizing your free time – and living simply in a smallholding environment adjacent to Parkhurst Forest with its walking trails, cycle routes and wildlife galore (including the Isle of Wight’s famous red squirrels).  Another new trend being introduced here, thanks to the construction of a small studio is #studycations. http://www.tinyhomesholidays.com/

Isle of Wight Literary Heroes Trail

Following hard on the heels of the launch of its Victoria’s Island Trail to celebrate the appearance of the Victoria & Abdul movie in cinemas worldwide, Visit Isle of Wight has published a new Literary Heroes Trail which visitors to the Island can follow all-year-round. One of the highlights of the Literary Heroes Trail is the newly re-opened Farringford in Freshwater, where the renowned poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson once lived (https://farringford.co.uk).  The dramatic Gothic house has been the subject of a meticulous five-year restoration project, and is decorated in a late 19th Century style that reflects Tennyson’s tastes and interests. The grounds have also been returned to their authentic Tennyson-era appearance, complete with a walled kitchen garden. Other key locations on the Trail include the sailing village of Seaview, where author Enid Blyton was a regular visitor; and the traditional seaside resort of Ventnor, where Charles Dickens rented Winterbourne in Bonchurch – describing it to his wife as, “The prettiest place I ever saw in my life.” Author Lynne Truss – herself, a regular visitor to the Island – edited the new Literary Heroes Trail leaflet. “I’m not the first writer to be inspired by this jewel of an island,” she says. “Writers have breathed the air here, walked the cliffs and gazed at the glittering sea – and then dashed home to put pen to paper.” The trail also reveals some of its own, home-grown talent, including Oscar winning screenwriter Anthony Minghella who wrote The English Patient. https://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/inspiration/literary-heroes-trail

Isle of Wight to host UK Pride in 2018

It has recently been announced that the Isle of Wight will host the next UK Pride, just one year after the Island’s first ever Pride event. https://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/whats-on/isle-of-wight-pride-p1427001

For all tourist information about the Isle of Wight, visit www.visitisleofwight.co.uk.

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For further information about The Isle of Wight, please contact:

Sue Emmerson                  Tel: 07766 705672           Email: 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 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.

The Isle of Wight is a Finalist in the Family Traveller Awards 2017

The Isle of Wight has been announced as a finalist in this year’s annual Family Traveller Awards in the “Best UK region for Families” category.

The public will have until 20th October 2017 to vote for the Island and every vote will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win a holiday for a family of four to Malta, worth £4,000. The winners for each category will be decided on by the expert judging panel and the responses from the public, with the winners being announced by a celebrity host at a glamourous celebration in London this November.

Now in its third year, The Family Traveller Awards are dedicated to finding the best of the best in family travel and celebrating brands that work hard to make family holidays special.

New for the 2017 Awards is the Reader’s Choice Awards – where the winners will be selected based solely on the majority public vote, with no input from the judging panel. Kids will call the shots in the ‘Best UK Days Out for Families category’, while mum and dad can have their say on what they think is the ‘Best UK Region’ and the ‘Best UK City Break’ for families.

Vist Isle of Wight is the Destination Management Organisation for the Isle of Wight and work in partnership with Visit England, Visit Britain, Tourism South East and other tourism bodies to promote the Island to UK mainland and overseas audiences. Their top-ranking website (www.visitisleofwight.co.uk) receives over 2.4million visitors a year.

In 2015, the Isle of Wight was Highly Commended for “Best Domestic Destination for Families” while Wightlink were Highly Commended in the “Best Family Ferry Operator” category.   Last year, the Isle of Wight Festival won in the “Best Family Festival” category.

Included in the Family Traveller Awards finals this year are the Isle of Wight in the Best UK region for Families category, Wigwam (which has a location at Tapnell Farm) in the Best Holiday Rental category, Carisbrooke Castle (English Heritage) in the Best UK Day Out category, Kingswood Family Adventure, (which has a location in Bembridge) in the Best Activity Specialist category and the Isle of Wight Festival in the Best Family Festival category.

David Thornton, CEO, Visit Isle of Wight said: “The Family Traveller Awards give consumers the opportunity to reward travel and tourism enterprises for outstanding performance and it’s wonderful to see the Island and so many of its tourism businesses in the running for these prestigious awards.

“We’re up against some big industry names, so please do spread the word and encourage everyone you know to vote for the Isle of Wight and circulate the message “Pure Island Happiness” is what the whole world needs right now”.

Last year, the awards were met with huge support from the travel industry and public, with over 27,000 public votes received. This year there are 21 different categories, up from 18 in 2016, ranging from Best European Hotel for Families, to Best Family Festival and Best Activity Specialist for Families.

This year, the panel of judges will consist of a range of travel experts, including: Jane Anderson, editor of Family Traveller magazine; Simon Reeve, BBC presenter; Mariella Frostrup, BBC Radio 4 presenter; Sue Ward Davies, travel director of ELLE and Jane Knight, travel editor of The Times.

To vote, go to  www.familytraveller.com/awards      

Everyone who votes will be automatically entered into a competition to in a £4,000 family holiday to Malta https://familytraveller.com/travel-competitions/family-traveller-awards-2017-malta/

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Notes to Editors

For more information, please contact: Sue Emmerson, Tel: 07766 705672, Email: sue@visitwight.co.uk

 

About Family Traveller:

Family Traveller is the UK’s premier media brand focusing on all things related to family centric travel. Family Traveller has a monthly reach of over 500,000 affluent UK families with a specific target audience of 30-50-year-old mothers with an ABC1 demographic. Family Traveller magazine is available at Waitrose stores nationwide and selected independent retailers. Our social media following is 100,000+ and the website has over 350,000 monthly unique visitors. The Family Traveller awards received 2,600 nominations in 2016 with a public vote recorded at 27,000.

Visit Isle of Wight

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

 

Get social media updates from Visit Isle of Wight.   Go to https://www.facebook.com/VisitIOW, https://twitter.com/VisitIOW, https://instagram.com/visitisleofwight/, https://www.youtube.com/user/VisitIsleofWight, https://plus.google.com/114584030216192729120/posts

 

ISLE OF WIGHT GARLIC FESTIVAL – 19th/20th AUGUST 2017

BBC Bake Off Star Jane Beedle and Valentine Warner are just two of the big names appearing at this year’s Garlic Festival, held at Fighting Cocks Crossroads, Newchurch on 19/20th August.

Jane will be baking in the festival theatre kitchen, and promises some of her TV showstoppers – as well as demonstrating some simple savoury dishes. Valentine will be signing copies of his bestselling book, ‘What to Eat Next’ and will also cook two fish recipes, with the fresh from the boat fish coming from Captain Stan’s at Bembridge.

On stage this year are chart-toppers Marmalade, whose top ten hits include Reflections and Oh Bla Dee oh Bla-Da! The Sunday headliner is The Quo Experience, as part of a nationwide tour, this band are considered THE Quo tribute by the Official Status Quo fan club. They were invited to the Island after festival Chairman David Holmes, a personal friend of the late Rick Parfitt, was called upon to repatriate Rick from Spain last Christmas and carry out his funeral wishes in Woking. Both bands are supported by some excellent local Rock, Pop and Punk bands, and our very own Derek Sandy.

The Garlic show arena will feature The Vander Brothers – for the first time ever on the Isle, with their Quad Wheel – walking outside and inside it, one slip and, it doesn’t bear thinking about. They share the arena with an array of talented animals, including falconry, Wight Wizards dogs. On Saturday we welcome Extreme Bike Battle and Sunday Bob Hogg with his sheepdogs, duck and geese. Also back by popular demand is TITAN, the robot. Once seen, never forgotten, he’ll be performing two shows daily.

We have the wonderful arts and crafts marquees, dozens of food stalls – selling everything from local breads, meats, cheeses, honey and everything else you can imagine. The variety of hot food on offer continues to be the focal point – and of course GARLIC remains the theme, both to eat there or to take home. As ever, thousands of people are expected to attend, locals and summer visitors. Whatever the weather, after 34 years the Garlic Festival remains as popular as ever, it’s fun, food and fund raising and it’s not to be missed!

David Holmes 07813 890221  |  @IOWGarlicFest  | www.garlicfestival.co.uk

Cirque De La Quirk announces their line up at the Isle of Wight Festival 2017

Cirque De La Quirk returns to the Isle of Wight Festival 2017 with a new and exciting festival experience including headline performances from Stanton WarriorsKrafty Kuts, Dub Pistols and Sam and The Womp. Festival goers will have the chance to step into a worry free and nonsensical world with Previous year’s have including live body painting, dance offs and sock wrestling and 2017 promising to being bigger and better.

This year’s festival takes place 8th-11th June at Seaclose Park, headlined by Rod Stewart, Arcade Fire, David Guetta and Run DMC as well as performances from Bastille, Rag’n’Bone Man and The Kooks.

Cirque De La Quirk explain this year’s out of this world theme:

The whirlwind of Cirque de la Quirk will be back this year with a vengeance!!! Picking up where they left last year, the Cirque will be amping up the immersive festival experience. 

Their world will plunge you into a community embracing style, individuality and rebellion. In this territory there are two factions. Will you be the eccentric aristocrat or the rowdy rebels? 

Two Factions:– 

The Nostalgias; steeped in etiquette and dressed to the nines, the closest thing to aristocracy that anyone could hope for. They enjoy their own company but due to their impulsiveness, their rash and emotive nature they can even rub each other up the wrong way, let alone the other side. 

The Mechanicals are a very different animal. Where the Nostalgias shut themselves away with sofas and mustaches, the Mechanicals are curious schemers who reside in the wooded area. They were once the scientists, mathematicians and geniuses of this world but their time in the wasteland and endless need to solve everything that has gone wrong has had an effect. Their yearning for answers has shifted and their thirst for knowledge has been replaced by a thirst for anarchy. 

The life loving population will try to make you sway from one to the other and when chosen you can pit your wits against others in a feast of games, puzzles and activities throughout the weekend. Fun for all ages, the music and performers will allow you the chance to try your hand at being a circus master or sock wrestling champion – put to the soundtrack of, squelchy beats with a bit of kick every evening!!

Which side will you choose – you’ll have to test your mettle to find out!!

Dulcie MacKechnie

Junior PR Account Executive

First Floor

1-11 Carteret Street

London
SW1H 9DJ

Tel | 0203 327 7170

Mob | 07951657111

Email | dulcie.mackechnie@dawbell.com

 

ISLE OF WIGHT GARLIC FESTIVAL – 19/20 AUGUST 2017

Round up the family and join us at this year’s Isle of Wight Garlic Festival – the island’s unstoppable not-to-be-missed huge summer show, now in its 35th year.

There’s garlic galore of course, and this year’s expanded food theatre kitchen will feature BBC star chef and best-selling author, Valentine Warner, while on Sunday, we have everyone’s star baker Jane Beedle – from Britain’s hottest TV show, Great British Bake Off. Both will be demonstrating favourite recipes, signing books, chatting and maybe even posing for a selfie. They are supported all weekend by an array of local food people and talented chefs.

On the big Garlic Festival stage this year, we’ve booked classic 60’s and 70’s hitmakers, Marmalade. Their top ten hits include; Reflections of my life, Falling apart at the seams, Lovin’ things and the number one smash hit, Ob La Di Ob La Da.

As part of their nationwide tour, we have also secured the only Island date for The Quo Experience, the band that sounds and looks incredibly close to the real thing. The boys are guaranteed to have you rocking all over the Isle to your favourite Quo hits. As ever, the best of the Island’s local talent will be supporting, including our own fabulous Derek Sandy Band.

The Garlic Festival arena will feature non-stop live entertainment, including the return of The Vander Brothers new Quad wheel. These acrobats delight and amaze as they walk on the outside of the human hamster wheel at death defying height. As ever, we’ll have talented animals galore, and humans, with the ever popular Garlic games. Whatever the weather, the Garlic Festival is a great day out – with loads for everyone.

And he’s back! After a three year absence, Titan-the-Robot is here on both days.

With hot or cold food of all kinds, entertainment galore, the Island’s biggest marquees full of arts, crafts, and food businesses of every kind – and of course, dozens of Island charities raising thousands of pounds – it’s no wonder everyone, including the Times and the Telegraph call this ‘One of Britain’ best food shows.

David Holmes 07813 890221

@IOWGarlicFest

www.garlicfestival.co.uk

Going beyond The Fringe on the Isle of Wight

What started seven years ago as a “social experiment” by a group of six 18-year-old friends, is now a showcase Fringe Festival that could become one of the leading events of its kind in the UK.

It will be fascinating to see how Ventnor Fringe continues to develop.  But based on the past seven years, there is every likelihood that what books have done for Hay-on-Wye, food has done for Ludlow and music for Dingle in Ireland, performance art might yet do for the town of Ventnor.

Based on an Edinburgh model, albeit on a much smaller scale, Ventnor Fringe now has seven years of history that it can call upon, as well as an increasingly bright and visionary future.

In the meantime the 2017 edition scheduled to take place between August 8th and 13th will also incorporate Ventnor International Festival – or “VIF”, for short.

The Ventnor Fringe, which coincides with the annual Ventnor Carnival, has already become an occasion that visitors to enjoy while they are on the Island.  But, helping to set the Friday apart in a six-day festival, VIF (according to Ventnor Fringe Director Jack Whitewood) is set to become “all about attracting more people who want to discover new sounds on England’s largest Island.”  It will feature emerging talent: all signed artists, but the kinds of acts which organisers believe will include many of the stars of the future.

A multi-venue festival featuring a carefully curated line up of the most exciting emerging artists from across the UK and beyond, it’s a place to discover the next big thing – with entry available through one, £30 wristband.

A new focus for the Ventnor Fringe, which completely dominates the entire town for six days in August, VIF is already starting to attract interest and curiosity in equal measures, and in a way that could see more visitors than ever before making their way to the Island specifically to enjoy a part of the Fringe.

The 2010 Ventnor Fringe attracted 200 people, mostly from Ventnor itself.  Today, there are 3,500 tickets available for the six day Fringe, with at least 30% of those going to people who live on the mainland, or overseas.

“It’s the Island’s only urban Festival,” explains Jack.  “It has its own vibe, and energy, and is based in venues which include churches, old halls, basements, warehouses, laundrettes, barber shops and even some of the local’s front rooms.”

Ventnor Fringe now operates out of its own HQ – the Ventnor Exchange, which is described as a “dynamic creative hub and hangout on the Isle of Wight combining a craft beer bar and record store”.  Full details can be found at http://ventnorexchange.co.uk – and, in the very near future, watch out as well for the Exchange offering visitors to the town the opportunity to join in with a whole range of “experiences”, such as joining a local photographers in some of their own favourite locations.

VIF, meanwhile, has even opened-up the possibility for organisers to offer its visitors special hotel packages, featuring local hotels and tickets to the event.  A writband for the Ventnor International Festival, plus accommodation at the Leconfield Hotel with breakfast and use of the swimming pool, starts from £78 per person.  For more details, visit: https://www.festicket.com/festivals/ventnor-international-festival/2017/packages/?buy=hotels-packages.

Comparisons with Edinburgh, and with Dingle in Ireland, are inevitable.  Still in its infancy VIF is nevertheless the Isle of Wight’s answer to an urban music festival in a selection of the town’s coolest spaces.

“I can’t think of anything else on a scale as small as Ventnor trying to do what we’re doing – in a small town of just 6,000 people,” says Jack.

“It can all appear a little weird, and very quirky.  But eventually world-class will be ‘made’ here.  Ventnor was originally built as a health spa town – and the Fringe is a modern take on that.  The environment influences what we do.  This is authentic.  It’s not a made up attraction.  And what we’re saying is that the Ventnor Fringe is the way to discover the Island’s blossoming cultural scene.”

Fairy Festival promises all things magical

Fairy dust is in the air as Blackgang Chine prepares to host its ‘fairy fling’ festival over the Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday 29 April – Monday 1 May, from 10am – 6pm.  All would-be fairies, pixies and their friends are welcome to come along, join the fun and celebrate all things magical at Blackgang’s Fairyland!

Blackgang’s very own Fairy Queen and her NEW fairy helpers Fairy Aqua, Buccaneer, Blunder, Blossom, & Forrest will be on hand to share their magic spells and sprinkle their fairy dust around the park – plus there will be a special visit from the Fairy Queen’s own Unicorn, ‘Wally’ too.

A festival of fun is planned for the enjoyment of all the family.  Fairies, pixies and their friends can visit the wishing tree and ‘make a wish’, enjoy the ‘live’ Fairy Show, take part in fairy dance workshops and be enchanted by the fairies’ story-telling with Cedric the friendly Dragon. Plus, meet our woodland characters, marvel at the magic performed by our wandering Wizard, listen to beautiful harp sounds in Blackgang’s fairyland and enjoy lots of other entertainment too.

Plus, for all those in arriving in fancy dress, there are special prizes for the best dressed fairies, pixies and sprites!

There are magical surprises around every corner this May Bank Holiday at Blackgang Chine.  For more details, please visit www.blackgangchine.com/events/fairy-fling

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For further information please contact Michelle Russell, Marketing & Communications Manager, Vectis Ventures Limited : 07436 283630 / michelle@vectisventures.co.uk

Jack up the 80’s – Not too sexy for this party!

Organisers of the family friendly festival which takes place on the 12th and 13th August are excited to announce Right Said Fred to join their best line-up ever!

“They’ve had Number 1’s all over the world and are another of those acts we’ve been after for several years now” said event organisers.

All the way from Putney it’s brothers Fred and Richard Fairbrass – yes it’s Right Said Fred and these boys know how to party!

Their show is all about having fun in the sun. They offer an infectious sound with a string of recognisable hits. You’ll hear Don’t Talk Just Kiss, Stick It Out, Deeply Dippy, I’m Too Sexy and many other upbeat fun-loving tunes so come and let your hair down with The Freds this August.”

Fred said: “We love the Isle of Wight, we first came here in 1991 as guests of the Radio 1 Roadshow. We’ve heard so many great things about Jack Up The 80s from bands in the business and can’t wait to be part of this fabulous weekend of family entertainment.

We can promise a blistering party set on Saturday 12 August with all the classics and a couple of new songs like our current single Sweet Treats.”

Jack Up The 80s is a two-day retro pop festival held on the Isle of Wight in its fifth year and provides a family weekend of musical entertainment from household chart names, food, attractions, kids arts and crafts and stalls.

The event is fast making a name for itself as the most fun festival on the South Coast.

It offers an unbeatable atmosphere and is completely safe, inclusive and affordable for all. In excess of £20,000 has been raised in the past 2 years for local charities and good causes.

Other confirmed artists include Aussie heart-throb Jason Donovan, Soul sensation Alexander O’Neal, super talented singer songwriter Nik Kershaw as well as 1981 Eurovision winners Bucks Fizz, From The Jam and The Real Thing with yet more names still to be announced.

The event will be at its new easy-to-get-to location Smallbrook Stadium in Ryde. Also new for 2017 a Friday Night Opening Party hosted by Wave 105’s Steve Power and Number One Abba tribute band Abba Chique, with tickets priced at just £10 for the evening it’s the ideal extension to what’s gearing up to be the most memorable weekend of the Summer season.

Shuttle buses will be provided from Ryde Esplanade and there will be a designated taxi depot on site.

Weekend tickets are priced at just £48 until the end of April. Kids aged 12 and under go FREE!

Tickets can be purchased by visiting jackupthe80s.co.uk. Tickets are also available at a number of outlets around the Isle of Wight.

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 Notes for Editors

  1. For further information please contact Sarah Moss, Event Manager

Email: sarahemmamoss@gmail.com

Telephone: 07876 631456

  1. Image attached shows brothers Fred and Richard Fairbrass of Right Said Fred