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 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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