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Enjoy a Victorian Christmas with Visit Isle of Wight

Visitors to the Isle of Wight can immerse themselves in a Victorian Christmas this winter with a variety of festive events and traditional entertainment from times gone by.

The Victorian era has seen a resurgence thanks to the recently released film Victoria & Abdul and ITV’s drama Victoria, so why not see how Christmas was celebrated by Queen Victoria and the Royal family in the Queen’s favourite home by the sea at Osborne? On selected dates in December, Christmas at Osborne offers festive guided tours to see the house ‘dressed’ for Christmas as it would have been during the Royal reign with Christmas trees, rooms decorated throughout and grand dining tables set for a festive feast.

For the first time ever, Osborne is opening its grounds after dark with a stunning fairytale of light, colour and sound. Enchanted Osborne takes place from 15-23 December. Follow an illuminated, festive garden trail swathed in strings of lanterns and fairy lights and emerge into a scene of a traditional fairground with a myriad of old-fashioned entertainment.

In addition, The Spectacular Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival, which takes place 7-10 December, sees local churches, pubs and community halls in and around Brighstone and Mottistone, come together to showcase over 200 ‘theme decorated’ trees.

The totally unique and free event includes Santa’s Snowy Grotto, musical entertainment with concerts and carol singing, craft fairs, lace-making demonstrations, handbell ringing and an outdoor nativity pageant performed with local cast and musicians. The tree displays then continue in three locations from 11 December to 2 January, without the additional activities, at The Parish Church, the Isle of Wight Pearl and the Methodist Chapel.

David Thornton, CEO of Visit Isle of Wight, said: “The Isle of Wight is a magical place to be during the festive season with its thatched pubs, spectacular coastal winter walks and quintessentially English villages. But the Island’s connections with Queen Victoria and its popularity amongst figures of note during the Victorian era – Edward Lear, Alfred Tennyson and Charles Dickens to name a few – means that visitors can step into England’s past. If you want to experience authentic or traditional Christmas celebrations, the Isle of Wight is the place to be.”

For additional seasonal fun this December, kids will love Santa’s Specials at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway with its Winter Wonderland, Christmas market, live music, entertainment and magic shows, all rounded off with a visit to see Father Christmas and a trip aboard a majestic steam train.

For those coming to the Isle of Wight to discover a Victorian Christmas, there is a huge choice of accommodation across the Island. Stay in cosy thatched cottages, seaside apartments, boutique B&Bs, luxury hotels, pooch-friendly pads or large, self-catering properties for big groups.

A two-night stay on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis at The Hambrough, Ventnor costs from £210 per person based on two people sharing an executive sea view room. Valid from 26 November to 21 December 2017, Tuesday to Saturday, the price includes return car ferry crossing from Southampton with Red Funnel.

For more information and other Christmas offers, visit www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/victorianchristmas

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 For further information, please contact:

Sue Emmerson, Press Officer, Visit Isle of Wight, tel. 01983 521555, ext 29/07766 705672, sue@visitwight.co.uk

 Notes to Editors

About 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

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English Heritage brings Enchantment to Historic Gardens this Christmas

This December, English Heritage is opening the gates after dark to some of its most prestigious palaces, houses and castles across the country for the first time as it hosts Enchanted, a new season of twilight outdoor events.

Inspired by their unique history, the gardens of such special places as Queen Victoria’s Osborne and Eltham Palace where Henry VIII spent his childhood, will be spectacularly transformed into illuminated worlds for the first time this winter.

For nine evenings only from the 15th – 23rd December 2017, visitors across the country will have the opportunity to experience a whole new perspective on these beautiful locations with fantastically creative designs, bringing each site’s unique history to light.

Audley End House and Gardens, Essex          4.30pm – 9pm

A journey of discovery leads around the expansive grounds with the medieval style flare lights at the water’s edge giving way to a cornucopia of illuminated delights through the Elysian garden, the Kitchen garden and the Stable yard. There’s a surprise round every corner from the talking trees, sparkling gramophones and even the house’s famous taxidermy re-awakened.

EH member Adult £10 / Child £6 / Family £26

Non member Adult £12 / Child £7.50 / Family £31.60

Belsay Hall, Northumberland              4.30pm – 9pm

A visit to the evocative gardens of Belsay Hall will surprise and delight. Adventure through the quarry gardens, marvel at the ‘starry’ sky and discover the illuminated grotto.  The outdoors is not all it seems, you’ll stumble upon old bookcases, armchairs and even a dolls house as illuminated rooms are created outside.  The long lost furniture from the Hall has reappeared, reclaimed by nature.

EH member Adult £8 / Child £5 / Family £21

Non member Adult £10 / Child £6 / Family £26

Brodsworth Hall, South Yorkshire       4.30pm – 8.30pm

Take the trail through the flame torches into the mesmerising world of fairies.  You’ll be transported into an ethereal realm as you discover the garden’s beautiful features like never before, from the misty magic of the fern dell to the twinkling majesty of the rose arbour. Play a tune on the Illumaphonium along the way, watching the giant chime bars light up. Book ahead* to meet Father Christmas in the Hall.

EH member Adult £8 / Child £5 / Family £21

Non member Adult £10 / Child £6 / Family £26

*additional charge applies for Father Christmas, pre-booking is essential.

Eltham Palace, London    4.30pm – 9pm

Step across the bridge and peer through the time tunnel to experience Eltham Palace’s rich medieval story beautifully illustrated through light.  Wend your way through the splendid grounds of Henry VIII’s childhood home as our enchanting trail draws on medieval motifs of heraldry and royal pageantry along with scenes of hunting and feasting, projected onto the stonework.

EH member Adult £10 / Child £6 / Family £26

Non member Adult £12 / Child £7.50 / Family £31.60

Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire        4.30pm – 9pm

Queen Elizabeth 1’s feted visit in 1575 is the inspiration for the enchanting illuminations of this great castle, evoking Robert Dudley’s ambitious three week long marriage proposal. Projections suggest the whirlwind of festivities hosted for Her Majesty’s pleasure, while beautiful light trails will guide you through the quieter corners of the stunning grounds. The traditional fairground rides and heritage inspired Christmas shopping stalls complete the experience.

EH member Adult £12 / Child £8 / Family £32

Non member Adult £14 / Child £9.50 / Family £37.60

Osborne, Isle of Wight     4.30pm – 8.30pm

The secret lives of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s nine children have inspired a fantastical journey through the formal grounds and gardens of their private home.  Kids and adults will be delighted as they step into a classic children’s tale of exploration and imagination, using light and sound to elevate the plants, trees, walls and water to an ethereal plane.  The trail leads to the stunning façade of Osborne House, where the carousel and swingboat rides are the icing on the cake of fabulous festive evening.

EH member Adult £12 / Child £8 / Family £32

Non member Adult £14 / Child £9.50 / Family £37.60

With delicious toasted marshmallows, mulled wine and hot chocolate to enjoy along the way, grab the winter woollies and your family and friends and book your tickets for the most enchanting event of the year!

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For images and further press information, please contact Isobel Cooley on 020 7973 3354 or at isobel.cooley@english-heritage.org.uk

English Heritage is the custodian of over 400 historic monuments, buildings and sites through which we bring the story of England to life for over 10 million visitors each year.

www.english-heritage.org.uk

 

 

English Heritage reveals details of Queen Victoria’s final Christmases at Osborne House

She has long been known as one of the nation’s sternest monarchs – and perhaps not the first choice of a Christmas host – but this year English Heritage staff at her seaside retreat on the Isle of Wight will be showcasing a more surprising side to the royal’s Christmas celebrations, with grand dinners, family festivities and party games, including an early forerunner to the mannequin challenge.

Though the festive season was subdued in the years following Albert’s death, her later years at Osborne saw the traditions of Christmas and its festivities begin to reappear, particularly with the appearance of more and more grandchildren. Gifts would be exchanged between staff and family (on Christmas Eve, a tradition still believe to be observed by today’s Royal family) before the day itself was marked by an elaborate Christmas dinner.

Recently translated for the first time, the menu from Victoria’s final Christmas, 25 December 1900, shows items that might be recognised by modern diners, including turkey with chipolata sausages and plum pudding, but also a few things that might not make it onto the 21st Century dining table. These include a fish course, and also a starter of Turtle Consommé, or soup – a famous (but expensive!) Victorian delicacy. [see Appendix for full menu].

All Christmas gatherings need games too, and Queen Victoria’s festive celebrations were no exception. That Mannequin challenge entertainment? It was known as the ‘Tableau Vivant’, and Queen Victoria and her guests would gather in the Durbar Room at Osborne and watch, often for several hours, as family members donned costumes and posed against a backdrop to portray a scene from history or a famous painting.

The curtain would fall, participants would change position, before it rose again, with the tableau repeated several times if the Queen desired it, before different costumes and scenes were selected. Live music could even be performed from the gallery above to accompany the poses.

Like most family celebrations, some guests enjoyed the festivities more than others. The journal of a Lt Gen Calthorpe, a regular dining guest at Osborne, was recently acquired by English Heritage. Attending a festive-season dinner in January 1890, he can be found bemoaning one such experience of the ‘tableaux,’ that lasted until 22:30, complaining “along time we had to wait! About 25 minutes!” between changes of scenery and costumes.

By contrast, the Queen’s own journals from this same occasion record her enjoyment of the spectacle, stating “The Tableaux were really lovely & so well arranged.” and that “The music was excellent, & every one was delighted.” There’s always one who inflicts games on everyone else!

Michael Hunter, Collections Curator for English Heritage at Osborne, said “The common misconception of Queen Victoria as a dour monarch has prevailed for many years, but recently people have begun to challenge that. Our research shows that here at Osborne, particularly in her later years, she enjoyed Christmas festivities with her family filled with feasting and games.”

“Although it is doubtful she participated, she particularly enjoyed the Tableau Vivant, and who’s to say she wouldn’t have looked fondly upon the modern day mannequin challenge?!”

English Heritage offer Festive Guided Tours of Osborne every Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday until 22 December, telling stories of Queen Victoria’s Christmas and touring rooms decorated as they would have been during the royal reign.

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For further press information and images, please contact:

Phil Harper, National PR Manager, phil.harper@english-heritage.org.uk or 0207 973 3354

English Heritage cares for over 400 historic monuments, buildings and sites – from world famous prehistoric sites to grand medieval castles, from Roman forts on the edges of empire to Cold War bunkers. Through these, we bring the story of England to life for over 10 million visitors each year. www.english-heritage.org.uk Registered charity no. 1140351

OSBORNE

Tuesday 25th December 1900

Her Majesty’s Dinner

Soups

Turtle Consommé

American Cream of Barley Soup

Fish

Turbot with Mousseline (or Hollandaise) Sauce

Breaded Fillets of Sole with Sauce Ravigote

Entrée

Herbed Christmas Crêpes

 

Relevés (Separate Main Course)

Turkey Poult à la Chipolata

Chine of Pork

Roast Beef

Plum Pudding

 

Entremets (Dishes Served after main course)

Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce

Mince Pies

Chocolate Éclairs

New event at Blackgang: Extinction

Breaking news!   A meteorite has crashed down upon Blackgang Chine and the effects are most peculiar.   Instead of causing extinction, it has brought our pre-historic animals back to life.   Are you brave enough to come and discover more in this new event, Extinction, taking place at Blackgang Chine on Isle of Wight Day, Saturday 23rd September.

Come and meet our not-so-extinct baby dinosaurs and mischievous dodos and be amazed by our Shadow & Sheila show featuring our very playful resident T-Rex dinos.     Plus join our Victorian hunters in the NEW Dino Digs show, in their quest to dig for pre-historic remains in this fun, interactive activity.  What will you find in the depths of the sand?

Lots of fun with a little bit of mischief and mayhem too, for all the family to enjoy.  Park open 10am – 5pm with activities starting at 11am.  For full programme visit : www.blackgangchine.com

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

FESTIVAL OF LIGHT INSPIRED BY DIWALI

CELEBRATING 70 YEARS OF INDIA’S INDEPENDENCE

This autumn, Robin Hill’s popular electric woods event, Festival of Light inspired by Diwali, will be celebrating the 70th Anniversary of India’s independence with stunning, creatively themed light, colour, sound and entertainment that captures the many aspects of Indian culture: wild India, modern India, decorative India, historical India, urban India, celebration and spiritual India.

Every evening from 30th September – 4th November, 6pm – 10pm, visitors can experience the lush colours, flavours and magic of the Asian sub-continent set in Robin Hill’s glorious autumnal ancient woodland as they venture on a journey of discovery of India.

To celebrate the 70th anniversary, this unique outdoor event takes on a fresh approach which will immerse visitors in different experiences within each woodland area, transformed by innovative, contrasting themes and lighting effects.

From the bright lights and digital feel of modern India, venture into the wild and enchanting forests, discover elephants, tigers, monkeys … creatively brought to life.   Walk down the highway and find yourself amidst the hustle and bustle of urban life and Indian bazaars … absorb the aromas of Indian cuisine.  Then escape to a spiritual, more serene setting in our Woodland ponds where you can relax and enjoy quiet contemplation before taking part in the celebrations; party to Bollywood music and enjoy colourful kaliedoscopic fun!  Your journey continues through decorative India where you’ll discover beautiful examples of art, murals and light shows and then to draw your cultural journey to a close, we take a nostalgic look back at India’s history creatively curated through light and sound.

 

No electric woods Festival of Light event would be the same without the magic of Holi powder, which will be a highlight for many visitors!  Come and get colourful again this year, with a free bag of coloured powder for first time visitors.

Amidst all this exciting activity, take time to enjoy the enhanced authentic Indian menu of curries and kebabs, Asian sweets, and traditional teas; providing a true ‘taste of India’ in the exciting setting of an Indian bazaar.

During October half term, 21st – 29th October, Robin Hill Country Park will be open during the day from 10am and continue into the evening with Festival of Light inspired by Diwali.    Additional evening entertainment includes Lantern decorating and Rangoli art workshops, Rama & Sita’s Lantern Parade, Dr DJ: the South’s No.1 Bollywood Bhangra Experience, spellbinding aerial silks display, Wings by Twilight, a stunning birds of prey experience and much more!

Please see website for further information: www.electricwoods.co.uk

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Celebrated across the world, Diwali is the largest, brightest and most popular festival in the Indian calendar. The word Diwali means “row of lighted lamps”, with light symbolizing the triumph of good over evil, prosperity over poverty and knowledge over ignorance. It’s a time for lighting diyas (or lamps), laying out colourful rangolis (colours), enjoying fireworks, exchanging gifts of sweets and celebrating with dance, music and storytelling.

Diwali starts on Thursday 19th October this year.

For further information, please contact Michelle Russell, Marketing & Communications Manager, Vectis Ventures on 01983 732123 / 07436 283630 / michelle@vectisventures.co.uk

Experience the magic ……….Blackgang Illuminations

This October, as the autumnal mists form and the sun sets, a mystical air will envelop Blackgang Chine (on the Isle of Wight) as the magic of Blackgang’s Illuminations return bigger, better and more magical than ever!

On 6th & 7th, 13th & 14th & 20th October – 4th November, as the daylight begins to fade, the park re-awakens with exciting and dynamic interactive lighting effects and displays.  Behold, as the Rumpus Mansion story unveils for the first time; an unmissable 3D animation which uses the Rumpus Mansion building as a canvas to portray the untold story of the dastardly ‘Mr Rumpus and the release of Rumpus past!’.

Plus join your favourite Blackgang characters as they host an evening of magical fun with fairy dance and circus workshops, crafts, potions and fairy tale activities.  Meet our mystical dragon, Cedric, and his mischievous friends Godwin & Finnigan – not forgetting the most magical character of them all, our Fairy Queen!

During half term, Saturday 21st – 29th October, there will be lots of additional activities and entertainment for visitors to enjoy – including Ecuador the Bubble Wizard.  Be amazed as he creates breath-taking bubble sculptures before your very eyes, blow smoke magically into bubbles and put you and your friends inside bubbles too!   Plus don’t’ miss the evening’s grand finale … an amazing NEW fire show!

Blackgang Chine is open 10am – 9pm on 6th & 7th, 13th & 14th & 20th October.   During half term, 21st – 29th October, the park is open 10am – 9pm with additional entertainment.  Blackgang is open evenings only, 5pm – 9pm, from 30th September – 4th November.    The season will finish on 4th November with a Fireworks Extravaganza!

For full programme of events please visit  www.blackgangchine.com

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For further information please contact Michelle Russell, Marketing & Communications Manager, Vectis Ventures Limited : 01983 732123 / 07436 283630 / michelle@vectisventures.co.uk

HRH THE PRINCESS ROYAL TO VISIT COWES WEEK 2017

HRH The Princess Royal will be visiting Cowes Week this year, for two days; from 31 July to 1 August 2017.

During her stay, in her role as President of Riding for the Disabled, she will visit the Isle of Wight Riding for the Disabled at Osborne House. She will also visit the offices of Cowes Week Limited, as Admiral, attend a Reception at the Royal London Yacht Club, and attend dinner as an Honorary Member of the Royal Yacht Squadron.

On the following day, she will start the Triple Crown Yacht Race from the Royal Yacht Squadron Battlements, before as Patron, visit the United Kingdom Sailing Academy.

HM Lord-Lieutenant, Major General Martin White CB CBE JP said: “I am very pleased to welcome back to the Island HRH, particularly during Cowes Week when she will also have an opportunity to see other aspects of life in our community.”

Chairman of the Isle of Wight Council, Councillor Lora Peacey-Wilcox, said: “We are delighted that HRH is visiting and continuing the Royal presence for Cowes Week.”

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Notes to Editors:

For further information contact:

Riding for the Disabled:  Julie Elliston 07790 791057

Cowes Week Limited, Kate Johnson 01983 248003

Royal London Yacht Club, Secretary Kate Paris 01983 299727

Royal Yacht Squadron, Secretary Trisha Lewington 01983 292191

United Kingdom Sailing Academy – Rosie Peckham 01983 294941 ext 177

Issued by:
Helen Wheller, Media Team Leader

Email: helen.wheller@iow.gov.uk

 

120th anniversary celebrations of first radio transmission is highlight of summer at The Needles Landmark Attraction, Isle of Wight

A day of celebrations to mark the 120th anniversary of the first radio transmission from The Needles is the highlight of five weeks of free summer fun at the Isle of Wight’s landmark attraction.

Marconi’s Day on Monday, August 14 will mark the achievement of Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi who successfully sent the first long-distance radio transmission from his base at The Needles more than a century ago.

To celebrate, staff at the attraction will be wearing clothing from the era with a Victorian theme throughout and live music from the award-winning Macclesfield Youth Brass Band.

There will be live theatrical re-enactments of Marconi’s feat, with the great man himself putting in an appearance, while expert marksmen will demonstrate a range of Victorian guns.

The IW Radio Society will also be setting up a station at the Landmark Attraction giving visitors the opportunity to gain an insight into how Marconi’s transmissions were really sent in the 19th Century.

And throughout the rest of the summer holidays there will be a party atmosphere at The Needles with stilt walkers, dancers, magicians, pirates and princesses greeting visitors along the main street

Marino Zanti, general manager at The Needles Landmark Attraction, said:  “We wanted to mark Marconi’s groundbreaking achievement as part of our five weeks of family fun for visitors to enjoy during the summer holidays.

There’s so much planned, including live music from island artists like Groove Union, Brando and the legendary Derek Sandy.

“Marconi’s Day will be a fantastic party, transforming the Landmark Attraction for 24 hours, while our Thursday night fireworks spectacular promises a feast for the eyes and ears while supporting worthy causes.

“Visitors only have to pay for parking and any activities they want to enjoy – the entertainment itself is all free of charge.”

Needles’ Music & Magic in the Skies fireworks extravaganza, takes place every Thursday in August with each of the weekly pyrotechnic events supporting a different island charity.

This year, the evening will include entertainment from circus acts to live music and the fireworks show will finish with an unmissable trip down memory lane, featuring some favourite childhood memories from much-loved films.

The summer of free family fun at The Needles runs from Thursday, July 27 to Thursday, August 31.  Supersaver tickets to rides and attractions at The Needles are available online, giving a 25% discount.

For more information about The Needles Landmark Attraction visit the website: www.theneedles.co.uk, follow on Twitter @VisitTheNeedles or at facebook.com/visittheneedles

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For further information, please contact Paul Baker or Richard Clein on 0151 304 7017.

About Guglielmo Marconi

In early December 1897, to investigate and experiment with transmission to ships at sea, Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi set up his revolutionary wireless equipment in the Royal Needles Hotel, above Alum Bay, and sent the very first wireless transmission.

Little now remains of Marconi’s experimental stations, as the hotel and masts have long since gone, however a monument to him stands on the cliff top within the park and information lecterns provide a detailed history of radio, Marconi and the role played by Alum Bay in this truly historic event.

About Summer 2017 at The Needles

The Isle of Wight’s world-famous landmark attraction has prepared five weeks of free family fun, kicking off on July 27 and running through to the end of August.

Music & Magic in the Skies fireworks events take place every Thursday throughout August.

The following Isle of Wight charities will be supported on these specific dates:

Thursday 3rd – Needles Coastguards

Thursday 10th – Challenge & Adventure

Thursday 17th – Ability Dogs for Young People

Thursday 24th – Beaulieu Respite

Thursday 31st – Earl Mountbatten Hospice

A timed schedule of summer events will be available from The Needles’ website, Facebook page and Twitter account. Southern Vectis will be putting on a special timetable for buses to and from the site during the summer holidays.

About The Needles Landmark Attraction

The Needles Landmark Attraction gives visitors access to wonderful views of The Needles, the Isle of Wight’s world famous chalk stacks.

Take an unforgettable chairlift ride from the cliff-tops to the multi-coloured sands of Alum Bay, where you can take a pleasure boat out to The Needles.

The Needles offers a range of attractions including a Sand Shop where visitors can make their own souvenir using the multi-coloured sands from Alum Bay, glassmaking at Alum Bay Glass, the Sweet Manufactory, 4D Cinema, Jurassic Golf, plus a range of children’s rides and amusements.

Refreshments are available at the 250-seat self-service Marconi’s Restaurant and fully-licenced Marconi’s Tea Rooms. These newly-refurbished eateries are named after the pioneering inventor who sent the very first wireless transmission from his base at Alum Bay.

 

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Magicians and musicians bring family fun to The Needles this half term

Family fun comes to The Needles this half-term with visits from magicians, musicians, stilt walkers and even more.

The Isle of Wight’s landmark attraction is hosting eight days of entertainment to keep the kids happy across the bank holiday weekend and beyond.

There will be free entertainment for visitors this month as street dance and Bollywood-style dance shows mix with balloon modellers and surprise ‘meet and greet’ character.

There’s also music from local reggae legend Derek Sandy and performances by top magicians David Randini, Andy The Illusionist and Foxy the Funky Magic Genie.

Marino Zanti, general manager at The Needles Landmark Attraction, said:

“We’re planning half-term so that it’s genuine fun for all the family.

“Our attractions will be open all week, including the chairlift taking visitors from the Alum Bay cliff-tops to the beach below.

“We’re also pleased to be welcoming Wight Crystal Water and people from Taste of the Wight who will be offering free tastings of locally-sourced produce on Tuesday, May 30.”

Half-term family fun at The Needles takes place from Saturday, May 27 to Saturday, June 3.

Supersaver tickets are available online at The Needles’ website giving a 25% discount on all rides and attractions.

For more information about The Needles Landmark Attraction visit the website: www.theneedles.co.uk, follow on Twitter @VisitTheNeedles or at facebook.com/visittheneedles

For more half-term events and activities on the Isle of Wight this May, go to www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/what-on/events

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For further information, please contact Paul Baker on 0151 304 7017.

About The Needles Landmark Attraction

The Needles Landmark Attraction gives visitors access to wonderful views of The Needles, the Isle of Wight’s world famous chalk stacks.

Take an unforgettable chairlift ride from the cliff-tops to the multi-coloured sands of Alum Bay, where you can take a pleasure boat out to The Needles.

The Needles offers a range of attractions including a Sand Shop where visitors can make their own souvenir using the multi-coloured sands from Alum Bay, glassmaking at Alum Bay Glass, the Sweet Manufactory, 4D Cinema, Jurassic Golf, plus a range of children’s rides and amusements.

Refreshments are available at the 250-seat self-service Marconi’s Restaurant and fully-licenced Marconi’s Tea Rooms. These newly-refurbished eateries are named after the pioneering inventor who sent the very first wireless transmission from his base at Alum Bay.

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