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Isle of Wight invites holidaymakers to “Return to Adventure Island”

The Isle of Wight is being promoted as one, big holiday island attraction in a summer-long campaign that’s being dubbed “Return to Adventure Island”.

Just launched, and based squarely on the fact that visitors and families have been coming on holiday to the Island for almost two centuries, the campaign is designed to help illustrate that fact that there are now more reasons than ever before to book a visit the Isle of Wight.

Visitors over the decades have discovered there are so many places to see and things to do on an Island the size of Inner London.  So many of them are natural, some are man-made, but all combine to offer a host of holiday memories that last a lifetime…and also keep generations of families coming back for more.

It’s a timeless, magical Island, that can only be reached from the mainland across a small strip of water – giving trippers, tourists and travellers that true holiday feeling.

And in 2017 The Island will welcome several new attractions and experiences, including the Tiny Homes Holidays concept; Modulogs at Tom’s Eco Lodge; a magical Underwater Kingdom at Blackgang Chine; Jurassic Golf on Shanklin Seafront; and even the appearance of the little Squirrel Monkey which has just been rescued by Monkey Haven.

The Island as a whole is perfect for families who want to enjoy themselves together at the likes of Needles Landmark Attraction, or follow in the footsteps of Dinosaurs along the beaches; and the Return to Adventure Island campaign captures the essence of it all – from the glorious beaches to thrilling adventures, and the great range of accommodation to fabulous festivals.

Stay in a treehouse.  Search for red squirrels.  And learn bushcraft on the beach.  Then, after lobster on chips, take an exhilarating ride to a Victorian fort.  Or, travel back in time with the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, and visit a National Museum of Poo!  As visitors over the centuries have discovered, every day can be a fresh adventure.

Betters still, it’s all just two hours hours away from London, followed by a 10 minute Hovercraft ride to the Island – with car and passenger ferries connecting the Island from Southampton, Lymington and Portsmouth.

The ferry companies and Hovertravel run regular promotions, including day returns from £5, and it’s also possible to also book great value tickets that combine transport with entrance into the leading attractions

Full details can be found at https://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/inspiration/escape-to-adventure-island.

Visitors who book their holiday to Isle of Wight through Visit Isle of Wight, meanwhile, will be invited to download a free app for their iPhone or Android smartphone.  The Adventure Island App, which launches on April 1, is packed with insider’s tips and trails to help holidaymakers make the most of their stay.

It also gives all visitors the chance to take part in a virtual treasure hunt with lots of prizes on offer including, for one lucky family, the chance to win back the entire cost of their holiday.

The Return to Adventure Island website will also feature all of the latest special offers for deals on accommodation: when searching to find the perfect place to stay, just look out for the blue suitcase featured on selected accommodation for special deals with ferry inclusive prices.

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.co.uk

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

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

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

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NOTE TO EDITOR

  • 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

 

Visit Isle of Wight Ghost Trail app re-appears!

A new collaboration with Paramount Pictures UK, sees Visit Isle of     Wight’s popular free to download Isle of Fright Ghost Trail app  (iOS/Android) re-launched this Autumn.

The app has been updated as part of promotions to celebrate the forthcoming ‘Rings’, a new chapter in the beloved RING horror franchise, written by David Loucka and Jacob Estes and Akiva Goldsman, directed by F. Javier Gutierrez.

The app returns with the popular features of spooky Isle of Wight tales and the fun ‘ghost bombing’ element that allows users to apply ghostly filters over their photos for sharing on social media.

In a twist on the thirteen ‘cold spots’ (Isle of Wight locations with paranormal associations), this year the app has been updated to include a competition to win ‘Rings’ merchandise from Paramount Pictures UK.

To enter the competition, app users are encouraged to physically travel to areas across the Isle of Wight and record their visits using the app to hidden ‘dark sites’. Users need to visit a certain number of dark sites to unlock entrance to the competition page. But beware the “witching hour” when creatures of the night are thought to appear and be at their most powerful!

Users of the app who are not on the Isle of Wight are able to listen to the audio of the ghost stories narrated by Isle of Wight spirit guide Marc Tuckey. They can also unlock entrance to the competition page via an in app quiz.

David Thornton CEO of Visit Isle of Wight says “I’m thrilled (literally) to see the Isle of Fright Ghost Trail app back in 2016. It offers a great opportunity for visitors to access different areas of the Island as well as being a creative, fun way of providing haunting holiday memories. By working with Paramount Pictures UK and our Isle of Wight partners, we’re able to showcase Paramount’s new movie alongside the Isle of Wight”.

The app will be available to download from mid-October through to the end of November 2016.

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For further information, please contact Sue Emmerson, Visit Isle of Wight Ltd 01983 521555 (ext 29), sue@visitwight.org

Notes to Editors

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.visitwightpro.com
Our Wightpress site brings you all the latest news and views from the Isle of Wight: http://visitwightpress.com/
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 businesses involved in the development and creation of the app:
HomePage Media Ltd homepage.net
Words and Stuff wordsandstuff.co.uk
Skinny Mammoth www.skinnymammoth.com
Marc Tuckey www.ghostisland.com

The 2016 Isle of Wight Festival of the Sea: bringing together sailors, pirates, bards and story tellers (June 18-July 3)

The world’s leading annual solo sailing race, the Solitaire Bompard – Le Figaro comes to Cowes on the Isle of Wight in 2016 from June 22 to 26.

A new highlight for the Isle of Wight’s Festival of the Sea, which this year runs from June 18 to July 3, the race will also bring with it one of the most eye-catching five-day coastal events to be seen anywhere around the UK coastline this summer.

The Solitaire Race Village in Cowes will be free to visit during five full days fun, and will include food markets, a drinks bar, live music, plus an opportunity for those who want to try their hands at sailing on the Solent – courtesy of the sailing academy UKSA. Alongside the live entertainment, there will be a host of interactive family-friendly stands and activities.

Portsmouth has had the America’s Cup, Southampton has had the Volvo Ocean Race and this is being seen as another chance to reaffirm Cowes as the UK and Europe’s sailing capital. A genuine spectacle of the sea, and a showcase of top level sailing, the Solitaire is sure to attract crowds from both the island and mainland to the Isle of Wight.

Solitaire Bompard – Le Figaro takes just over a month to complete and has a reputation of pushing competitors to the edge – one man, one boat, 1,500 miles of rough seas, harsh weather and little sleep!

The Isle of Wight is one of four venues playing host to this world-class sporting event in 2016. Starting from Deauville – a grand French town twinned with Cowes – on the June 19, the Solitaire competitors are expected to dock into in Cowes Yacht Haven around the June 22 after sailing 510 miles. The race will then restart in the Solent on Sunday June 26 – a spectacle not to be missed from the water, or the Parade – and from Cowes, the fleet will race to Paimpol (France), and finish in La Rochelle (France) on July 7.

Torbay was the previous UK host for the event, when 20,000 visitors passed through the Race Village in just five days. This year’s race, however, is a flagship event in the Isle of Wight’s 2016 Festival of the Sea, which has already become a leading event on the Island calendar, and brings together a host of diverse events for all the family.

Shipwreck Isle, for example, arrived on Appley Beach with a swashbuckling swagger in 2015, as the golden sands became a pirates’ paradise for one glorious day. And this year’s event on June 18 and 19 promises to be even bigger and better, with two days of fancy dress fun, and an evening of entertainment on the Saturday night. Shipwreck Isle of free of charge to visit – but all visitors are urged to dress up as a pirate for the day, to become a part of the event.

Another highlight of the 16-day Festival of the Sea is The JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Yacht Race on July 2, which will bring together 16,000 sailors and 1,600 boats for the one-day race. Only the London Marathon, and the Great North and South runs can compete for scale, as The Solent and the English Channel turn into a sea of colourful sails.

Story telling, lighthouse tours, coastal crafts, and maritime melodies will also feature on the full schedule of events in 2016. As will The Isle of Wight’s Mardi Gras, which is set to be held in Ryde on June 25, and will have a Shakespeare theme in the year which marks the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death. A story told through a community performance in the Island’s biggest seaside town, the procession will be led by costumed actors and drummers representing Shakespeare and the Lord Chamberlain’s men.

Full details of The Isle of Wight’s 2016 Festival of the Sea will be found at http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/whats-on/events/festival-of-the-sea. For information on where to stay, visit http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/accommodation.

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For further information about The Isle of Wight, please contact:
Sue Emmerson, Press Officer, Visit Isle of Wight
07766 705672
sue@visitwight.co.uk

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

Beat the queues, save money and enjoy the best of the Isle of Wight’s top attractions this autumn

15-30% savings on attractions when booked in conjunction with Wightlink ferry travel

This autumn Wightlink Ferries is inviting families to beat the queues and save up to 30% on entrance to the Island’s top attractions with its exclusive bundled ferry and attraction tickets fares. With many Island attractions open year round, autumn is the ideal time to visit the Isle of Wight – whether for a day trip or a little longer –  and it is the perfect escape for families with pre-school kids.

Wightlink’s convenient car passenger services operate from Portsmouth and Lymington, getting families over to the Isle of Wight in just 40-45 minutes. Foot passengers board the catamaran service at Portsmouth Station (the ferry terminal is just a few steps from the platform), which takes just 22 minutes to cross the Solent and arrive at Ryde pier. Adult tickets from £12.20 return and child tickets from £8.90 return.

Wightlink’s top five autumn escapes, particularly perfect for families with young children, include:

Dinosaur Isle

Step back in time and discover the lost world of dinosaurs inside this giant pterosaur-shaped museum. Visitors can retrace the footsteps of some of the scariest creatures that roamed the land, discover the skeletal remains found by fossil hunters and watch palaeontologists working on their finds.  Dinosaur Isle is open year round.

Book family tickets (two adults and three children) in conjunction with Wightlink ferry travel and enjoy a 20% discount.

Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Passengers enjoy a leisurely 10 mile trip across the stunning Isle of Wight countryside in this beautifully restored Victorian and Edwardian steam train.  It is the perfect day trip escape for Wightlink foot passengers arriving into Ryde, as they can connect to The Steam Railway’s Smallbrook Station by using the Island Line train (caught at the ferry terminal in Ryde).  The Isle of Wight Steam Railway is open year round; however opening hours vary outside the summer months.

Book family tickets (two adults and two children) in conjunction with ferry travel and enjoy a 30% discount.

Osborne House

Families can wander inside the lavish stately home where Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their nine children once resided. After taking a look at the richly decorated Royal Apartments, families can head outside to explore the extensive grounds and Swiss Cottage in their autumn glory.  Osborne House is fully open until 2nd November, and has limited opening (at a reduced price) year round.

Book family tickets (two adults and three children) in conjunction with ferry travel and enjoy a 20% discount.

Amazon World Zoo

Get up close and personal with 200 exotic South American animals on a journey through the Isle of Wight’s own Amazon jungle. Amazon World Zoo is open year round.

Book family tickets (two adults and two children) in conjunction with ferry travel and receive a 15% discount.

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For press interested in a trip to the Isle of Wight with Wightlink, to see why an autumnal break on the Island is the ideal escape (especially for families with younger kids), we would be delighted to arrange a one night stay for a family of four during November.

This would include ferry crossings, B&B and a meal for two at one of the Island’s eateries. 

 

For more information about Wightlink Ferries, please contact:

Nadia Fidler                0207 680 7122           nadia.fidler@flagshipconsulting.co.uk

Sophy Norris               01392 248 934            sophy.norris@flagshipconsulting.co.uk

Wightlink – Part of Island Life

Wightlink is the leading cross-Solent ferry operator carrying almost five million holidaymakers and Islanders across the Solent to the Isle of Wight every year. Nine ferries on three routes provide Island-wide coverage and complete 48,000 sailings a year giving Islanders an easy and frequent service to the mainland, and tourists an accessible way to enjoy a taste of Island life.

You can step off the train from London, hop on a Wightlink catamaran and be on the Island in just 22 minutes, the car ferries take around 40 minutes from Portsmouth and Lymington. On board, passengers and drivers alike can relax in the lounges and enjoy some refreshments before arriving on the Island to enjoy the range of attractions, events and experiences that make the Isle of Wight a leading destination for tourists.

The opening of the Hindhead Tunnel in Surrey has cut journey times to Portsmouth from Greater London. By contrast, Wightlink’s port at Lymington is reached by an attractive drive through the scenic New Forest.

Prices:

Mainland

Day Return: Car + 7 passengers from £43.75* Short Breaks (2-4 nights): Car + 7 passengers from £54.25**

*Terms & Conditions apply, subject to availability, valid for sailings 08:00 – 09:59 and 16:00 – 17:59. Price based on outward journey crossing 06/05/15 and returning 06/05/15.

** Terms & Conditions apply, subject to availability, valid for sailings 08:00 – 09:59 and 16:00 – 17:59. Price based on outward journey crossing 06/05/15 returning between 08/05/15 and 10/05/15.

Island
Day Return: Car + 7 passengers from £43.75* Short Breaks (2-4 nights): Car + 7 passengers from £54.25**

*Terms & Conditions apply, subject to availability, valid for sailings 08:00 – 09:59 and 16:00 – 17:59. Price based on outward journey crossing 06/05/15 and returning 06/05/15.

** Terms & Conditions apply, subject to availability, valid for sailings 08:00 – 09:59 and 16:00 – 17:59. Price based on outward journey crossing 06/05/15 returning between 08/05/15 and 10/05/15. 

Book Early, Be Flexible, Save Money

More information can be found at www.wightlink.co.uk

Nadia Fidler
Flagship Consulting Limited

DDI: +44 20 7680 7122
T: +44 20 7680 7104

@flagshipcons
www.flagshipconsulting.co.uk

Blackgang Illuminations Return …..

This half term, 24th – 31st   October, visitors to Blackgang Chine are in for a very special experience.  The park will be open late from 10am until 8pm with lots of fun activity taking place throughout the day and into the evening too for the whole family.

By day ….  let your imagination run wild as you venture on a journey of discovery, where you can fight pirates on-board your own ship, discover life size moving dinosaurs, become sheriff of your own town – or experience the magic of being fairy princess in your own castle!

Come and watch our resident baby T’rex dinosaurs, ‘Shadow & Sheila’ and their not so experienced ‘handlers’ as they put on an interactive show.  Plus don’t miss our ‘live’ Cowboy Showdown; we’re talking ‘real’ shoot outs and ‘live’ explosives, a jail break and bank robbery!    And when the town eventually calms down, improve your shooting skills at our cowboy training school!

Then as darkness falls, and after years of darkness ….. the park re-awakens with the magic of Blackgang’s illuminations.    Enjoy an evening exploring the park after dark.   Come dressed as your favourite character!

Take part in ‘Walk the Plank’ pirate activities and outlaw training school, interact with our wandering characters …. and for those brave enough …. experience Restricted Area 5 after dark!

Plus there’s live music, delicious warming food and at the end of the evening, our special finale, a dynamic and fun 3D projection mapping show!       A great night out for all the family!

Blackgang Chine is open from 10am – 8pm during October half term (24th – 31st)   Rides and attractions will be open until late during these evenings but please note some areas of the park will be closed off from late afternoon.   For full programme visit : www.blackgangchine.com

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

 

App-y Halloween, on the Isle of Wight

Visitors to the Isle of Wight this autumn are being invited to “step into the ghost dimension” – for a limited period only (and only “if they dare”).

Timed to coincide with Halloween, and when things have a habit of going bump in the night, the Isle of Wight’s new app will be exclusively available to download during October and November only.

The Isle of Fright Ghost Trail is based on one of the world’s most haunted islands, and features free audio ghost stories, which can be downloaded onto iPhones, tablets and androids to give ghost-busting visitors the opportunity to follow a self-guided tour of 13 “cold spots” that have been found to exist on the Isle of Wight.

Offering a spooky insight into some of the Island’s many local myths and legends, it is presented by paranormal expert Marc Tuckey – and has been created in association with Paramount Pictures UK to promote the Halloween release, on October 21, of Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension.

The app also allows its users to take photographs and use a special “ghost photo bombing” function to create some especially haunting images.  It also contains information about how to reach the Isle of Wight, and links to other tourism products on the Island.

Anyone keen to plan their visit will also be interested to know that theapp will be available to download free of charge from the beginning of October at www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/ghost-trail, or on Google Play or via the Apple Store.

While the ghost trail has been designed primarily for Halloween thrill seekers, its focus on local folklore and genuine ghost stories means that it is also likely to appeal to visitors who might like to combine it with one or more of the other autumn activities taking place on the Island this autumn – including Electric Woods Festival of Light at Robin Hill.

Other October half-term events on the Isle of Wight will include the Blackgang Chine Illuminations; Spooky Castle at Carisbrooke Castle; Wizard Week on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway; and a range of activities at The Needles Landmark Attraction.

The previously unseen Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (www.paranormalmovie.co.uk) – the terrifying conclusion to the Paranormal Activity films – will appear in cinemas everywhere from October 21.  It is directed by Gregory Plotkin and produced by Jason Blum and Oren Peli.

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, Press Officer, Visit Isle of Wight

07766 705672

sue@visitwight.co.uk

For further information on the release of Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, please contact:

Jane Bennett, Publicity Manager, Paramount Pictures UK Theatrical

jane_bennett@paramount.com

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.visitwightpro.com

Our Wightpress site brings you all the latest news and views from the Isle of Wight: http://visitwightpress.com/

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

A TASTE OF THE CARIBBEAN COMES TO THE NEEDLES

Visitors to The Needles Landmark Attraction on the Isle of Wight this August can sample a flavour of the Caribbean, enjoy stunning fireworks displays and lend their support to a number of local charities.

Every Thursday The Needles will be the setting for Music & Magic in the Skies, a musical fireworks extravaganza. Each week the event will raise funds for a different Isle of Wight charity.

The charities being supported are Beaulieu House; Challenge & Adventure; Ability Dogs 4 Young People and Youth Trust.

Also, on Tuesdays in August, The Needles will be bouncing with reggae sounds and celebrating all things Caribbean. Derek Sandy will be performing at the Landmark Attraction every Tuesday this month from 1pm until 3.30pm, while visitors will be able to purchase Caribbean-themed food, cocktails and even gifts.

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

 

“These spectacular fireworks events should be a lot of fun for all the family, while also helping to raise awareness and much-needed funds for some very worthy island causes.

“Meanwhile, local legend Derek Sandy will be providing the Caribbean vibes and reggae sounds for a taste of the tropical, right here on the Isle of Wight.

“It certainly promises to be a truly awesome August at The Needles.”

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

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For further information please contact Paul Baker on 0151 304 7017

 

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UK FIRST – FALCONRY HEADCAM PROJECTION SHOW

Visitors to Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Wight are in for a real treat this summer as falconer, Steve Hain, has introduced a ground breaking new falconry demonstration this week – the first of its kind ever shown in the UK.

As part of his evening show, Steve has trained his Harris Hawk, ‘Baldric’, to fly around the park’s illuminated amphitheatre wearing a ‘live’ headcam that beams images directly onto a huge screen.    This enables the audience to experience a true ‘birds eye view’ as every movement by the bird is captured, so you can actually see where and at what the bird is looking.   This includes images of the audience themselves, ‘ducking’ as the falcon swoops low above them.

Steve said, “It’s taken three years of training ourselves and the bird for this one demonstration but I’m absolutely delighted that we have managed to achieve such a ground breaking feat in falconry terms. As a falconer, I am always looking for new ideas to push ourselves as well as falconry in general.  Falconry is one of those sports where you never stop learning and with filming our birds, it has allowed us to see different aspects of how our birds work and fly.  With this new headcam, it’s not just fun for the public, it also allows you to see the head movement of the birds.  We have already worked out that while sitting still, their head movement is not smooth but moves in a jerky motion.  These head cams are just the start of even more ground breaking demonstrations to come.”

The falconry headcam demonstration is part of Robin Hill’s ‘Stunning Nights’ evening entertainment programme which takes place every Tuesday and Thursday evening during the summer holidays.

Steve Hain, of White Falconry, has worked in falconry for over 16 years, ten of which have been spent running the demonstrations and courses at Robin Hill Country Park – and captivating hundreds of thousands of visitors!

For more information, visit www.robin-hill.com / www.whitefalconry.com

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

Cowes brings colour and spectacle to the Isle of Wight

Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week on the Isle of Wight has been a significant fixture on the British sporting summer calendar ever since 1826, and has gone on to become one of the longest running and most successful sporting events in the whole of the UK.

Offering a breathtaking combination of colour and spectacle, it is a highlight for residents and visitors to the Isle of Wight alike, as well as yet another reason for planning a visit to the Island in the height of summer.

The first ever race at Cowes was for a Gold Cup valued at £100. Just seven yachts competed for this under the flag of the Royal Yacht Club (later to become the Royal Yacht Squadron which is celebrating its bicentenary this year). The following year King George IV indicated his approval of the event by presenting The King’s Cup, which was subsequently competed for at every event up to 1939, and the event became known as Cowes Regatta.

The regatta has evolved enormously since 1826 and, in staging up to 40 daily races for between 850 and 1,000 boats, it is today the largest sailing regatta of its kind in the world.

Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week will take place this year from Saturday August 8th to 15th, and will feature an exciting and diverse blend of competitive sailing – as well as a strong social scene.

The 8,000 competitors range from world class yachtsmen to weekend sailors and household celebrities, and in excess of 100,000 visitors come to enjoy the festival atmosphere and experience that the event offers.

Traditionally a key component of the British Summer “Season”, taking place after Goodwood and before the Glorious 12th, the event has attracted both British and foreign Royalty – and many famous faces. The Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Anne are frequent visitors.

Events of particular interest this year include a Family Fun Day on August 9th; Ladies Day on August 11th, which is a celebration of women in sailing, as well as a spectacle in its own right; and the Artemis Challenge on August 13th when visitors can watch some of the best boats and sailors in the world set off on a 50 mile sprint around the Isle of Wight, to win a £10k charity prize. (Teams competing in the Artemis Challenge in the past have included sports stars Zara Phillips, Amy Williams, Will Greenwood, Mike Tindall and James Haskell, as well as other stars from the world of entertainment, including Davina McCall & Bryan Adams).

Further details about Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week can be found at www.aamcowesweek.co.uk and the event can be followed on social media through @Cowes_Week and #CowesWeek.

The Isle of Wight, or course, has a great sailing heritage, and is the perfect place to visit for anyone who not only wants to watch events such as Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, but also the wants to spend time on the water themselves

UKSA in Cowes, for example, offers a full range of courses (http://uksa.org/leisure-courses/); as does the Medina Valley Centre in the sheltered tidal estuary near to Newport (http://www.medinavalleycentre.org.uk/isle-of-wight-sailing.php).

For a full round-up of all sailing opportunities on the Island, visit http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/things-to-do/sailing-and-charters-boat-trips.

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