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Travel through time on the Isle of Wight – Pick up a Time Traveller’s passport on board cross-Solent ferries

From today (Thursday 10th July) onwards, time travelling tourists visiting the Isle of Wight will receive their very own time-travel passport on board Wightlink, Red Funnel and Hovertravel ferries.


The Time Traveller’s passport, in association with Transformers: Age of Extinction, is being offered by Visit Isle of Wight, the Island’s tourist board, to encourage families to visit historic attractions and heritage sites linked to the Dinosaur era, Ancient Britain, the Roman Empire, Medieval times, the Tudors and Stuarts, the Victorians the present day and even experience an encounter with the Dinobot T-rex Grimlock, the new prehistoric robot character from the film.


Families will be able to collect the stamps from the locations highlighted in the passport, such as Dimbola Museum & Galleries, IW Steam Railway, Blackgang Chine, The Needles Park, The Needles New Battery, Osborne, Carisbrooke Castle, Brading Roman Villa, Dinosaur Isle, Shanklin Chine, Ryde Heritage Centre – and when travelling car free by bus or by train – for a chance to win fantastic prizes that include a holiday on the Isle of Wight and a trip to Paramount Studios in Hollywood, the home of Transformers: Age of Extinction.  Other prizes include free holiday travel, tickets to Island attractions, cinema tickets and merchandise from the film.


Visitors simply need to collect as many passport stamps as they can as they “time travel” around the Island and then when they get home, enter the codes they’ve collected into the Time Vault at to reveal their prize.


David Thornton, CEO, Visit Isle of Wight said: “This summer, the Isle of Wight is going to become one big time machine – from dinosaurs to rocket ships.

“Visitors will not only be enriched, but inspired with the scores of artefacts, diverse attractions and living history experiences as they come face to face with the Island’s past, present and future.”


The free 10-page Time Traveller’s passport can be obtained on board all cross-Solent ferries or by visiting Island tourist information points. 


Visitors can also create their own time trails set against the Island’s past, present and future by downloading the free Isle of Wight Tourist Guide app from




For further information, please contact:  Sue Emmerson, Isle of Wight Press Officer, Tel: 07766 705672, E-mail:


Notes to editors:


The Passport includes a list of attractions on the Island (“Stamp Locations”) at which the passport holder can get his/her passport stamped.   Visitors can also collect stamps for their time travel passport when travelling car free – by bus at Yarmouth and Ryde travel centres and by train at Ryde Esplanade and Shanklin stations. 


After collecting stamps, the Passport Holder must enter the codes they have collected (unique numbers which are incorporated into the stamp design) into the ‘Time Vault’ online at    When they have entered the codes they have collected (they only need one to participate) they will be notified of which prize they have received.   Prizes include tourist attractions tickets (kindly provided by Stamp locations), free travel on and to the Island, cinema tickets, and the grand prize of a trip to Paramount Studios in Hollywood and a holiday to the Isle of Wight.


The passport holder only needs one stamp to enter the competition, but the more stamps that have been collected, the greater the chance of winning.


The campaign which invites visitors to discover the secret of Time Travel this summer, comes on the back of a new movie tie-in with Paramount Pictures, which launched Transformer’s Age of Extinction in the UK on July 5th.  It is the fourth instalment of the live action Transformers film series and introduces several new prehistoric robot characters, including the Dinobot T-rex Grimlock.


The Dinosaur Island augmented reality app launched last summer by Visit Isle of Wight is also being launched from July 10th to include an appearance by Transformers: Age of Extinction Dinobot.   The Dinosaur Island experience can currently be triggered at 6 meteorite locations around the Island and new sites are being added at The Needles, Blackgang Chine, The Isle of Wight Steam Railway, and even on board ferries to the Isle of Wight enabling visitors to ‘see’ dinosaurs flying overhead as they cross the Solent.


During the occupation by the Roman Empire 50 to 400AD the Island was called ‘Vectis’ and the word Vectis is still much in use on the Isle of Wight today. But the name was dropped when the Romans left in the 5th Century AD.


Visit Isle of Wight Ltd

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 ( the DMO also operates a small industry website containing recent research and tourism news along with links to Visit England reports and opportunities:




“Transformers: Age of Extinction” is the fourth film in director Michael Bay’s global blockbuster franchise.  Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Li Bingbing, Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles, T. J. Miller, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor and Titus Welliver star.  The film begins after an epic battle that left a great city torn, but with the world saved.  As humanity picks up the pieces, a shadowy group reveals itself in an attempt to control the direction of history…while an ancient, powerful new menace sets Earth in its crosshairs.  With help from a new cast of humans, Optimus Prime (voiced by Peter Cullen) and the Autobots rise to meet their most fearsome challenge yet. In an incredible adventure, they are swept up in a war of good and evil, ultimately leading to a climactic battle across the world.

Produced By Don Murphy & Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Ian Bryce.

Based on Hasbro’s Transformers™ Action Figures.  Written By Ehren Kruger. Directed By Michael Bay.

For further information please contact Jenny Erwood, Head of Publicity Paramount Pictures UK Theatrical,