Sandmansnowman by Martin Gibson

Come and build a SandmanSnowman on the beaches of the Isle of Wight during school half-term

The Isle of Wight will be well and truly “open for business” to visitors during the upcoming February school half-term, and is able to offer a host of activities and events…including the fabulous SandmanSnowman event.

Scheduled to take place on Sunday, February 23rd from 10.30am, the sand-sculpting event at Small Hope Beach in Shanklin doffs its Santa’s Hat to winter – as hot chocolate and carrots are dished-out in equal measure to anyone who attempts to build their own SandmanSnowman on the sands of Shanklin.

Elsewhere over the school holidays, ‘Electric Woods’ on the Isle of Wight comprises a series of evening events, featuring a spectacle of themed light, colour and sound in a five-acre pocket of ancient woodland at Robin Hill Adventure Park & Gardens.

First-up this year is Spirit of the Orient – a stunning spectacle of Oriental themed light, sound and colour to mark the coming of the Chinese New Year during February’s school half term holiday.  Set to run from Friday, February 14th to 23rd (5pm-9pm) entry costs £7.50/£6.50(concessions).  For more details, visit

English Heritage, meanwhile, will be gearing-up two of the Island’s top attraction for another busy year of activity with special half-term events at both Osborne House and Carisbrooke Castle.

Costumes and Crafts’ at Osborne House, for example, will give kids the chance to dress-up in Victorian costume and take part in craft activities under the watchful eye of Osborne House’s Governess from Monday, February 17th to 21st, between 11am and 3pm.  Members will gain free admission, while normal admission prices are £13.40 for adults, £8.00 for children aged 5-15, £12.10 concessions, and £38.80 for a family ticket.

The ‘Castle Quest’ activity at Carisbrooke, meanwhile, will take place every day from Saturday 15th to Sunday 23rd, between 10am and 4pm.  English Heritage members can once again gain free access, while paid-for admission prices are £7.70 for adults, £4.60 for children, £6.90 concessions, and £20 for a family ticket.  Visit for further details.

Animal antics on the Island are available at both Amazon World Zoo Park ( and the Owl & Monkey Haven ( this school half term.  Home to the Isle of Wight’s largest collection of exotic animals, Amazon World Zoo Park will will give visitors the chance to get up close and personal with anteaters, meerkats, penguins and toucans; while the Owl & Monkey Haven recently announced the arrival of Ren, a critically endangered black and white ruffed lemur, and six Barbary Apes to its collection for 2014.

Still very much focusing on the younger visitor, Quay Arts in Newport will be telling the story of Arthur’s Dreamboat in its theatre during the half term holidays in a show that is suitable for 2-7 year olds and their families (

The February half-term holiday is also, of course, one of the first opportunities of the year to visit the Island which provided much of the inspiration for the Christmas blockbuster movie, Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie

With the half-term break now less than month away, Wightlink ( has come up with a trio of family day trip ideas, all under £70 for four people, including attraction entry and day return car ferry travel.  They also have tips for family-friendly accommodation on the Island, where short stays during half term start from £389 for four people (£97.25pp), including return car ferry travel from Portsmouth or Lymington.

Red Funnel is also helping to keep kids entertained this half-term by offering up to 1/3 off tickets to attractions including the Isle of Wight Zoo, Seaview Wildlife Encounter, Dinosaur Isle and more, when booked with Red Funnel ferry crossings.  Day return vehicle crossings cost from £39.50 for a car and up to seven passengers.  For more details, visit

Combined Hovercraft and attractions tickets are also available with Hovertravel:

For all tourist information on the Isle of Wight, visit



 For further information, please contact:

Sue Emmerson, Isle of Wight Press Officer

Tel: 07766 705672